The 1st T20 was a huge disappointment as Yuvraj Singh’s comeback match was abandoned due to the pouring rain in India on the day. Conditions show that their will be clouds about so hopefully that will mean Yuvraj Singh will get to the crease on Tuesday. Irfan Pathan will be a key member for India in a few weeks as he has to be India’s strike force with the ball and will need to gain some confidence going into the tournament. New Zealand’s squad is full of individuals who can win matches on their own but Brendon McCullum is one of the biggest hitters in the game and he will look to exploit the flat pitches.
Match Information :
11 September, Chennai
Starting Time: 1900 Local Time (1330 GMT Time)
Irfan Pathan vs Brendan McCullum
India’s T20 bowling attack set-up is much different to any other format and there really isn’t a strike force in the pace bowlers but Irfan Pathan has the talent to take that role. He is one of the only Indian bowlers that can consistently swing the ball and he will be dangerous if he can get in his groove before the upcoming T20 world Cup. Brendan McCullum is no doubt one of the cleanest hitters of the ball in world cricket but his form hasn’t been that great and also he hasn’t played much cricket so he could be still rusty. An average of 34.66 in T20 Internationals is really good and a strike rate of 131.00 doesn’t emphasize how good he is in the T20’s.
India (probable): 1 Virender Sehwag, 2 Gautam Gambhir, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Suresh Raina, 5 Yuvraj Singh, 6 Rohit Sharma, 7 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 8 Irfan Pathan, 9 R Ashwin, 10 Zaheer Khan, 11 Ashok Dinda
New Zealand (probable): 1 Martin Guptill, 2 Brendon McCullum (wk), 3 Ross Taylor (capt), 4 Kane Williamson, 5 Rob Nicol, 6 Jacob Oram, 7 Daniel Vettori, 8 James Franklin, 9 Doug Bracewell, 10 Tim Southee, 11 Kyle Mills