New Zealand vs India 2019, First T20I – Toss Report
India won the toss and decided to bowl first against New Zealand in the first T20I at Westpac Stadium, Wellington.
Here is what the captains said:
“We’re bowling first. We have had a good record chasing. Gives us another opportunity to see how we can bat second. Looks like a good pitch. Like I said on the 5th ODI, we wanted to bat second as there was some moisture on the pitch and challenge them. A lot of the guys who have played ODIs have gone back. Guys like Rishabh and Krunal are back and we need to give them some chances.”
” It’s important to assess the conditions. Mitchell makes his debut today. Some regular faces, but the two missing out are Bracewell and Neesham. A new squad brings some freshness.”
Following their heavy 4-1 win in the One-Day Internationals, India will be the firm favourites to win the first T20Is. However, the odds are firmly stacked against the Men in Blue. They had not won a T20I match against New Zealand until Virat Kohli led India to a 2-1 series win over a visiting Black Caps side in the 2017-18 season. In eight matches between the two sides, India have won only two with a win percentage of 25. With form on their side, India will be looking to improve their T20I record against the Kiwis and register their first win in New Zealand.
On the other hand, the hosts will be looking to bounce back after the poor outings in the 50-over format. But while the Black Caps will be desperately hoping that a change in format changes their fortunes, they have struggled in T20Is in recent times. They have only won two of their last seven T20I series, and were whitewashed in the UAE by Pakistan not too long ago. The hosts will be also without their star opener Martin Guptill who has been ruled out of the series with an injury.
Rohit Sharma(c), Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Vijay Shankar, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni(w), Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, K Khaleel Ahmed
Colin Munro, Tim Seifert(w), Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Daryl Mitchell, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Scott Kuggeleijn, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson
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