Trent Boult
Joint highest wicket-taker of ICC Cricket WC ’15, Trent Boult, will be key to NZ’s success. © Getty Images

If there’s a contest in India, every cricket fan across the globe expects it to be a feather-bed for the batsmen. Undoubtedly, it will rain fours and sixes if the bowlers do not get their line and length right. And that’s how the story unfold this summer in ICC World T20 2016. India will lock horns with New Zealand in the tournament’s opener at Nagpur. As seen in the Round-1, the Nagpur pitch provided very little for the bowlers. And so was the case with other turfs as well. Slightly pitched up or slightly short, there’s no room for error; the batsmen will send the ball soaring over the boundary line. Live Cricket Scorecard: India vs New Zealand, ICC World T20 2016, Match 13 at Nagpur

New Zealand will use their fast bowlers as the potent threat throughout the tournament. They have Tim Southee, Trent Boult and Adam Milne in their ranks and all three can clock up to 90 mph. Being a southpaw, Boult will add more venom in the batting Powerplay. His sharp in-swingers can trap the right-handed batsmen in front, as well as edge the left-handed batsmen. He was the joint highest wicket-taker in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, with 22 wickets at an average of 16.86. Boult’s T20I record is impressive as well, with 11 wickets in 15 matches. If he continues his stellar performance in the 6th edition of World T20, New Zealand have a bright chance of clinching their maiden T20I title. READ: India vs New Zealand T20 World Cup 2016 match at Nagpur: Likely XI for Black Caps

Tim Southee has been donning the Black Caps jersey for 8 years and has been New Zealand’s pace spearhead for a while now. Southee has a toe-crushing yorker in his bowling armory—a weapon every bowlers aspires to have—has been one of the best death bowlers in the T20 extravaganza. Moreover, Southee’s experience of playing in the IPL will come in handy in crunch situations.READ: India vs New Zealand, T20 World Cup 2016, Match 13 at Nagpur: Key Battles

Milne, New Zealand’s current fastest bowler, has been their best T20 bowler for the past one year, averaging 20.83 in 11 matches. Milne’s ability of banging in short can leak runs, but his knack of taking wickets with his sheer pace will be an asset on the batsmen-friendly wickets.

If one of these bowlers fail to fire, New Zealand have fast bowling all-rounder Corey Anderson in the ranks. Anderson has variations in his bowling arsenal, which we saw him using often in the IPL.

Another left-arm pacer who knocks over the batsmen with his outrageous pace is Mitchell McClenaghan. He was the 6th highest wicket-taker in the Vivo IPL 2015, scalping 18 wickets in 12 matches. 

New Zealand have variety of spin attack in the team. Cricket pundits believe if a team has a leg-spinner in the side, they have an edge over the opposition. New Zealand’s Ish Sodhi was shot to fame for his guileful loop in the air. These days, with batsmen firing on all cylinders, the 23-year-old will be useful in the middle overs when the batsmen try to up the ante.

New Zealand offie Nathan McCullum has been around since ICC World T20 2007. He has bagged 55 wickets, with a staggering economy of just under 7 RPO.

The only spin bowling all-rounder in the grades is Mitchell Santner. The slow left-armer will give his captain the freedom to rotate his bowler in the most unpredictable format of the game. Also read: T20 World Cup 2016: 5 reasons New Zealand will maintain their flawless record against India

New Zealand will play their matches in Nagpur, Dharamsala, Mohali and Kolkata. While Kolkata and Nagpur will assist spinners, Mohali and Dharamsala will generate swing and pace. With variety of bowling options New Zealand have, they can dominate the slam bang tournament of T20.

(Kaustubh S. Mayekar, a reporter at CricketCountry, played cricket at U-16 level. Like his idol Rahul Dravid, he often shadow-practises cricket shots. His Twitter handle is @TheCricKnight.)