India and New Zealand are set to go head to head on Wednesday in the first T20I of the three match series as India’s 2019 NZ tour moves ahead. Team India go into this game as the favourites.
Date and Time : 6th February 2019, 12:30 PM IST
Venue : Westpac Stadium, Wellington
India ended the five match ODI series on a high note winning the final one-dayer. They won the series 4-1. It will be their aim now to win the T20I series as well to make it a highly successful tour.
The Batting have been fine barring that one occasion in the first ODI and consistency is what will be required in the three T20’s.
While Bowling have been fine as well restricting NZ well. They will be tested in the shortest format and they need to come out with flying colours.
On the other hand, New Zealand will be extremely disappointed and sort of embarrassed with their performances in the ODI series at their own backyard.
They will look to bounce back and winning the T20I series is what they will be focusing on.
All departments need to put in good performance in order to excel against this current Indian side.
India have a poor record against NZ in T20I’s and they would look to correct that.
Team news and possible line-ups
Blair Tickner is available for New Zealand for the midweek game and might play.
As for India, Siddarth Kaul is available and might play tomorrow.
New Zealand XI : K. Williamson (C), Munro, C. de Grandhomme, R. Taylor, Neesham, Bracewell, Santner, Southee, L. Ferguson, D. Mitchell, I. Sodhi.
India XI : R. Sharma (C), Dhawan, S. Gill, Jadhav, Pant, Dhoni, H. Pandya, B. Kumar, K. Yadav, Chahal, Siraj.
I expect India to win this game.