Nz vs Ind T20 World Cup: Playing 11, Predictions

india vs nz playing 11

After a massive hammering from the hands of their arch-rivals Pakistan, Team India would look to bounce back strongly against the Blackcaps. Also with Pakistan beating the Kiwis, the NZ vs Ind T20 World Cup 2021 match scheduled to be held on October 31 might turn out to be a virtual Quarter Final for both the teams. Pakistan sits pretty on the top of Group 2 with two big wins back to back and is most likely to qualify as the group leaders. The second spot would most likely be a contest between  India and NZ playing 11. Thus the winner of the NZ vs Ind T20 World Cup 2021 match might just put one foot in the World Cup semi-finals along with Pakistan.

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The big news from the Indian camp is that their flamboyant allrounder Hardik Pandya, who had some problems with the right shoulder during the Pakistan match has been declared fit for the clash against the Kiwis. He has also started rolling his arm over in the nets according to reports. The Indian captain Virat Kohli was seen to practice pinch-hitting against both pace and spin in the nets. Shifting to the other camp, Martin Guptill might be doubtful for the India match after suffering from a toe injury in their previous match against Pakistan. This might turn out to be a big blow with their speedster Lockie Ferguson already being out with a calf muscle injury. Overall both the camps are desperate to give it all they have to clinch the virtual Quarter-Final on Sunday.

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Possible Team Combinations:


Hardik Pandya being declared fit to play would therefore certainly retain his spot at no. 6. Shardul Thakur might find a place in the 11 in place of off-colored Bhuvneshwar Kumar as it strengthens the team balance. Shardul has been the man with a golden arm for CSK as well as for Team India of late. Also, his contributions lower down the order with the bat proved to be match-winning at times. In spite of the hot form of Ishan Kishan, he might still have to sit out as he is being considered as an opening option where there is absolutely no chance for replacement.

Virat Kohli

Predicted Playing XI:

Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Mohammad Shami, Varun Chakravarthy, Jasprit Bumrah.

New Zealand:

With a question mark over the fitness of Martin Guptill, Devon Conway would most likely shift to his more comfortable opening spot alongside Daryl Mitchell. Kyle Jamieson might fit into the squad providing added balance to the team in both the departments. Also, keep in mind his record against India in International Cricket, he might turn out to be a very handy option to the Kiwis. The rest of the unit is expected to remain unchanged.

NZ team

Predicted Playing XI:

Devon Conway, Daryl Mitchell, Kane Williamson, Glenn Phillips, Tim Seifert (wk), James Neesham, Kyle Jamieson, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult.

Predicted Result:

The India New Zealand fixture is expected to be a high voltage one with the possible chance of elimination on defeat. After being defeated by Pakistan in their respective tournament openers, both the teams would be eager to pull up their socks and produce their best possible performance. In terms of skill level, India might just have their noses ahead leading to the fixture but this New Zealand side can be brutal like they showed in the 50 overs World Cup.

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