India vs New Zealand 1st T20I at Wellington

Imam-ul-Haq has gained nine slots to reach a career-best ranking

The visitors will feature a changed top-order to their usually settled T20 side, with opener KL Rahul and captain Virat Kohli both absent. Tim Seifert will be donning the wicket-keeping gloves in the Kane Williamson led side.

Martin Guptill was on Monday ruled out of the New Zealand side for the Twenty20 global series against India after failing to recover from a back injury.

India have played only one bilateral series in the shortest format of the game in New Zealand. The match will be at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington. With a lot of players competing for spots in the team, former cricketer and current analyst Aakash Chopra had a say on the Indian squad for the mega-event.

After suffering a comprehensive 4-1 one-day global 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. Sky Sports NZ will telecast the match live in New Zealand.

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India will face New Zealand in 3-match T20I series.

Other batsmen to move up in the latest rankings update include the Australia duo of Glenn Maxwell (up two places to 30th) and Shaun Marsh (up from 60th to 43rd).

Guptill will return to Auckland to rest, with an eye to next week's ODI series against Bangladesh.

The 1st T20I between India and New Zealand will be played at Westpac Stadium, Wellington and it will start from 08:00 pm India time.

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The live stream of the 1st T20I will be available on Hotstar, JioTV and Airtel TV.

All-rounder Kedar Jadhav, who last played a T20I against Australia at Guwahati in 2017, should continue with his role from the ODI team.

The series against Australia will be India's final leg in preparation for the World Cup tournament which will begin from May 30, 2019.

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