Match – India vs New Zealand – 1st T20
Venue – Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
Time – 07:00 PM IST, 01:30 PM GMT
Where to watch live – Star Sports Network
Jaipur is yet to host a T20I, albeit the venue has hosted plenty of the matches in the IPL. The scores stay on the higher side at the venue and a fairly high-scoring game seems to be in store. Batting second should be the preferred option.
Martin Guptill, Daryl Mitchell, Tim Seifert, Glenn Phillips (WK), Mark Chapman, Mitchell Santner, James Neesham, Tim Southee (C), Lockie Ferguson/Adam Milne, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult
Bench: Kyle Jamieson, Adam Milne/Lockie Ferguson, Todd Astle
Matches- 17, India – 6, New Zealand– 9, N/R- 0, Tied- 2
Matches- 5, India – 2, New Zealand– 3, N/R- 0, Tied- 0
Probable best batter of the match
Rohit Sharma (India)
Rohit Sharma has looked in pretty decent touch with the bat in hand of late. Although he failed in the first two games in the World Cup, he found his mojo back in India’s last three Super 12 matches. The veteran scored 174 runs from five games at an average of 34.80. If the Indian skipper gets going, the Black Caps would be in for a lot of trouble.
Probable best bowler of the match
Trent Boult (New Zealand)
Trent Boult was arguably the standout bowler for New Zealand in the T20 World Cup. The speedster was on his mark throughout the tournament as he picked up 13 wickets from seven matches. In the match against India, he picked up three wickets for just 20 runs. Boult will now be looking to make early inroads into the Indian batting in the T20I series.