India opt to bowl; No Mithali in XI

Sherman Parsons
Февраля 6, 2019

India vs New Zealand 1st T20 will begin at 12:30 PM IST.

The live TV coverage will be available on Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD in English commentary while Star Sports 3 and Star Sports 3 HD will show the match in Hindi commentary. New Zealand head coach Haidee Tiffen confirmed Bezuidenhout will return home to rest.

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After the remarkable victory in ODI series, India will look to bag the maiden T20 series as well.

Rohit Sharma now has a shot at history as he prepares to lead India in Virat Kohli's absence in the upcoming three-match T20I series against the Black Caps. "She will slot right in having already been with the squad for the ODI campaign". Tim Seifert will be donning the wicket-keeping gloves in the Kane Williamson led side.

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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. However, Mithali will continue to be in focus and it would be interesting to see what role she plays with the bat in the first match, especially after she was earlier criticised for the team's slow strike-rate.

India's legendary wicket-keeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni is back in the T20 mix after being omitted from the series against Australia in 2018 and his performance will also be keenly followed.

Guptill had sustained the injury while throwing a ball during fielding practice on the eve of the fifth ODI after which he was forced to miss that contest. Spin-bowling allrounder Anna Peterson, who was the Player of the Match in the third and last ODI on February 1, has been named Bezuidenhout's replacement, and will join the squad in Auckland on Thursday. There are no chances of rain.

"We've identified Rachin as a player of interest for a significant period of time now", selector Gavin Larsen said. The spinners will be crucial in the middle orders as this might not be a high-scoring game.

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