Who will win New Zealand vs India, 1st T20 2020?
As preparations for October’s ICC T20 World Cup ramp up, New Zealand and India go head-to-head in Auckland, at Eden Park, in the first of five matches in this T20i series. The first game of the series is scheduled to start at 19:50 local time.
It is New Zealand’s second five-match T20i series on home soil during the current season. They lost the last 3-2 to England, in a pulsating series which came down to a super-over in the decisive fifth match.
India, on the other hand, come into this series on the back of wins against West Indies and Sri Lanka in the shortest format, but they will have to make do without injured Shikhar Dhawan, who had only just returned to fitness to star in their ODI series win against Australia.
NZ vs IND Toss Prediction
New Zealand lost the toss in their most recent T20i in Auckland and were put in to bat first. They may want to field first this time out.
NZ vs IND Weather Report
Though Auckland is set to be humid on Saturday, there is very little chance of rain. Conditions will be cloudy but dry otherwise.
NZ vs IND Pitch Condition
Eden Park favours spin bowling thanks to its slower pitch and humid climate, but it can also be a good surface to bat on – as was showcased last time New Zealand played a T20i here
New Zealand will be playing with a team very similar to that of February 2019 series against India. The Blackcaps have never lost a T20I series against India at home. While New Zealand has a clearly one-sided record in T20Is against the Men in Blue, they will be facing a new Indian team, different from their previous T20I encounter.
New Zealand however, would be relying on the same, tested squad for T20Is with a few new names. Hamish Bennett and Blair Tickner join the bowling attack while Tom Bruce has also made it to the squad as a batting all-rounder. Martin Guptill and Colin Munro will be leading the batting line-up and would be followed by Tim Seifert at number 3. Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor might follow at numbers 4 and 5 adding a lot of strength and experience in the middle-order.
Daryl Mitchell and Colin de Grandhomme are crucial all-rounders in the side while Ish Sodhi and Tim Southee would be expected to pick wickets. Mitchell Santner and Scott Kuggeleijn are another excellent all-rounder option for New Zealand in the squad.
India will be looking to register their first-ever T20I series win in New Zealand. The big news for India is their opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan is out of the NZ tour and Sanju Samson replaced him in the T20Is while Prithvi Shaw is in to replace the southpaw in ODIs. This means Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul are most likely to open the innings for India while Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer might follow at number 3 and 4.
The top 4 batsmen are in solid form with two of them having an average of above 44 in T20Is in 2019. While KL Rahul scored at an average of 44 in the last year, he’s yet to play a T20I innings against New Zealand. Rishabh Pant had delivered some impressive performances on his last tour of New Zealand in February 2019. Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammad Shami will be the lead bowlers for India in this series.
In the last T20I series against New Zealand here, India had Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the bowling attack. The middle-order back then comprised of MS Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik, Vijay Shankar and Hardik Pandya in a finisher’s role. India has revamped their middle-order, all-rounders, and the bowling attack with some new talent in the side.
Our Prediction for New Zealand vs India
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India is coming in with great momentum and confidence from their back to back series wins at home. While they have won only 1 match in New Zealand so far, they seem to be in a strong position to change that once and for all. New Zealand has a strong middle-order with Ross Taylor, Colin de Grandhomme being their best bet. Kiwi bowling attack can be a double-edged sword.
Indian batsmen aren’t familiar with Bennett and Blair Tickner, and only time will tell if they deliver for New Zealand or get rolled over by strong Indian top-order.