India to face New Zealand in first T20I

Sports

05 Feb 2019

New Zealand vs India: Preview, Dream XI of first T20I

After a convincing 4-1 series win in the ODIs, India will be aiming to continue the flow in the first of the three T20Is against New Zealand in Wellington on Wednesday.

The Kiwis have a lot to prove in this series.

In three bilateral T20I series between the two sides, New Zealand have won two.

Here is our detailed match preview.

Options

India might play Pant, Dhoni and DK in Wellington

India might play Pant, Dhoni and DK in Wellington

All eyes will be on Rishabh Pant, who is likely to get a start at number three.

It is a big opportunity for the youngster to show his T20 prowess.

India might field all three wicket-keeper batsmen, Pant, MS Dhoni and Dinesh Karthik.

Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan add the strength upfront.

Pandya brothers Hardik and Krunal could be the side's two all-rounders.

Bowling

India look well balanced in bowling

India are spoilt for choices in bowling. Youngster Khaleel Ahmed warmed the bench in the ODIs and played just one match.

The left-arm youngster can be paired with Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

Siddarth Kaul comes in as another option.

Spin twins Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal were fantastic during the ODIs and are once again be expected to play a prominent role.

Love Sports news?

Stay updated with the latest happenings.

Yes, notify Me

New Zealand

New Zealand's opening issues the major factor

New Zealand's opening issues the major factor

With Martin Guptill ruled out of the series, left-handed batsman Henry Nicholls could continue batting atop.

His partner Colin Munro is badly out of form and perhaps these T20Is will help him move past his bad patch.

Kane Williamson will be their best bet to anchor the innings.

Powerful all-rounders like Jimmy Neesham and Colin de Grandhomme could be suitable game-changers.

Stat attack

Statistical highlights: India vs New Zealand

India have played two T20Is in New Zealand in the past, and they went on to lose both the matches.

India are ranked number two in the T20I rankings and New Zealand are sixth.

The Kiwis have won only two of their last 11 T20Is and in between lost six successive matches.

India have lost two of their last 15 T20Is.

Dream XI

NZ vs IND: Here's our choice of the Dream XI

NZ vs IND: Here's our choice of the Dream XI

Rohit gets the leadership nod and is our choice to open the innings alongside Shikhar Dhawan.

New Zealand's Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor provide the steel.

Rishabh Pant comes in as the wicket-keeper batsman.

Three powerful all-rounders in the form of Jimmy Neesham, Hardik (vice-captain) and Krunal get the nod.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar leads the bowling attack.

Lockie Ferguson and Yuzvendra Chahal support him.

When and where to watch the match?

The match will be telecast live on the Star Sports Network. One can stream the match live on Hotstar. It is scheduled for a 12:30 PM IST start. The match will be held at Westpac Stadium, Wellington.

Share this timeline

Cricket

Dream XI

Hardik Pandya

India Vs New Zealand T20

Indian Cricket Team

Jimmy Neesham

Kane Williamson

New Zealand Cricket Team

Rohit Sharma

Shikhar Dhawan

T20Is

Bhuvneshwar Kumar

Colin de Grandhomme

Colin Munro

Dinesh Karthik

DK

Henry Nicholls

IND

India

Khaleel Ahmed

Kiwis

Kuldeep Yadav

Lockie Ferguson

Martin Guptill

MS Dhoni

New Zealand

NZ

PM IST

Rishabh Pant

Ross Taylor

Siddarth Kaul

Star Sports Network

Westpac Stadium

Youngster Khaleel Ahmed

Yuzvendra Chahal

Share this timeline

Ask NewsBytes
User Image

Most asked questions

When is the first T20I match between India and New Zealand?

When and where to watch the match?

What's the position of the teams in the ICC T20I Rankings?

Who are the key players in the first T20I?

More questions

When is the first T20I match between India and New Zealand?

Asked 2019-02-05 13:19:32 by Angel Jaiteley

Answered by NewsBytes

The first T20I match between India and New Zealand will be held on February 6.

When and where to watch the match?

Asked 2019-02-05 13:19:32 by Vibhore Vyas

Answered by NewsBytes

The match will start at 12:30 PM IST. It will be telecast live on the Star Sports Network.

What's the position of the teams in the ICC T20I Rankings?

Asked 2019-02-05 13:19:32 by Charvi Chatterjee

Answered by NewsBytes

India are ranked second and New Zealand are sixth in the ICC T20I Rankings.

Who are the key players in the first T20I?

Asked 2019-02-05 13:19:32 by Ananya Khan

Answered by NewsBytes

Rohit Sharma is India's best bet with Jimmy Neesham being the most crucial player for the Kiwis.

Next Timeline