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ICC T20 World Cup
ICC World T20 match prediction: New Zealand is more likely to win against India today in the opening encounter
On Tuesday, New Zealand will clash with India in the first ICC World T20 2016 Super 10 stage match at Nagpur. But despite the fact that India go into the match as strong contenders, the Black Caps are a force to reckon with, even without Brendon McCullum, who recently retired.

The Kiwi batsmen have already shown their class against Sri Lanka in the warm-up match, taking the Sri Lankan bowlers to the cleaners and hitting them for boundaries at will as if they were playing with school kids.

However, warm-up matches are altogether a different ballgame. Things become serious when World Cup Super 10 matches start. New Zealand, who are looking for their first ever ICC World Cup title in any format, sure look like a hungry side and ready to go all out.

Today's match is expected to be a hard fought battle as the Black Caps are one of the toughest contenders in the tournament. Here are my 4 reasons why the Kiwis could beat India on March 15.

Team India struggles against a quality pace attack

Remember the Asia Cup 2016 India Pakistan match? Mohammad Aamer's pace in a low scoring match gave the Indian batsmen a torrid time. It was only Virat Kohli and his technique which saved the day for team India in the end. The only T20 match that India has lost recently was against Sri Lanka at Pune, where conditions were conducive to pace bowling. Trent Boult, the in-form Kiwi bowler has pace and is capable of taking wickets and keeping the runs down at the same time. Adam Milne is one of the fastest bowlers around while Tim Southee has vast experience.

Kiwi batsmen are destructive

The Black Caps are capable of hitting sixes as and when required. If the warm-up matches are any evidence, the Kiwis have proved it beyond doubt. Skipper Kane Williamson and Martin Guptill is an ideal opening pair, who have both class and power hitting capabilities. Colin Munro is the danger man to look out for India, as he recently scored a 14-ball 50 and retained his form in the warm-up match.  

Corey Anderson is another danger man for India as he has IPL experience and has also scored the second fastest ODI century. The New Zealand batting line-up further gets completed with the likes of Grant Elliot, Luke Ronchi and Mitchell Santner. However, Ross Taylor is still doubtful to make it to the playing eleven. Henry Nicholls, who has impressed in ODIs and Tests, is most likely to take his place.

It's difficult to match the Kiwis in fielding

Over the years, although with fresh talent coming in and the Indian fielding growing by leaps and bounds, the Black Caps have still managed to maintain the edge and always proved to be a better fielding unit. They easily take cheeky singles, but it could be a grave mistake to attempt taking two runs against them. Williamson, Guptill and Boult are exceptional fielders and are backed up by rest of the team.

Records are stacked against India

As far as records are concerned, New Zealand have an impeccable record against India in T20s, having won 4 out of the 5 encounters so far. The fifth match between the two was a no result due to weather conditions, and the Kiwis intend to keep it that way.

Conclusion:

Having said all that, team India are no minnows with the bat and the ball, and know their business well. The odds might be stacked against them, but the MS Dhoni led side sure knows how to fight all odds and emerge victorious. Today's match is almost certain to be an edge-of-the-seat thriller and full of fun and excitement.

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