India made some strange team selections in the first T20I. First, they decided to go with Vijay Shankar in place of Kuldeep Yadav. One knows that the team is mindful of overexposing the mystery spinner in the lead-up to the World Cup but Shankar didn't bowl and playing him as a pure batsman in T20 is beyond comprehension.
Similarly, Khaleel Ahmed has not been up to the mark in the chances that he has got. It calls for a specialist T20 bowler in Siddharth Kaul who is brilliant at the death and can hit consistent yorkers. The fact that pulls weight to this argument is that Khaleel does not even feature for his IPL franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad.
India's batting was quite deep but that does not seem to matter after they conceded close to 220 runs.
In the bowling department, the raw Lockie Ferguson along with the skill of Tim Southee, coupled with the spinning acumen of Mitchell Santner and Ish Sodhi can be a handful for India in the 2nd T20I also.
New Zealand- Tim Seifert, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson, Daryl Mitchell, Ross Taylor, Jimmy Neesham, Doug Bracewell, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson
India- Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Shubman Gill, Rishabh Pant, MS Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik, Krunal Pandya, Siddharth Kaul, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*
Who will win? – New Zealand
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Shikhar Dhawan (India), Kane Williamson (New Zealand)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Kuldeep Yadav (India), Lockie Ferguson (New Zealand)
Most Sixes – Rohit Sharma (India), Colin Munro (New Zealand)
Team Scores Batting First – India 170+, New Zealand 185+
*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features soon, so stay tuned
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