India opt to bowl; No Mithali in XI

"New Zealand will be disappointed at their response to what was no more than a par score under the circumstances". He had become the first India captain to win a bilateral Test and ODI series in Australia. "He did a very good job for the NZ A team in both the UAE and at home against India A and we believe another day of worldwide cricket would be very advantageous for him".

As far as Dhawan is concerned, he has tasted success in limited-overs cricket and has well and truly been one of the major reasons why the Men in Blue are a brute force in white-ball cricket.

Smriti Mandhana and Jemimah Rodrigues formed a successful opening partnership in the ODI series and India are expected to continue with the same pair in T20Is.

The five-match ODI series has solved a part of the puzzle as India look to finalise their ICC World Cup 2019 squad. Good performances in the ODIs in Australia and New Zealand means there won't be much pressure on him, so it's all about having a hit and being game-ready. 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. The manner in which the Kiwi batsmen face Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal would effectively decide the fate of the series.

Meanwhile, New Zealand will be missing one of the prolific scorers in T20Is, Martin Guptill as the opener has been ruled out of the upcoming series with an injury. The batting will revolve around Colin Munro, Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor, while the all-rounders Colin de Grandhomme and James Neesham will provide the finishing touches. Rishabh Pant is back in the side along with allrounder Krunal Pandya. The Black Caps' hopes will be tied with skipper Kane Williamson who has both failed to impress with the bat and lead his team in crucial moments in the ongoing series against Team India.

  • Angelo Rivera