The India tour of New Zealand has been bittersweet as of now. Let’s take a short recap of what has happened till now – India won 5 out of 5 T20Is Series which included two historic super overs. Then Kiwis returned the favour by white washing the one day international series by winning 3 out of 3 matches. Now, we are about to enter the test territory otherwise known as 5 days of glory.. A little known fact about the Kiwis regarding the test series is that they have not lost a single match on their home ground since the last 30 months. Speaking of home grounds let’s see what the pitch looks like.
The match will be played in Basin Reserve which is located in Wellington. The stadium is particularly used for Test matches. The pitch in the question is favouring the bowler because the curators put up a lot of grass since the pitch is considered to be flat. Falling of wickets early in the first innings is expected making it a 2nd inning contest.
India Squad: Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Ravindra Jadeja, Wriddhiman Saha(w), Ravichandran Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Hanuma Vihari, Jasprit Bumrah, Navdeep Saini, Rishabh Pant, Shubman Gill
New Zealand Squad: Tom Latham, Tom Blundell, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling(w), Colin de Grandhomme, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Ajaz Patel, Daryl Mitchell, Matt Henry
After both of the tests the tour will be concluded and we’ll be able to see which team is on the better spot. Both of the teams have been giving strict competition to each other. Even without the kiwi captain Kane Williamson, Team New Zealand was able to defeat team India in the one day internationals. Now we have Kane Williamson and Tom Latham together. A tough match is expected.
Fantasy Picks of IND v/s NZ First Test
As Team India looks for redemption and the pitch favors the bowling unit then it will be logical to select bowlers from both the teams. This is the kind of a match in which we can experiment a little bit.
We are going with this team –
Shubman Gill,Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravindra Jadeja, Wriddhiman Saha/Rishabh Pant, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Trent Boult.
We’ll be choosing Kane Williamson as our Captain and Jasprit Bumrah as our Vice – Captain.
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