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    India [204/4] beat New Zealand [203/5] by 6 wickets in the first T20I to take 1-0 series lead

    New Zealand have won eight of the 11 head-to-head T20I contests against India. In a World Cup year, Virat Kohli's men will be keen to build on their recent form to address those numbers.

    Overview:

    New Zealand v India, 1st T20I
    Eden Park, Auckland
    Friday, 24 January; 07:50pm local, 06.50am GMT

    Because of Shikhar Dhawan's shoulder injury, KL Rahul will likely retain his opener's slot in the format, this time with Rohit Sharma. While Shreyas Iyer has consolidated his position in the middle order, the series presents another opportunity for Rishabh Pant to establish himself in the set-up. The management could be tempted to test 'keeper-batsman Sanju Samson and young Prithvi Shaw too, both of whom showed signs of good form while playing for India A in the 50-over series in New Zealand.

    The abundance of options in the bowling department could result in rotation throughout the series, while the seam-friendly conditions might just see Shivam Dube edge Washington Sundar for the second all-rounder's spot.

    As for the hosts, the tour to Australia was a forgettable one, where they were swept 3-0 in Tests. However, a blend of youth and experience makes them a formidable T20I outfit, especially in their home conditions. The team will be bolstered by the return of Kane Williamson, who will take the field in limited overs internationals for the first time since the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2019 final at Lord's.

    The fact that both teams are evenly matched and close on the MRF Tyres ICC T20I Team Rankings, along with memories of their last international meeting – the World Cup semi-final finish in Manchester – promises to make the five-match series an exciting affair.

    Remember the last time

    With a win each in the first two games of the three-match series, the two teams headed to Hamilton for the decider, which turned out to be a high-scoring thriller. New Zealand, powered by Colin Munro's 72 and some useful contributions from skipper Williamson (27), 'keeper-batsman Tim Seifert (43) and Colin de Grandhomme (30), posted 212/4 in the first innings after being put in.

    India lost Dhawan early in the chase, but Rohit, the stand-in skipper, played the anchor's role to keep the visitors in hunt, getting able support from Vijay Shankar (43), Pant (28) and Hardik Pandya (21). However, all-rounder Daryl Mitchell and paceman Scott Kuggeleijn struck some crucial blows to reduce India to 145/6, leaving another 68 to get off the final 28 balls. Dinesh Karthik and Krunal Pandya got them close, but Tim Southee defended 15 in the final over, helping his side to a narrow four-run win.

    What they said

    Virat Kohli, India captain: "Honestly, even if you want to think of revenge, these guys are so nice, you can't get into that zone. We get along really well with all these guys and it's all about just being competitive on the field. One thing that I have done is I just focus on what I can do for the team and the vision that needs to be there to take the team forward."

    Tim Southee, New Zealand vice-captain: "We had a big chunk of Test cricket and the guys that were in Australia are reasonably experienced guys … they've had tough tours before and they've bounced back and the reason why they've played for a long period of time is they've been able to get through those ups and downs. It's about making that adjustment. What's gone is gone and it was very disappointing, the guys would have learnt from it, and now we've got to look forward to the Indian series."

    Conditions

    The weather is expected to be largely clear with moderate breeze. A flat batting surface, aided by the small ground dimensions, makes Auckland a paradise for batsmen and a minefield for bowlers. The last T20I played at Eden Park saw 292 runs being scored in a mere 22 overs across two innings of a rain-curtailed game, before a Super Over decided the outcome of yet another New Zealand-England decider.


    New Zealand Squad:

    Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson, Tim Seifert, Ross Taylor, Colin de Grandhomme, Daryl Mitchell, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Blair Tickner, Scott Kuggeleijn, Hamish Bennett

    India Squad:

    Virat Kohli (c), Rishabh Pant (wk), Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Washington Sundar, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Sanju Samson, Mohammed Shami, Navdeep Saini, Kuldeep Yadav, Shivam Dube


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    India won the toss & Opt to field first

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    Teams:

    India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul(w), Virat Kohli(c), Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Shami

    New Zealand (Playing XI): Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson(c), Tim Seifert(w), Ross Taylor, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Blair Tickner, Hamish Bennett

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    What an awful team selection !

    Shardul, Manish, Jadeja and Chahal should be nowhere near the T20 team.

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    This is the reason why Kohli will never win an ICC tournament,every match he changes the squad and didn't back the players

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    What a terrible selection lol even I Can't defend this.

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    India have won the toss and have opted to field

    Teams:

    India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul(w), Virat Kohli(c), Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Shami

    New Zealand (Playing XI): Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson(c), Tim Seifert(w), Ross Taylor, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Blair Tickner, Hamish Bennett


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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyperion66 View Post
    What a terrible selection lol even I Can't defend this.
    Glad you took the red pill.


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    Quote Originally Posted by JattMaula View Post
    Glad you took the red pill.

    Jokes and sarcasm aside the thing that I don't understand is a guy who can methodically build an innings bit by bit and execute chases with surgical precision most definitely be smarter than average. How does he messes up the selection time and time again is just beyond me

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    Aur maaro Thakur ko aisa maaro ki team mein aaye nahin

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    Why Thakur selected again & again .I won't be surprised if he selected in test squad as injured Ishant place

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    Mumbai & CSK lobby back this pathetic guy

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    NZ 21/0 (2.3) CRR: 8.4

    Okish start from NZ.


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    Nz will score 210+

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    Iam loving it when Shardul is getting whacked.

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    Indias fielding is pretty average so far.

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    Thakur's display really reinforces a saying, play stupid games win stupid prizes. Another brilliant captaincy display from kohli.

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    lol at shardul akram bowling his slow 125 k bouncers. rofl.

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    Why do we even bother with this Thakur guy?

    Kohli has to be dumbest ever captain...

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    NZ 50/0 (4.5) CRR: 10.34
    India opt to bowl

    This is pretty strong showing so far


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    Quote Originally Posted by Space Cat View Post
    Indias fielding is pretty average so far.
    Everything about our team today is below average today...Easy win for you guys...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Space Cat View Post
    Indias fielding is pretty average so far.
    They have been average over a last few months

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    Munro going all Gabbar on Thakur Sahib.

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    So Saini was dropped to accommodate this trundler?

    Kohli has really devalued India cap...

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    i am going to excuse them in this match. Jet lag will be a problem.

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    I m happy that even if we lose ,Shardul is being exposed and also Kohli’s selection.There should be a limit to stubbornness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jnaveen1980 View Post
    i am going to excuse them in this match. Jet lag will be a problem.
    Lol
    The excuses are coming already even though only 5 overs have been played

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    Quote Originally Posted by MP2011 View Post
    Why do we even bother with this Thakur guy?

    Kohli has to be dumbest ever captain...
    I still remember when WestIndies test series was there in 2018 where Siraj should be selected instead this guy gets selected and bowls 2 overs then gets injured.
    Last edited by andy0204; 24th January 2020 at 11:51.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MP2011 View Post
    Everything about our team today is below average today...Easy win for you guys...
    I duno we dont have a very strong bowling lineup today. Anything chasable on Eden Park.

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    Our under-19 team has no e xcuse though today against NZ

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    48 meter behind the wicket wow lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by jnaveen1980 View Post
    They have been average over a last few months
    Standards dropping or newer players not up to it?

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    Vintage Guptill. Where was that shot in the WC

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronaldo7 View Post
    Lol
    The excuses are coming already even though only 5 overs have been played
    Yes it is an excuse from me for my team. You don't have to excuse my team lol. I don't care if you excuse or not.

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    Shami looks 44 !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Space Cat View Post
    I duno we dont have a very strong bowling lineup today. Anything chasable on Eden Park.
    You'll win with whatever total you guys set us for us to chase...We've a grand total of 3ish batsmen in our batting lineup...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Space Cat View Post
    Standards dropping or newer players not up to it?
    No even the seasoned ones. At all levels. Rahane dropped several sitters in the slips in Tests. Jadeja dropped a few. Kohli dropped one or two.

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    Nobody and I mean nobody is shocked at this treatment of thakur.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mariner1981 View Post
    I m happy that even if we lose ,Shardul is being exposed and also Kohli’s selection.There should be a limit to stubbornness.
    This trundler never gets exposed enough....

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    Quote Originally Posted by rollingstoned View Post
    Nobody and I mean nobody is shocked at this treatment of thakur.
    How can you forget Kohli? He definitely treats him as a world beater.....

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    This Munro is such a hack. He can be useful though on NZ grounds

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    Eden Park does have that wierd one normal sized boundary that a smart spinner can use to their advantage.

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    Bhuvi is missing definitely. He had Gupitll in all sorts of trouble last time around

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    Chahal delivers a 5 runs over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jnaveen1980 View Post
    This Munro is such a hack. He can be useful though on NZ grounds
    He bats like i do and thats not a compliment.

    He used to have some nice shots back before he was turned into an opener. Now its hack or miss.

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    This Dubey is totally useless with ball oh my god.

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    Another trundler comes in....

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    Bold prediction: NZ won't score over 160 and we are winning it comfortably.

    *Time to log off and lurk in the shadows lol. ��

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    Where is Krunal Pandya?,he was doing decent with the ball and got 3 mom outside Asia.

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    They are trying to identify some spots for the world T20. Hope Thakur is not in the picture.

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    That was such a pie ball. But that is the way T20 goes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andy0204 View Post
    Where is Krunal Pandya?,he was doing decent with the ball and got 3 mom outside Asia.
    Got a half century today in Christchurch for Ind A.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jnaveen1980 View Post
    This Dubey is totally useless with ball oh my god.
    He is even more useless with bat in hand....

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    Success at last for India

    Guptill c Rohit b Shivam Dube 30(19)


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    @Space Cat Why Ross Taylor is in the squad?

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    This Dubey guy is at best no.6 bowler. Not even no.5.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MP2011 View Post
    He is even more useless with bat in hand....
    Shankar is better if you ask me

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    Quote Originally Posted by andy0204 View Post
    @Space Cat Why Ross Taylor is in the squad?
    Pretty sure hes batting at 5 today my man.

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    Bhuvi will definitely come ahead of Shami in T20

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    Quote Originally Posted by MP2011 View Post
    How can you forget Kohli? He definitely treats him as a world beater.....
    Kohli and thick tank are responsible for ttfs and those with no future in the team getting chances again and again. It is why we ended up with 3 wks and jadhav In a wc semifinal where we had a chaseable total and blew it because of no planning and foresight from him and bewda. Even now we keep tinkering for no reason and not letting the young players play without insecurity. What has pandey done to keep.getting parachuted into the team and why do jadeja and dhawan keep getting picked in t20s which they have never been good at.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Space Cat View Post
    Pretty sure hes batting at 5 today my man.
    Oh you did you mean why is he in there?

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    Hardik Pandya last time won a match with a sizzling cameo in the end overs. So he will walk in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rollingstoned View Post
    Kohli and thick tank are responsible for ttfs and those with no future in the team getting chances again and again. It is why we ended up with 3 wks and jadhav In a wc semifinal where we had a chaseable total and blew it because of no planning and foresight from him and bewda. Even now we keep tinkering for no reason and not letting the young players play without insecurity. What has pandey done to keep.getting parachuted into the team and why do jadeja and dhawan keep getting picked in t20s which they have never been good at.
    True.

    What will Gill and Shaw have to do to enter into this world beater T20 team?

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    CDG should come to bat not Williamson.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jnaveen1980 View Post
    Shankar is better if you ask me
    Yeah, true....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Space Cat View Post
    Oh you did you mean why is he in there?
    Yes He should focus on Odis and tests.

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    So they are trying to decide between Dubey and Thakur? Where is Kuldeep? Sundar?

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    Quote Originally Posted by andy0204 View Post
    Yes He should focus on Odis and tests.
    Pretty much for his experience. I think if hes there he should be at 3.

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    This Munro will be sliced and diced by faster short pitch balls.

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    NZ letting all that momentum fizzle out here. Not sure about Kane batting at 3 in T20s he should only open but happy to be proven wrong.

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    Jadeja is not bowling . What is he doing then?

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    Williamson is a liability for Nz in T20 cricket.

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    Why do the grounds look greener and the screen looks clearer in Aus and NZ? Even the top view of the pitch (when the bowler bowls to batsmen) looks different here.

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    The ground is buried in a sea of blue

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    Quote Originally Posted by sharmaji View Post
    Why do the grounds look greener and the screen looks clearer in Aus and NZ? Even the top view of the pitch (when the bowler bowls to batsmen) looks different here.
    Everything is 1080p in NZ. We live in ultra HD

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    Poor fielding continues. They make school boy errors. only one match can be excused. Nutball schedule.

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    The air quality i guess... I live in Melbourne and though its grey and recently it was smoky because of Bushfires... but on a Sunny day you can see clear sky.. Subcontinent has lots of haze and dust in the air..
    also whole of subcontinent is an unending construction zone due to development.

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    Navdeep saini should be an obvious choice if there is no Bhuvi. Hope Kohli learnt the hard lesson.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sharmaji View Post
    Why do the grounds look greener and the screen looks clearer in Aus and NZ? Even the top view of the pitch (when the bowler bowls to batsmen) looks different here.
    Air is much cleaner over there. No smog at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MP2011 View Post
    True.

    What will Gill and Shaw have to do to enter into this world beater T20 team?
    Proper middle order and late order bats are an issue for us. Kohli being the egomaniac that he is doesn't want anyone who may threaten his place as captain. Dhawans wife and anushka plastic sharma are friends that's why he keeps picking him even if hr has no future until say the 2023 wc. There was no reason for someone like iyer not to play at least 20 Odis at number 4 from 2016 onwards which would have given him assurance and the team stability. OTOH we didn't even stick with a rayudu who had been a middle order mainstay in the wc despite having played there the most leading up to the tournament. Pandey and jadhav type picks are those that are of no threat to existing apple cart so they find favor with him.


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