After ODIs, it’s now time to shift the focus on the shortest format of the game. In T20 format, the hosts have dominated Team India every time they have come face-to-face. Coming to the T20s after a humiliating defeat in the ODIs, the Kiwis would back their chances in the format and seek to avenge the defeat. The 1st T20 will be played at Wellington and is expected to be the high-scoring one. Rohit Sharma would again find himself in the captain’s shoes and would bank on Rishabh Pant and MS Dhoni in the middle-order. Here is the probable playing XI prediction for Team India:
India’s probable playing XI: Rohit Sharma (C), Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, MS Dhoni (WK), Dinesh Karthik, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul, Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav.
Ahead of the T20 series, Kiwis suffered a massive blow as their star opener Martin Guptill has been ruled out of the entire series with injury. In place of Guptill, all-rounder James Neesham has been included in the Kiwi squad. Neesham is in good form and is expected to lead hosts’ middle-order. Here is the probable playing XI prediction for the Black Caps:
New Zealand’s probable playing XI: Tim Siefert (WK), Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (C), Ross Taylor, Mitchell Santner, James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Scott Kuggeleijn, Doug Bracewell, Lockie Ferguson and Ish Sodhi.
FPJ’s dream 11 prediction: Rohit Sharma, MS Dhoni (WK), Shikhar Dhawan, Kane Williamson, James Neesham, Ross Taylor, Hardik Pandya, Tom Latham, Lockie Ferguson, Doug Bracewell, and Yuzvendra Chahal.