From team previews and odds to betting tips and predictions, all you need to know about India tour of New Zealand 2020, starting from January 24 till March 4.
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|Jan 24, Fri||New Zealand vs India, 1st T20I Eden Park, Auckland||12:20 PM 06:50 AMGMT / 07:50 PM LOCAL||-|
|Jan 26, Sun||New Zealand vs India, 2nd T20I Eden Park, Auckland||12:20 PM 06:50 AMGMT / 07:50 PM LOCAL||-|
|Jan 29, Wed||New Zealand vs India, 3rd T20I Seddon Park, Hamilton||12:30 PM 07:00 AMGMT / 08:00 PM LOCAL||-|
|Jan 31, Fri||New Zealand vs India, 4th T20I Westpac Stadium, Wellington||12:30 PM 07:00 AMGMT / 08:00 PM LOCAL||-|
|Feb 02, Sun||New Zealand vs India, 5th T20I Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui||12:30 PM 07:00 AMGMT / 08:00 PM LOCAL||-|
|Feb 05, Wed||New Zealand vs India, 1st ODI Seddon Park, Hamilton||7:30 AM 02:00 AMGMT / 03:00 PM LOCAL||-|
|Feb 08, Sat||New Zealand vs India, 2nd ODI Eden Park, Auckland||7:30 AM 02:00 AMGMT / 03:00 PM LOCAL||-|
|Feb 11, Tue||New Zealand vs India, 3rd ODI Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui||7:30 AM 02:00 AMGMT / 03:00 PM LOCAL||-|
|Feb 21, Fri - Feb 25||New Zealand vs India, 1st Test Basin Reserve, Wellington||4:00 AM (Feb 21) 10:30 PMGMT (Feb 20) / 11:30 AM LOCAL||-|
|Feb 29, Sat - Mar 04||New Zealand vs India, 2nd Test Hagley Oval, Christchurch||4:00 AM (Feb 29) 10:30 PMGMT (Feb 28) / 11:30 AM LOCAL||-|
New Zealand have named a 14-man squad led by Kane Williamson for the five-match T20 international series. Ahead of the series, the hosts have been dealt multiple injury blows - Seth Rance, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Tom Latham, Will Young and Adam Milne are all currently recuperating from their respective injuries. Fast bowlers Boult and Ferguson both sustained injuries during the recent test tour of Australia.
Considering the lack of resources in the pace department caused by these injuries, New Zealand selectors have called up Hamish Bennett who is uncapped in the T20 format. The pacer has been picked owing to his impressive form in the recently concluded Super Smash tournament and he will be joining the likes of Blair Tickner, Tim Southee and Scott Kuggeleijn to form the team's pace contingent. The home team has two specialist spinners in its squad - Mitchell Santner and Ish Sodhi. Tom Bruce won't be available for the first three T20Is but will replace all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme for the final two matches.
Colin Munro is ranked fourth in the ICC T20I batting rankings and he will be one of the key batsmen for New Zealand at the top of the order. His opening partner Martin Guptill is leading the runs chart for the home team in this format, and on his day, can take the game away very quickly from the opposition. Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson have been the two most consistent performers with the bat for the Black Caps and they will be expected to make healthy contributions in the limited-overs series.
Tim Southee, Mitchell Santner and Ish Sodhi will be the ones to watch out for as far as New Zealand's bowling in concerned. Southee has taken the most wickets for the team in T20Is - 75 in 66 matches - and the onus will be on this veteran quick to put pressure on India with early breakthroughs. Santner is the world's third-best T20I bowler with 49 wickets while Sodhi too is amongst the leading wicket-takers with 47 wickets.
In T20Is: New Zealand have won three of their last four T20I series; they beat Sri Lanka in a one-off game at home last year in January before winning another home series 2-1 against India in February. They next toured Sri Lanka for a three-match series where they won 2-1. The Kiwis, however, faced a 2-3 defeat in their previous series against England at home in November.
In ODIs: This will be New Zealand's first ODI series since that heart-breaking loss in the final of the 2019 ICC World Cup in England. Prior to that tournament, the Black Caps had blanked Sri Lanka 3-0 at home before being outplayed by India 1-4 in a five-match series. Their most recent bilateral ODI assignment came in February last year against Bangladesh - a home series in which they ended up winning all the three matches.
In Tests: New Zealand were blown away in their most recent test series - the Trans-Tasman Trophy against Australia in Australia. They suffered crushing defeats in each of the three matches to lose the series 0-3. Before that, however, the Kiwis had won six and drawn one out of seven test series, including the 1-0 win in the two-match home series against England last year in November-December.
India had initially named a 16-man squad for the T20I series but it has now been reduced to a 15-man squad as Shikhar Dhawan has been ruled out of the white-ball leg of the New Zealand tour. The in-form opening batsman had injured his shoulder while fielding during the final ODI against Australia. A decision on his replacement has not been taken as of now, though Mayank Agarwal, Suryakumar Yadav and Shubman Gill could well be in contention.
Meanwhile, Ishant Sharma, who is one of India's frontline seamers in the longest format, has injured his ankle during a Ranji trophy game. The extent of his injury is not known at the moment and the team will be keeping its fingers crossed. Mohammed Shami and Rohit Sharma, who were rested for the home T20I series against Sri Lanka, have returned while all-rounder Hardik Pandya continues to recover from his back injury. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Deepak Chahar are two others to miss out on selection due to injuries, giving an extended run to Shardul Thakur and Navdeep Saini.
KL Rahul and Virat Kohli are among the top ten batsmen in the ICC T20I rankings and these two, along with Rohit Sharma, will hold the key to India's batting in the limited-overs series. Captain Kohli is the team's leading run-getter in T20Is and is the world's best batsman in the 50-over format followed by Rohit Sharma who is second. Rohit also has four hundreds under his belt in the T20 format while Rahul has nine half-centuries to his name.
In terms of bowling, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami will be the main threats in the pace department while Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal are the two wicket-taking options when it comes to spin. Bumrah has been the most successful of the pack in T20 cricket with 53 wickets and his miserly spells will add a lot of pressure on the New Zealand batsmen. Chahal who has taken 52 wickets in this format will have a big role to play, especially after the powerplays.
In T20Is: India have been impressive of late in the game's shortest format with four wins and a draw from their last five series. After a 1-1 draw against South Africa at home, the men in blue won their next three home T20I series on the trot - they beat Bangladesh and the West Indies 2-1 before sweeping the series 2-0 against Sri Lanka.
In ODIs: Since losing to New Zealand in the semi-final of the 2019 ICC World Cup, India have played three ODI series and have secured wins in each of them. They beat the West Indies 2-0 in a three-match series in the West Indies before they beat them again, this time at home by a 2-1 margin. The Virat Kohli-led side recently got the better of the touring Australia; after being decimated in the first match, the Indian team bounced back strongly to win the final two matches.
In Tests: India have been outstanding in the longest format as well, winning 15 of their last 17 test series. Since the 1-4 drubbing in England in 2018, they have won each of their next five series in a row. They have recorded clean sweeps in their previous three test assignments - a 2-0 win against the West Indies was followed by a dominating 3-0 win against South Africa before the whitewash of Bangladesh in a two-match home series.
Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Tim Southee, Martin Guptill, Hamish Bennett, Colin de Grandhomme, Colin Munro, Ish Sodhi, Tim Seifert, Scott Kuggeleijn, Mitchell Santner, Tom Bruce, Daryl Mitchell, Blair Tickner
Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja, Manish Pandey, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Shardul Thakur, Lokesh Rahul, Jasprit Bu
PlayingRoss Taylor, Tim Southee, Martin Guptill, Hamish Bennett, Colin de Grandhomme, Tom Latham (c & wk), Ish Sodhi, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Henry Nicholls, Tom Blundell, Kyle Jamieson, Scott Kuggeleijn, Mark Chapman
Ravindra Jadeja, Virat Kohli (c), Kedar Jadhav, Mayank Agarwal, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Shardul Thakur, Lokesh Rahul (wk), Jasprit Bumrah, Shreyas Iyer, Prithvi Shaw, Manish Pandey, Yuzvendra Chahal, Navdeep Saini, Rishabh Pant, Shivam Dube
Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Tim Southee, BJ Watling, Neil Wagner, Colin de Grandhomme, Trent Boult, Tom Latham, Kyle Jamieson, Henry Nicholls, Ajaz Patel, Daryl Mitchell, Tom Blundell
Virat Kohli (c), Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravichandran Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Mayank Agarwal, Mohammed Shami, Hanuma Vihari, Jasprit Bumrah, Navdeep Saini, Rishabh Pant, Shubman Gill, Prithvi Shaw
New Zealand have won eight while India have won only three out of the eleven matches that have been played between them in the shortest format. The two teams last faced each other in a T20I series in New Zealand last year in February. It was a series of three matches with the hosts emerging victorious 2-1.
New Zealand and India have played 107 one-day internationals against each other with the latter leading the scoreline 55-46. One of those encounters has ended in a tie while five have ended in no results. India dominated the Black Caps 4-1 in the most recent ODI series which was played in New Zealand at the start of last year.
India have an upper hand in the longest format as well, winning 21 out of the 57 test matches they have played against New Zealand. The latter have won 10 of those while the remaining 26 have all ended in draws. The last time these two sides clashed in this format was in 2016 in India where the home team secured massive wins in all the three matches.
Despite New Zealand playing in their own conditions and having an impressive record against India in the T20 format, they begin as the underdogs for this series with Bet365 at odds of 4. The visitors are overwhelming favorites with Bet365 to win this T20I series at very short odds of 1.25.
New Zealand have an edge over India going into the T20I series as far as the overall head-to-head record is concerned paired with the fact that they had emerged victorious on India's previous tour. However, they have been plagued by injuries to many of their first-choice bowlers which has left their bowling attack rather depleted, and the Indian batsmen will certainly look to take advantage of this. The visitors have been showing good form in this format and we are backing them to win this five-match series.
Back India to beat New Zealand in the T20 series at 1.25 with Bet365.
India were outstanding in the shortest format, snatching victory from the jaws of defeat in the last three games to complete a 5-0 sweep. New Zealand then returned the favor when it came to the longer version of the game. They were clearly the dominant side in the ODIs and avenged their T20I series loss with a 3-0 whitewash of the visitors. The hosts will now enter the test series riding high on confidence and with plenty of momentum behind them. The Kiwis have been bolstered by the return of the threatening Trent Boult in their bowling attack while India will miss Rohit Sharma in their batting line-up. New Zealand have won three of the previous four test series at home against India and we feel they have a good chance of winning this time as well.
10:29 am | 21-02-2020
As India Managed just 44 runs in the second session, it is Ajinkya Rahane who along with Rishabh Pant has been keeping the Indian boat afloat. Even in the post lunch session, half of the Indian side has been scattered back to the pavilion. Debutant Kyle Jamieson has been on a roll with Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli falling prey to his bowling tactics.
While Mayank could not mark his presence on the field, he still put a slight halt to the fall of wickets. The good feet movement by Rahane reduced the chances of any LBW trick against him. However, as of now, he has amassed 38 runs in 122 balls, highlighting his stern defense.
02:21 pm | 19-02-2020
Pacer Matt Henry has been called as a substitute for Neil Wagner, who hasn't joined the test squad as he awaits the birth of his first child. Henry who will join the bowling lineup on Wednesday evening (February 19), played in the New Year's Test in Sydney last month. He just managed to clinch two wickets, although he has played 12 tests for the Kiwis so far. Ahead of all the speculations, it is expected that Jamieson will be given his debut in the tests instead of sending Henry direct on the field, if Wagner doesn't get back on board. The upcoming test against India would only clear the air about who gets the entry and who sits in the stands.
10:14 am | 17-02-2020
The upcoming two match series against India will see New Zealand steping out with fast bowler Kylie Jameson. His commendable performance in the domestic matches and the ODI series against India has bagged him the seat. It will be a pure delight to have Trent Boult on board as well. He missed out the last few matches owing to an injury in the right hand.
Ajaz Patel, who marked his might with his debut series against Pakistan in UAE also grabebd a spot in the Kiwi's squad for the upcoming tests. On contrary, spinner Mitchell Santner has lost his place.
10:17 am | 12-02-2020
The Kiwis held true to their momentum right from the first match till the third ODI at Bay Oval, thus clinching the series from the Indian troupe. The massive ton of Lokesh Rahul couldn't withstand the tremendous contribution of the opening duo of Martin Guptill & Henry Nicholls. The batting order of the Kiwis that followed was also in great form, thus giving a tough time to the Indian bowling unit. Hamish Bennett gave a major blow to the Indian segment with 4 wickets while it was Yuzvendra Chahal that grabbed 3 for his record. While India could manage 296 at a loss of 7 wickets, the Kiwis surpassed the same with triple ton runs within just 47.1 overs. The home team very well managed to give quite a blow to the Indian squad.
10:01 am | 11-02-2020
With straight two defeats in the ODI matches against New Zealand, India has now stepped out to save its sinking boat in the series. As far as the match has progressed, India is finding it difficult to hold onto its wicket count as it has lost its 4 wickets in 33 overs with 175 runs on board so far. The performance of the Kiwis has bee commendable in the past two matches with Agarwal, Kohli, Shaw and Iyer already fallen prey to the bowling spell of Bennett and Neesham. While India is on a look for avoiding a white wash with this match, the New Zealand team is all geared to make a hat-trick and ultimately win the series too.
10:07 am | 05-02-2020
Pairing up with test sensation Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw has been in the limelight for joining the Indian ODI squad. With his impressive presence in the net practices, Virat Kohli and other team members have rested high hopes on him. He is all set to join the pack for the 1st ODI at Hamilton on February 5 as a replacement to Rohit Sharma. Talking about the opponents, the Kiwis will be playing without their skipper and opening batsmen Kane Williamson.
The bout will be a worth watch with one end relying on the debutants being the openers, while the other one stepping ahead without their lead performer.
10:01 am | 04-02-2020
With Rohit Sharma's calf strain during the fifth T20I against New Zealand, Mayank Agarwal has found his place into the team for the ODIs against the Kiwis. For the test Squad, Prithvi Shaw has been zeroed down for his place. India will play the two-Test series from February 21 with Shaw, Mayank and Shubman Gill as their opening options. Shaw has made a double hundred against Baroda in the domestic bout and hit 150 in his first match against New Zealand XI. He has been true to his form across all formats and is expected to take the stride in the upcoming test series as well,as the responsibility of replacing the 'Hit-Man' lies upon him.
10:03 am | 03-02-2020
Not alike to the expectations of the spectators, the Indian batsmen gathered 163 runs with Rohit Sharma taking the lead with 60 runs followed by Rahul & Iyer's contribution. The gripping bowling of the New Zealand kept the batsmen on a slower pace, thus making the match turning in favor of both the teams equally. Having lost the match from 7 runs, the Kiwis performed in bits and pieces with Seifert and Taylor hitting the majority of runs. A situation of super over yet again could be witnessed but the batsmen couldn't withstand Shardul Thakur towards the end. Having won all the five matches of the series, the Indian team has established itself as a force to reckon with in the International Cricket.
10:37 am | 30-01-2020
In a nail biting game between the Kiwi's and Indian pack, the Seddon Park in Hamilton bled blue as the 'Hit Man' was unstoppable. The twist of Super Over made him attack right on face of New Zealand with his back to back sixes. Skipper Kane Williamson's 95 off 48 balls was also left on the backseat against the over powering performance of Rohit Sharma, that turned the tables into the favor of India. India has clinched the series and proved their might with players like Virat Kohli, Shardul Thakur equally complimenting the team performance, while Bumrah's atatck was well countered by the opposing batsmen.
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