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Fantasy Cricket Match Predictions: New Zealand v India 1st ODI

KL Rahul (India)

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The 1st match of the three-match ODI series between New Zealand and India will be played at the Seddon Park in Hamilton.


Fantasy Cricket Match Predictions: New Zealand v India 1st ODI


India and New Zealand have played a total of 107 ODIs, out of which India have won 55 and New Zealand have won 46. When it comes to ODIs in New Zealand, the home team has the upper hand with 22 wins as opposed to India's 14. But, India will enter the series with immense confidence after having whitewashed the Kiwis in the T20Is.

With injuries to Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul batting in the middle-order, Mayank Agarwal and Prithvi Shaw will make their ODI debuts for India as openers.

Spin all-rounder Ravi Jadeja is expected to bat at number 7.

Shardul Thakur can be rested after a long T20I series with Mohammed Shami, Navdeep Saini and Jasprit Bumrah being the three Indian pace bowlers. Either of Yuzvendra Chahal or Kuldeep Yadav can play but with Chahal having played in the T20Is, the left-arm wrist spinner has the higher probability.

A shoulder injury to skipper Kane Williamson has multiplied New Zealand's troubles. They will open with Martin Guptill and Henry Nicholls with Mark Chapman coming in for the injured Williamson.

Tom Latham, the stand-in captain, will bat at five. The team will have Colin de Grandhomme and Jimmy Neesham as their all-rounders. The (really) tall Kyle Jamieson is expected to play ahead of Tim Southee.


Probable playing XI of both teams:

New Zealand - Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Mark Chapman, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (c & wk), Colin de Grandhomme, Jimmy Neesham, Ish Sodhi, Kyle Jamieson, Hamish Bennett, Scott Kuggeleijn

India - Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw, Virat Kohli (c), Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (wk), Manish Pandey, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal/Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Navdeep Saini, Jasprit Bumrah

Key Players to Consider for your Fantasy Cricket Teams

New Zealand

Martin Guptill – had a so-so T20I series and is due a big score

Ross Taylor – had a great T20I series and is fine form with the bat

Colin de Grandhomme – had a below par T20I series outing and is sure to come back strongly in the longer white ball format


KL Rahul – had a great T20I series and is fine form with the bat

Virat Kohli – he is a match winner and can’t be left out of any fantasy team!

Ravindra Jadeja –book him in – he is a match winner, as well, in all formats – if he does not play, Bumrah is your pick


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