After convincingly winning the ODI series against Nz 4-1, Ind look for a much greater show in the T20I’s. Hardik Pandya, Ambati Rayudu, Mohammed Shami showed great character in the ODI series with Mohammed Shami winning the player of the Match award twice and also winning the Player of the series award for 9 wickets which he took in 4 matches at an average of 15.33. It will be really interesting to see how India plays in T20I series with a completely young side and less experienced pace attack in absence of both Bumrah & Shami. Also, Vijay Shankar’s, Hardik Pandya’s contribution in the Final ODI showed a possibility of India taking both All-Rounders to World Cup.
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Pitch- The match will be played at Westpac Stadium in Wellington, Nz. The surface here is always good for batting with pacers getting some help at start of the play. This stadium is well known for it’s insane amount of cross wind flow.
Time: 12:30 PM IST; Date: 6 February 2019
Previous Clash at this Venue- Both teams previously played here on February 27, 2009, with the hosts winning that fixture by 5 wickets.
Head-to-Head- Both Nz & Ind have played 1 match apiece at Wellington with Nz winning it.
Broadcast- The match will be Live on Star Sports & Hotstar in English, Hindi & Regional Languages.
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India- After clinching the series comprehensively, team will start as favourites with Virat being rested, Rishab Pant likely to play at no. 3 with Ms.Dhoni at 4 followed by Jadhav at 5 & Dinesh at 6. Due to good pace bowling conditions India is likely to play a lone spinner.
Playing XI: Rohit Sharma(C), Shikhar Dhawan, R.Pant, Ms.Dhoni(Wk), Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Vijay Shankar, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Yuzvendra Chahal
New Zealand- The home team has rested Trent Boult to keep him fresh for the upcoming series. While Henry Nicholls has been left out of the series. While Martin Guptill has been ruled out due to Back issues and won’t be available for the complete T20I series.
Playing XI : Colin Munro, Kane Williamson(C), Ross Taylor, Tim Seifert(Wk), Dough Bracewell, James Neesham, Colin De Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi , Lockie Ferguson