IND vs NZ: The three-match T20 series is starting between India and New Zealand from today. The first match between the two teams will be played at the Sky Stadium in Wellington. The last encounter between the two teams, which managed to reach the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup, took place in November last year. India won this match played at Eden Gardens by 73 runs. The Indian team has been dominating the Kiwis for some time now but this time the circumstances and both the teams have also changed. In such a situation, a tough competition is expected here.
Under the captaincy of Hardik Pandya, Team India will play a series against a top-ranked team for the first time. Earlier he had done a clean sweep against Ireland. Hardik will be eyeing a winning start in the series but for that he will have to overcome a stiff challenge from the Kiwis.
Biggest danger from Sodhi
Although every New Zealand player is important against India, but Hardik and team will have to be most careful with the host team’s spinner Ish Sodhi. If you understand in figures, this leg-spinner of Indian origin troubled India the most. He is the highest wicket-taker in the T20 series played between the two teams. So far he has taken 20 wickets in 15 innings against India. During this, his economy has been 7.26 while the average has been 19.25. The biggest thing is that he takes a wicket every 15.9 balls in T20 against India.
Sodhi’s record is dangerous at Sky Stadium
The first match of the series between India and New Zealand is to be held at the Sky Stadium in Wellington and Sodhi becomes more dangerous on this ground. He is the highest wicket taker in T20 here. The 30-year-old Sodhi has taken 17 wickets in eight innings at this ground at an average of 14.76 and an economy of 8.09. Not only this, he takes a wicket every 10.9 balls in this stadium.
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Kane Williamson (c), Finn Allen, Michael Bracewell, Devon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Daryl Mitchell, Adam Milne, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Blair Tickner
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