Published: Tue, February 05, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

India vs New Zealand 1st T20I at Wellington

India vs New Zealand 1st T20I at Wellington

Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Trent Boult made big strides in the latest ICC ODI player rankings released on Monday.Boult moved seven places and now occupies the third position after a fine series against India, where he finished as the highest wicket-taker with 12 wickets.

New Zealand and India begin their three-game series at Westpac Stadium tomorrow evening, following the White Ferns game against India women.

After the ODIs, the three-match T20 series between India and New Zealand will start on February 6 at Wellington, followed by second match at Auckland's Eden Park on February 8 and the final game will be played at Hamilton on February 10. It will be test for Rohit Sharma's captain who will lead team in absence of Virat Kohli. India will be buoyed following their 4-1 win in the recently-concluded ODI series but history doesn't favour the Asian giants.

Dhoni, who has the most number of stumping to his name in global cricket with 190, was on every cricket fan's lips for his brilliant effort with the gloves to dismiss New Zealand's Jimmy Neesham in the fifth and final One-Day worldwide on Sunday.

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India have played only one bilateral series in the shortest format of the game in New Zealand. The Black Caps had won that series 2-0 in 2008-09. "It is heard that a group of Indians assaulted the innocent New Zealanders..."

As far as the match is concerned, India won it by 35 runs, with Ambati Rayudu and Yuzvendra Chahal playing an important role. MS Dhoni leads the list with 41 wins in 72 matches.

Meanwhile, New Zealand will be missing one of the prolific scorers in T20Is, Martin Guptill as the opener has been ruled out of the upcoming series with an injury.

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