New Zealand vs India

Neesham highlights Dhoni's importance in Indian cricket team

Neesham highlights Dhoni's importance in Indian cricket team

The Virat Kohli-led side has been playing some great white-ball cricket in recent times, both home and away.

After praising the formidable top-order lineup in his column for ESPNCricinfo, Aakash has backed Ambati Rayudu for the No.4 spot saying that his gritty 90 in the fifth ODI against New Zealand in Wellington assured his ticket to England.

India opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan on Tuesday stressed that he wishes his side to enter the series against Australia on the back of winning momentum.

It wouldn't be wrong to say that India will include the three-match series as part of their curriculum for ICC Cricket World Cup 2019's preparations.

On being questioned about his aggressive nature of play in the first powerplay, Dhawan said: "It is a change of mindset (more aggressive in power play) and also depends on wicket".

Keeping their plans for the world event in mind, India will be looking to also dominate the series much like the ODI series for they haven't ever won a T20I match in New Zealand.

India vs New Zealand 1 T20I will be played at Wellington from 12:30 PM IST. Sky Sports NZ will telecast the match live in New Zealand. The manner in which the Kiwi batsmen face Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal would effectively decide the fate of the series. MS Dhoni and Dinesh Karthik are the other two keeper batsmen in the side. Hotstar.com will live stream the match in India.

What are the squads for the 1st T20I between India and New Zealand?

Similarly, for India, the core of the team is expected to be the same as was in the ODIs with a couple of new entries.

Hardik Pandya showed why he is considered a risky player when he smashed a match winning knock of 22 balls 45 runs.

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