India (202/3) beat New Zealand (149/8) by 53 runs to take 1-0 lead in three-match series. Axar 2/20, Chahal 2/26Hello and welcome to our Live Coverage of the first of the three-match T20I series against New Zealand at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in New Delhi. New Zealand captain Kane Williamson won the toss and opted to bowl against India. The hosts have handed international debut to young Mumbai batsman Shreyas Iyer. Meanwhile, Virat Kohli has also included veteran fast bowler Ashish Nehra, who is playing the last competitive match of his career. It is going to be a memorable occasion for the 38-year-old Nehra as he will be saying goodbye to cricket in front of a jam-packed stadium on his home ground. Remember, India have never won against New Zealand in the shortest format of the game. They will surely look to give a winning farewell to Nehra. Stay tuned as we bring you all the latest updates.
Following a brilliant all-round performance in the three-match one-day international series against New Zealand, India will aim to register their maiden win over the Black Caps in the three-match T20I series beginning on Sunday in New Delhi. India lost the first ODI against New Zealand but bounced back in superb fashion to clinch the series 2-1. The T20I series will also witness veteran fast bowler Ashish Nehra signing off from cricket with the first match at his home ground. India are placed fifth in the latest T20I rankings and can at best go to second position with a 3-0 win over New Zealand, who are at the top of the rankings. However, going by their performance in the ODI series, New Zealand could also turn the tables with their cent percent record against the hosts. The two teams faced off twice in New Zealand, twice in India and once in South Africa and New Zealand won all the five matches. There are several match winning players in the New Zealand squad. Apart from skipper Kane Williamson, Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls have the ability to change the game at any time. Experienced batsman Ross Taylor was also recalled to the New Zealand set-up in place of injured leg-spinner Todd Astle, which will give a boost to their batting department. The bowlers have also shown their class in the ODI series. Experienced pacer Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme will be the key in the shortest format. Spinners Ish Sodhi, Adam Milne could add much more to their bowling line-up on the slow Ferozshah Kotla pitch here if they bowl on the right areas.
India, on the other hand, have ticked many boxes in the ODI series. But they would like to improve the performance in both the departments. Youngsters like Shreyas Iyer, Lokesh Rahul and pacer Mohammed Siraj would want to make their their mark and other batsmen like Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik would like to continue their momentum in order to register their maiden T20I win. In the bowling department, Ashish Nehra will play a crucial role in the first match if Virat Kohli include him in the squad. Nehra would be supported by Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who played brilliantly in the recently concluded series. Spinners Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal -- will also play an important role in the spin friendly wicket. So, with the records favouring the visitors, it will be interesting to see if India could to change their fortunes this time around or not.
When is the 1st T20I between India and New Zealand?
The 1st match of the three-match T20I series between India and New Zealand is being played on Wednesday.
Where will the 1st T20I between India and New Zealand be played?
The 1st match of the three-match T20I series between India and New Zealand is being played at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in Delhi.
Where can I watch the 1st T20I between India and New Zealand live?
The 1st match of the three-match T20I series between India and New Zealand is broadcast live on Star Sports 1, Star Sports 3 and Star Sports 1 HD and Star Sports 3 HD.
What time does the live coverage of the 1st T20I between India and New Zealand start?
The live broadcast of the 1st match of the three-match T20I series between India and New Zealand will start at 07:00 PM IST (01:30 GMT). The toss happened at 6:30 IST. Follow the Live Blog of the match on www.indiatvnews.com.