India vs New Zealand Prediction – October 31, 2021: Do India need to make changes to beat New Zealand? Full preview and match tips

  • Match: India vs New Zealand
  • Date: October 31, 2021
  • Start Time: 2:00pm
  • Stadium: Dubai International Cricket Stadium
  • Tournament: ICC Men’s T20 World Cup – 2021 – 28th Match
  • Format: T20I


New Zealand won by 8 wickets (with 33 balls remaining)

India vs New Zealand Stats and Trends

India International Cricket logo

India Trends

India Last Match vs Pakistan

Pakistan won by 10 wickets (with 13 balls remaining)

Batting Figures
Virat Kohli
Rishabh Pant
Ravindra Jadeja
Top 3 Batsmen for India vs Pakistan
Bowling figures
Mohammed Shami
Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Varun Chakravarthy
Top 3 Bowlers for India vs Pakistan

India had a slow start losing both of their openers early in the match. At 6/2 it needed good innings from Kohli to help build the score. His 57 from 49 balls was a steady performance on what looked like a reasonable wicket for the bowlers. India score 151 which looked like an okay score to defend. In the UAE 170 would have been a better score and closer to par on with wicket. With India’s bowling attack this still looked like a good chance of an Indian win.

The Pakistan openers played an excellent match, chasing the score down in 17.5 overs. They did not lose a wicket and showed what good form they are in. After this, they won their next two matches as well to lead the group.

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New Zealand Trends

New Zealand Last Match vs Pakistan

Pakistan won by 5 wickets (with 8 balls remaining)

Batting Figures
Daryl Mitchell
Devon Conway
Kane Williamson
Top 3 Batsmen for New Zealand vs Pakistan
Bowling figures
Ish Sodhi
Mitchell Santner
Trent Boult
Top 3 Bowlers for New Zealand vs Pakistan

New Zealand made a solid start in this match with the top 3 batsmen putting on some runs. The main issue was the strike rate with Guptil on 85 and Kane Williamson on 96. They really needed to get the board moving more but were pegged back by an impressive Pakistan team. 134/8 just did not look good enough a score to defend after the performance of Pakistan in the opening match.

In defence of the target, New Zealand made a good start with the danger man Azam going for just 9. At 87/5 the match looked well poised for a tight finish. Watching at that point we felt if they could get a couple more wickets then they would be on target to get a win. Then Asif Ali came in and showed what he could do bludgeoning 27 off 12 balls at a strike rate of 225. He then went on to do the same against Afghanistan building his reputation as a finisher in this tournament.

India vs New Zealand Match Prediction

This is looking like it will be a fantastic match. Both of the teams are top teams with great players. New Zealand has a couple of players back from injury and India have the opportunity to mix the team up for this match. As we’ve mentioned above we’d like to see Kishan and Sharma open for the right-hander and left-hander combination.

India needs to offer a little bit more than they did against Pakistan and if batting first gets past 170 runs. In this tournament so far we have not seen a low score defended yet. West Indies 142 is the lowest 1st innings score that has seen a sin. In most cases, the team batting second wins so winning the toss gives the teams an advantage.

Predicted result: India to win in a close match

Predicted scores if batting first:

India 160-175/7

New Zealand 150-165/8

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