Published: Wed, February 06, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

India to bowl in first T20 against New Zealand

India to bowl in first T20 against New Zealand

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Following the high of the Test series Down Under, another stellar showing might just convince the selectors to include Pant in the final-15.

All-rounder Kedar Jadhav, who last played a T20I against Australia at Guwahati in 2017, should continue with his role from the ODI team. The 3-match T20I series is also an opportunity for Dinesh Karthik, who has done well as a finisher but is still not a sure starter in the playing 11.

The India opener has been in smashing form in limited-overs cricket over the past three years or so and only Kohli can claim to have a better record in the same timeline.

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In the absence of seniors like Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Siraj and Khaleel Ahmed have not made much of an impact and they will be aiming for a breakthrough performance.

How Colin Munro has failed to establish himself as a force to be reckoned with in limited-overs cricket for New Zealand remains one of the greatest mysteries in the sport.

Ahead of the game, he was also seen practising with a tennis ball to counter the bounce and swing generated by the home team's pacers. The best batsman in the New Zealand side will want to serve another reminder of his prowess in the shortest format after his stupendous IPL showings for Sunrisers Hyderabad past year. They had some luck - there's always some luck in this format - but Seifert was in fine form, picking up anything that drifted into his pads on his way to seven fours and six sixes. In head-to-head encounters between both the sides, New Zealand hold a 6-2 record against India.

The 1st T20I between India and New Zealand will be played at Westpac Stadium, Wellington and it will start from 08:00 pm India time. Krunal Pandya dismisses Colin Munro for 34.

Match starts at 12.30 pm IST.

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