As MS Dhoni eyes yet another trophy as Indian captain in the World T20, his fans’ heart-throbbing has increased as the countdown gets closer for the first match of the host in World T20. India is to take on New Zealand in the ICC T20 World Cup 2016 at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur, with massive expectations in their quest for a second ICC World T20 title.
Overview of the match
Ranked No. 1 in the T20 format, the Indian team has a number of match winners in their side, and are close to unbeatable in home conditions. The warm-up games gave an indication of their batting prowess and in Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina and skipper M S Dhoni they have probably the best batting line-up in the competition. Spinner R Ashwin will be expected to shoulder the bowling, but in Ashish Nehra, Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya, he has able support. Apart from the fitness concerns around paceman Mohammed Shami, the team seem to have no real worries.
As far as New Zealand is considered, a slice of the hype went missing last December when Brendon McCullum announced his retirement from international cricket. In his stead comes Colin Munro, who has hit the most sixes in a first-class innings and struck New Zealand’s fastest T20 fifty. Munro has batted only five times in India. Also only very few from New Zealand’s squad have played T20 cricket in Indian conditions. Thirteen of them have played less than 15 games in the country, and the man with the most experience – Ross Taylor, with 46 matches – is coming back after injury.
The match starts at 7.30pm IST. Live coverage of the game is available in the UK on Sky Sports 2and Sky Sports 2 HD. In India, the game will be telecast on Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 3.