India vs New Zealand – 1st ODI Match Preview, Pitch Report & All You Need To Know.

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After a superb win over Sri Lanka in the ODI series, team India will take on New Zealand at home. And as everyone knows, no matter who you are and how good you are, New Zealand never give up without a fight. This should be a cracker jacker of a series as the first New Zealand vs India unfolds.

New Zealand however will be without some of their key players after resting them in the recently concluded series against Pakistan. Team India on the other hand have the problem of plenty. Be it from the opening slot, to the finisher’s slot to the spinners slot. It will be interesting to know what combination team India comes up with.

So are you ready for the Fun to begin?

India vs New Zealand 1st ODI Pitch Report,  

The Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad is known for its good batting conditions, with a true and hard pitch that generally offers good bounce and carry. The pitch is usually well-prepared and provides a good surface for the batsmen to score runs. The ball tends to come on to the bat nicely, allowing batsmen to play their strokes freely. However, as the match progresses, the pitch tends to slow down and become a bit more challenging for the batsmen. The spin bowlers can expect to get some assistance from the pitch, especially in the latter stages of the match. The average score on this ground is around 250 runs, but it can also be a high-scoring ground with a few matches having scores above 300 runs. The ground is known for its big boundaries and fast outfield, making it easier for the batsmen to score runs.

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The pitch can be a bit more challenging for the fast bowlers, as the hard surface does not offer much swing or seam movement. However, the fast bowlers can still be effective by using their variations and by bowling a good line and length. The pitch is also known to assist the spin bowlers in the second innings, as the pitch tends to wear out a bit and offer more turn and bounce.

Overall, the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium is a good venue for cricket and offers a fair contest between bat and ball. The pitch is known to be well-balanced and provides a good opportunity for both batsmen and bowlers to showcase their skills. The ground is known for its big boundaries which makes a good ground for high scoring games, and the fast outfield makes it easier for the batsmen to score runs. With the mix of good batting conditions and a pitch that offers something for the bowlers, it is a good venue for cricket fans to watch a game.

India vs New Zealand 1st ODI Probable Line-Ups

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Probable XI: Rohit Sharma (C), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Ishan Kishan (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar, Umran Malik/Shardul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal/Kuldeep Yadav, Mohd. Shami, Mohd. Siraj  

Image Source – Deccan Herald

New Zealand  

Playing XI: Finn Allen, Devon Conway, Henry Nicholls, Daryl Mitchell, Tom Latham (C, wk), Glenn Phillips, Michael Bracewell, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Blair Tickner/Dough Bracewell, Lockie Ferguson