IND vs NZ 1st T20I

MS Dhoni is set to return for India

The match will be broadcast on the Star Sports Network on Wednesday (February 5) from 12:30 PM onwards.

It is worth mentioning that India will be playing a T20I in New Zealand for the first time since 2009. 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. From that squad, only Rohit Sharma, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Dinesh Karthik are part of the current squad. Some of the big names to have appeared on Chahal TV before are Indian skipper Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Mohammed Shami. Ind vs NZ 1st T20 is set to be played in Wellington.

Coming off an underwhelming run in the three-match ODI series where she scored 22 runs in two innings took two catches, Bezuidenhout was struck on the hand when batting at the Basin Reserve nets ahead of the T20I series opener on Wednesday.

All-rounder Kedar Jadhav, who last played a T20I against Australia at Guwahati in 2017, should continue with his role from the ODI team. Shaheen Afridi, who came into prominence in last year's ICC U19 Cricket World Cup in New Zealand, is also among those to benefit.

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In the absence of Jasprit Bumrah, India also can't afford to drop pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar which leaves them with only one spot of a fast bowler.

Guptill had sustained the injury while throwing a ball during fielding practice on the eve of the fifth ODI after which he was forced to miss that contest.

Showering praise on young stumper Rishabh Pant, India opener Shikhar Dhawan on Tuesday termed Pant as "an asset" for the team.

Squad: Kane Williamson (captain), Doug Bracewell, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Scott Kuggeleijn, Daryl Mitchell, Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor. One can also live stream the 1st T20 on Hotstar app and website.

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