ICC World T20 2016, the tournament everyone has been waiting for, is finally here with hosts India and New Zealand facing off in the first match of the competition at Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium(VCA) in Nagpur on Tuesday.
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Ranked number one in the ICC T20I rankings, India start the tournament as huge favourites but the Kiwis will be no pushovers as they have some power-hitters in their batting line-up.
India vs New Zealand 2016 LIVE streaming details
TV Channel: Star Sports 1, HD1 (English) and 3, HD3 (Hindi)
Online Stream: www.starsports.com, Hotstar app
Date: 15 March 2016, Tuesday
Time: 07:30 PM IST, 02:00 PM GMT
Venue: Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur
India have a full squad available for selection. Mohammed Shami, who has played no international cricket since last year’s 50-over World Cup is fit and played in both of India’s warm-up matches. Dhoni has already mentioned that fitting Shami into the playing XI will be a tough task given Ashish Nehra and Jasprit Bumrah’s good performances recently.
Ajinkya Rahane, Harbhajan Singh and Pawan Negi are also likely to sit out.
New Zealand Team
Ross Taylor missed the entire series against Australia recently due to an injury, but he batted in the warm-up match against England on Saturday. The 32-year-old was not at his fluent best – scoring an unbeaten 19 with a strike-rate of below 100.
New Zealand are likely to go in with two spinners which means Mitchell McClenaghan and Adam Milne will be benched.
India vs New Zealand Teams (Predicted XI)
India XI Squad
Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni (c, wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ashish Nehra, Jasprit Bumrah.
New Zealand XI Squad
Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson, Colin Munro, Ross Taylor, Grant Elliot, Corey Anderson, Luke Ronchi (wk), Mitchell Santner, Nathan McCullum, Tim Southee, Trent Boult.
New Zealand: W-W-L-W-W
India have never beaten New Zealand in a T20 international
New Zealand’s Colin Munro has a strike-rate of 159.16 in his T20I career