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

06 February, 2019, 06:59 | Author: Marlene Myers
  • MS Dhoni is set to return for India

Martin Guptill was on Monday ruled out of the New Zealand side for the Twenty20 global series against India after failing to recover from a back injury. The two sides will now head into three-match T20I series, beginning February 6 at Wellington Regional Stadium. Apart from Pant, India are also likely to play both Dhoni and Karthik.

The five-match ODI series has solved a part of the puzzle as India look to finalise their ICC World Cup 2019 squad.

Other batsmen to move up in the latest rankings update include the Australia duo of Glenn Maxwell (up two places to 30th) and Shaun Marsh (up from 60th to 43rd). Despite the absence of Virat Kohli, India have a strong squad to challenge the Kane Williamson-led side in what promises to be a cracker of a series from Wednesday. So there is a chance of Siddarth Kaul getting a game in. The visitors are with a great momentum while the hosts New Zealand would love to take an act of revenge. Failing to recover from a back injury, the experienced batsman was ruled out of the series.

It is worth mentioning that India will be playing a T20I in New Zealand for the first time since 2009.

The Westpac pitch was slow during the fifth ODI, and it offers some swing with the new ball.

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The Black Caps opener underwent a fitness test in Wellington yesterday during which he continued to feel pain in his lower back.

Bowling all-rounder James Neesham, who was earlier left out of the T20I squad, has now been included as Guptill's replacement.

Smriti Mandhana and Jemimah Rodrigues formed a successful opening partnership in the ODI series and India are expected to continue with the same pair in T20Is.

The middle-order consists of youngsters Scott Kuggeleijn and Daryl Mitchell. Ish Sodhi should slot right into the XI along with Mitchell Santner.

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