Nz vs Ind, 1st Test: Preview

Match Previews

Not a result which we wanted in the ODI’s series but a new start awaits a team which is all together different than the one which played the limited overs. The Test specialist are fit and raring to go with likes of Pujara, Rahane & Ashwin back in form & groove. On comparing, both sides the home team do have a edge because of familiarity with the conditions & expect a full on pace attack from them while the visitors do need to make sure who they play and back as it’s golden opportunity for them to secure their berth for the World Test Championship Final. It will be a batting vs bowling affair between the two teams respectively. Nothing more left to say or even think so beware of the breeze, it can cut you apart. Mind It!

Pitch- The match will be played at Basin Reserve, Wellington. The pitch here is usually pacer friendly with a lot of grass & swing on offer upfront but it gets flat as the game goes on.

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Time- 3:30 AM IST; Date- 21 Feb 2020

Head-to-Head- Ind 21-10 Nz

Tied= o

Drawn= 26

No Result= 0

Total Games Played= 57

Broadcast- The match will be Broadcasted Live on Star Sports 1, Hotstar App in Hindi, English & Regional Languages.

Teams

New Zealand – What a tremendous win from the home team in ODI’s after a terrible run in T20I’s. Neil Wagner is set to be ruled out of this game due to birth of his child while Jamieson is likely to make his debut after a successful campaign in ODI’s against same opponents.

Playing XI- Henry Nicholls, Tom Latham, K.Williamason(C), Colin de Grandhomme, Ross Taylor, BJ.Watling(Wk), D.Mitchell, Tim Southee, Jamieson, Trent Boult, Matt Henry

India – After losing ODI’s, the visitors will look to redeem themselves by winning a historic Test Series and also sealing one spot of World Test Championship Final. The visitors are in all bid to have a new opening combination of Mayank & Prithvi while Ishant will play ahead of Umesh despite late arrival.

Rohit Sharma has been ruled out of the Test Matches due to calf injury which he picked up during final T20I & Prithvi Shaw will replace him in Test Matches. Also, Rohit is suppose to be ruled out of Home Series ODI’s against South Africa to be played in March.

Playing XI- Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw, C.Pujara, Virat Kohli(C), Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, W.Saha(Wk), R.Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah

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