New Zealand Vs India first T20 preview and other highlights:
- New Zealand and India play a three-match T20 series beginning February 6 in Wellington
- The first match will begin at 12:30 pm IST with the toss set to go underway at 12:15 pm
- India has never won a T20 match till date in the country and will be looking to improve upon that murky record
The three-match T20 series against the Black Caps brings with it massive opportunity for India to improve what has been an otherwise lopsided record for them in the shortest format of the game in the country. In the solitary series held in the country back in 2008-09, India had slumped 2-0 and had ever so recently managed to overcome an unsavoury record of 6 straight losses in T20 against New Zealand on the tour when they had defeated them in New Delhi by 53 runs.
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Going ahead with New Zealand Vs India first T20 preview, that stellar show in New Zealand is what this Indian side will be looking to take inspiration from. It was an exuberant showing by them, seeing them put on a mammoth 202-3 in a match of many firsts for New Zealand. So dominant was India on the day that they had pushed back New Zealand to not picking up a wicket in the first 10 overs, the first time ever for the country and also eliminating the exemplary Boult, taking 49 runs off his over to give him his worst figures in T20s.
When the team step out to the Westpac Stadium in Wellington, they’ll know that they need to do everything that went right for them in November in 2017 and more. After all, this is the track on which the hosts have flourished in recent times, holding an enthralling record of 4 wins in their last 5 T20s which involve wins against England, twice against Pakistan and one against West Indies.
India who put in a brilliant showing in the recently concluded ODI series, winning it 4-0 credit it some mind-blowing, delightful and illustrious performances know that a hurting New Zealand side will come back strongly. In the absence of their ever dependable captain Virat Kohli, India won’t find it easy to drudge it out on a Wellington wicket which should see something on offer for the pacers throughout the game.
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From India’s perspective, the batting line-up should see the regulation openers step out to open the innings while lowering down the combination will make for more interesting and intriguing viewing. Pant, gill, Dhoni and Karthik should be the likeliest of line-ups the visitors dole out in the series opener as they look to give several lesser played players a chance to prove their mettle and repose the faith shown in them by the selectors in the recent times.
On the bowling front, India will not incur too many changes and we should see the same unit as the one that served them ever so gorgeously in the ODI series. Shami and Bhuvneshwar will take the mantle of bowling with the new ball while the two spin department is set to be in play once again.
From New Zealand’s perspective, they’ll be looking to emulate an ever so good record in T20s. They see a lot of fresh faces being brought in as well, with two debutants being introduced to their squad as confirmed by Williamson who before the encounter reaffirmed how massive an opportunity it is for his side to play against a great team like India ahead of the world cup, giving them a massive opportunity to work on their recent fiasco in the ODI series.
Date and Day: February 6, 2019, and Wednesday
Place: The Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Time: 12:30 pm (IST), 8:00 pm (local time)
The first T20 match will be available on Star Sports 1/HD in English Commentary and Star Sports Hindi/HD in Hindi Commentary. You can catch all the action live on our site and our Twitter feed.
India Playing 11: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Shubman Gill, MS Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, Mohammed Siraj, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar
New Zealand Playing 11: Colin Munro, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson (c), Tim Seifert (wk), Ross Taylor, Colin de Grandhomme, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee and Lockie Ferguson
Squads Of Both The Teams:
India T20 Squad: Rohit Sharma(c), Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Krunal Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul, Khaleel Ahmed, Shubman Gill, Vijay Shankar, Hardik Pandya, Mohammad Siraj
New Zealand T20 Squad: Kane Williamson(c), Doug Bracewell, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Scott Kuggeleijn, Colin Munro, Daryl Mitchell, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Blair Tickner, James Neesham