The Super 10 round of ICC World T20 2016 finally gets underway on Tuesday with hosts India taking on New Zealand at Nagpur. Jamtha is set for the blockbuster clash between two heavyweights. While India, ranked No. 1 in T20Is, enter this match as the tournament favourites, New Zealand as a matter of fact have not lost a single T20I against them. Yes, but every time they beat India in a T20I, their destructor-in-chief was Brendon McCullum. READ: ICC World T20 2016: New Zealand 4, India 0.

When the news of McCullum’s retirement broke in December, it was not only heartbreak, but the Kiwi hopes in World T20 received a major jolt. But the emergence of Colin Munro has given them hope. Not many in the New Zealand squad have experience of playing in Indian conditions, therefore it is important for the likes of skipper Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor and Corey Anderson to take the extra initiative. READ: ICC World T20 2016, New Zealand overview: Minus Brendon McCullum, Black Caps aim for the first title.

While Williamson is living a dream across formats, Martin Guptill’s recent white ball exploits have earned him the reputation of being one of the most dangerous batsmen on the planet. However, if the tracks lack pace, it may have an effect on Guptill. On the other hand, Williamson does not have any apparent weakness.

Despite the lack of experience of playing in Indian conditions, New Zealand have a formidable side. In Tim Southee and Trent Boult, they have a top pace bowling pair. In Anderson, Grant Elliott and Mitchell Santner, they have their all-rounder department sorted. And their strength lies in their batting which possesses power hitters like Guptill and Munro, and world-class batsmen in Williamson and Taylor. It will be interesting to watch if this combination is good enough to counter India’s spin threat.

Conquering India at their backyard especially when they have struck the right form will be quite a task. The side has found a settled combination, which they had longed for and when your top pacer Mohammad Shami is finding it hard to break into the XI, then it surely is a happy headache. READ: ICC World T20 2016, India overview: Tagged ‘favourites’, MS Dhoni eyes another title.

The two pillars of Indian batting are Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma. And in Shikhar Dhawan, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni and Hardik Pandya, there is plenty of ammunition for the slam-bang format.

Ravichandran Ashwin will lead the bowling mantle with support from Ravindra Jadeja. Jasprit Bumrah and Ashish Nehra have been fabulous with the new ball and again at the death, while in Pandya they have found the ideal support bowler. Here is India’s answer to Anderson. If it’s a turner, the likes of Yuvraj and Raina can give it a spin.

In subcontinent conditions, India have the best side. Here is a comparison of probable XI of both the sides.

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(Suvajit Mustafi consumes cricket for lunch, fiction for dinner and munches numerous other snacks throughout the day. Yes, a jack of several trades, all Suvajit dreamt of was being India’s World Cup winning skipper but ended up being a sports writer, author, screenwriter, director, copywriter, graphic designer, sportsmarketer , strategist, entrepreneur,  philosopher and traveller. Donning so many hats, it’s cricket which gives him the ultimate high and where he finds solace. He can be followed at @RibsGully and rivu7)