India vs New Zealand: T20I Series Schedule, Venue & Match Timings

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Later, New Zealand coach Gary Stead confirmed that Guptill will miss the series.

India also have some tough choices to make in their squad between all-rounders Krunal Pandya and Kedar Jadhav and spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav.

India will now play a three-match T20I series against the Kiwis starting from February 6. Sky Sports NZ will telecast the match live in New Zealand.

After praising the formidable top-order lineup in his column for ESPNCricinfo, Aakash has backed Ambati Rayudu for the No.4 spot saying that his gritty 90 in the fifth ODI against New Zealand in Wellington assured his ticket to England. India will be buoyed following their 4-1 win in the recently-concluded ODI series but history doesn't favour the Asian giants. MS Dhoni and Dinesh Karthik are the other two keeper batsmen in the side.

Rishabh Pant, the 21-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman, made his debut a couple of years and hasn't gone out of the national selectors' radar by any stretch of the imagination.

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Can MS Dhoni prove his mettle in T20 after dropped against Australia T20 series? "Of course, this format demands aggressive batting and I'll try to display it tomorrow and in the further matches", Dhawan added.

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.

Comparing their T20Is numbers, Ahmed had picked up six wickets in six matches at an average of 33.16, an economy rate of 8.65 and a strike rate of 23.

If India manage to resist their temptation of playing a left-arm pacer, Kaul should take the new ball alongside Bhuvneshwar Kumar at Wellington.

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