India vs New Zealand 1st T20I at Wellington

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After suffering a comprehensive 4-1 one-day global series loss, New Zealand will be aiming to regain some confidence in white-ball cricket when their three-match T20I series against India begins on Wednesday.

While India are yet to open their account in the shortest format of the game in New Zealand, they have a poor head-to-head record against the Black Caps.

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.

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The visitors have already sealed the ODI series 4-1 and would like to end the tour on a high.

Jadeja's late bloom in the format assured him a ticket to the World Cup, but Pandya's brilliant comeback in the New Zealand series has left a question mark on the spin-all rounder's position in the team. Some of the big names to have appeared on Chahal TV before are Indian skipper Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Mohammed Shami. They drew the T20 series in Australia after losing the first game; they could have won it had rain not played spoilsport in the second game. New Zealand, meanwhile, have three ODIs and three Tests against Bangladesh to figure out their ideal combination for the World Cup. Monday is behind you, Friday is fast approaching and this drag of a day, where you have to mostly pretend to work is now lit up by cricket at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington. "New Zealand will be disappointed at their response to what was no more than a par score under the circumstances". Rishabh Pant is back in the side along with allrounder Krunal Pandya.

It wouldn't be wrong to say that India will include the three-match series as part of their curriculum for ICC Cricket World Cup 2019's preparations. However, Mithali will continue to be in focus and it would be interesting to see what role she plays with the bat in the first match, especially after she was earlier criticised for the team's slow strike-rate.

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