At the wake of a resounding triumph in the One-Day International (ODI) series, a confident Rohit Sharma-led Men in Blue will take to the field against New Zealand in a first of the three-match Twenty20 International (T20I) series. The Indian cricket team will look to conclude their final tour ahead of the world cup on a high and a win against the Blackcaps at the Westpac Stadium on Wednesday will provide them a boost to maintain their momentum.
In the ODIs, India comprehensively outplayed the hosts to clinch the series 4-1. India looked out of sorts only in Hamilton but they bounced back in style in the last match and will aim to carry the momentum to the shortest format with some more promising players joining the squad.
“We would be looking to win the series and carry the momentum back home for the Australia series,” Shikhar Dhawan told reporters on Tuesday.
This T20I series will also be a good opportunity for youngsters like Krunal Pandya, Rishabh Pant, Siddarth Kaul, Khaleel Ahmed, Shubman Gill to rise to the occasion and stake a claim for a World Cup spot.
Veteran India wicketkeeper-batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni also returned to the T20I squad after a long hiatus. The Ranchi stumper last featured in a T20 match in July.
In the absence of regular skipper Virat Kohli who has been rested, Rohit Sharma will lead the squad and will be aiming to repeat the result of the ODI series. (Read the full preview here)
Here’s all you need to know regarding India vs New Zealand 1st T20I:
When is the India vs New Zealand 1st T20I?
The India vs New Zealand 1st T20I will be played on February 6, 2019.
Where will the India vs New Zealand 1st T20I be played?
The India vs New Zealand 1st T20I will be played at the Westpac Stadium, Wellington.
What time does the India vs New Zealand 1st T20I begin?
The India vs New Zealand 1st T20I will begin at 12:30 PM IST.
Which TV channels will broadcast the India vs New Zealand 1st T20I?
The India vs New Zealand 1st T20I will be telecast on the Star Sports Network.
How do I watch the live streaming of the India vs New Zealand 1st T20I?
The live streaming of the India vs New Zealand 1st T20I will be available on Hotstar. You can also catch the live updates on India.com/sports.
India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (Captain), MS Dhoni (wicket-keeper), Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Vijay Shankar, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ambati Rayudu, Shubman Gill, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Khaleel Ahmed, Hardik Pandya.
New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (captain), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wicket-keeper), Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson, Henry Nicholls, Doug Bracewell, Matt Henry.