India vs New Zealand 1st T20 Preview


Firoz Shah Kotla prepared to bid Ashish Nehra goodbye!!!

After a thrilling and competitive Odi series,the action moves to T20s side. Currenly, New Zealand are the no.1 ranked side in this shorter format game and India stands at 5th position.However,the Men in Blue have not registered yet their first T20 win against Kiwis and this is a good chance for them.On the other side New Zealand played an outstanding Odi series against India and they also want to continue their dominance against India in this format. This will be last international match for the veteran fast bowler Nehra at his own home ground.


Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi


It’s clear and no chances of rain

Average 1st Innings Scores : 146 Runs

 Average 2nd Innings Scores : 142 Runs

Pitch Conditions

Kotla pitch usually supports spinners.Four international matches were played here earlier and the average score is around 148.Team batting first has won 2 matches and team batting second has won matches as well.Due factor may come into play so toss plays a key role in today’s match.It will become difficult for bowlers at later half of the game with dew around.

Team News : India

As it is his last game Nehra joins in playing XI which means either Bhuvneshwar Kumar or Bumrah won’t play this game and this is captain’s choice.Though Axar Patel didn’t impress but still he may play ahead of Kuldeep. Kl Rahul,with his T20 record may bat at no.4 in place of Manish Pandey. Shreyas Iyer and Mohammed Siraj should wait for their chance.

Team News : New Zealand

Ross Taylor was recalled after an excellent Odi series replacing Todd Astle. Colin De Grandhomme was not well during the practice session so Ish Sodhi likes to play in today’s match.

India Probable XI

Kohli (c)
KL Rahul
Dinesh Karthik
Hardik Pandya
Dhoni (wk)
Bumrah / B.Kumar

New Zealand Probable XI

Williamson (c)
Bruce / Taylor
Latham (wk)
Ish Sodhi
Prediction : India has never won a single T20 game against the Blackcaps.However,in Indian conditions,India cannot be taken lightly. 50 – 50 chances for both teams.

Final playing will be posted on

India vs New Zealand 1st T20 Preview
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