Cricket - Featured - January 30, 2020

New Zealand eye comeback, India to test benchstrength

New Zealand will be keen on a comeback after suffering 3 consecutive losses. India, on the other hand, won the first and second T20Is quite comfortably. Furthermore, India clinched a nail-biting super over win in the third T20I. Therefore, India has taken an unassailable 3-0 lead over New Zealand in the 5 match series.

As India already have pocketed the series, skipper Kohli hinted on possible changes. He said that we could see changes for the remaining two games in the playing XI. Washington Sundar and Navdeep Saini could feature in the XI as per Kohli. 

We will try to win 5-0. There are a couple of guys who are sitting out like Sundar and Saini, they deserve to get a game. The idea is to win the remaining two games,” Kohli said after the win in Hamilton. 

While Saini can replace Shardul Thakur, Sundar can come in for Chahal. These are the possible changes for next game at Wellington. 

As far as batting is concerned, Sanju Samson and Rishabh Pant await opportunities. The top three are sure to feature. Meanwhile, Shreyas Iyer has been in great touch as well. This could mean that there will not be a change in the top four. 

Furthermore, Manish Pandey and Shivam Dube have not got much opportunities. Both need to be given more game time as well. Keeping this in mind, there is a chance, however, that any of the top 4 could be rested. 

New Zealand eye comeback, India to test benchstrength

New Zealand will look to salvage some pride

As Colin De Grandhomme is not with the New Zealand squad, there is one straightforward change for them. Batsman Tom Bruce shall come in for CDG. The New Zealand middle order has not been upto the mark due to which this seems to be a feasible change. 

New Zealand will be eyeing to win the remaining games to restore some pride. For the better cause, skipper Kane Williamson could move up the order. He could open the innings with Guptill pushing Munro a place down. As their pace attack is heavily depleted, there will be a huge responsibility on Tim Southee. He will look to inspire a fightback leading the attack. 

Squads:

India: Virat Kohli (capt), Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul (wk), Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant, Sanju Samson, Shreyas Iyer, Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur, Navdeep Saini, Washington Sundar.

New Zealand: Kane Williamson (capt), Martin Guptill, Ross Taylor, Scott Kuggeleijn, Colin Munro, Tom Bruce, Daryl Mitchell, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert (wk), Hamish Bennett, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Blair Tickner.

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