Super Sunday Clash ft. India versus New Zealand
Another exciting Sunday is on its way as India face New Zealand in their second match in the Super 12 round. The cricketing giants of today's world have faced early losses in their opening games of the tournament. Both teams were outplayed by the same opponent, Pakistan, in Group 2 of this fixture.
Contrary to the fact that India has never won an ICC World Cup match since 2003, Virat Kohli led team have won 8 out of the last 11 matches against the Kiwis since 2016 in the T20s. The rage to win against New Zealand to break their winning streak in the ICC tournament would not time any better than winning on Sunday.
In the past years, fans have addressed India vs New Zealand to have classic encounters on the big stage. They have witnessed some close encounters between the two ICC Test Championship finalists teams. It would be a treat to watch yet another classic battle between Indian Skipper Virat Kohli & New Zealand captain Kane Willamson.
According to a PTI report, Shardul Thakur won't be considered to be slotted into the Indian playing XI.
Hardik Pandya was spotted bowling during the net practices, although without spikes.
"Shardul is definitely a guy who's in our plans constantly, making a case for himself. He is definitely someone who can bring in a lot of value to the team. What role he plays or where he fits in I cannot talk about it right now. But Shardul is someone who's got great potential and he will add great value to the team," Virat Kohli said in the pre-match press conference.
Super 12 Group 2, Match 28, India vs New Zealand
Date: 31 October 2021
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium
Head-to-head in T20 World cup.
India Wins: 0
New Zealand Wins: 2
Rohit Sharma has been dismissed thrice each by Trent Boult, Tim Southee and Mitchell Santner in the T20s.
Mohammed Shami has dismissed Kane Williamson four times in the T20s, giving away 49 runs in 37 balls.
Until 2016, New Zealand had never lost a T20I to India. Since then, they've lost 8 of 11
The Number Game:
Most runs: Colin Munro (426) for NZ, Rohit Sharma (338) for India
Most wickets: Ish Sodhi (17) for NZ, Jasprit Bumrah (10)
Battles to Watch:
Virat Kohli vs Trent Boult
Mohammed Shami vs Kane Willamson
Rohit Sharma vs Tim Southee
Jasprit Bumrah vs Martin Guptill
India: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (C), Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur/Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Varun Chakravarthy, Jasprit Bumrah.
New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Daryl Mitchell, Kane Williamson (C), Devon Conway, Glenn Phillips, James Neesham, Tim Seifert (wk), Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee/Adam Milne, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult.