Excellent over from the left-arm spinner, with just a run and two wickets coming off it. With a record four T20I tons to his name, Rohit will be the biggest thorn in New Zealand's side and the hosts will be desperate to dismiss him cheaply in the three-match series. In the absence of regular captain Virat Kohli, India's top-order is likely to be bolstered by the presence of wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant.
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After suffering a comprehensive 4-1 one-day worldwide series loss, New Zealand will be aiming to regain some confidence in white-ball cricket when their three-match T20I series against India begins on Wednesday.
After their exertions in the preceding ODI series, New Zealand and India will now lock horns in the T20 series which gets underway in Wellington on Wednesday. But there are still a few spots up for grabs and the T20 series can help the team management zero in on the squad for the mega event in England in May-July.
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New Zealand will look towards Kane Williamson to get them back on track after their ODI drubbing, but the Kiwi skipper's recent form leaves plenty to be desired. The 3-match T20I series is also an opportunity for Dinesh Karthik, who has done well as a finisher but is still not a sure starter in the playing 11.
Besides Pant, the others who have joined the team are spin all-rounder Krunal Pandya and Punjab pacer Siddharth Kaul.
The India opener has been in smashing form in limited-overs cricket over the past three years or so and only Kohli can claim to have a better record in the same timeline.
In the bowling department, India will miss the services of pacer Jasprit Bumrah, who has also been rested. New Zealand won six of them whereas India tasted victories in two matches and both of them were on their own soil.
Match starts at 12.30 pm IST.