Date: 27 January 2023
Time: 7 PM IST
Venue: JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi
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India whitewashed New Zealand in the three-match ODI series. The Men in Blue registered thumping wins in the last two games after a close-fought first game. Now, the two teams will meet in the shortest format. The first T20I is scheduled to be played on 27 January in Ranchi and it is expected to be a thrilling contest with both teams going bonkers.
As it is a relatively big stadium, spinners tend to play a part at the ground. The track also offers the spinners grip and turn. Also, teams bowling first have won two out of three T20Is played here.
India have selected a young group of players with Hardik Pandya leading them. Ishan Kishan and Shubman Gill look set to open the innings for India with Suryakumar Yadav coming in at no.3. Rahul Tripathi might play ahead of Deepak Hooda at the fourth position. Captain Hardik Pandya will take his usual batting spot, No.5 and will be followed by Washinton Sundar and Shivam Mavi. Both Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal might play. Meanwhile, Arshdeep Singh and Umran Malik will be the specialist bowlers.
SportsTiger Playing XI of India
Ishan Kishan (wk), Shubman Gill, Suryakumar Yadav, Rahul Tripathi, Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar, Shivam Mavi, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Arshdeep Singh, Umran Malik
New Zealand played some good cricket with the bat but they lacked potency with the ball in the ODI series. Nevertheless, the Kiwis will look to put up a fight in the three T20Is, the first of which will be played on Friday. Mitchell Santner will be at the helm of affairs for the visitors and the all-rounder will look to play a good brand of cricket. Devon Conway will hope to continue his good form into the T20I series. Meanwhile, Glenn Phillips and Finn Allen will have to buckle up. Lockie Ferguson will once again be expected to lead the pace attack.
SportsTiger Playing XI of New Zealand
Finn Allen, Devon Conway, Glenn Phillips, Daryl Mitchell, Michael Bracewell, Mark Chapman, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson, Blair Tickner, Jacob Duffy
India are coming on the back of a terrific series win and have the desired momentum with them. Meanwhile, New Zealand will miss the services of Tom Latham and Henry Nicholls.
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