Published: Wed, February 06, 2019
Sports | By Angie Alvarado

IND vs NZ 1st T20I

IND vs NZ 1st T20I

The Indian cricket team retained their second spot in the International Cricket Council (ICC) One-Day International rankings, released on Monday. The Ranchi stumper last featured in a T20 match in July.

Pant who wasn't part of the India ODI squad that hammered New Zealand 4-1 recently, returns to the side for the T20I series, starting here on Wednesday. If he succeeds in impressing the selectors and the team management again, he might get a last moment ticket for the flight to England for the 2019 World Cup.

In the bowling department, India will miss the services of pacer Jasprit Bumrah, who has also been rested.

For South Africa, Quinton de Kock (up one place to eighth), Hashim Amla (up three places to 13th) and Reeza Hendricks (up 36 places to 94th) have moved up among batsmen while Andile Phehlukwayo's eight wickets have seen him gain 13 places and reach 19th position and Dwaine Pretorious has moved up from 53rd to 44th slot.

The hosts will hope to bounce back from the disappointing ODI series and start off the shortest format with a win. It was also important for Kedar Jadhav and Hardik Pandya to finish well, which they did,"said Rohit in a video interaction with Yuzvendra Chahal after the match".

"Our best performance came in a crunch game" - South Africa captain Faf du Plessis was delighted with the way his team responded in the final ODI.

On the other hand, wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant and all-rounder Krunal Pandya will join the Indian squad for the T20Is. The Black Caps edged the sub-continental side 1-0 in a two-match away series in 2012 before losing 1-2 in India in 2017-18. India vs New Zealand Live streaming will be available on Hotstar.

What time does the 1st T20I between India vs New Zealand start? India was powerful in all ODI clashes except for the 4 ODI, but the T20 is all a different stage.

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