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Riding high on confidence after their excellent run in Twenty20 cricket since the beginning of the year, India will take on New Zealand in their first match of the ICC T20 World Cup 2016 at Nagpur on Tuesday night. The game will be played at the Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA) Stadium, a venue which received ICC’s notice and ‘poor’ ratings after the third India versus South Africa Test in 2015. But that was past, and the ICC has declared that the pitch for the India versus New Zealand T20 2016 World Cup 2016 match will be played on a flat deck. Live Cricket Scorecard: India vs New Zealand, ICC World T20 2016, Match 13 at Nagpur

So what does that mean? Knowing that India have been a haven for batsmen, both teams will obviously deck up their order. Irrespective of the hard work New Zealand do on their line-up, India will look stronger only because they have a settled and an on-song batting line-up capable of putting too many runs on board and knocking them off successfully as well.

It is sad and encouraging at the same time when Ajinkya Rahane, Mohammed Shami and Pawan Negi are likely to sit out for a favourable playing XI. These three men are likely to warm the bench for the time being with India having a settled line-up, with not many changes expected for the ICC World T20 2016 clash against New Zealand at Nagpur on Tuesday night. Let’s take a look:

Top-order: With an in-form top-order that has the likes of Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli, India have the strongest of batting attack to start with. If there were any doubts about the form of Dhawan, he silenced them all with a fine half-century in a tricky run chase against Bangladesh in the final of Asia Cup 2016 tournament. The other two, Rohit and Kohli, are the flag bearers of the Indian batting as they are expected to bat for as long. It will be crucial for one of the top three to carry on for long, as it will provide India both stability and acceleration. ALSO READ – India vs New Zealand, ICC World T20 2016, Match 13 at Nagpur, Preview: Kiwis can build on spotless record against hosts

Middle-order: The middle has been exposed enough in the recent times, despite T20 cricket being short enough for not everyone getting a chance. Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni can move up as well as down as per the situation demands, with all three of them being in decent form to keep up the scoring rate. The way Dhoni and now Yuvraj have revived themselves is a heartening sign, and the Indians will be hoping that they continue to bat in the same passion as they did in the Asia Cup T20 tournament in Bangladesh. Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja are the two men who will follow, in the lower-order, capable of playing different roles with the bat.

Lower-order: India have developed a side that bats deep. Following Pandya and Jadeja is Ravichandran Ashwin, who may not be a big-hitter of the ball but does well enough to ensure that he spends time at the wicket. The others, Jasprit Bumrah and Ashish Nehra are not known much for their batting, but keeping in mind that India have a strong line-up which is not easy to get rid of, their services with the bat will not be needed. Mohammed Shami impressed in the warm-up round, but India are likely not to draft him in especially when the pitch for the game has been declared favourable to the batsmen.

(Devarchit Varma is senior writer with CricketCountry. He can be followed on Twitter @Devarchit)