India has had an impressive comeback ODI series win over Australia, they are now going to face the challenge of a long New Zealand tour which kicks off with the T20I series in Auckland.
It’s the first time India will be playing a five-match T20I series and it will be a different challenge.
However, their first aim will be to improve their record against the Kiwis. They have won just three and lost eight of the 11 T20Is they have played. The last time they toured New Zealand, at the start of 2019, they won the ODI series 4-1 but lost the T20I series 1-2.
Kohli has spoken of having intensity right from the word go and that’s what they would be looking to do, get a positive start with the first win in Auckland.
The Indian top-order which has been in the breathtaking form will be the key and they would look to take advantage of a relatively weakened Kiwi bowling attack that is without Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson and Matt Henry who are all out injured.
It will be a challenge for the Indian bowlers as well, adapting to the small grounds in the country. However, they will be buoyed by the performance of the pacers in home T20s where they outperformed the spinners. It will be another challenge for the likes of Navdeep Saini, Shardul Thakur, and Shivam Dube but an opportunity as well to take one step forward in locking their places on their side.
When is New Zealand vs India 1st T20I match?
New Zealand vs India 1st T20I match will be played on January 24, Friday.
Where will New Zealand vs India 1st T20I match be played?
New Zealand vs India 1st T20I match will be played at Eden Park, Auckland.
What time does New Zealand vs India 1st T20I match begin?
New Zealand vs India 1st T20I match will begin at 12:20 PM IST.
Which TV channels will broadcast New Zealand vs India 1st T20I match?
The New Zealand vs India 1st T20I match will be telecast on the Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports 1 Hindi HD.
How do I watch live streaming of the New Zealand vs India 1st T20I match?
The live streaming of the New Zealand vs India 1st T20I match will be available on Hotstar.
New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson(c), Tim Seifert(w), Ross Taylor, Colin de Grandhomme, Daryl Mitchell, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Blair Tickner, Scott Kuggeleijn, Hamish Bennett.
India: Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Virat Kohli(c), Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant(w), Washington Sundar, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Sanju Samson, Mohammed Shami, Navdeep Saini, Kuldeep Yadav, Shivam Dube.