Ishan Kishan replaces Suryakumar Yadav in Game XI
Virat Kohli lost the shoot against New Zealand captain Kane Williamson and the Indians were asked to bat first. India were also batted by Pakistan and what followed was a disastrous result for Kohli’s team as Pakistan steamrolled the Indians by 10 wickets. The dew plays a big factor in Dubai and captains therefore tend to put in the opposition after winning the toss. However, Kohli put forward a brave front and said his team would try to rectify the mistakes made against Pakistan. This is a huge match as the losing team could run the risk of missing a semi-final spot.
“We would have bowled first too. We need a solid start and need to have wickets in hand. It’s ridiculous, we play twice in 10 days. The guys have recovered well. This is another opportunity to get out. come and correct the mistakes, “Kohli said after losing the shoot.
When asked about his game XI, Kohli mentioned that there are two changes in his squad from the team that Pakistan faced. In-form Shardul Thakur was included in place of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, while opening batsman Ishan Kishan was included in the squad in place of Suryakumar Yadav, who was down with spasm.
“Two changes. One forced, Surya has back spasm, so Ishan Kishan will replace him and open the batting. Shardul Thakur replaces Bhuvi,” Kohli said.
The big update, however, was the fact that Kishan would open the innings, meaning that one of the two between KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma would come down to the number 4 spot.
Hardik Pandya also retained his place in the playing XI and it will be interesting to see if he bowls in this match as he bowled in the nets in the run-up to this encounter.
New Zealand have also made a change in their series since the defeat against Pakistan. Wicketkeeper Tim Seifert made way for pacemaker Adam Milne, whose pace could be handful against the Indians.
“We’re going to bowl, dew factor this time of year. Looking forward to another challenge. One change, Adam Milne is coming in for Tim Seifert. Just to balance our bowling attack. Conway will hold on,” Williamson said.
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