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IND vs NZ 1st T20I: India vs New Zealand Match Preview

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IND vs NZ 1st T20I: After a heart-crushing defeat at the hands of England in the semi-final match against England at the T20 World Cup 2022, India will now be taking on New Zealand in a three-match T20I series on Thursday. The first T20I is scheduled to be played on Friday and India would be looking to make a winning start.

Senior players such as Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and KL Rahul have been rested. It will give the opportunity to the likes of Ishan Kishan, Shubman Gill, and Shreyas Iyer to show their mettle. All three are likely to make it into the Playing XI. Hardik Pandya will be leading the side, while Rishabh Pant is likely to don the wicket-keeping gloves.

Sanju Samson and Deepak Hooda are also in the squad. It will be interesting to see if both of them make it into the Playing XI. With the ball, Yuzvendra Chahal will lead the spin bowling duties. Kuldeep Yadav makes his way back into the T20 team, while Umran Malik has, once again, been given the opportunity to showcase his fiery pace display.

Besides, the likes of Harshal Patel and Bhuvneshwar Kumar have retained their spots in the squad as well. On the other hand, New Zealand also lost in the semi-final of the World Cup 2022 against Pakistan. They too would look to forget the memories of that defeat and move ahead. Martin Guptill, no longer, has any place in the team, while Boult has been sidelined as well.

Despite so much criticism from the critics, Williamson will continue to lead the team. Most of the batters are the ones who played in the World Cup. You expect Conway and Finn to open the innings, while Mitchell, Phillips and Neesham will be there in the middle order.

Southee and Ferguson will share the pace bowling duties, while Santner and Sodhi will handle the spin department. Both teams are packed with match-winners and you can expect a cracker of a contest tomorrow.

IND vs NZ 1st T20I Predicted XI

Here’s a look at the predicted playing XI of both sides:

New Zealand:

Finn Allen, Devon Conway (wk), Kane Williamson (c), Glenn Phillips, Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Adam Milne, Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson


Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya (c), Rishabh Pant (wk), Washington Sundar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Siraj, Arshdeep Singh, Yuzvendra Chahal,

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Pratik Pathak
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