Date & Time: Sunday, January 26, 12:20 IST
Venue: Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand
Yet another authoritative batting display puts India upfront
In a high scoring encounter India gunned down a target of 205 with an over to spare. KL Rahul who donned the wicket-keeping gloves continued his white-ball form with a sensational half century, raising doubts on Rishabh Pant. It was not only about Rahul, India’s number 4 Shreyas Iyer put the icing on the cake in the chase with a quick fire half century. The batting was highlight from both the sides, Williamson who was returning to the T20 outfit after a year made a great comeback with a sensational half century. Colin Munro and Ross Taylor chipped in with half centuries helping them post a total of 204, but it just wasn’t enough. For the bowlers, none of them were spared, not even a single bowler conceded less than 7.5. Ish Sodhi was the only bowler to pick up more than a wicket in the first T20I.
With all the bowlers going for runs from both the sides, changes are expected only in the bowling department. India may consider swapping in Saini with Thakur and New Zealand could go with Kuggeleijn for Tickner.
New Zealand Probable XI: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Tim Seifert (wk), Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Blair Ticken/Scott Kuggeleijn, Hamish Bennett
India Probable XI: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (c), Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thaku/Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah.
As expected the pitch turned out to be a cracker to bat on. An aggregate of over 400 runs was scored in the match. As for the second T20I, which is to be played at the same venue, not many changes can be expected. Plenty of runs is on the cards and another high scoring game is anticipated.
This man just keeps on piling the runs at his will when it comes to white-ball cricket. In the last five T20I innings he has scored more than 40 runs in four of those innings, this shows the amount of confidence he is carrying. He has been one of the most popular picks in the fantasy teams. In the last five T20 matches he has a PPM of 71.6 and an MDTA of 1.25.
The highest run scorer in T20Is is undeniably a top pick in the fantasy team. In the first match as well, though he didn’t take the lime light, his contribution of 45 and a partnership of 99 with Rahul helped India gun a mammoth total of 205. He has a PPM of 55.2 and an MDTA of 1.25 in the last five matches.
Considered to be one of the fab fours of the modern era, Williamson made a comeback to an international T20 game after almost a year. However, he never looked rusty, his quickfire half century which is also his personal fastest displayed his prowess. In the last five T20 matches he has a PPM of 56.0 and an MDTA of 1.25. His record is one of the things that would tempt us to keep him in the fantasy team.
Martin Guptill who had a good season of Super Smash overcame his hardship against India in T20I and scored a valiant 30. He has a PPM of 56.2 in the last five matches and has been a part of the dream team in all the matches he has played.