The team of India and New Zealand is all set to face off the opening match of super 10 stage of ICC World T20 2016 at Nagpur today.
The two teams have locked horns in only five Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) till date, with New Zealand winning four of them while the fifth produced no result. While India have 0 percent record against New Zealand.
India will look to change that disappointing stats by taking the Black Caps head on at Nagpur. The Black Caps likely to open’s the battel against hosts India on March 15.
New Zealand (From): Kane Williamson(c), Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Ross Taylor, Corey Anderson, Grant Elliott, Luke Ronchi(w), Mitchell Santner, Mitchell McClenaghan, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Nathan McCullum, Adam Milne, Henry Nicholls, Ish Sodhi
India (From): Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni(w/c), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ashish Nehra, Jasprit Bumrah, Harbhajan Singh, Mohammed Shami, Pawan Negi, Ajinkya Rahane
Here are a few of the key battles that could decide the fate of the match:
Rohit Sharma vs Trent Boult: The opening batsman of India is in fantastic form, and he will be confident of doing well against the slightly misfiring New Zealand bowling attack. However, he will need to be wary of Trent Boult.
Virat Kohli vs Mitchell McClenaghan: Virat Kohli, India has the highest-ranked T20I batsman in the world. Kohli has been in exceptional form and will want to continue scoring runs by the truckloads in ICC World T20 2016. New Zealand will hope their ace in the hole, Mitchell McClenaghan will be able to bring his A-Game and get one through Kohli.
Kane Williamson vs Ravichandran Ashwin: New Zealand’s best batsman Kane Williamson will be India’s major threat with the bat. Williamson is renowned for his proficiency against pace and spin alike, and India will need their main bowler R Ashwin to halt him in his tracks. Likewise, if Williamson dominates Ashwin, India’s most potent weapon will be blunted.