New Zealand vs India 1st T20 Match Prediction. India wrapped up the ODI series 4-1 with a 35-run victory in the fifth and final game at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington.
- India will be oozing with confidence after having hammered New Zealand in the preceding one-day international series.
- Colin Munro and Kane Williamson are not in their best of forms and the absence of Martin Guptill will further weaken the hosts’ batting.
- New Zeland have won the last four T20 internationals they have played at the Westpac Stadium.
Our Pick: India are favorites to win
Who Will Win New Zealand vs India, 1st T20?
New Zealand vs India 1st T20 Match Prediction. India wrapped up the ODI series 4-1 with a 35-run victory in the fifth and final game at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington. After being downed in the one-dayers, New Zealand will look to hit back hard in the first T20 international which will be played at the same venue. The opening game of the three-match T20I series will be played on February 6 with live telecast scheduled to begin at 8 PM local time.
NZ vs IND, 1st T20: Where to Watch/Live Streaming
TV channels: Star Sports, Sky Sports Cricket, Fox Sports, Sky Sport NZ, SuperSport, OSN Sports Cricket HD, Gazi TV
Live Streaming: Bet365, Hotstar, Now TV, Sky Go
The Westpac Stadium has hosted nine T20 internationals till date out of which seven have been won by the side bowling first. And also since the wicket is not expected to change much after the first period of play, the toss-winning captain will probably elect to field first.
NZ Team News
New Zealand have been dealt a big blow ahead of the T20I series with opening batsman Martin Guptill being ruled out of the entire series due to a back injury. Allrounder James Neesham has been added to the squad as a replacement for Guptill. Fast bowler Blair Tickner, wicketkeeper Tim Seifert and allrounders Daryl Mitchell and Scott Kuggeleijn are the fresh faces that have been included by the hosts in their T20 squad.
NZ Key Players
With Martin Guptill ruled out, New Zealand are likely to open their batting with Colin Munro and Kane Williamson and it will be up to these two to take the team off to a flying start. Munro is the world’s second-best batsman in the T20 format. The left-hander struggled to get going against the Indian bowlers in the ODIs but he is expected to return to his destructive self in the T20Is. Ross Taylor has looked in fine form and he along with Williamson will hold the key for the Kiwis. Tim Southee and Ish Sodhi will be the ones to watch out for with the ball. Southee is the most experienced bowler in this line-up and he has eight wickets in four T20Is at the Westpac. Sodhi is fourth in the ICC T20I bowling rankings and the leg-spinner could build pressure on the Indian batsmen with his tight bowling.
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NZ Recent Form
New Zealand’s performance in the twenty-over format has not been impressive at all in the recent past. They have managed to win just four of their last thirteen T20 internationals and have lost six of their last seven. The Kiwis played their last T20I series against Sri Lanka at home. It was a one-off match at Auckland which the hosts ended up winning by 35 runs.
New Zealand Predicted Playing 11
- Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Tim Seifert (wk), James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Doug Bracewell, Scott Kuggeleijn, Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson, Tim Southee
India Team News & Playing 11
IND Team News
Rohit Sharma will continue to remain in charge of the Indian team in the absence of regular skipper Virat Kohli who flew back home after the third one-day international. Wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant has been picked for the T20I series along with allrounder Krunal Pandya and pace bowler Siddarth Kaul. Vijay Shankar and Shubman Gill, who made his international debut in the fourth ODI, have been retained.
IND Key Players
The opening pair of Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma will be the key for India in terms of batting, and so will be MS Dhoni and Dinesh Karthik in the middle order. Dhawan smashed a couple of fifties in the ODI series and he will be expected to extend his good run of form. Skipper Rohit can be a big nuisance for the Kiwis once he finds his rhythm. Karthik is a specialist in this format and he can add a brisk 30-40 runs at the backend of the innings. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav will be the main weapons for India when it comes to bowling. Bhuvneshwar’s pace variations will be key in the powerplay while the two wrist-spinners will look to cause some damage in the middle overs. Kuldeep is ranked third in the ICC T20I bowling rankings and he is more likely to claim the best figures in this match.
IND Recent Form
India have enjoyed an excellent run in the T20 format of late; they have 14 wins in the 18 completed matches they played last year. They have not lost any of their last ten T20I series which shows how good they have been in the game’s shortest version. Their previous T20I assignment came against Australia in Australia – a series of three matches which ended in a 1-1 draw.
India Predicted Playing 11
- Rohit Sharma (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, MS Dhoni (wk), Dinesh Karthik, Krunal Pandya/Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed/Siddarth Kaul, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav
Team Form in Last Five Matches (most recent first)
NZ : W L L L L
IND : W NR L W W
NZ vs IND Head to Head
New Zealand and India have played eight T20 internationals against each other with the former leading the scoreline 6-2.
The two countries have faced each other just once at the Westpac Stadium in the twenty-over format. That game was played back in February 2009 and New Zealand emerged victorious by five wickets. India scored 149/6 after being asked to bat first and then the hosts chased down that total on the final ball of the match.
Matches Played: 8; New Zealand Won: 6; India Won: 2
New Zealand vs India Betting Odds
India, after a resounding ODI series victory, begin as the bookmakers’ favorites to win the first T20 international. The visitors are being offered at odds of 1.72 on Betfair and 1.66 on both Betway and Bet365. New Zealand find themselves as outsiders for this game at a higher price of 2.10 on Betway, 2.20 on Bet365 and 2.24 on Betfair.
New Zealand vs India Prediction
Barring the fourth game at Hamilton, India have clearly been the better side in the ODI series. They registered comprehensive wins in the first three matches and the manner in which they snatched victory from the jaws of defeat in the last match will give them a lot of satisfaction. New Zealand have plenty of questions to answer going into this game. Though their bowlers have done pretty well, their batsmen’s inability to tackle the Indian bowlers, especially the spinners, is a big cause for concern. The hosts have now lost Martin Guptill to injury and his absence will put even more pressure on the likes of Munro, Williamson and Taylor to perform. While New Zealand will be carrying doubts in their mind, India will be carrying momentum which is why we expect the latter to start this T20I series off with a win.