After defeating New Zealand in the One Day International (ODI) series with a 4-1 win, India is all set to play with New Zealand now in T20 series. There are going to be three matches in this T20 series. Cricket fans are all geared up to watch this exciting series. Everyone is hoping that it is going to be as thrilling as the ODI series.
Both the teams took a resting gap after the ODI series to prepare their bodies again for a cut-throat competition on the field. Where India would be looking to win this one too, New Zealand would be trying to grasp an opportunity of revenge for the ODI loss. But the common aim of both the teams would be to prepare them for the upcoming ICC World Cup 2019 to be held from May in England.
India vs New Zealand T20 Schedule
The first ODI match of the series between India and New Zealand is going to be held on 6th February 2019 (Wednesday) at the Westpac Stadium, Wellington at 08:00 PM (local time) / 07:00 AM (GMT) / 12:30 PM (IST).
The second ODI match of the series between India and New Zealand is going to be held on 8th February 2019 (Wednesday) at the Eden Park, Auckland at 07:00 PM (local time) / 06:00 AM (GMT) / 11:30 PM (IST).
The third ODI match of the series between India and New Zealand is going to be held on 10th February 2019 (Wednesday) at the Seddon Park, Hamilton at 08:00 PM (local time) / 07:00 AM (GMT) / 12:30 PM (IST).
In India team, there are no much changes in the team squad. Most of the players who played the ODI series against New Zealand are also in the team scheduled for ODI series. The only major change is that the wicketkeeper and batsman, Mahendra Singh Dhoni is returning to the Indian T20 team after a long gap. Rishabh Pant, who was dropped from the ODI series, has now been included in the T20 playing team. Besides, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja and Mohammed Shami would also not be playing in the T20 squad. All-rounder and left-handed batsman Krunal Pandya has been given a place in the T20 team.
As far as the New Zealand team’s predictive playing-11 is concerned, a major change which the team would be undergoing is the replacement of their opener Martin Guptill due to his continuous disappointing performance in the ODI series. The speculations are that he might be replaced by either Kane Williamson or James Neesham. Williamson has a good opening record in T20 matches while Neesham is an all-rounder player.
You can catch all the live screening of the T20 matches, updates, and scores at Star Sports Network. Two TV channels of Start Sports Network, namely Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD will be streaming all the live action in English commentary while Star Sports 3 and Star Sports 3 HD will be streaming the same in Hindi. Viewers who do not have access to television screens due to their outdoor schedules, don’t you worry! Hotstar will also be providing all the live action through its mobile app at the service of your palms.
So, get into your sports mood and keep glued on your sofa in front of your television screen for one more time to catch all the thrill-filled T20 action between India vs. New Zealand starting this Wednesday. It would be exciting to see which team wins this series. Will the winning spree of India continue or will New Zealand team bounce backs. Stay tuned to find out!