Dubai: The T20 World Cup Super 12 stage match against New Zealand on Sunday will be a ‘do or die’ match for the Indian team after their defeat to Pakistan and it will also be the litmus test of Virat Kohli’s captaincy in which he has to live up to the expectations from his team. would be expected to receive.
India will have to improve their performance against New Zealand after forgetting the humiliating ten-wicket loss to Pakistan last Sunday. It is not that easy in front of a great team like New Zealand. Tim Southee and Trent Boult have often been a source of trouble especially for the Indian batsmen.
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson is not 100% fit and Martin Guptill also has a leg injury. Devon Conway, however, is a very aggressive and dangerous batsman.
India’s bowlers had failed miserably against Pakistan but there will be no laxity here. Hardik Pandya, who is playing despite not being fully fit, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who is struggling with poor form, have proved to be the weak links of the Indian team. Hardik has not been in familiar form since recovering from a back injury and his career is now at stake.
His bowling practice in the nets is a testament to the pressure he is under. His team Mumbai Indians is also going to put him in the IPL auction pool, so he does not have much time left.
This is probably Bhuvneshwar’s last international tournament. His pace has dropped drastically in the last two seasons and competition with young bowlers like Deepak Chahar has become tougher for him now.
India have recently made a spectacular comeback in the Test format after losing the first match. Kohli, who is playing his last tournament as T20 captain, is also not one to give up so easily. Failure here means that questions will be raised about his captaincy in the 50 overs and also in the Test format.
Kohli is such a player who has the ability to perform at the best in adverse conditions and he also likes such challenges. He has been the troubleshooter of the team on many occasions but in the last few years there has been no harmony between captain Kohli and batsman Kohli.
India vs New Zealand match has become quarterfinal
The Indian team playing till the last leg of the tournament is not only the emotional need of millions of its fans but it is also necessary for the business interests of the tournament. Despite being in the more or less easy group, there is now a margin of victory or defeat in the early exit of the Indian giants who have proved to be stars in the IPL.
Pakistan has almost confirmed a place in the semi-finals by playing all three tough matches and winning all three. He now has to play Namibia and Scotland. In such a situation, the competition for the second place is between India and New Zealand and whoever wins, will be in second place.
Kohli has won only 1 out of 6 T20 toss this year
Considering the dew, the role of the toss will be important. In such a situation, Kohli would like to win the toss to ensure that his top batsmen do not have to face the dangerous swing of Trent Boult in the middle of the dew as he can wreak more havoc than Shaheen Shah Afridi. This year Virat Kohli could win only 1 toss out of 6 Huh. In such a situation, tomorrow they also need the support of luck. Suryakumar Yadav and Rishabh Pant will also be expected to perform better.
IndiaVirat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma (Vice Captain), KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (WK), Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Shardul Thakur, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Varun Chakraborty, Rahul Chahar
New Zealand :
Kane Williamsop (c), Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Mark Chapman, Devon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Kyle Jamieson, Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee.
Match Time: From 7.30 pm onwards.