They have hit the homestretch of a memorable three-month tour and a rampant India will be fancying another series win when they clash with under pressure hosts New Zealand in the opening T20 global at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington on Wednesday. Young wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant, who was not part of the ODIs, returns hungrier and sees this as a big opportunity to stake a claim for a World Cup spot in the upcoming three T20s. Interestingly, with a total of 79, India also has the record of the lowest team total between the two teams. Agreed that Dhoni found his lost form last month and is certain to board the flight to England, he still should not be rested in the matches leading to the World Cup.
The 1st T20 between India and New Zealand will be played at the Westpac Stadium, Wellington in New Zealand.
Having defeated New Zealand 4-1 in the ODI series, India are now gearing up for the second leg of their tour across the Tasman sea.
Kedar Jadhav has also advanced eight places to 35th. Captain Virat Kohli and pacer Jasprit Bumrah continued to top the charts for batsmen and bowlers.
As far as the match is concerned, India won it by 35 runs, with Ambati Rayudu and Yuzvendra Chahal playing an important role.
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The hosts will hope to bounce back from the disappointing ODI series and start off the shortest format with a win.
India vs New Zealand 1st T20 match will be available live on Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 1 in English Commentary and Star Sports Hindi HD in Hindi Commentary.
Shubnam Gill could make his T20I debut, while Rishabh Pant will come back into the side after missing the ODI series.
After the remarkable victory in ODI series, India will look to bag the maiden T20 series as well. They need to click for New Zealand to have the upper hand.