India vs New Zealand 1st T20I at Wellington

Steve Waugh,Virat Kohli,Kane Williamson

The five-match ODI series between India and New Zealand have come to an end with the fifth ODI played at Wellington. The India wrist-spinner has picked up almost two wickets per match in his brief T20I career so far, and his two four-wicket hauls in the ODI series win will give the hosts plenty to ponder as they seek to overcome their shortcomings against his wily ways.

Former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has moved up three places to 17th position during a run, which includes three consecutive half-centuries for a player of the series award against Australia. For someone who has won matches for India in the recent past, Karthik is usually the one who is left out when it comes to trying other players.

Can Rohit surpass Kohli in New Zealand? . Kiwis will have a chance of avenge their ODI series defeat.

The left-handed opener was woefully off-colour in the ODI series and would have been dropped if not for the injury blow to his partner Martin Guptill. The 37 year old, however made his presence felt in the field during the second innings with a brilliant piece of work behind the stumps to dismiss New Zealand all rounder Jimmy Neesham.

For India, with key players rested, it is once again audition call for the fringe players to stake claim for a World Cup spot -albeit in a different format. He is looking forward to the first T20I in Wellington and is confident of doing well. Despite the absence of Virat Kohli, India have a strong squad to challenge the Kane Williamson-led side in what promises to be a cracker of a series from Wednesday. "He's a great asset for our team and I'm sure that he will grab this opportunity with both hands", Dhawan was quoted as saying prior to the first T20I encounter at the Westpac Stadium. "New Zealand will, however, take heart from the sustained excellence of Trent Boult, whose incisiveness will be crucial to their fortunes at the World Cup", Laxman wrote.

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