Fantasy Cricket: New Zealand vs India T20I II Preview


An exciting match that featured 400+ runs started India’s tour of New Zealand. The first T20I at Eden Park was a treat for T20 lovers, which in the end went in India’s favour. The teams now will make it a Super Sunday with the second match at the same venue.

With this being the second of the five matches, New Zealand wouldn’t like to go 2-0 down. Both teams would be keen to continue their progression towards the T20 World Cup selection. With the short dimensions of the ground in focus, make batsmen your key part of fantasy teams.

New Zealand Preview

New Zealand had a great start with the bat and would be keen to continue that. With SRs of 140 and 158, Martin Guptill and Colin Munro will once again be core to their chances. Both remain strong picks for your side.

With the ball, it was Ish Sodhi who sparkled with two wickets. He can be a good pick, considering how leg-spinners have troubled the Indians. There aren’t many bowling options, but the experienced batsmen Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson will be great additions to your side.

India Preview

KL Rahul and Virat Kohli showed the best part of their form and T20 skills by leading the chase. However, it is the finishing skills of Shreyas Iyer that was a pleasant surprise. His calm demeanour makes him a very good pick for your fantasy side.

With the ball, Jasprit Bumrah didn’t get many wickets, but was brilliant at the death. Yuzvendra Chahal too wasn’t among the wickets, but could be a good choice. If you are looking for value picks, have a look at Shivam Dube.

Fantasy Players to Watch

Kane Williamson buried the ghosts of Australian tour with an excellent knock. The calm Kiwi captain will be a great pick, considering how consistent he has always been.

Colin Munro went about his job in the first T20I like he does – aggressively. He would be keen to continue from where he finished the first match.

KL Rahul brought his excellent home form to New Zealand and brought up an excellent 50. His ‘keeping is an additional asset.

Predicted XIs

New Zealand: 1 MartinGuptill 2 Colin Munro 3 Kane Williamson (C) 4 Ross Taylor 5 Daryl Mitchell 6 Tim Seifert (WK) 7 Mitchell Santner 8 Ish Sodhi 9 Tim Southee 10 Blair Tickner 11 Hamish Bennett

India: 1 Rohit Sharma 2 KL Rahul (WK) 3 Virat Kohli (C) 4 Shreyas Iyer 5 Manish Pandey 6 Shivam Dube 7 Ravindra Jadeja 8 Yuzvendra Chahal 9 Mohammed Shami 10 Navdeep Saini 11 Jasprit Bumrah

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