India's Predicted Playing XI for 1st T20I against New Zealand

Elena Summers
February 6, 2019

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the India vs New Zealand 2019, 1st T20I at the Westpac Stadium, Wellington.

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.

Where to catch the live stream of India vs New Zealand 1st T20I match? Results hardly matter, though, and New Zealand too will want to keep their players in form with an eye on the World Cup.

The visitors outclassed the Black Caps 4-1 in the ODI series and will be looking to wrap up the T20I series to end the season on a winning note. There aren't too many global matches left before the World Cup in June; apart from the three T20Is now, India have only two more T20Is and five ODIs against Australia at home. When he was left out of the T20I squads for the home series against Windies and the T20Is in Australia, it seemed unlikely that he'd make a return to the format so soon. Captain Virat Kohli and pacer Jasprit Bumrah continued to top the charts for batsmen and bowlers.

All-rounder Kedar Jadhav, who last played a T20I against Australia at Guwahati in 2017, should continue with his role from the ODI team. 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.

"Our best performance came in a crunch game" - South Africa captain Faf du Plessis was delighted with the way his team responded in the final ODI. The manner in which the Kiwi batsmen face Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal would effectively decide the fate of the series.

Rishabh Pant, the 21-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman, made his debut a couple of years and hasn't gone out of the national selectors' radar by any stretch of the imagination.

If India manage to resist their temptation of playing a left-arm pacer, Kaul should take the new ball alongside Bhuvneshwar Kumar at Wellington.

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