About the Match
India will kick-start its World T20
2016 campaign in the match against New Zealand at Nagpur on 15th March and this cricket frenzy nation will be on its toes, supporting the men in blue; the contest will definitely see fireworks across the park and the hosts will want to start their campaign with a win here. The Kiwis with their flamboyancy and determined approach will try their best to cause an upset here; both teams are well-matched in terms of skills and experience and the fans will be rooting for their team to win this thrilling match on Tuesday.
Dhoni will lead the team from the front and he has been doing well in recent outings; with the young brigade of Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane, the batting line-up looks solid to post big totals. All-rounders like Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina and Ravindra Jadeja have proved themselves many times and will definitely step up here to help the team dominate on the field against teams like New Zealand.
Among the experienced bowlers, they have Ashwin Ravichandran, Harbhajan Singh, Jadeja and Yuvraj in the spin department while Ashish Nehra and Mohammad Shami will take the lead with pace. Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya have been performing well and will definitely get the opportunity to showcase their talents here too. Pawan Negi made his T20 debut recently in the Asia Cup and brings variety to the attack along with seniors like Raina.
They have prepared well for the tournament and with the home advantage, India can surely be a formidable force to reckon with. The Kiwis can be a tough challenge and India will need to come out all guns blazing if they want to start their campaign on a positive note.
New Zealand has a strong batting line-up with players like Martin Guptill, Grant Elliott, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor and Colin Munro; they have good all-rounders like Corey Anderson and Nathan McCullum, who will help stabilize the middle-order. Although the team is devoid of its most successful captain, Brendon McCullum, they look to be a promising bunch under the leadership of Williamson, who have taken charge from the front time and again.
The pace attack consists of bowlers like Trent Boult, Corey Anderson, Mitchell McClenaghan, Tim Southee, Colin Munro and Adam Milne. Spinners Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Henry Nicholls and Nathan McCullum bring depth to the attack and they will find the sub-continent conditions helpful in taking wickets at regular intervals.
They are known to put up power-packed performances and will surely bring all the firepower they have to outwit the hosts here; the Kiwis will strategize well against the famed Indian batting line-up and we could definitely have a thriller of a match that could go either way on Tuesday.
The Kiwis can be unstoppable once they get the ball in motion and will provide a stiff opposition to India’s plans of scoring a big win; the contest between the Kiwi pace attack and the Indian batting prowess could go down to the wire, but we feel that India is better placed to emerge victorious here