India Vs New Zealand 1st Test Match Prediction as, India play their first test match of 2020, not only Kohli and his men will come up with different strategies but our fantasy cricket fans who love to play fantasy cricket will strategize differently to win cash prizes daily.
Story so far
The tour started quite well for India with a T20 series whitewash but soon they found themselves on the other side of the result in the one-day series. This test series is a chance for Kohli’s men to prove to the world that they are not mere pushovers in overseas conditions and also allows them to gain a substantial lead in the World Test Championship (WTC) table. Match Prediction
Over the past 4-5 years, New Zealand has been a strong test team in their backyard and the ODI series whitewash has given them the right impetus just before the test series. With only one win under their belt in the world test championship, the blackcaps would like to topple the number one Test team in the world and end the season on a high.
Win Match Prediction
The predictions are based on the report analysis, but the actual result will only come after the Match Prediction.
India Win Match Prediction – 45%
New Zealand Win Match Prediction – 40%
Draw – 15%
If it’s to negate the shorter boundaries in white-ball cricket, captains prefer bowling first in limited-overs cricket, the lively and green surfaces in New Zealand make the captains more inclined towards bowling first if they win the toss in test matches. It will be no different tomorrow as whosoever wins the toss will opt to bowl first.
Ground & Pitch
Basin Reserve is the oldest cricket ground of New Zealand and is the venue of the first test match between India and New Zealand. India nearly pulled off a test victory last time (2014) they met New Zealand at this venue, but Brendon McCullum had some other plans. Not only Brendon McCullum became the first New Zealand cricketer to score a triple century but the Kiwis managed to secure a draw after conceding a lead of 246 runs and losing 5 wickets with only 90 runs on the board. So, history augurs well for the host.
Historically, pitch in Basin Reserve is quite a lively one and goes the full distance in a five-day game. It is quite conducive to seam bowling with a good amount of grass covering the surface. Nonetheless, to say, pick at least 3-4 seamers in your fantasy cricket team tomorrow .
The conditions will be overcast during the first two days of the test match, giving enough reasons for bowlers to smile whereas it looks quite sunny and pleasant on Day 3,4 & 5 giving enough reasons for batsmen to smile – making it perfect weather for a test match. Match Prediction
With Rohit Sharma ruled out of the test series, either Prithvi Shaw or Shubman Gill will partner Mayank Agarwal at the top of the order. More likely Shaw might get the nod ahead of Gill. Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah, both who looked out of form in the limited-over series, will try to regain their mojo back early in the series. There is a high chance that both Jadeja and Ashwin find a place in the playing 11 as India might go with 5 specialist batsmen, 1 wicketkeeper and 5 specialist bowlers.
Probable 11 – Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Wridhiman Saha, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammad Shami, Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah.
With the ODI series whitewash and return of Trent Boult, New Zealand will be brimming high on confidence for the test series. Kane Williamson will be hoping to sustain the momentum and climb up the ladder in the World Test Championship (WTC) table.
Probable 11 – Tom Latham, Tom Blundell, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, Colin de Grandhomme, B.J.Watling, Ajaz Patel, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner & Trent Boult.
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