Preparations for the World Cup on top of their agenda, India will take on an injury-hit New Zealand in a rare five-match T20 International series starting Friday during which seam-friendly wickets would be a major challenge for the visitors. India and New Zealand have both just finished playing Australia and had very different experiences. The Kiwis are looking to turn a corner and Virat Kohli’s men are high on confidence. New Zealand lost the ODI series to India last year but bounced back to win the T20 internationals thereafter. India has been unbeaten in the shortest format during their home season and will be gunning to add another feather in their cap. India won its ODI series handsomely against New Zealand the last time they were there and we are sure they will have their eyes set on a bigger haul this time around. New Zealand vs India 1st T20 is going to be played at Eden Park, Auckland on the 24th of January 2020.
New Zealand has been struck by injuries to some important players ahead of this series but never count out the Kiwis. They still have a good bowling attack, which can able to dominate Indians, but the real thrust to win for New Zealand is going to have to come from the batting. On the other hand, India has a world-class bowling attack with fast-bowlers capable of hitting their yorkers on demand, all-rounders, and three different spin-bowling options. The Indian team is regarded as one of the best in every format of the game and is going to be very tough to beat. As per Accuweather, Auckland could witness a cloud cover and some drizzle in the morning and evening. However, with no heavy rain expected. The team that wins the toss is going to want to field first. Four out of the previous five matches held at this venue have been won by the team chasing.
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