Date & Time: Friday, November 01, 06:30 IST
Venue: Hagley Oval, Christchurch, New Zealand
The 50 over World Cup finalists start their preparation for the T20 World Cup
The memories from the 50 over World Cup final in England are still fresh around the globe. The way the hosts triumphed as champions has left the Kiwis in agony. Now both sides clash off after three and a half months in the shortest format of the game. The 5-match T20I series is perceived as the building block of the mega event in Australia next year. Both sides have approached the selection of their squads differently for this series. The hosts, New Zealand have gone in with more or less a full-strength squad apart from Williamson and Boult who are recovering from injuries. The team from England has rested most of their experienced players and picked as many as 6 players who are yet to make their debut at the big stage. So considering the experience factor, the Kiwis look like a superior side, but the nature of the format is such that one cannot take any team lightly.
New Zealand Possible XI: Colin Munro, Martin Guptill, Tim Seifert, Ross Taylor, Colin de Grandhomme, James Neesham, Daryl Mitchell, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson
England Possible XI: Jonny Bairstow, David Malan, James Vince, Eoin Morgan, Sam Billings, Lewis Gregory, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Adil Rashid, Chris Jordan, Patrick Brown
This is the first T20I being played at the venue. The surface in Christchurch is usually known to produce high scoring games in the domestic competitions and with such short boundaries up for grabs, we can expect runs to flow.
He may not have had the best of times in England but in the recently concluded CPL, he has come into some form. In addition, he has also scored a century a day ago in the warm-up fixture against the visitors. He has a PPM of 52 in the last five matches played in the format.
The experienced sportsman is slowly getting his game right in the T20 format. He has been one of the driving forces for the side in the recently concluded Sri Lankan tour. He played crisp knocks to tackle the early collapse. He has a PPM of 36 and an MDTA of 1.6 in the last five matches.
He is one of the most consistent performers for the Kiwis in the format. He has a PPM of almost 50 and MDTA of 1.3 in the format. In the last five matches, he has performed above his average by scoring a PPM of 64 and an MDTA of 1.25, which makes him the most sought after player in the Dream11 cricket team.
He has left no stone unturned since opening for batting in the shorter format. He has been one of the brightest stars for SRH in his first edition of IPL and he continued that until the end of the World Cup as well. Adding to it, he has also scored 78 runs in the first warm-up fixture on the tour. He has a PPM of 53 and an MDTA of 1.5 in the format.
He is a veteran when it comes to T20 format, as he is all around the leagues.He was at his usual best in the recently clouded CPL, where he was amongst the wicket-takers for the side. In the five matches, he has a PPM of 45 and MDTA of 1.25 which makes him a worthy pick to consider in the fantasy cricket team.