The live stream of the 1st T20I will be available on Hotstar, JioTV and Airtel TV. Notably, India had won the ODI series that followed the T20I series by a comfortable 3-1 margin.
The only change that Aakash has made in the Indian batting lineup is that he left out the out of form KL Rahul and picked young Rishabh Pant, who had to make a strong impression in the limited opportunities he's likely to get in the home series against Australia that starts March 2. Tim Seifert will be donning the wicket-keeping gloves in the Kane Williamson led side.
What are the squads for the 1st T20I between India and New Zealand?
Out of the 10 T20Is that he has played, Pant has batted thrice at No. 3.
"Rayudu was the last one to enter the race and it needed only a handful of good knocks to put him at the top of the queue". In eight matches between the two sides, India have won only two with a win percentage of 25. It was during the 2016 World T20 match played at Nagpur. The visitors are with a great momentum while the hosts New Zealand would love to take an act of revenge. India also have the option of playing Krunal Pandya in his place at No. 6. Given how both of them have deceived the opposition batsmen in the ODI series, it would be silly to make one of them sit out. Boult topped the rankings in January 2016, and is again on his way up, with only India fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah and Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan ahead of him. So there is a chance of Siddarth Kaul getting a game in.