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India’s tour of New Zealand 2020 has entered its final leg as the test matches take center stage. This Indian team, perhaps more than any other in the past, takes great pride in winning abroad and will have nothing less in its sights. Winning a Test series in New Zealand is not easy, though, and the challenges that are thrown can be quite unique.
The home side would love to continue the momentum of winning three ODI’s into the test series. New Zealand has shown India is beatable and will continue to ramp up the pressure. New Zealand is also going to welcome back some of its senior players while India is going to continue to be without a couple of its first-choice players.
New Zealand vs India 1st Test 2020 is going to be played at the Basin Reserve, Wellington starting on the 21st of February 2020.
New Zealand is back to full-strength for the first test match as Kane Williamson, Trent Boult, and all of its fast-bowlers are available. Matt Henry has not been picked despite being fit while Lockie Ferguson has been given some additional time to recover.
That means that Kyle Jamieson, the tall fast-bowler, who impressed so much during the ODI’s is in the test squad.
New Zealand may not have had a good run in test matches during recent months but they have been pretty good with the ball. Neil Wagner, in particular, has been picking up wickets by the bucketload and is going to be the leader of the attack.
Neil Wagner is going to supported by Trent Boult, Tim Southee, and possibly by Ajaz Patel. New Zealand may decide to go in for an all-pace attack but that will be dictated by the amount of grass left on the surface on the first days of the test.
The New Zealand pace attack is very good and can be effective in swinging, seaming, or bouncy conditions. They also have a relatively inexperienced opening duo to target in the Indian team first up.
The batting is going to be more of a challenge for New Zealand. Tom Latham, Tom Blundell, Henry Nichols, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Colin de Grandhomme, and BJ Watling are going to be the batting lineup.
It remains to be seen whether Latham opens the batting or comes in down the order but most of the other batsmen have a set position to bat at. New Zealand is up against one of the best bowling attacks in the world in conditions that are expected to be helpful.
The performance of its senior two batsmen was definitive during the ODI’s and the same is going to be the case in the test matches.
TWM Latham, TA Blundell, KS Williamson, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling, Colin de Grandhomme, Kyle Jamieson, TG Southee, Ajaz Patel, TA Boult.
India is the number one ranked test match side in the world and is leading the World Test Championship Table very comfortably as well. However, the overseas portion of its test matches starts now and the challenge of keeping a perfect record is going to get more and more difficult.
India has come to overseas countries in the past fearing wickets that are very helpful. This time around, India will be hoping for a little something in the wickets to take advantage of. In Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Shami, and Umesh Yadav, India has three very good fast-bowlers.
The loss of Ishant Sharma to this attack is going to be a big one since his effectiveness against the left-handers would have been handy to have.
Ravi Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja are going to be fighting out for the lone spinner's job. Jadeja’s batting gives him an advantage but the final call could any which way. India also has to make an important call about its opening position.
Mayank Aggarwal finds himself as the senior partner just a few test matches into his career. We think Prithvi Shaw is going to get the chance to play ahead of SHubman Gill but once again, we will have to wait for the final announcements before being sure. India is known to make some brave (or bewildering) selection decisions and nothing can be ruled out!
Cheteshwar Pujara at 3, Virat Kohli at 4, Ajinkya Rahane at 5, and Hanuma Vihari at 6 seem to be certain. Will India go for the maverick Rishab Pant at number 7 or stick with the brilliant glovemanship of Wriddhiman Saha?
Once again, we think it is going to be horses for courses thing and India will go back to Rishab Pant. It would be tough on Saha who has been quite brilliant since his return to the side, though, so a decision to stick with Saha would be justified as well.
India has a very strong team capable of competing in all conditions. The ODI’s are a distant memory and India is going to come out all guns firing in this match.
Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, V Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, H Vihari, RR Pant, Ravichandran Ashwin, I Sharma, Mohammed Shami, JJ Bumrah.
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The weather forecast for Wellington is quite good. There are some clouds expected for the majority of the test match but the rain should stay away. The surface in Wellington is going to have some grass on it that will help the bowlers for the first couple of days.
The pitch always seems to ease out considerably after the first couple of days, though and becomes better for batting as the match goes on. Higher scores in the third and fourth inning are expected. Forcing a result in the match can be tough.
Dream11 tips and Dream11 predictions for New Zealand vs India 1st Test Match 2020.
India is the underdog in this match because of the conditions, the absence of Rohit Sharma, and the time that its test squad has been out of action. We are still going to back them in this match, though, because we believe they have a better overall package.
The batting lineup is capable of scoring runs against this New Zealand attack and Bumrah’s return makes the bowling capable of picking up 20 wickets as well.
Bet on India to win.
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Any Player to Score A Century 1st Inning: Yes ($1.55)
The previous test held at the Basin Reserve saw Ross Taylor score a double century and Henry Nicholls get a century. There was a double century scored by Tom Latham in the test before that one as well in the first inning. Safe to say, two strong batting lineups could help you win some easy money on this bet.
Top Batsman New Zealand: Henry Nicholls ($5.50)
Nicholls is in excellent form and likes batting at the Basin Reserve. He bats in the middle-order where the ball loses its shine by the time he comes in. The conditions in New Zealand also tend to flatten out very quickly so he could be in the perfect spot to score some runs.
Top Bowler India: Mohammad Shami ($3.25)
A searing spell of bowling where he nipped out four wickets in a matter of a few overs showed just how dangerous Mohammad Shami can be. He is in the form of his life and the fittest he has been. He can take the new ball or be effective with the old ball. Considering that Umesh Yadav is a bit unpredictable and Jasprit Bumrah not quite at his best, Shami could be a relatively safe choice to the top bowler for India.
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