Date: 27 January 2023
Time: 7 PM IST
Venue: JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi
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India and New Zealand will lock horns in the first T20I of the three-match series on Friday at the JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi. After a clean sweep (3-0) in the ODI series, the Men in Blue will be hoping to replicate a similar sort of performance in the T20Is as well. Meanwhile, the Kiwis would want a turnaround. However, New Zealand will miss the services of top players like Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, and Kane Williamson.
Both India and New Zealand have young players in their squads. While Mitchell Santner will be leading the Kiwis, Hardik Pandya is at the helm of affairs for India. There is enough batting firepower in both teams and it is expected to be a run-fest at JSCA. While the likes of Finn Allen, Devon Conway, Michael Bracewell, and Glenn Phillips are expected to be among the runs for New Zealand, Ishan Kishan, Shubman Gill, and Suryakumar Yadav should shine for India.
Among the bowlers, Mitchell Santner can create an impact as the pitch is known to assist spinners. India captain Hardik Pandya has looked good with the ball as of late. Umran Malik can also be an x-factor for India. Meanwhile, Lockie Ferguson can do the job with the new ball for the visitors.
India: Ishan Kishan (wk), Shubman Gill, Suryakumar Yadav, Rahul Tripathi, Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar, Shivam Mavi, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Arshdeep Singh, Umran Malik
New Zealand: Finn Allen, Devon Conway, Glenn Phillips, Daryl Mitchell, Michael Bracewell, Mark Chapman, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson, Blair Tickner, Jacob Duffy
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Grand League team
Wicketkeepers: Devon Conway, Ishan Kishan
Batters: Suryakumar Yadav, Shubman Gill, Daryl Mitchell, Glenn Phillips
All-rounders: Hardik Pandya, Mitchell Santner, Michael Bracewell
Bowlers: Umran Malik, Lockie Ferguson, Kuldeep Yadav, Arshdeep Singh
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