New Delhi: After delivering a crushing defeat to New Zealand in the One Day Internationals (ODI) by 3-0, Team India is again gearing up to repeat the same feat in Twenty20 Internationals (T20I) against the visitors.

Having whitewashed the series against Kiwis, Men in Blue are clearly the favourites for the T20 series. Today, they will play 1st T20 match at the JSCA International stadium complex in Ranchi.

India Vs New Zealand 1st T20: Pitch Report & Venue

Date: 27th January 2023
Venue: JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi, India

Report: The pitch is said to be batting friendly and batters therefore will have a chance to build big score. Spinners are likely to have crucial role while seamers may have some advantage towards the fag end. The average score on the pitch is said to be 160 runs.

India Vs New Zealand 1st T20: Top Picks for match

For Team India, Suryakumar Yadav and Shubman Gill will be the biggest bets for deciding the course of game. Suryakumar Yadav, who is also captaining the team in 1st T20, is among the top fantasy picks for the team. He has score more than 1,500 runs in 45 matches of T20. Shubman Gill hasn’t been very effective in his ‘small-time’ T20 career but his performance will also be a key factor in India Vs New Zealand match.

For New Zealand, Michael Bracewell and Devon Conway are the top fantasy picks. Both are left-handed batsmen and have smashed big hits in recent matches. While Devon has scored more than 1,000 runs in 35 T20 matches while Bracewell has amassed 90 runs & scalped 17 wickets in 13 T20 matches.

India Vs New Zealand 1st T20: Suggested Playing XI

Batsmen – Glenn Phillips, Shubman Gill (vc), Suryakumar Yadav
Bowlers – Kuldeep yadav, Umran Malik, Arshdeep Singh
All-rounders – Hardik Pandya, Michael Bracewell, Mitchell Santner