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


New Zealand wicketkeeper-batsman Bernadine Bezuidenhout has been ruled out of the T20 series against India, owing to a fractured middle finger of her right hand.

The Indian cricket team retained their second spot in the International Cricket Council (ICC) One-Day International rankings, released on Monday. MS Dhoni and Dinesh Karthik are the other two keeper batsmen in the side.

For New Zealand, who have a superior record against India in the format - winning six out of their eight matches - they will need to take that as confidence as try to forget their ODI series loss. There aren't too many worldwide matches left before the World Cup in June; apart from the three T20Is now, India have only two more T20Is and five ODIs against Australia at home.

Smriti Mandhana and Jemimah Rodrigues formed a successful opening partnership in the ODI series and India are expected to continue with the same pair in T20Is. When he was left out of the T20I squads for the home series against Windies and the T20Is in Australia, it seemed unlikely that he'd make a return to the format so soon.

The visitors will feature a changed top-order to their usually settled T20 side, with opener KL Rahul and captain Virat Kohli both absent.

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It wouldn't be wrong to say that India will include the three-match series as part of their curriculum for ICC Cricket World Cup 2019's preparations.

Dinesh Karthik is also expected to prove his mettle in order to retain his place in the World Cup squad. Good performances in the ODIs in Australia and New Zealand means there won't be much pressure on him, so it's all about having a hit and being game-ready. The spin department will consist of chinaman Kuldeep Yadav and Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal.

File image of New Zealand skipper Amy Satterthwaite (L) and India captain Harmanpreet Kaur.

With three T20I tons to his name, Munro is capable of pulling off the occasional blinders and it will be up to Bhuvneshwar Kumar to stop him with the new ball.