A win on Saturday, would be India’s second ever only against the Kiwis in the shortest format of the game, and it’d also see the Men in Blue take an unassailable lead in the series.
Here are 10 reasons why you should definitely not miss the India vs New Zealand match in Rajkot.
• This will be the second T20 international game at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium where the first innings average score is 169 in the last two IPL seasons.
• Three more wickets for Yuzvendra Chahal will see him join Kesrick Williams & Rashid Khan with the most T20I wickets this year – 17.
• Ten more runs will see Virat Kohli become the first Indian to reach 7000 T20 runs in his career.
• India captain Virat Kohli is one boundary away from his 200th boundary in T20 internationals, he will be only the third batsman to achieve this milestone.
• Tim Southee needs 4 wickets to become the second New Zealand bowler with 50 or more wickets in T20 Internationals.
• Jasprit Bumrah is 10 wickets away from bringing up 100 international wickets.
• Another 28 runs will make Rohit Sharma the second Indian to complete 1,500 runs in T20 International cricket.
• Yuzvendra Chahal’s 6/25 against England earlier in the year is the best bowling figures in T20 International cricket.
• Kane Williamson has a T20 International batting strike rate of 96.96 against India, and it is his worst against any opposition he has played against at least thrice.
• Ish Sodhi has taken a wicket in all the 13 T20 International matches that he has played so far in his career.
India XI: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), MS Dhoni(w), Shreyas Iyer, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj
New Zealand XI: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson(c), Tom Bruce, Glenn Phillips(w), Henry Nicholls, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Adam Milne, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult
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First Published: November 4, 2017, 1:06 PM IST