India vs New Zealand, Match 28, ICC T20 World Cup 2021: Fantasy Preview

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30 Oct 2021 | 10:17 AM
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India vs New Zealand, Match 28, ICC T20 World Cup 2021: Fantasy Preview

Here are a few tips that might help you create your fantasy team for Match 28 of the ICC T20 World Cup

A week after having received a drubbing at the hands of their fiercest rivals, team India will finally resume their T20 World Cup campaign on Sunday, with them taking on their bogey-team New Zealand in Dubai. The Kiwis are indeed India’s bogey team as the Men in Blue have never beaten the BlackCaps in T20 World Cup history, with the Kane Williamson-led side also getting the better of India in the previous WT20 edition.

Both teams will be entering the contest on the back of losses, and with Afghanistan looking sharp as any other side in the competition, neither team an ill-afford a loss on Sunday. The stakes, simply put, are massive.

Head to Head

Overall

India - 8 | New Zealand - 8 

Last 5 matches

India - 5 | New Zealand - 0 

Ground Details

The two teams will clash at the Dubai International Stadium in Dubai, the same venue in which Pakistan got the better of India a week ago. But the Men in Blue won’t mind, for they, unlike New Zealand, will be more familiar with the conditions heading into Sunday’s encounter.

What do we know about Dubai? Well, for one, we know that it’s a chasing wicket. To date, all 5 matches at the venue have been won by chasing sides.

But we also know that it’s a pretty decent batting wicket. Barring the aberration that the 55 all-out put up by West Indies was, the average first innings total at this venue has been 148.75. That no team has been able to successfully defend should tell you how true the wicket has played. 


We also know that it is a venue that provides assistance for both pacers and spinners. The pace-spin wickets-split percentage is 52-48, and the slower bowlers, in Dubai, have an exceptional economy rate of 6.3. Both sides won’t mind this.

But it goes without saying that the team chasing will, without a doubt, enter the game as favorites.

Suggested Team


The team we've picked has a good mix of world-class batters and bowlers. But remember, while you could go for the above team, you also have the option of choosing your team from Cricket.com’s Fantasy Research Centre. You can use this tool to build your team with the help of algorithms. Then, based on your preferences, the platform will guide you through creating the ideal fantasy XI.

Suggested captain

KL Rahul missed out against Pakistan thanks to an absolute snorter from Shaheen Afridi, but the right-hander is currently in the form of his life. He not only is coming on the back of a 626-run IPL season, he also looked in ominous touch in the warm-up matches against England and Australia. And he loves batting against the Kiwis too, evident by the fact that he averages 56.00 in T20Is against the BlackCaps. Against a familiar foe, it is Rahul who is our suggested choice of skipper.

Our Criclytics Player Projections predict Rahul to score between 30-46 runs.

X-Factors

Mitch Santner might have picked up only a solitary wicket against Pakistan, but the left-armer is a gun in T20Is and is currently in the midst of one of his best-ever T20I years, averaging 18 and conceding at just over 6.5 with the ball. Santner wrecked India in the duo’s last T20 World Cup meeting, picking 4/11 off his 4 overs, so with the Men in Blue possessing a boatload of right-handers, the Kiwi spinner could very well be an x-factor.

Our Criclytics Player Projections predict Santner to take 1-2 wickets

Suryakumar Yadav looked in fine touch during his short-stay against Pakistan, and, to date, he really has had just a solitary failure in T20Is, with him averaging nearly 40 while striking at over 165. With Surya having re-discovered his form during the latter half of the second leg of the IPL, it is worth backing the 31-year-old against the Kiwis, particularly given he knows the likes of Boult and Milne pretty well.

Our Criclytics Player Projections predict Suryakumar to score between 27-41 runs.

Jasprit Bumrah did not wreak havoc against Pakistan, but having now had a week-long break to refresh, recharge and reassess, the right-armer would be itching to cause serious damage come Sunday. And on a Dubai wicket tailor-made for him to brutalize batting line-ups, it would be no surprise if Bumrah indeed goes on to impact Sunday’s encounter in trademark fashion.

Our Criclytics Player Projections predict Bumrah to take 1-2 wickets.


Match-up to watch-out for

Mohammed Shami had an off-day against Pakistan, but the right-armer has dismissed Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson 4 times in T20 cricket in just 31 balls. With Williamson being the heart and soul of the New Zealand batting line-up, this would undoubtedly be a key match-up to watch-out for.

Predicted XIs

India: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (c), Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Varun Chakaravarthy, Jasprit Bumrah

New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Daryl Mitchell, Kane Williamson (c), Devon Conway, Glenn Phillips, James Neesham, Tim Seifert (wk), Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Trent Boult

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