NZ vs IND 1st T20i Prediction 18 Nov 2022

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New Zealand vs India

1st ODI

New Zealand
  • Date: 2022-11-18
  • Start Time: 12:00
  • Location: Sky Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand
  • Tournament: ODI series
  • Format: Twenty20
  • Prediction By: Malcolm Richards

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  • Prediction:
    New Zealand to Win
  • Best Odds:
    New Zealand: 1.8
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After exiting the ICC T20 World Cup in the semi-final, India and New Zealand will meet each other at the Sky Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand for the 1st T20 international. India will tour New Zealand for three T20 and three ODI fixtures. Both teams would like to start their new season with a series win in both formats.

  • Hardik Pandya will be leading the Indian side without the presence of some senior players
  • Kane Williamson faced a lot of criticism for his performance during the world cup but the team management has still shown trust in him
  • Team India will have some young players on their squad

NZ vs IND – 1st ODI – Venue Details

Venue: Sky Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand

Date: 18th November 2022

Time: 12.00 noon (IST)

NZ vs IND – 1st ODI – Team Preview

New Zealand

We witnessed one of the best performances by the Kiwi squad during the ICC T20 World Cup. Since the beginning of the tournament, they became heavyweights. However, there was a certain amount of bad luck on their side as they were eliminated in the semi-final game after facing defeat by Pakistan. 

One of the biggest concerns for New Zealand is the below average form of Kane Williamson. He was unable to leave his mark in the tournament and his below-average performance has made it difficult for the middle order to perform as expected. Finn Allen and Glenn Phillips are the top batters in their team and will be playing a valuable inning against India.

Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson, and Mitchell Santner will be the key bowlers from the Kiwi side. The trio will be responsible for not allowing the opposition to score and build partnerships on the ground. Tim Southee is going through some tough but he is expected to bounce back soon.


India also came as a strong contender for the World Cup trophy during the tournament. They started their campaign with a thrilling win against Pakistan but got eliminated in the semi-final game after facing defeat against England. However, BCCI has given rest to the senior players and Hardik Pandya will be responsible to lead the team with some new faces.

Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan, and Sanju Samson are making their comeback in the T20 format and this will be a chance for the trio to prove their worth for the national squad. Suryakumar Yadav and Rishabh Pant already carry a good experience in international T20 cricket.

In teh bowling section, the selection committee has not done any major changes. Washington Sundar and Yuzvendra Chahal will be part of the team with Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Arshdeep Singh, and Mohammad Shami in the pace section.

NZ vs IND – 1st ODI – Probable Playing XI

New Zealand: Devon Conway (wk), Finn Allen, Kane Williamson (c), Glenn Phillips, Daryl Mitchell, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Adam Milne, Lockie Ferguson

India: Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan (wk), Sanju Samson, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya (c), Washington Sundar, Mohammad Siraj, Arshdeep Singh, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal

NZ vs IND – 1st ODI – Probable Playing XI

Sky Stadium has a batting friendly pitch. The ball comes on the bat and the pitch provides a good bounce. According to the stats, the team batting first has won more matches and hence the toss-winning team should opt to bat first.

NZ vs IND – 1st ODI – Probable Playing XI

New Zealand and India both have expertise in T20 cricket. However, New Zealand has a slight edge over India in the upcoming series. India’s senior players are on rest and Hardik Pandya will be with some less experienced players. We predict New Zealand to win the first T20 fixture.