The New Zealand cricket team’s tour of India will kick off with the three-match ODI series on Wednesday, January 17 in Hyderabad. The first game between the two teams will take place at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium. Both India and New Zealand will be coming on the back of a series win against Sri Lanka and Pakistan respectively.
Team India defeated Sri Lanka 3-0 at home, while New Zealand secured a 2-1 win in Pakistan. The teams will have to be at their mighty best in the upcoming series. The series will witness the likes of Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Kane Williamson, and several other experienced players, with also a good mix of youngsters. All-in-all, we are in for a cracker of an ODI series between India and New Zealand.
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Details: India vs New Zealand, First ODI
Venue: Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad
Date and Time: Wednesday, January 18, 1:30 PM
The wicket at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad is expected to be a decent batting track. The average first innings score at the ground is 277. With dew likely to come into play, teams might prefer chasing at the venue.
India (IND) vs New Zealand (NZ) – Predicted Playing XI
UPDATE – Team India batter Shreyas Iyer has been ruled out of the upcoming 3-match ODI series against New Zealand due to a back injury.
Rajat Patidar has been named as his replacement.
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India – Rohit Sharma (C), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj
New Zealand – Tom Latham (C), Finn Allen, Devon Conway, Henry Nicholls, Daryl Mitchell, Glenn Philips, Michael Bracewell, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Doug Bracewell, Lockie Ferguson
A high-profile game awaits as both teams will try to win the series. However, the Kiwis won’t get the service of a few of their senior players so it can be expected that India can come out on top at the end of this game. However, things can change and New Zealand can certainly give a tough fight too. Betway has also placed its odds in favour of New Zealand at 2.87.
Fantasy Team Suggestions – IND vs NZ
Team 1: Tom Latham, Ishan Kishan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (C), Devon Conway (VC), Michael Bracewell, Hardik Pandya, Ish Sodhi, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Mohammed Siraj
Team 2: Tom Latham, Ishan Kishan, Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Devon Conway (C), Michael Bracewell, Hardik Pandya (VC), Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson, Mohammed Siraj