New Zealand v India First T20 International Preview


India’s tour of New Zealand continues with a three match T20 International series and the first contest takes place in Wellington on Wednesday.

India won the ODI series at the start of this tour 4-1 including a 35 run victory at this venue in the fifth match on Sunday. We now have the T20’s to conclude the tour with this game followed by Friday’s match in Auckland and we finish up in Hamilton on Sunday. Let’s start with the squads.

New Zealand Squad: Kane Williamson (c), Doug Bracewell, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Scott Kuggeleijn, Daryl Mitchell, Colin Munro, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert (wk), Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, James Neesham

India Squad: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Krunal Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul, K Khaleel Ahmed, Mohammed, Shubman Gill, Vijay Shankar, Hardik Pandya

New Zealand beat Sri Lanka in Auckland by 35 runs in a one off T20 last month whilst in October they went down 3-0 to Pakistan in the UAE.

India drew 1-1 with Australia in November last year with 1 match washed out. Prior to that they beat WIndies 3-0 in a home series and on their tour of England in July and they came away with a 2-1 win.

Head to Head

Overall the teams have met 9 times in this format with New Zealand winning 6, India 2 with 1 no result.

The teams last met in India in November 2017 and India won that series 2-1.

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Match Result

New Zealand 12/10

India 7/10

Note:  Prices correct at the time of posting but are subject to change

Suggested Bet: India to win at 7/10

Even though they are without Kohli India still look the more settled side and they get the vote to start the series on a winning note.