• January 27, 2023

India vs New Zealand 1st T20 Match Date 2023

India vs New Zealand 1st T20 Match Date 2023

Cricket fans around the world are abuzz with excitement as India takes on New Zealand in the first T20 of their 2023 series.

The two teams have had a long and fierce rivalry, with both sides willing to fight tooth and nail for the top spot.

Now, they are all set to clash in an eagerly awaited cricketing contest that promises to be both exciting and intense.

In this blog post, we’ll take a close look at the upcoming T20 match between India and New Zealand, analyzing each team’s strengths and weaknesses and predicting who will come out on top.

The Indian team will be looking to continue their winning momentum in the T20 series as well, and with a strong batting lineup and lethal bowling attack, they are certainly one of the favorites.

The New Zealand team on the other hand has been struggling to find some form from the start of this tour, but they have shown sparks of brilliance at times which could pose problems for India.

It should be an exciting battle between these two teams over three T20 matches; all eyes will now be firmly fixed on Ranchi as we await what promises to be an absorbing contest between India and New Zealand!

Date, Time (India), Venue, Stadium

India was victorious in the ODI series against New Zealand, sweeping all three matches.

This victory shifts the focus towards the upcoming 3-match T20I series starting from January 27 at JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi with a scheduled kick-off at 07:00 PM.

Afterward, the teams will proceed to Lucknow where they will battle it out in the 2nd T20I on Jan 29, Sun at Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium.

However, the tournament’s culminating event will be its final match at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Feb 01, Wed.

Pitch Report

History has shown us that a low-scoring game at Ranchi is likely. The stadium here is vast and provides phenomenal grip for spinners.

An average first-innings score of 155 suggests that the team winning the toss may opt to bat second.

In the 28 T20 matches played here, only one time have teams exceeded 200 however, due to the nature of recent Indian pitches, a higher total wouldn’t be unheard of.

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With dew an influence too, chasing teams should find more comfort on this surface.

Weather Report

The warm Indian climate embraces the start of the T20 series. Temperatures during the day remain in the high 20s, decreasing to sub-15 level come nightfall.

Humidity at 74% guarantees dew to be an influential factor in play.

Current Status of the series (point score, some top performances by players, and other highlights)

The Indian cricket governing body has officially revealed the comprehensive itinerary of New Zealand’s visit to India for a 3-T20I series in January and February 2023.

The Kiwis have been invited to partake in India vs New Zealand T20 series which will take place from 27th January to 1st February at three different venues identified by BCCI.

Hardik Pandya is likely to serve as the leader of the Indian T20 side in the series, as the player’s name has yet to be announced.

An all-rounder, Pandya shined when India visited New Zealand in 2022. Taking on the responsibility of captaincy for New Zealand Kane Williamson.

Compared to India, New Zealand lags significantly in the ICC rankings at 5th place. Nonetheless, India holds the title of being number one in ICC T20 teams.

Notwithstanding the gap between them, India should not underestimate New Zealand’s capabilities; they have plenty of talented players such as Devon Conway.

On the Indian side too, there exists an excellent player in Suryakumar Yadav who is also at the top spot of ICC T20 players ranking. Thus, we all should look forward to and anticipate a thrilling Ind vs NZ T20 series in 2023.

Probable Players for both the teams

India Probable XI

Last India appeared in T20Is, their line-up was well established. Following the T20 World Cup 2022, they put together a rejuvenated team and it appears unlikely they will alter it drastically.

Team India decided to include Prithvi Shaw in the T20I squad for the New Zealand series.

However, Shubman Gill and Ishan Kishan have excelled in their openers’ roles against Sri Lanka and are likely to keep their spots. They have certainly earned another chance versus the Kiwis.

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Rahul Tripathi should be given the chance once again to prove himself following a strong showing against New Zealand.

Suryakumar Yadav and Captain Hardik Pandya will remain the cornerstones of the side in the middle order, coming in at 3 and 5 respectively.

For the Lower-order, Washington Sundar is stepping in to fill the boots of Axar Patel, who is currently on personal leave.

This presents an excellent opportunity for Sundar to extend his T20 repertoire even further. To complete the side, Deepak Hooda will be playing the role of finisher.

Discussing bowlers with a special focus on pacers, the trio of Umran Malik, Arshdeep Singh and Shivam Mavi stand out.

Mavi produced a noteworthy performance in his first T20I series and should be given the chance to take on New Zealand. On the other hand, Arshdeep Singh and Malik will likely continue to lead the pack.

The main dilemma facing India is who to pick as the main spinner; Yuzvendra Chahal or Kuldeep Yadav.

Currently, Yadav is performing exceptionally, yet Chahal has done no wrong and deserves his place too. Therefore, for the first T20, India will go with Chahal.

New Zealand Probable XI

New Zealand have taken a drastic turn in their squad for the T20 World Cup 2022, with some of their most reliable players like Kane Williamson, Jimmy Neesham, Trent Boult, and Tim Southee being absent.

It will not be easy to pick the correct playing 11 for their first T20 match against India. So here is what they are predicted to choose as their side.

New Zealand has a lot of potential and experience in T20 cricket. They have some exciting players who could make this team very competitive.

Finn Allen, Devon Conway and Dane Cleaver [wk] are all quality batsmen with the ability to hit big shots and score quick runs.

Mark Chapman is an experienced middle-order player who can provide stability in the batting line-up while Glenn Phillips adds depth to the top order with his attacking strokeplay.

Daryl Mitchell provides another option at No.6 while Michael Bracewell adds experience along with Mitchell Santner [c], who will lead from the front both with bat and ball Lockie Ferguson & Blair Tickner add pace bowling options along with Jacob Duffy completing their attack as spinners.

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With these 11 players, New Zealand has a balanced team that should be able to challenge for victory in any T20 match they play.

Best Picks for India vs NZ 1st T20 Match 2023

India has chosen a young squad under the guidance of Hardik Pandya at its helm. Ishan Kishan and Shubman Gill appear ready to go in at the top, with Suryakumar Yadav standing to number three.

Rahul Tripathi could potentially play instead of Deepak Hooda at number four and Hardik would stick to his regular spot, five.

Washinton Sundar and Shivam Mavi should come after that while Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal are all likely starters. Arshdeep Singh and Umran Malik will be the specialist bowlers for this team.

Having displayed some strong batting in the ODI series, New Zealand will now focus on succeeding in the upcoming three T20Is.

Mitchell Santner leads the touring side and with Devon Conway in good form, the Black Caps are off to a good start.

Glenn Phillips and Finn Allen have their work cut out for them, while Lockie Ferguson is likely to be spearheading their pace attack.

Friday marks the first match of the series and it will be exciting to see how far New Zealand can push itself.

AIO Games Top Picks Fantasy Team

To build up your AIO Games fantasy team, let’s look at the best players from each side.

  • Captain – Suryalumar Yadav
  • Vice-captain – Shubman Gill
  • Wicketkeeper – Dean Cleaver
  • Batters – Rahul Tripathi, Phillips, Conway
  • All-rounders – Santner, Pandya, Bracewell
  • Bowlers – Arshdeep Singh, Ferguson, Chahal

India has developed a considerable amount of momentum, courtesy of their series win, whereas New Zealand will be without the presence of Tom Latham and Henry Nicholls.

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