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India vs New Zealand, 1st T20I – Cricket Match Prediction, Fantasy XI Tips & Probable XI

Rishabh Gautam
By Rishabh Gautam
November 17, 2021 • 14:25 PM View: 2071

In the first T20 of 3 match series between India & New Zealand, India would look to sort their T20 kinks out as well as try out the bench with Rohit Sharma as captain & Rahul Dravid as the head coach.

IND v NZ: Match Details

  • Date – Wednesday, November 17, 2021
  • Time – 7:30 PM IST
  • Venue – Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur

IND v NZ Match Preview:

India was dismayed with their batting in their first two matches of the T20 World Cup. Rahul Dravid will start his stint as head coach while Rohit Sharma will be captaining the side as Virat Kohli's tenure as T20 captain came to an end after the T20 World Cup. Kohli has been rested for the T20Is.


Jadeja & Shami have been rested while Hardik Pandya has been dropped. There would be a lot of fresh faces in the squad - players who have made their spot through exceptional performance in IPL - Venkatesh Iyer, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan & Ruturaj Gaikwad. Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel & Mohammad Siraj would like to strengthen their case for a comeback. 

In the Kiwi side, who played the T20 World Cup final against Australia on Sunday, Trent Boult & Colin de Grandhomme are rested due to bubble fatigue. Kane Williamson has also decided to rest for the T20Is and will return for the Test matches.

The pace bowling department will be led by Tim Southee who will captain the side in the absence of Williamson. Ajaz Patel will lead the NZ spin attack comprising William Somerville & Mitchell Santner. 

IND v NZ Cricket Match Prediction:

India crashed out of the T20 World Cup 2021 in the Super 12 stages while New Zealand lost in the finals against Australia. However, India have the advantage of their fortress in Jaipur. 

IND v NZ Head-to-Head:

  • Total – 17
  • India – 8
  • New Zealand – 9

IND v NZ Team News: 

Also Read: T20 World Cup 2021

India has rested several key figures and would be looking to try out the bench strength to the full extent under the guidance of Rahul Dravid.

New Zealand's Devon Conway has been ruled out due to a broken hand. All-rounder Daryl Mitchell has taken Conway's spot in the squad. Kyle Jamieson & Kiwi captain Kane Williamson have opted out of the T20I series to focus on the test matches. Lockie Ferguson, on the other hand, has been declared fit to play and will participate in the first T20 match.

IND v NZ Probable Playing XI:

  • India - Rohit Sharma (c), KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Venkatesh Iyer, Ravichandran Ashwin, Harshal Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Avesh Khan & Yuzvendra Chahal.
  • New Zealand - Martin Guptill, Daryll Mitchell, Todd Astle, Glenn Phillips, Tim Seifert (wk), Jimmy Neesham, Michael Santner, Lockie Ferguson, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee (c), Adam Milne

IND v NZ Fantasy XI:

Wicket-keeper - Rishabh Pant
Batters - KL Rahul, Martin Guptill, Suryakumar Yadav
All-rounders - Daryl Mitchell, Venkatesh Iyer, James Neesham
Bowlers - Yuzvendra Chahal, Harshal Patel, Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson

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