It was a memorable outing for India in the first T20Is against New Zealand at Eden Park in Auckland. The tourists got the better of the Kiwis in a mammoth run chase as they emerged winners by six wickets. Despite conceding more than 200 runs with the ball in hand, the ‘Men in Blue' faced no difficulty as they chased the target with an over to spare.
New Zealand was battered in their own backyard even after posting such a huge total on the board. Their bowlers were taken to the cleaners on a ground that hasn't had a rich history of defending totals. It was a below-par effort from the Kiwis as their bowlers struggled to pick wickets at crucial intervals in an attempt to defend their target.
However, both the teams will meet again on Sunday at the same venue for the 2nd T20I. India will hope to strengthen their lead in the series, while the home team will desperately hope to bounce back after the defeat.
Ahead of the second T20I, here’s a look at Dream11 Prediction, Team News, Playing XIs and top fantasy Picks for New Zealand vs India Dream11 cricket match:
Second New Zealand vs India T20I will be played at Eden Park in Auckland on Sunday, January 26. The match begins at 7:50 PM local time (12;20 PM IST / 6:50 AM GMT). In India, the live coverage will run on the Star Sports network.
There were no injury concerns during the first T20I and all the players must be available for selection on Sunday. Jasprit Bumrah limped off while bowling his last over but showed no signs of concern after he completed his over.
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Predicted Playing XIs:
It was a nearly perfect game for the visitors as they began the series on a positive note. The bowlers expectedly went for runs on a relatively smaller ground in Auckland. However, a strong batting display didn't allow Virat Kohli and co. to return disappointed after the first match. While a majority of playing will remain same, India might ponder over including Navdeep Saini in place of Shardul Thakur for Sunday's clash.
India Playing XI: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul (Wk), Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammad Shami, Jasprit Bumrah
There wasn't much that the hosts could do once Indian batsmen began to score off every ball. While batters did a great job in scoring 200+ runs in the first innings, the bowlers did miss a few tricks with their lines and lengths at the start of their innings.
New Zealand Playing XI: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (c), Tim Seifert (wk), Ross Taylor, Colin de Grandhomme, Daryl Mitchell, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Blair Tickner
Dream11 top Fantasy Picks:
Rohit Sharma failed to get going in the first T20I and would be eager to make hay on Sunday. Jasprit Bumrah was absolute gold with his economical spell on a ground where other bowlers went for runs. The likes of KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer look in ominous touch with the bat in hand.
The New Zealand opening pair of Guptill and Munro brought back memories of their hey-days in the first T20I. Ross Taylor delivered the knock-out punch with a blinder to propel Kiwis to over 200 runs.
Dream11 Match Predictions:
India will yet again start as favourites to win the second T20I. The Kohli-led side did a tremendous job in the series opener and can dominate the BlackCaps on Sunday.