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MS Dhoni will captain India in the ICC T20 World Cup 2016 at homeGetty

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India take on New Zealand in the opening game of the ICC T20 World Cup 2016 on 15 March (Tuesday) at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur.

Where to watch live

The match starts at 2pm GMT. Live coverage of the game is available in the UK on Sky Sports 2 and Sky Sports 2 HD. In India, the game will be telecast on Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 3. Click here for the live streaming link.

Overview

The opening game of the T20 World Cup 2016 will see hosts India take on New Zealand in a Group 2 encounter at Nagpur. The favourites to win the T20 Cup this year, India come into this game on the back of scintillating T20 performances against Australia and in the Asia Cup.

Ranked No 1 in the T20 format, the Men In Blue have a number of match winners in their side, and are close to unbeatable in home conditions. The warm-up games gave an indication of their batting prowess and in Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina and skipper M S Dhoni they have probably the best batting line-up in the competition.

Spinner R Ashwin will be expected to shoulder the bowling, but in Ashish Nehra, Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya, he has able support. Mohammad Shami played in the warm-up games and will start with India expected to field their strongest XI considering everyone is fit at the moment.

New Zealand
Corey Anderson, Martin Guptill and skipper Kane Williamson are the key players for the KiwisGetty

New Zealand too come into this tournament in good form. Throughout the summer they have played well in the shorter formats of the game. The team has a number of swashbuckling players in Martin Guptill, Ross Taylor and skipper Kane Williamson while Corey Anderson, Colin Munro and Luke Ronchi are the big hitters.

A lot has been said about the effectiveness of the new-ball pairing of Tim Southee and Trent Boult, with Kiwi legend Sir Richard Hadlee calling them the best bowling pair in New Zealand history. If they can live up to their hype then the Kiwis have a chance of causing an upset. They too have no major injury worries, with their strongest XI set to be named. However, they would miss the recently retired Brendon McCullum who is a superstar in the shorter format of the game.

Prediction

India to win

Betting odds (betfair)

India to win: 1/2

New Zealand to win: 13/8

Team news

India

Possible XI: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni (c&wk), Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Mohammad Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Ashish Nehra

New Zealand

Possible XI: Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson (c), Colin Munro, Ross Taylor, Corey Anderson, Grant Elliot, Luke Ronchi (wk), Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Mitchell McClenaghan, Ish Sodhi