The 28th match of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup will pit two cricketing titans from Group 2 against one other. Both India and New Zealand are coming off a disappointing loss to Pakistan in their first game and will be looking to earn a win next to their column.

Both teams enter this game knowing they haven’t performed well enough. Those early setbacks, though, will have taught them crucial lessons.

Early struggles with the bat highlighted India and New Zealand’s defeat to Pakistan, where they both lost the toss. Even as Trent Boult intends to swing it like Shaheen against India’s right-handed top-order, Sunday’s encounter between these two erring sides could come down to how effectively the team batting first begins.

ICC Men’s T20 World Cup: M28 New Zealand vs India – preview
ICC Men’s T20 World Cup: M28 New Zealand vs India – Cricket analysis stats

Head to Head

India and New Zealand are tied with 8-8. New Zealand has won both previous T20 World Cup matches against India. Following the 2016 T20 World Cup, India has won all eight T20Is versus New Zealand.

ICC Men’s T20 World Cup: M28 New Zealand vs India – preview
New Zealand vs India – T20: Head to head – Cricket analysis stats

Key batters to watch out for

ICC Men’s T20 World Cup: M28 New Zealand vs India – preview
Key batters to watch out for – cricket analysis stats

Key Bowlers to watch out for

ICC Men’s T20 World Cup: M28 New Zealand vs India – preview
Key bowlers to watch out for – cricket analysis stats

What to expect

To smother India’s right-handed heavy top-order, New Zealand might follow Pakistan’s lead and utilize a left-arm swing bowler (Trent Boult) and a left-arm spinner (Mitchell Santner). Although India may aim to counteract their rhythm by going on the offensive early. Ish Sodhi, who not only has the most wickets against India in this format but also matches up well against two of India’s top three batsmen, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul, should be brought in early. Kohli has only managed 31 out of 39 balls from Sodhi, and he has been caught twice. Rahul has hit 37 runs off 34 balls and has been removed twice.

The dilemma of Hardik Pandya

Captain Kohli confirmed Hardik is fit to play after taking a knock to the shoulder in the game against Pakistan. On the day of the match, the all-rounder is expected to bowl during warm-ups. Kohli acknowledged the necessity for a sixth bowling option in various situations, estimating that Hardik could bowl an over or two if his fitness levels allowed it.

Fantasy XI: Devon Conway, Virat Kohli, Kane Williamson, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja, Daryl Mitchell, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah, Ish Sodhi, Varun Chakravarthy

Captain: Virat Kohli

In his last eight games in Dubai, he has four 50-plus scores and has accumulated 363 runs at an average of 51.86.

Vice-captain: Kane Williamson

His last three scores against India are 95, 14, and 51.

Predicted playing XI

India: 1 Rohit Sharma, 2 KL Rahul, 3 Virat Kohli (capt), 4 Suryakumar Yadav, 5 Rishabh Pant (wk), 6 Hardik Pandya, 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 Shardul Thakur/ Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 9 Mohammed Shami, 10 Varun Chakravarthy, 11 Jasprit Bumrah

New Zealand :1 Martin Guptill, 2 Daryl Mitchell, 3 Kane Williamson (capt), 4 Devon Conway, 5 Glenn Phillips, 6 James Neesham, 7 Tim Seifert (wk), 8 Mitchell Santner, 9 Tim Southee/Adam Milne, 10 Ish Sodhi, 11 Trent Boult