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Hardik Pandya returns to lead India – this will be the 3rd series after the T20I World Cup when Pandya will captain India in T20Is. This could be an indicator of the future, although Rohit Sharma has no plans of giving up the format. This will be an underlying factor as India take on New Zealand in the first match of 3-match T20I series.
After being blanked in the ODIs, New Zealand will be keen to get their first won of this tour. However, they will be without the likes of Kane Williamson and Tim Southee. Mitchell Santner will lead the side and the Blackcaps have enough pedigree to give India a good run for their money.
India vs New Zealand Predicted XI
India Predicted XI
Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan (wk), Rahul Tripathi, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya (capt), Deepak Hooda, Washington Sundar, Shivam Mavi, Umran Malik, Arshdeep Singh, Kuldeep Yadav
New Zealand Predicted XI
Finn Allen, Devon Conway (wk), Mark Chapman, Glenn Phillips, Daryl Mitchell, Michael Bracewell, Mitchell Santner (capt), Blair Tickner, Ish Sodhi, Ben Lister, Lockie Ferguson
India vs New Zealand Match Details
Match: India vs New Zealand, T20I 1
Date & Time: January 27, 2023, 7:00 PM
Venue: JSCA Stadium, Ranchi
Live Streaming: Star Sports Network and Hotstar app
India vs New Zealand Fantasy Team
Captain – Shubman Gill
Vice-Captain – Finn Allen
Wicketkeeper – Devon Conway
Batters – Shubman Gill, Suryakumar Yadav, Devon Conway, Mark Chapman
All-rounders – Washington Sundar, Mitchell Santner
Bowlers – Kuldeep Yadav, Arshdeep Singh, Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson
India vs New Zealand Ranchi Weather and Pitch Report
With chasing teams winning 16 of the 25 T20 games played here, Ranchi is a bowl-first venue. With dew expected to play a big role, captains winning the toss will bowl first. The temperature should be in the 15°C range this evening.
India vs New Zealand Match Prediction
After a solid display in the ODIs, India will be keen to stamp their authority in this format and stick to the attacking template that they have adopted. They are slight favourites going into this match, but New Zealand are a force to reckon with in this format.