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

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It will be test for Rohit Sharma's captain who will lead team in absence of Virat Kohli. The Black Caps' hopes will be tied with skipper Kane Williamson who has both failed to impress with the bat and lead his team in crucial moments in the ongoing series against Team India.

On the other hand, wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant and all-rounder Krunal Pandya will join the Indian squad for the T20Is.

India have played only one bilateral series in the shortest format of the game in New Zealand. Despite the change in format, at least a couple of Indian cricketers will be looking to press their ODI case with sound performances in the T20I series. The manner in which the Kiwi batsmen face Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal would effectively decide the fate of the series.

New Zealand fast bowler Trent Boult has surged in the rankings after finishing with 12 wickets in the series against India, which culminated in Wellington on Sunday with a 4-1 victory for the visiting side.

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The live stream of the 1st T20I will be available on Hotstar, JioTV and Airtel TV.

While chasing the 253-run target set by India, New Zealand batsmen squandered their starts but the home team remained in the contest until Jimmy Neesham (44 off 32) was dismissed in the 37th over.

India will face New Zealand in 3-match T20I series. From that squad, only Rohit Sharma, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Dinesh Karthik are part of the current squad.

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. Siddharth Kaul is expected to play as the second pacer while Hardik Pandya would try to get some more game time under his belt before the World Cup.

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