INDIA TOUR OF NEW ZEALAND 2019
Cricbuzz Staff •
Tim Seifert was in prime form in the first T20I © AFP
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Toss and teams
India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma(c), Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni(w), Vijay Shankar, Shubman Gill, Krunal Pandya, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Chahal
New Zealand (Playing XI): Tim Seifert(w), Colin Munro, Kane Williamson(c), Daryl Mitchell, Ross Taylor, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Scott Kuggeleijn, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson
Rohit Sharma: “We were looking to bowl first anyway. I know we lost the last game, but chasing has been our strength. We have spoken about what we need to do with bat and ball. Hopefully we can get a win today. We just need to do the right things and do them consistently. We discussed what went wrong in the last game. Hopefully we won’t repeat them. We are playing the same team. I know there will be a lot of talk about Krunal and Kuldeep. Kuldeep has been top class for us.”
Kane Williamson: “We are going to bat. Usually a good batting surface here. It’s always a great opportunity to play against India. Same team for us today.”
New Zealand have won the toss and opted to bat. Runs on the board and hope to put the opposition under pressure – the mantra of Williamson.
Pitch – “It of sheen suggests it could be good for batting. No grass cover, so that means the ball could grip for the spinners and probably they could use the bigger side boundaries to their advantage.”
— BCCI (@BCCI) February 8, 2019
Todays match boundaries straight are smaller and sides are big.. hope India doesnt bowl fuller.. #NZvIND
— tamilrasigan-Harish (@tamilrasigan5) February 8, 2019
Middle order issues…
As Indian Men team has the problem of Middle order, the same is being observed in women’s team too. Runs are scored by Mandhana, Rodrigues and Mithali, but if they fail, the middle order also fails!@Fancricket12 @cricbuzz
— Parth Shah (@parth_shah_29) February 8, 2019
In the recently-concluded five-match ODI series against India, New Zealand smelled defeat time and again. During the rubber, New Zealand’s cricketers were seen standing with their hands on hips, looking quite vanquished. It felt as if they were looking at nothingness.
But athletes take pain and swallow it, with winning and losing being part and parcel of sport. New Zealand’s cricketers, too, showed the required self belief and fighting spirit to pick themselves up and win the first T20I by a comfortable margin.
Tim Seifert (84), known for his hitting prowess in domestic cricket, put up a brilliant exhibition of power-hitting. Tim Southee, who usually generates swing at Westpac, took three scalps. In the end, it was a clinical show from the hosts.
Meanwhile, the formidable Indian side will aim to bounce back. The likes of Khaleel, Bhuvneshwar and Hardik were expensive with the ball, while the top order couldn’t fire at Westpac. For the second game, Shubman, Kaul or Kuldeep could come into the equation.
In a few minutes time we will bring to you all the updates from the match…
Here’s our preview for the game.