India vs New Zealand
|Date & Time||Wednesday February 6, 2019, 3:00 AM (EST)|
Wellington, New Zealand
The Line: India -150/ New Zealand +120, Over/Under:
New Zealand and India are set to play a 3-match T20 International series to end India’s tour. The first match of this series is set to take place at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington.
India convincingly won the ODI series 4-1 as they won the last match by 35 runs. India have been in very good form when it comes to T20 cricket as they beat England away from home, West Indies at home and drew against Australia away from home. As far as players are concerned, India has been led very well by Kuldeep Yadav in T20I as he took 21 wickets in 2018 at an incredibly impressive average of only 9.8. In terms of batting, India had the two most successful T20I batsmen in 2018 in Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan. Sharma and Dhawan combined to score close to 1300 runs in T20I in 2018 for India and the pair is expected to be a big threat to New Zealand in this match. India have looked in good form heading into this match and they will be confident of starting the series with a win.
New Zealand have serious issues with their batting. In the ODI series, New Zealand failed to score more than 250 in any of their innings. Kane Williamson looks seriously out of form while Ross Taylor has also been failing with the bat. The bowling has been decent although they have not been good enough to salvage anything against India.
All in all, I am going to pick India to win this match. India are ranked number 2 in the world while New Zealand are ranked much lower at 6th spot. The Indian team looks confident having just won the ODI series and I see them getting a winning start to the T20I series.