India vs New Zealand 1st T20I: Predicted Playing XIs, Big talking points Head to Head, Weather report, When and where to watch, Full squads and Venue details | Cricket News – Times of India

After wrapping up yet another ODI series win at home, Team India will now go toe to toe with the visiting Kiwis in a 3 match T20I series.
The series begins today (Friday, January 27) with the first T20I in Ranchi. Ahead of the game, former India captain MS Dhoni visited the Indian dressing room and interacted with the current squad.
India are the number 1 ranked T20I team in the world and the players who were part of the ODI series win will be very high on confidence.
This is an ODI World Cup year, so the focus is largely on the 50 over game this year, but T20Is are always very exciting to watch and the fans are hoping for a great contest, despite the fact that some of the big names will be missing in both squads.
Ahead of the first T20I, here are all the big match details that you need to know:
What: India vs New Zealand, 1st T20I
Where: JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi
When: January 27 (Friday) – 7:30 PM IST
ICC T20I Team Rankings: India: 1st; New Zealand: 5th
Predicted Playing XIs:
India: Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan (WK), Rahul Tripathi, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya(C), Deepak Hooda, Washington Sundar, Shivam Mavi, Umran Malik, Kuldeep Yadav, Arshdeep Singh
New Zealand: Finn Allen, Devon Conway, Mark Chapman, Glenn Phillips (WK), Daryl Mitchell, Michael Bracewell, Mitchell Santner(C), Blair Tickner, Ish Sodhi, Benjamin Lister, Lockie Ferguson
Big Talking Points:
– India are the Number 1 T20I team in the world and will be hands down favourites, especially after whitewashing the Kiwis 3-0 in the ODI series before this
– Hardik Pandya is the India captain. Since the last edition of the T20 World Cup, last year, this is the third straight series Pandya will be captaining India in
– No Rohit Sharma or Virat Kohli for this 3 match T20I series against the Black Caps
Ruturaj Gaikwad has been ruled out of the series with a wrist injury
– Pandya has indicated that Shubman Gill will open the batting for India. The other opener is likely to Ishan Kishan, who will also keep wickets
– For NZ, Michael Santer will be donning the captain’s hat
– There is no Trent Boult or Tim Southee for the Kiwis
– 27 year old left arm pacer from Auckland Benjamin Lister is likely to make his debut
– India have not lost a T20I in Ranchi so far, winning all the three played before this
Best Thing to do after winning the toss: Bowl first. 16 of the 25 T20 games played in Ranchi have been won by the chasing team. Dew will be a factor.
Weather Conditions: Evening likely to be nippy. Minimum temperature in Ranchi likely to be around 16 degrees celsius
Full Squads:
India: Hardik Pandya (C), Suryakumar Yadav (VC), Ishan Kishan (WK), Shubman Gill, Deepak Hooda, Rahul Tripathi, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Washington Sundar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Arshdeep Singh, Umran Malik, Shivam Mavi, Prithvi Shaw, Mukesh Kumar.
New Zealand: Mitchell Santner (C), Finn Allen, Michael Bracewell, Mark Chapman, Devon Conway, Dane Cleaver, Jacob Duffy, Lockie Ferguson, Ben Lister, Daryl Mitchell, Glenn Phillips (WK), Michael Rippon, Henry Shipley, Ish Sodhi, Blair Tickner.
Where to watch: Star Sports Network
Live Streaming: Disney+Hotstar
Full Schedule of India vs New Zealand T20I series:
First T20I: January 27, Ranchi
Second T20I: January 29, Lucknow
Third T20I: February 1, Ahmedabad
India vs New Zealand overall T20I Head to Head:
Matches: 22
Won by India: 10
Won by NZ: 9
Tied: 3
NR: 0
India vs New Zealand T20I Head to Head in India:
Matches: 8
Won by India: 5
Won by NZ: 3
Tied: 0
NR: 0

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