New Zealand had a tough time in the IND vs NZ series so far where they had lost the ODI series 4-1 as India completely dominated the ODIs. The first T20 of the series will be played at Wellington the Kiwis will be aiming to forget the miserable ODI series.
India can make the T20 series interesting for the fans as they are high on confidence and are on winning streak in all formats since they went down 1-4 to England in the Test last year. Shikar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma are well settled in the top order. Rishabh Pant is back in the squad after being dropped from ODI series.
It will be interesting to see who will be picked in the team – Dhoni or Pant.
With Kohli rested, both Pant and Dhoni could be picked for the match. They also got some good names in the allrounder department with Krunal and Hardik Pandya followed by a good bowling unit of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, and Chahal.
NewZealand will be without Trent Boult and Guptill but still, they got enough talent in the squad. James Neeshamwho showed good form with the bat and was announced as a late replacement for Guptill. Top order will be a concern for New Zealand which failed to perform in the ODI series. Colin Munro struggled during ODIs but will aim to find his touch in the shorter version of the game. Last year, he scored 500 runs with an impressive strike rate of almost 180.
Here is the playing XI for the 1st T20 of IND vs NZ series:
- Rohit Sharma (c)
- Shikhar Dhawan
- Rishabh Pant
- Vijay Shankar
- Dinesh Karthik
- MS Dhoni (wk)
- Hardik Pandya
- Krunal Pandya
- Bhuvneshwar Kumar
- Yuzvendra Chahal
- Khaleel Ahmed
- Kane Williamson (c)
- Colin Munro
- Tim Seifert (wk)
- Ross Taylor
- Daryl Mitchell
- Colin de Grandhomme
- Mitchell Santner
- Scott Kuggeleijn
- Lockie Ferguson
- Tim Southee
- Ish Sodhi
Match Time, Venue, Weather Conditions and Toss
Match Time: The match will start at 12:00 PM (Pakistan Time) and 12:30 PM (India Time)
Venue: Westpac Stadium
Weather Forecast: A cloudy weather is expected during the T20 match.
Toss: India won the toss and decided to bowl first.
Head to Head
Both teams have played 8 T20I against each other, with the New Zealand leading the victory stand at 6-2.
- With 6 wins and 2 defeats, New Zealand are the only team to win more matches than they have lost against India
- To become a leading run scorer in T20, Rohit Sharma just need 36 more runs (Martin Guptill is currently leading run scorer with 2272 runs)
- The average first innings total in New Zealand since January 2016 is 183 – the highest among all the nations.
- India haven’t lost any of their last ten bilateral T20I series
- India has never beaten New Zealand in NewZealand in a T20I game.