India has conceded a 1-0 deficit in the three-match series against New Zealand. They displayed a poor performance and were at the receiving end of a 21-run thumping. They failed to chase the target of 176 runs and bowled poor lines and lengths. They would now want to make a comeback and level the series.
Predicting India Playing 11 for the first T20I against New Zealand
Ishan Kishan failed in the first game, but it is likely that he will continue in the second game and will keep wickets as well. It’s fair to say that Shubman Gill and Prithvi Shaw will fight for the other opening spot. But with Gill slated to play Tests against Australia, the Mumbai batter is likely to open in the second game. Shaw notably has made a comeback into the side and therefore it is expected that he will walk straight into the playing XI. Gill on the other hand played the first game and scored just 7 runs.
Rahul Tripathi did a staggering job in the series against Sri Lanka but failed to get going in the first game as he bagged a duck. But he likely gets a long rope in the team. Suryakumar Yadav is no doubt to bat at No.4. He scored 47 runs in the first game.
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Skipper Hardik Pandya will bat at No.5 and is expected to play a crucial role with the ball as well. He failed to perform with both bat and ball in the first game and would be looking to turn things around.
Deepak Hooda is expected to retain his place at No.6. He also would want to like to contribute more with the bat and ball. Washington Sundar was the biggest positive for India in the first game as he contributed with both bat and ball and fought till the very end.
Yuzvendra Chahal is also likely to come back for the second game in place of Shivam Mavi in the team. Whereas Kuldeep Yadav will also retain his place in the team. The duo of Umran Malik and Arshdeep Singh is likely to form the pace battery.
Predicted India Playing 11 for the first T20I against New Zealand
Ishan Kishan (Wk)