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ICC World T20: 5 key battles to look forward in India vs New Zealand

trent boult
Will Boult provide early breakthroughs for his team?
Ayush Sharma
ANALYST
Modified 15 Mar 2016
Top 5 / Top 10

The T20 World Cup is up and running and we have already witnessed a thriller as well as an upset in the Ireland vs Oman game. The Super 10 round of the gala tournament starts on 15 March with the clash of two quality T20 teams, India and New Zealand.One thing I must admit is that I keenly wanted to add McCullum vs any Indian bowler in one of the battles to look forward to in this slideshow, but such is life and such is McCullum that he decided to retire when he could have finished as the player of thetournament.Though, New Zealand is still a T20 powerhouse and India is a big time favourite to win the World Cup this match will surely be a wonderful start to the tournament.There are some great players on both the sides like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Trent Boult and Martin Guptill and they will provide some wonderful battles against each other.

#1 Trent Boult vs Indian top order

Not many Indian fans would have forgotten the struggles of their team against Mohammad Amir in the recently concluded Asia Cup. Rohit Sharma seemed like a fish out of water while facing the lanky left armer from Pakistan. He had no answers against the swing and pace of Amir and except Kohli no other Indian batsman withstood the Amir challenge.

New Zealand also have a brilliant left armer in Trent Boult. He has all the traits that make a great left arm fast bowler, swing late into the batsman, wonderful control over line and length and brisk pace. If conditions favour him then he can be a handful to handle with.

If Boult gets India’s top order early then India will surely be under huge pressure as it is their top order that has been firing for them in the last few T20 matches. Virat Kohli vs Trent Boult will be a mouth-watering contest and the winner of this will go a long way in deciding the outcome of the game. It will also be great to watch how Rohit manages to neutralise Boult and if India succeeds in managing Boult well then they surely hold the advantage. 

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Published 15 Mar 2016
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