Match Prediction: New Zealand vs India, 1st T20I

Match Prediction: New Zealand vs India, 1st T20I

January 24, 2020, Eden Park, Auckland

After a long home series, it’s time for India to take a trip away from the country. They face New Zealand in a 5-match T20I series, a rare thing.

India are coming on the back of back to back series wins, including a 2-1 ODI series win against Australia, T20 series wins against Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and West Indies.

Meanwhile, New Zealand are coming on the back of a 3-0 series whitewash against Australia in Test.

New Zealand Performance in T20:

New Zealand were edged out in a thrilling series against England in November with the tourists coming out on top of a series-deciding Super Over and will now face another tough test as they come up against India.

Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson, Tom Latham and Matt Henry are among the stars missing with injuries.

Hamish Bennett last played for New Zealand in 2017 but has earned a recall on the back of some strong domestic form and the paceman is set to make his T20I debut in a team led by Kane Williamson who missed out on the series against England.

Wicketkeeper Tim Seifert was the top run-scorer in that series with 139 runs from 3 innings at an average of 46.33 and will be expected to be among the top scorers again. Mitchell Santner and Daryl Mitchell had picked up the most wickets for New Zealand.

New Zealand predicted XI:

Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (c), Tim Seifert, Ross Taylor, Colin de Grandhomme, Daryl Mitchell, Mitchell Santner, Scott Kuggeleijn, Tim Southee.

India Performance in T20:

Shikhar Dhawan was ruled out with an injury suffered in his last game against Australia. It saves him blushes as he looked unlikely to feature in the T20s, ahead of KL Rahul. That means Rahul and Rohit Sharma will likely open the innings.

Sanju Samson has been named Dhawan’s replacement but is unlikely to get the nod, at least in the first T20.

Virat Kohli will play his first game in the shortest format in New Zealand. Meanwhile, Jasprit Bumrah is making his debut, in any format, in New Zealand.

India predicted XI:

Rohit Sharma (vc), KL Rahul (wk), Virat Kohli (c), Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah.

Pitch Report

Eden Park is a rather small ground. In fact, it is one of the funniest grounds in world cricket. Its straight boundaries are as small as 55 meters, which gives the batsmen an edge. Even top edges fly over the boundary.

Out of the 19 T20I matches at the venue, teams batting first have won 10 games while teams batting second have won 6 matches.

Average 1st Innings score: 172

Average 2nd Inns score: 149

Highest total recorded: 245/5 by Aus vs NZ, 2018

Lowest total recorded: 107/10 by NZ vs SA, 2017

Match Prediction: New Zealand vs India, 1st T20I

  1. Martin Guptill averages 15.43 against India in T20Is
  2. Virat Kohli has scored 1,032 runs at an average of 46.90 and a strike rate of 143.73 in 33 T20Is and is ranked fourth in the list of highest run-scorers as a T20I captain. He needs 81 runs to go past MS Dhoni (1,112) in the run chart. South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis leads the list of highest run-scorers as a T20I captain, having amassed 1,273 runs in 40 T20Is.
  3. India have never managed to win a T20I series in New Zealand, out of two attempts in 2008-09 and 2014 tours respectively. In fact, India won their first-ever T20I match versus the opposition in late 2017 and later went on to win the same series, which remains their solitary series triumph versus them till date.
  4. In 11 matches against New Zealand, India have only won 3 which makes their win percentage an abysmal 27.27. This is the worst for India against any side (minimum of 5 T20Is played).
  5. India has struggled in New Zealand conditions. They have a winning percent of only 20 – which makes it their worst in any country with a minimum of 5 T20Is played.
  6. Kane Williamson has scored 1505 in 55 T20I innings, averaging 31.4.
  7. Mitchell Santner was named the player of the T20 series against England. He picked 11 wickets in 5 matches at a brilliant average of 12.81. Not to forget, Santer is handy with the bat as well.
  8. The last time India and New Zealand competed in the T20 format, the Kiwis beat India 2-1.
  9. Martin Guptill is the third-highest scorer in T20I cricket history after Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma. He has an aggregate of 2436 runs in 80 innings at an average of 33.36 and strike rate of 134.58 including 2 hundreds and 15 fifties.
  10. Colin Munro has the highest strike rate – 160.04 – among batsmen with minimum 700 runs in T20Is. He has three hundreds in T20I cricket – the joint second-highest with Glenn Maxwell and only behind Rohit Sharma (4). Overall, he has scored 1546 runs.
  11. Guptill-Munro opening partnership average 38.21- 5th best.

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