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Fantasy Cricket Match Predictions - New Zealand v India 5th T20I

Fantasy Cricket Match Predictions - New Zealand v India 5th T20I

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Fantasy Cricket Match Predictions - New Zealand v India 5th T20I

The 5th match of the five-match T20I series between New Zealand and India will be played at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui.

What do New Zealand do to get over the line from here? It might seem a coincidence that New Zealand were in the driving seat in both the 3rd and 4th T20Is and ended up losing the match in the Super Over. But, more than the coincidence, this has been brought about by the delta in the mindset of both the teams.

New Zealand, especially after their thrashing in Australia, have been dented and in the absence of some of their top players, their confidence is at the rock-bottom. On the other hand, India are on a winning streak and are finding ways to win matches even from improbable situations.

As far as the team changes go, Tim Southee said at the toss in the last match that Kane Williamson has a slight shoulder niggle and should be good to go in a couple of days. This implies that he is likely to play this game and will come in for Tom Bruce.

For India, Kuldeep Yadav and Rishabh Pant are the two players who are waiting to get a go in the series but it seems unlikely for that to happen. Both might have to wait for the ODI series to get a game.

If India decide to experiment too much, they will risk losing the match. Otherwise, a clean sweep is on the cards.

Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams:

New Zealand - Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (c), Tim Seifert (wk), Ross Taylor, Daryl Mitchell, Mitchell Santner, Scott Kuggeleijn, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Hamish Bennett

India - Sanju Samson, Lokesh Rahul (wk), Virat Kohli (c), Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah/Mohammad Shami, Navdeep Saini

Key Players to Consider for your Fantasy Cricket Teams


New Zealand

Martin Guptill – is due a big score and must go big this time around

Kane Williamson – Injured for 4th T20I - Masterclass in T20 batting from the Kiwi skipper in the 3rd T20I – scored 95 but failed to get them over the line – if still out injured - then Tim Seifert is your pick batted well in 4th T20I

Ish Sodhi – had a great 4th T20I with the ball for the Blackcaps – give him a go


Rohit Sharma – the ‘hitman’ – was rested in the 4th T20I (went big in the 3rd T20I as predicted and won the Super Over for India!) You would be foolish to leave him out of this match – if he doeasn’t play – go for KL Rahul

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

Ravindra Jadeja – rested in the 4th T20I  (as predicted, he had a great match in the 3rd T20I) – book him in again – if he does not play, Bumrah is your pick


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