Prithvi Shaw’s 99 makes us revisit Kohli and Raina’s innings

Prithvi Shaw's 99 makes us revisit Kohli and Raina's innings

Last night on Saturday, the 19-year-old Prithvi Shaw smashed a blistering 55-ball 99 which got all fans in awe of him. 


It’s always endearing to see a young man with a short build to carry out such a huge task. Not that he didn’t surprise us all in his Test debut for India last year. But the Indian prodigy has now established himself in the marquee T20 league as well.

Even during the previous matches of the Capitals, the young opener made a good start in the game against CSK when he hit five fours before throwing away the decent inception. In the match against the Kolkata Knight Riders, he was relentless on both pace and spin and did not lose a beat in his innings as the chase proceeded. His first 50 came off 30 balls and quickly amassed the next 49 off 25 balls.

Also Read: Talking points of DC vs KKR

However, a Kuldeep Yadav-inspired Kolkata Knight Riders forced the home team in Delhi into the Super Over contest, in which Kagiso Rabada reestablished his reputation as the world’s best bowler with a standout bowling performance in defending 10 runs for DC.

Coming back to the 99 scored by Prithvi shaw, that could’ve been his first hundred in the Indian Premier League, and the second that this season has seen. It takes us back in time in the history of the marquee T20 league when two other batsmen – both ace players- scored a 99 each in their time.

Suresh Raina: 99* in 2013

The then ‘Title contenders’ of the 2013 season of the IPL, Chennai Super Kings had put up yet another complete performance as they annihilated Sunrisers Hyderabad by 77 runs to affirm their sovereignty in the Indian Premier League on Wednesday, May 8 in 2013. It was the 54th match of that season in the IPL. Mounting on Suresh Raina’s unbeaten 99 and Mike Hussey’s blistering 67, the Dhoni-led Super Kings side amassed an extensive 223 for three as the total. Sunrisers looked totally out of touch as they lost wickets at regular intervals, managing just 146 for eight from their 20 overs. It was a match where CSK exceeded the home team in all departments of the game with absolute ease. While Raina and Hussey nearly batted the opponents out of the match, the CSK bowlers also didn’t let the guard down as Sunrisers lost their first match at home. The tournament’s highest run-getter Suresh Raina, who now has 5000+ plus runs in his IPL career, became the only player to record scores of 98, 99 and 100 in the IPL history. Needless to say, Raina was the Player of the Match.

Virat Kohli: 99 in 2013

The last Indian player to be dismissed on 99 in T20 cricket was Indian skipper Virat Kohli during RCB’s match against Delhi (then Daredevils, now Capitals) in 2013 at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium. While Kohli’s innings of 99 off 58 had aided RCB to a four-run win, Shaw’s removal played a key role in KKR bouncing back and enforcing a Super Over. Shaw was declared the Player of the Match anyway. Dailing backward, Virat Kohli’s first 47 runs in that match came off 43 balls. When Kohli was run out while attempting the second off the last ball of the innings, he had reached 99 off 58, and Royal Challengers had finished on 183. However, Jaydev Unadkat’s five-wicket haul that crushed the Delhi Daredevils had earned him the Player of the Match award. In all three cases, the players with a score of 99 saw their team winning the game.

IPL 2019: DC vs KKR – Key battles to watch out for

IPL 2019: DC vs KKR - Key battles to watch out for

The Kolkata Knight Riders, who have had an interesting week in the Indian Premier League so far, will lock horns with the Delhi Capitals on their home turf on Saturday. 


Like the Chennai Super Kings have made the best use of the spinner friendly pitch at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi, the Dinesh Karthik-led KKR side can exploit this opportunity to bag another win in the 12th edition of the IPL.

While the Kolkata Knight Riders are on a winning streak, having won both matches in this season so far, the Shreyas Iyer-led Delhi Capitals side have won one game and faced defeat in another as of now.

Kuldeep Yadav vs Shikhar Dhawan

To begin the dissection of the players of both sides, it has to be the experienced Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan, who dominated with his batting in both of the matches that Delhi Capitals have played in this season of the IPL. If they don’t remove Dhawan earlier, it might cause a problem for the visiting Knight Riders side. On the other hand, KKR captain Dinesh Karthik can play his special card by bringing ace spinner Kuldeep Yadav into the bowling attack to remove the oppositions’ best batsmen. This could work on Dhawan and the chinaman could work wonders for the KKR team. Yadav who has been wicketless till this point of the IPL 2019 can turn the tables on his numbers this season.

Also Read: Your Fantasy guide for DC vs KKR

Andre Russell vs Amit Mishra

Nitish Rana, Andre Russell, Robin Uthappa, and Shubhman Gill are the among the main run scorers for the Knight Riders and all of them have been in tremendous form and there’s no stopping to that. Russell, with his incredible power-hitting ability, is the most dangerous batsman. However, it is clear that the Delhi Capitals have a plan for him, especially after what Sourav Ganguly said about the Windies all-rounder. The former Indian captain has a small warning Andre Russell of the Kolkata Knight Riders. “He is definitely in very good form. But cricket is a game of uncertainties and anyone of our bowlers can have a good game against him. So, let’s wait and watch.” Taming him will be the key and that is the challenge for the veteran spinner Amit Mishra. The veteran spinner claimed two wickets against the Chennai Super Kings in the previous game for the Delhi Capitals and sure is in good form.

Chris Lynn vs Kagiso Rabada

Both Delhi and Kolkata have one common problem – they have failed to get a solid start. This is due to one-half of the opening pair not firing. For Delhi, it’s the talented Prithvi Shaw who did manage to get a start against Chennai but before throwing it away. For Kolkata, it’s Chris Lynn who has scored 17 runs across two innings. Both are due to some runs now. It is clear to the Delhi Capitals that the BBL star Chris Lynn has a big weakness. And to exploit that they need to produce in front their best pacer to get the Aussie cricketer out early in the innings. South Africa’s ace fast bowler can do wonders in this case for the Delhi-based franchise. 

IPL 2019: DC vs CSK- Three Key battles to watch out for at Kotla

IPL 2019: DC vs CSK- Three Key battles to watch out for at the Feroz Shah Kotla

The rechristened Delhi Capitals are all set to face the three-time champions of the much envied Indian Premier League(IPL) title, Chennai Super Kings on Tuesday, March 26.


The Chennai-based franchise will take on the Delhi’s young brigade team at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi. It being the fifth match of the season, will begin at 8 pm IST. 

Both teams have won their respective season-openers in this edition of the IPL won’t be seen altering the teams much. Both teams had a successful start with the correct team composition. Though minor changes can be made in the bowling lineup. On the fourth day of play in the IPL 2019, Shreyas Iyer-led Delhi Capitals will lock horns with the CSK team led by MS Dhoni. Both franchises will play their respective second fixtures in the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League, let’s have a look at the key battles that one cannot miss:

Rishabh Pant vs Imran Tahir

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As the 39-year-old South African leg-spinner dons the Purple Cap, it’s certain that he will be the key player to watch out for. Imran Tahir, who announced that he’ll embrace his international retirement after the upcoming World Cup, has a standout record at the Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi. As the Delhi and Chennai teams lock horns on Tuesday, Tahir will definitely be a key player. With figures of 3-9 in the season-opener against the RCB, the leggie has proved his worth all over again.

On the other hand, the young and able Indian wicket-keeper smashed a remarkable unbeaten 78 off 27 with a strike-rate of 289 against the Mumbai Indians. Even though the bowling attack he is to face would be different, but Pant is definitely a huge threat for the Chennai Super Kings bowlers.

To make Tahir’s case stronger, he has a standout record against left-handed batsmen with an average of 20.7 with 23 T20 wickets in this respect. Pant’s promising form and Tahir’s experience will be quite a battle to watch out for during the match between DC and CSK.

Also Read: Most Promising teams this season

Shikhar Dhawan vs Harbhajan Singh

The home team Delhi Capitals at the Feroz Shah Kotla have the experienced and spitfire Shikhar Dhawan in their armory. The Indian left-handed opener, who is considered as a huge plus in the team during ICC tournaments, can prove to be the one for Delhi Capitals as well. Dhawan scored a consolidating 36-ball 43 against the Mumbai Indians on Sunday before Rishabh Pant took over.

On the other hand, Harbhajan Singh cooked RCB’s goose in CSK’s opening fixture at the M.A.Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. His 3/20 against Virat Kohli’s team earned him the Man of the MAtch award on Saturday. The 38-year-old off-spinner will be looking to cause a similar kind of damage on Tuesday. Opening the batting for the Delhi Capitals will be Shikhar Dhawan and the contest between the two will be widely-watched.

Harbhajan opened the bowling for MS Dhoni’s side, on Saturday, and a similar act can be repeated against Delhi. However, Dhawan, who is all in form after his innings against the Mumbai Indians, will be a tough nut to crack.

Shane Watson vs Trent Boult

The Capitals have a spate of young Turks in their arsenal whose performance shall be key to their cause, including captain Shreyas Iyer, keeper Rishabh Pant, opener Prithvi Shaw and the mystery-spinner from Nepal Sandeep Lamichhane. The Shreyas Iyer-led team also have experienced players like Ishant Sharma, Chris Morris, and Amit Mishra will lend stability to the team. But the pace attack is going to do wonders for the hosts on Tuesday.

Neither Shane Watson nor Trent Boult got off to a great start in their respective opening fixtures in the IPL 2019. While the ex Australian all-rounder scored a 10-ball duck, Trent Boult went for over 10 runs an over in the opening game against the Mumbai Indians considering the game was a run-fest.

However, Watson’s form in the PSL saw him winning the best batsman of the tournament and he would want to channel this form in the IPL as well. As goes for New Zealand’s Trent Boult who has been exceptional all around the world with the new ball, especially against the right-handers. If Boult can get it to swing it early on, Watson will find it very hard to survive. However, if the Australian wins the initial battle, it will be very hard to stop him.

Suresh Raina completes 5000 IPL runs

Suresh Raina completes 5000 IPL runs

HIGHLIGHTS

Suresh Raina became the first-ever batsman to complete 5000 runs in the opening game vs RCB

Suresh Raina needed just 15 runs ahead of the match to reach the 5000 runs milestone

Virat Kohli is still 46 runs away from the above feat 


Suresh Raina, who is at par with CSK skipper MS Dhoni in terms of most consecutive appearances in the Indian Premier League, has become the first-ever batsman to complete 5000 runs in the marquee T20 league. Raina has thus solidified his place at the top spot of in the list of the all-time highest run-scorers in the IPL.

The official IPL handle tweeted:

Earlier, the BookMyShow-backed fantasy sports and fan engagement company ‘Fantain Sports’ had signed Indian cricketer Suresh Raina as its brand ambassador, ahead of the 12th edition of the IPL. The Indian left-handed middle-order batsman is the face of the company across all its brand communication campaigns that have embarked.

Raina, who is also the first Indian batsman to score a century in all three formats in international cricket, was a significant part of India’s winning squad at the World Cup in 2011. However, the 31-year-old who had a dip in form over the last couple of years hasn’t been able to impress the BCCI selectors since.

The Chennai Super Kings batter last appeared in an international match for the Men In Blue back in July 2018 while India was touring England. Meanwhile, the World Cup squad for India still has a vacancy- i.e. the No.4 spot- and as many eyes are set on that, Raina could as well make it to the World Cup mix.

Coming back to the game, the season-opener between the defending champions and the Royal Challenger Bangalore. Suresh Raina needed just 15 runs ahead of the match, while RCB skipper Virat Kohli was 52 runs away from the 5000 mark in the IPL. Raina, who scored 19 off 21 on Saturday, won the race to the milestone- ahead of Kohli.

The moment was certainly special for the 31-year-old Raina as a huge turnout at the MA Chidambaram stadium in Chennai- the home ground of the Chennai Super Kings- got to witness such an outstanding feat of their ‘local'[franchise] hero. 

Also Read: Top 3 teams of IPL 2019

Ross Taylor reaches new milestones to surpass Stephen Fleming

Ross Taylor reaches new milestones to surpass Stephen Fleming

HIGHLIGHTS

Ross Taylor is now the highest run-getter amongst the Kiwis in the 50-over format.

He surpassed former captain Stephen Fleming’s record to do so.

Taylor is also the fourth fastest to the 8000 runs mark. 


Today as New Zealand pulled off another comfortable win against Bangladesh, Ross Taylor reached new career milestones. The hosts have secured a smooth 3-0 whitewash over the Bangla Tigers despite Sabbir Rahman’s hundred scored under pressure. Tim Southee’s six-wicket haul today, at Dunedin, has made a refreshing effect on his career that was starting to wither away. New Zealand’s leading limited-overs batsman, Ross Taylor now tops the list of most career runs scored by a Kiwi in the ODI format. With 8026 runs to his name, he went past former captain Stephen Fleming’s previous New Zealand record of 8007 runs.

In the process, Taylor also reached his 47th ODI fifty before eventually getting dismissed for 69, pacing his team to a final score of 330/6. In response to the hosts, Bangladesh could only post a total of 242, with Tim Southee taking 6/65 with the ball in a man-of-the-match performance. Despite Sabbir Rahman heroics, Bangladesh faced another heavy defeat leading to a whitewash in the ODI series. Rahman scored 102 off 110 before falling to Tim Southee in the 48th over. Southee won the Man of the match award for his 6 for 65.

Speaking of records, Taylor not only surpassed fleming’s record but also became the fourth fastest to reach the 8000-run-mark after Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, and Sourav Ganguly. The 34-year-old veteran batsman, who made his ODI debut in 2006 reached this new milestone in 203 innings with an excellent average of 48.34.

“I definitely would have taken that when I played my first match donkey’s years ago,” he said. “If you play long enough I guess these records come along but it’s nice to set the bar for the next guy. I’m still enjoying myself and hopefully, I’ve still got a few years in me.”

Taylor said that he knew he was close to the milestone at the start of the day. He further said it was nice to get to 8000 runs and that he received a lovely reception that very humbling from the Dunedin crowd. Taylor brought up the milestone with a single to fine leg off off-spinner Mehidy Hasan’s over, having reached his 47th half-century three balls earlier. Stephen Fleming congratulated him on Twitter. 

Ross Taylor has been a force since the last part of 2016. To be more precise, since Taylor got his eye surgery done, he has become unstoppable. He’s only second to Virat Kohli since the conclusion of the World Cup 2015. Since the Champions Trophy 2017, he has the second-best batting average, a gigantic 81.05, in ODIs. Taylor already holds the record for the most ODI hundreds by a New Zealand batsman (20) – four more than team-mate and close friend Martin Guptill and the retired Nathan Astle. 

With the main event, the World Cup 2019, closing in Taylor would want to pump up his game. The challenges would be bigger in England and this time New Zealand would be relying more on Rosco than Martin Guptill, who was the overall highest run-scorer in World Cup 2015. New Zealand will face Sri Lanka in their first World Cup game, on June 1. Taylor would be able to polish his batting with the aid of Plunkett Shield by then. Like the Blackcaps rely on Kane Williamson in the longest format, Ross Taylor is the prime batsman in ODIs.

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Daryl Mitchell’s illegitimate dismissal gives way to another DRS controversy

Daryl Mitchell's illegitimate dismissal gives way to another DRS controversy

HIGHLIGHTS

  • New Zealand’s Daryl Mitchell was given out incorrectly by the third umpire exposing the faulty nature DRS.

  • With Mitchell’s wicket, New Zealand were reduced to 3 wickets down in the 6th over.

  • India went on defeat the hosts by a margin of 7 wickets in the 2nd T20I.


The Decision Review System or the DRS has been put under scrutiny yet again in the wake of last night’s incident at Auckland. New Zealand’s newest recruit Daryl Mitchell was on strike during the sixth over when Krunal Pandya, the bowler, along with the rest of the team appealed for an LBW. After being given out by the field umpire, the batsman immediately asked for a review because he was sure that he had edged the ball.

The batsman on strike had the full support of his captain, Kane Williamson, who was at the non-striker’s end. The decision was now directed to the third umpire who executed his basic scrutiny. After multiple replays of the Hotspot that suggested a clear edge, the third umpire finally resorted to the conventionally [more] reliable ‘Snickometer’. It suggested no movement when the ball went past Mitchell’s bat. Putting in faith for the Snicko, and keeping it above the hotspot- like many others- the third umpire declared the batsman out. 

Here’s the video: 

Also Read: 2nd T20I – As it happened

Reactions

The entire Cricket world was shocked by the decision. Even though the snicko suggests more reliability, denying the hotspot’s clear cut display of an edge was inexplicable. Experts like Harsha Bhogle have blamed the system, the DRS, and not the umpire. Players have had their opinion too. Ish Sodhi, in a post-match press conference, said that he was shocked by the decision. Captain Kane Williamson was furious after the decision was made. He expressed his disapproval of the decision on the field. But since the technology so widely used was at fault, the batsman had to walk.

New Zealand v India 1st T20I: Talking points of the match

HIGHLIGHTS

New Zealand claimed a record-breaking defeat against India in the first T20I, at Wellington

Tim Seifert enjoyed an upgrade up the order, scoring a match-winning 84 runs off 43 balls

The hosts put the right amount of pressure on India, who were bowled out comfortably  


New Zealand was able to leave behind the ruins of the past, the ODI series, move ahead and play gallantly. The 4-1 defeat, at home, in the 50-overs format had crushed New Zealand’s ambition. The only option left was to move ahead and perform well. Better, to for winning. The worse had anyhow already happened. And they did. 

A record-breaking defeat by 80 runs was put into India’s account by the dominant Blackcaps. Northern Districts player, Tim Seifert guided New Zealand to a massive total of 219 for 6 and provided the momentum that the team lacked during the ODI series. India had started decently after the fall of Shikhar Dhawan, India submerged rather quickly. Tim Southee bagged three wickets and re-established his numbers at the particular ground.

Tim Seifert’s clever approach

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Tim Seifert in action, at Wellington. Source: TOI

Instead of slogging his way into scoring a quick 43-ball 84, the New Zealand wicketkeeper opted a more creative approach toward playing the ball. He was patient even in his blitzkrieg. He was breezy, yet reliable. Many people now see him as some form of Brendon McCullum. Why not? He was fearless, played innovative shots and never looked back or killed the pace of the innings. By the time he was dismissed, New Zealand looked strong at 134 for the loss of 2 wickets. Such was the impact. No wonder he received the Man of the Match award.

The Cameos

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Even though India stuttered their way through the chase, there were some early and late cameos that are worthy of a mention. While Rohit Sharma had an off day, Dhawan gave India a fairly good start. The momentum fell when he was dismissed for 29 off 18 by Lockie Ferguson. The latter bowled impressively well, bowling four full overs, keeping the economy rate below 6 and picking up two wickets. Vijay Shankar at No. 3 played similar innings like Dhawan. Then came MS Dhoni who couldn’t really accelerate the innings. Finally, Krunal Pandya scored an 18-ball 20 which didn’t help much either. Anyhow, the New Zealand cameos were far more productive. Everyone contributed a little besides Seifert’s incredible contribution. Like Vijay Shankar and Dhawan, captain Kane Williamson and opener Colin Munro scored similar innings of 34 runs each. While moving towards the end, the run rate was falling for New Zealand but a 7-ball 20 from Scott Kuggeleijn helped New Zealand post a target of 220.

Selections and Changes

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The Indian team selection for the 1st T20I has raised quite a few eyebrows. Even though India seemed to have an edge over the hosts, they fell from a big height. Despite being prolific, Kuldeep Yadav was dropped. Khaleel Ahmed has been given many chances but was proven to be expensive yet again. India would want to make some major changes for the second T20I that’s scheduled on Friday, at the Eden Park in Auckland. Meanwhile, New Zealand could consider playing Jimmy Neesham instead of Colin de Grandhomme.

Also Read: Players to watch out in the series

After Smith, Mitchell Starc’s injury looms danger for Australia

After Smith, Mitchell Starc's injury looms danger for Australia

HIGHLIGHTS

The latest injury of Mitchell Starc has ruled him out of the India tour

The left-arm fast bowler will be out from Cricket for at least two months

Australia recently faced a similar blow with Steve Smith’s prolonged injury 

India will host Australia for two T20Is and five ODIs, starting later this month 


Mitchell Starc’s recent 10-wicket haul against Sri Lanka was in the news as it was instrumental in Australia’s 2-0 series win. Soon after the series got over, Starc injury woes have returned. Reports suggest that he will miss the entire tour of India, with selectors set to name their ODI and T20 squad on Thursday. 

Australia’s tour of India will comprise two Twenty20 International and five One Day International matches. With their leading quick ruled out of the series, Australia’s clouds of worry seem to have darkened. Over two months of exile for Starc means he will miss out on other upcoming series over and beyond India’s tour alone. The left-arm fast bowler is suffering from a soft tissue injury in his upper half of the body. This places him in doubt for the ODI series against Pakistan in the UAE that will follow. 

Also Read: Shastri backs Dhoni for World Cup

The conundrum circling Steve Smith and David Warner’s return to Australian colours is now bigger than ever. As CA was scheming their return, Smith came out and spoke about his elbow injury. Last month he revealed that he’ll undergo surgery for the same. It came around as a huge blow for Australia as there’s a probability that he might miss out on playing the World Cup. Thinking of last year, at this time, we were sure to be named as the captain of the Australian side. But how the times have changed! Now, in addition to that, Mitchell Starc’s injury is a big scare for Australia ahead of the World Cup that starts on May 30.

New Zealand v India T20I series: Players to watch out for

New Zealand v India T20I series: Players to watch out for

The hosts might seem vulnerable at the moment due to the heavy loss of 4-1 in the recently concluded ODI series against India, but the story ain’t the same in T20Is. New Zealand have a lot of positives in the T20I front. 


Colin Munro might not have been successful in the ODI series for New Zealand but the batting all-rounder amassed 500 runs at an impressive strike rate of almost 180 in T20Is last year. Besides, there are some surprises in store from both teams. The three-match T20I series starts on February 6.

Here are some players to watch out for in the upcoming T20I series:

Jimmy Neesham

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Due to Martin Guptill’s unavailability, Jimmy Neesham was incorporated into the New Zealand T20I squad for the series against India. His presence in the lower order has been helpful for the Kiwis during the ODI series. The T20I is well anticipated to witness Neesham’s spark. His 32-ball 44 in the final ODI in Wellington added to his decent role as a seamer was quite impressive even though New Zealand lost. 

Also Read: Predicted XI for the first T20

Scott Kuggeleijn

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With Trent Boult being rested, New Zealand was open to some newness. The bowling all-rounder from Hamilton, Scott Kuggeleijn, has all the experience in the shortest format of the game. He is new to International Cricket but his expertise has been showcased in the Super Smash Twenty20 league. Kuggeleign has taken 14 wickets and scored 59 runs in T20s during the ongoing New Zealand domestic season. 

Also Read: Everything you need to know about the T20 series

Shubman Gill

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After Virat Kohli was rested for the rest of the New Zealand tour, the 19-year-old Shubhman was incorporated into the Indian squad. He scored just nine and seven in his two ODI appearances. The Indian coach, Ravi Shastri has backed the youngster who is full of talent. With no one else likely to take the 3rd spot, India might play Gill at one down. His enthusiasm in playing shots have proven hard during the ODIs but if he settles down, he might turn out to be the perfect hitter for the visiting side.

Kuldeep Yadav

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India’s much-celebrated chinaman spinner, Kuldeep Yadav was enormously successful in the ODI series against New Zealand. His grip over the conditions and puzzling the batsmen has been on point. He was dropped in the last ODI given to his unproductive performances in the 3rd and 4th ODI. Nonetheless, he took two consecutive four-wicket hauls in the first two ODIs; an Indian record.

Kane Williamson 

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The captain of the New Zealand team might open the batting alongside Colin Munro in the absence of Guptill. Williamson has opened the batting in 27 out of his 54 T20I appearances, averaging 38.52 in that position as opposed to an overall average of 31.64. In those 27 games, The Blackcaps have emerged victorious 17 times. Over the last 10 T20I innings, he has managed to keep his average over 32.

Tim Southee

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Southee sat out of the team in the last ODI as he wasn’t prolific in the series. His form is a concern in ODIs since the 2015 World Cup. But he is a successful bowler in the shortest format. An added advantage is his success record of eight wickets at 13.77 in T20Is at the Westpac Stadium, Wellington- the venue to the first T20I.

NZ v India T20I series: All you need to know

NZ v India T20I series: All you need to know

After a series of triumphs for India, in the longer format, the focus is back on T20 International Cricket. India emerged victorious overall in Australia and also thrashed New Zealand by a margin of 4-1 in the recently concluded ODI series. 


The teams couldn’t extract a result in the T20I series in Australia, but India have set their eyes like a hawk on the upcoming T20I series in NZ. The hosts, on the other hand, will eye redemption in the T20I series. The Blackcaps will need to prove themselves in the T20I rubber in order to make up for the 1-4 loss in the ODI series.

Even though the Twenty20 format is a cut short variation of ODIs, it involves different tactics and strategies. So NZ will have the chance to start afresh without lurking behind due to defeats of the recent past. India would want to continue their winning spree. The wounds have hopefully healed for the hosts. They face India in the first T20I in Wellington tomorrow on February 6.

New Zealand’s top order in ODI was one of the main reasons behind their failure in the ODI series. The frontline batsmen couldn’t make as much impact when facing India’s well-armed bowling unit. But the story isn’t the same with regards to the shortest format. Martin Guptill won’t feature in the T20I series due to injury. NZ chose Jimmy Neesham as his replacement. The opening department would be led by Colin Munbro who is an expert in this format even though he failed in the ODI series.

On the other hand, the visiting Indian side would have the confidence and energy carried forward from the ODI victory. India has been consistently winning throughout all formats since their 1-4 defeat in the Test series against England last year. New Zealand lost 3-0 to Pakistan in the T20I series held in November last year. But comfortably defeated Sri Lanka in all formats after that.

Also Read: Predicted XI for the first T20

The visitors look all set even in the absence of Virat Kohli. Rohit Sharma will lead the Indian team, just like in the last couple of ODIs. Shubhman Gill might secure the 3rd spot in this scenario. The bowling department is also set in the absence of Jasprit Buumrah. Spin duo Kuldeep Yadav- Yuzvendra Chahal will try to choke the hosts as they did in the 50-over format.

FIXTURES

New Zealand vs India, 1st T20I, Feb 06, 08:00 PM local time, 12:30 AM IST

New Zealand vs India, 2nd T20I, Feb 08, 07:00 PM local time, 11:30 AM IST

New Zealand vs India, 3rd T20I, Feb 10, 08:00 PM local time, 12:30 AM IST

VENUE

Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Pitch and conditions: The Westpac stadium offers swing to the pacers. Chase is generally preferred in this ground. 

New Zealand Squad: Kane Williamson(captain), Doug Bracewell, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Scott Kuggeleijn, Colin Munro, Daryl Mitchell, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Blair Tickner, James Neesham

India Squad: Rohit Sharma(captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Krunal Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul, K Khaleel Ahmed, Shubman Gill, Vijay Shankar, Hardik Pandya