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Saurav Mukherjee

IND vs NZ T20I Series 2022 Match 1 preview: Playing XI, pitch, weather report and more

NZ skipper Kane Williamson and India's captain Hardik Pandya pose with the T20I series trophy ahead of the game. (PC-BCCI) (PC-BCCI)

The Indian team will be lead by all-rounder Hardik Pandya, whose performance in the recently concluded T20 World Cup stunned the opposition. Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma have been rested for the T20 series.

On the other hand, the Kiwis will led by skipper Kane Williamson.

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Until now, India and New Zealand have faced each other in a total of 20 T20Is, where India won 11 games while New Zealand managed 9 wins.

Weather report:

As per the weather experts, the temperature is expected to hover around 21°C on 18 November, with 72% humidity and 13 km/hr wind speed. Chance of precipitation is expected to be 20%.

Pitch report:

The Sky Stadium's pitch is considered to be a batting-friendly surface and it is anticipated that batters will get benefitted here mostly. Though the pacer may get some help in the later part of the game, for spinners, middle overs are considered crucial. It is suggested that one who wins the toss should bat first.

Probable XIs:

India: Hardik Pandya (C), Rishabh Pant (wk), Shubman Gill, Deepak Hooda, Surya Kumar Yadav, Sanju Samson, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Arshdeep Singh, Mohammed Siraj, Bhuvneshwar Kumar

New Zealand: Kane Williamson (C) , Finn Allen, Michael Bracewell, Devon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Blair Tickner

Key players to watch for:

India: Hardik Pandya, Surya Kumar Yadav, Sanju Samson, Arshdeep Singh, Mohammed Siraj

New Zealand: Kane Williamson, Finn Allen, Devon Conway, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee.

Where to watch the match:

The match is scheduled to start at 12:00 PM IST on Amazon Prime Video and Star Sports.


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