India vs New Zealand
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India and New Zealand lock horns in the first of the three-match T20 series on Wednesday, 17th November 2021. The series will mark the start of Rohit Sharma-Rahul Dravid Era in T20 internationals. Virat Kohli is no longer the captain of the team in T20 internationals. Rohit Sharma has taken over the captaincy, while KL Rahul will be the vice-captain.

India vs New Zealand
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For the upcoming three-match T20 series, Virat Kohli has been rested and Ishan Kishan is likely to play at number three position. Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul are expected to be the openers, while the likes of Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant and Venkatesh Iyer will make their presence felt in the middle-order.

Venkatesh Iyer
Venkatesh Iyer (Image: Twitter)

Hardik Pandya has been dropped from the squad and Venkatesh Iyer is likely to fill his shoes in the playing XI. Also, Rahul Chahar and Varun Chakravarthy, who were in the T20 World Cup squad, have been excluded from the squad.

Ravichandran Ashwin is likely to share the spin bowling duties alongside Yuzvendra Chahal, who marks his return in the T20 squad. Senior pacers such as Jasprit Bumrah and M Shami have been rested in the series. In their absence, the likes of Harshal Patel, Deepak Chahar, and M Siraj would look to capitalize on the opportunity.

Martin Guptill, New Zealand.
Martin Guptill, New Zealand. (Photo: Twitter)

New Zealand, on the other hand, played their last T20 international on Sunday in what was the final match of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021. Unfortunately, they lost the game and failed to win their first-ever T20 World Cup title. New Zealand haven’t got a lot of time to process as they are set to face India in a three-match T20 series.

In a big development, Kane Williamson has opted to rest and Tim Southee would lead the team. The squad is much similar to the one played in the T20 World Cup. New Zealand have a weak batting unit as they will miss two key players such as Williamson and Conway. The team would be banking on the likes of Daryl Mitchell, Martin Guptill, and Glenn Phillips to perform well with the bat.

There is no denying that bowling is their strongest suit. They have three top-class fast bowlers in Tim Southee, Trent Boult, and Lockie Ferguson. As for the spin, NZ will continue to bank on the likes of Mitchell Santner and Ish Sodhi.

IND vs NZ Prediction- Who Will Win the Match Between India vs New Zealand, New Zealand tour of India 2021, 1st T20I

KL Rahul and Ishan Kishan
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Teams Head to Head Records: T20 Internationals 

Stats Matches IND Win  NZ Won A
Overall 18 8 9 1
At Sawai Mansingh Cricket Stadium
In the last 5 matches 5 4 1

Toss Prediction for the final match of ICC T20 World Cup 2021

The team winning the toss is likely to bowl first.

Predicted Scores for the final match of ICC T20 World Cup 2021

Team 1st batting 2nd batting
Australia 150-170 150-160
New Zealand 130-140 130-140

India: 

  • Batting

Following are the runs scored by Indian batsmen in the recently concluded ICC T20 World Cup 2021:

Players Matches Runs Average
Rohit Sharma 5 174 34.8
KL Rahul 5 194 48.5
Ishan Kishan 1 4 4
Rishabh Pant 5 78 39
Suryakumar Yadav 4 42 42
Venkatesh Iyer

Who will score the most runs for India in the match: Rohit Sharma or KL Rahul  

  • Bowling

Following are the wickets taken by Indian bowlers in the recently concluded ICC T20 World Cup 2021:

Players Matches Wickets Average
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 1 1 14.43
Ravichandran Ashwin 3 6
Yuzvendra Chahal
Deepak Chahar
M Siraj

Who will pick the most wickets for India in the match: Bhuvneshwar Kumar or Yuzvendra Chahal 

New Zealand:

Following are the runs scored by New Zealand batsmen in the recently concluded ICC T20 World Cup 2021

  • Batting

Players Matches Runs Average
Daryl Mitchell 7 208 34.67
Kane Williamson 7 216 43.2
Martin Guptill 7 208 29.71
Glenn Phillips 7 105 26.25
Jimmy Neesham 7 86 43

Who will score the most runs for New Zealand in the match: Daryl Mitchell or Martin Guptill

  •  Bowling

Following are the wickets taken by bowlers in the recently concluded ICC T20 World Cup 2021:

Players Matches Wickets Average
Trent Boult 7 13 13.31
Tim Southee 7 8 22.62
Ish Sodhi 7 9 21.56
Adam Milne 6 3 56.33
Mitchell Santner 7 2 74.50

Who will the pick most wickets for New Zealand in the match: Tim Southee or Ish Sodhi