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T20 World Cup 2021, India vs New Zealand (Super 12): NZ elects to field, IND brings in Shardul Thakur

India and New Zealand face off in the 2021 ICC T20 World Cup Super 12 clash in Dubai on Sunday. The Kiwis have won the toss and have opted to field, while the Indians have brought in Shardul Thakur.

ICC T20 World Cup 2021, India vs New Zealand (Super 12): NZ elects to field, IND brings in Shardul Thakur-ayh
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Dubai - United Arab Emirates, First Published Oct 31, 2021, 7:24 PM IST
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It is all set to be a thrilling clash between former champion India and New Zealand in their Group 2 Super 12 tie of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 at the Dubai International Stadium on Sunday. Both teams are desperate for their first win of the tournament, having lost their opening encounter.

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During the toss, Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson made the right call, as Virat Kohli's luck with the toss continued to run low. New Zealand opted to bowl first, besides making a change by bringing in Adam Milne comes in for Tim Seifert. On the other hand, India made a couple of changes, bringing in Ishan Kishan for Suryakumar Yadav, who has a back spasm, while Shardul Thakur replaces Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

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"We are going to bowl, dew factor at this time of the year. Hopefully, a bit of movement in the surface like the other night. Look forward to another challenge against these guys, who are obviously one of the favourites in the tournament. One change, Adam Milne comes in for Tim Seifert. Just us a nice balance to our bowling attack provides us the extra pace as well. Conway will keep," said Williamson during the toss.

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Kohli said, "We would have bowled first as well. We need a solid start and have wickets in hand to get those extra 20-25 runs are the learnings from the last game. We do have the bowling line-up to take wickets, but when you don't have runs on the board, one partnership can take the game away from you. We understand that, and plans are there to get those extra runs."

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"It's ridiculous; we are playing twice in 10 days. Too long a break, but yeah, the guys have recovered well. Had good practice sessions, are itching to go out on the field, which is a good thing. When you have so many days off, you want to get on the park and get into the groove. It's another opportunity to come out and correct the mistakes. Two changes. One forced, Surya has a lower back spasm, so Ishan Kishan will replace him and open the batting. Shardul Thakur replaces Bhuvneshwar Kumar," he added.

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Playing XI
India:
Ishan Kishan, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (c), Rishabh Pant (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Varun Chakravarthy and Jasprit Bumrah.
New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Daryl Mitchell, Kane Williamson (c), James Neesham, Devon Conway (wk), Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Adam Milne and Trent Boult.

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