The action now shifts to the shortest format of the game as India and New Zealand battle in the first of 3 T20s at the Westpac Stadium, Wellington on Wednesday. India, on the back of an astounding win in the ODI series, would be oozing with confidence. New Zealand, on the other hand, would seek redemption. Keep reading to find out India vs New Zealand 1st T20 Match Prediction.
The visitors have been magnificent on the tour so far. Barring the 4th ODI where Trent Boult wreaked havoc, they have been thoroughly professional. The first 3 ODI wins were pretty comprehensive. But the most pleasing victory would be the last one where they got out of a tricky situation of 18/4 to get to 252. And then, the bowlers stood up to make it 4-1.
On the contrary, the hosts have been disappointing. They were expected to pose a tough challenge but the Men in Blue proved to be too good. Their bowling wasn’t too bad but the batsmen haven’t had an answer, especially against spin. But the format now changes and so do the chances for the Black Caps.
Here is our India vs New Zealand 1st T20 Match Prediction
Case1: If India bats first
First Innings score prediction: 170-180
Result prediction: India will win the match by 10-20 runs
Case2: If New Zealand bats first
First Innings score prediction: 150-160
Result prediction: India will win the match by 5 wickets
Head to head in T20s
Total T20s: 9, New Zealand won: 6, India won: 2, Abandoned: 1
Rohit Sharma (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, MS Dhoni (wk), Dinesh Karthik, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav
Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Tim Seifert (wk), James Neesham, Scott Kuggeleijn, Colin de Grandhomme, Doug Bracewell, Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson, Tim Southee
India vs New Zealand 1st T20 Match Prediction: The momentum lies with India going into the T20 series. The Men in Blue, despite the absence of Virat Kohli, look a strong unit. Their form of late in the shortest format has been tremendous which makes them the favorites.
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