06 February, 2019
New Zealand's recent T20I form has been disappointing, having won just two of their last seven 20-over series but India are yet to win an away series in the shortest format of the game, coming up short in their 2009 visit. The match will be at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington. The first T20 will be played tomorrow (February 5) at Wellington. With a record four T20I tons to his name, Rohit will be the biggest thorn in New Zealand's side and the hosts will be desperate to dismiss him cheaply in the three-match series. Pakistan's fighting effort in South Africa was thanks largely to Player of the Series Imam-ul-Haq and he has gained nine slots to reach a career-best 16th position with 271 runs at the top of the order. The T20I series is an opportunity for Dinesh Karthik, who has done well as a finisher but is still not a sure starter in the eleven and Laxman is of the opinion that Karthik should bat at the No. 3 spot. When he was left out of the T20I squads for the home series against Windies and the T20Is in Australia, it seemed unlikely that he'd make a return to the format so soon. BCCI regularly shares a glimpse from the show after every match India wins.
Dinesh Karthik is also expected to prove his mettle in order to retain his place in the World Cup squad. India also have the option of playing Krunal Pandya in his place at No. 6. The manner in which the Kiwi batsmen face Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal would effectively decide the fate of the series. It was also important for Kedar Jadhav and Hardik Pandya to finish well, which they did,"said Rohit in a video interaction with Yuzvendra Chahal after the match". Boult topped the rankings in January 2016, and is again on his way up, with only India fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah and Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan ahead of him.
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