New Zealand Tour of India 2023: India vs New Zealand – 1st T20I Preview and Updates

In the one-day international series, India defeated New Zealand 3-0. The two teams will now prepare for the three-match T20I series, which begins on Friday in Ranchi. The Kiwis have never beaten India in a T20I series at home. With many of the home team’s regulars missing from the series, New Zealand may fancy their chances. However, Team India is always a formidable opponent at home and will begin the series as favourites.

The 1st T20I between India vs New Zealand will take place on January 27th, 2023 at JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi.

Match Details to Note

Match: India vs New Zealand, 1st T20I, New Zealand Tour of India 2023

Date: January 27, 2023 (Friday)                                                   

Time: 7:00 PM IST

Venue: JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi

India vs New Zealand

India vs New Zealand

India (Match Odds – 1.42):


India will have a number of new faces for the T20 series, as ODI regulars Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli have been ruled out. Hardik Pandya, who has been in excellent form with both the bat and the ball, will lead the T20 side once more.

After more than a year and a half, Prithvi Shaw has been selected to play for India. The aggressive opening batter has been in outstanding form in domestic cricket and will almost certainly be given a chance. Suryakumar Yadav, of course, will be the batter to keep an eye on for India. He is one of the best T20 batters in the world, having recently smashed a stunning 112* off 67 balls against Sri Lanka.

Rahul Tripathi has only played two T20Is for India, but he’s proven he can be an enforcer at No.3. Deepak Hooda will have another chance to prove his worth as a finisher.

Arshdeep Singh (14 wickets in the last 9 matches at an economy of 8.93), Umran Malik (7 wickets in the last 3 T20Is at an economy of 9.63), and Hardik Pandya will be the mainstays of India’s pace bowling attack (7 wickets in last 10 matches at 7.43). Pandya has performed admirably with the new ball this season and is expected to bowl at least 2-3 overs to begin. Kuldeep, a left-arm wrist spinner, has been in excellent form recently. He has 11 wickets in the five One-Day Internationals he has played in India this year and has regularly troubled the batters. Taking on him will be a new experience for the Kiwi batters.

Full Squad:

Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan(w), Rahul Tripathi, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya(c), Deepak Hooda, Washington Sundar, Shivam Mavi, Arshdeep Singh, Umran Malik, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Jitesh Sharma, Mukesh Kumar, Prithvi Shaw

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Players to watch out for:

Suryakumar Yadav

The right-handed batter has claimed the number four spot in the T20I squad. In the last two T20Is against Sri Lanka, he hit 112 not out and 51.

Hardik Pandya

The captain leads this team in a very relaxed manner that seems to bring out the best in the young players. He hit a half-century in the final One-Day International on Tuesday.

Arshdeep Singh

After making his debut in July 2022, the left-arm swing bowler has a stellar T20I record. In November, he took 4-37 against New Zealand and 3-20 in his last game in this format.

Possible Playing XI:

Prithvi Shaw/ Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan (wk), Rahul Tripathi, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya (c), Deepak Hooda, Washington Sundar, Shivam Mavi, Kuldeep Yadav, Umran Malik, Arshdeep Singh

New Zealand (Match Odds – 2.85):


So far, New Zealand’s tour of India has not gone as planned. After being blanked in the ODI series, the Kiwis now have a chance to redeem themselves in the shortest international format. They also have the right players for the job.

Finn Allen scored 40 runs in the ODI series against India, but he’s a dangerous T20 batter and should fare better here. In 25 T20I innings, he has one hundred and two fifties at a strike rate of 163.40. Devon Conway, who scored 138 off 100 balls in the third ODI against India, will look to carry his form into the T20Is. He has IPL experience playing on these pitches and will be New Zealand’s batting mainstay.

Glenn Phillips is another batter to keep an eye on. In the last ten games, the powerful hard-hitter has scored 356 runs at an average of 39.56 and a strike rate of 167.92.

Lockie Ferguson will be relied on to deliver the goods in the absence of Trent Boult and Tim Southee. The right-arm fast bowler can regularly hit 140 km/h and has 41 wickets in 28 T20Is at an economy of 7.36. With his left-arm spin, captain Mitchell Santner (11 wickets in the last 8 games at an economy of 6.71) will be useful on these surfaces. Leg-spinner Ish Sodhi (ten wickets in the last ten matches at an economy rate of 7.79) will also be crucial to New Zealand’s chances, as he can take crucial wickets in the middle overs.

Full Squad:

Finn Allen, Devon Conway(w), Mark Chapman, Glenn Phillips, Daryl Mitchell, Michael Bracewell, Mitchell Santner(c), Lockie Ferguson, Ish Sodhi, Blair Tickner, Jacob Duffy, Michael Rippon, Dane Cleaver, Henry Shipley, Ben Lister

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Players to watch out for:

Devon Conway

The keeper batter has 1170 runs in this format, with the highest score being 99 not out. In the third ODI, India’s bowlers had no answer for him.

Michael Bracewell

The all-rounder bats left-handed and scored 190 runs in the ODI series. He has caused problems for India’s attack in the past and will look to do so again in this first T20I.

Lockie Ferguson

The pace bowler has appeared in the majority of the world’s top T20 leagues. His best figures in this format are 5-21.

Possible Playing XI:

Finn Allen, Devon Conway (wk), Mark Chapman, Daryl Mitchell, Glenn Phillips, Michael Bracewell, Mitchell Santner (c), Lockie Ferguson, Henry Shipley, Blair Tickner, Ish Sodhi

India vs New Zealand Top Team Batsmen

Our batting picks for India are Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan, and Suryakumar Yadav. Gill scored 208, 40 not out, and 112 runs in ODIs and 46 runs in T20Is. Kishan has an 89-run highest score and three other half-centuries from 24 innings in this format.

For New Zealand, we’ve chosen Devon Conway, Finn Allen, and Glenn Phillips to bat. Allen has a best T20I score of 101 and a strike rate of 163.40. Phillips has two T20I centuries and will be given more responsibility in the absence of Kane Williamson.

India vs New Zealand Top Team Bowlers

For India, we recommend Arshdeep Singh, Umran Malik, and Shivam Mavi. Malik took seven wickets in three Twenty20 Internationals against Sri Lanka earlier this month and dismissed Devon Conway on Tuesday. Mavi took 4-22 in his first T20I earlier this month.

Bowling tips for New Zealand include Lockie Ferguson, Blair Tickner, and Mitchell Santner. Ticker was costly in the final ODI, but he still took three wickets. Santner was in excellent form during the Super Smash in late December, taking four wickets in his last two T20 matches.

India vs New Zealand Head to Head

In T20Is, the teams have been very evenly matched over the years, with New Zealand winning none of the last six. India leads the overall head-to-head series 12-9.

India vs New Zealand Head to Head Stats in T20I

  Matches Played IND Won NZ Won Tie NR
Overall 24 12 9 1 2
Last 5 5 3 0 1 1

India vs New Zealand Toss Prediction

The JSCA International Stadium Complex has hosted three Twenty20 Internationals, two of which were won by the team batting second. In this match, the team that wins the toss will most likely bat first.

India vs New Zealand Pitch Report

Batting first at the JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi yields an average score of 156. The venue last hosted a T20I between India and New Zealand in November 2021. Batting first, New Zealand scored 153-6, which India chased down in 17.2 overs with 7 wickets remaining. This is not going to be a high-scoring match, so the team batting first should aim for a total of 170-180 runs.

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The pitch at Ranchi’s JSCA International Stadium is dry and slow. Spinners will generate some turn and bounce off the surface, while seamers may experience some early movement. Batters, on the other hand, will prefer to face pacers rather than spinners here.

The weather in Ranchi will be cool and pleasant during the match.

India vs New Zealand Prediction

There have been 22 T20Is played between India and New Zealand, with the Men in Blue winning 12 and the Kiwis winning 9. One match was a draw. India has won four of the last five T20Is between these two teams, with one match ending in a tie. India will start as favourites in this match because they are the home team and are currently in excellent limited-overs form. You can never count out New Zealand, and if some of their batters, such as Devon Conway or Glenn Phillips, get going, they will be difficult to stop. India, on the other hand, appears to have better balance and depth for these conditions and should win this match. Check out the odds at Cricbaba!

India is the favourite to beat New Zealand at the odds of 1.42.

India vs New Zealand Most Recommended Player for Bet:

In this format, Suryakumar Yadav averages 46.41 with a strike rate of 180.34. As India’s leading run scorer in this match, he is well worth backing. Suryakumar Yadav is our pick in this match after a fantastic 2022 and an outstanding start to 2023 in this format.

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