New Delhi: India aim for a maiden win against the New Zealand when they take on the visitors in the first Twenty20 International match at Feroz Shah Kotla, New Delhi on Wednesday.
The three-match T20I series will also witness some promising players taking the field and veteran pacer Ashish Nehra signing off with the first match at his home ground.
There are several match winning players in the New Zealand squad. Apart from skipper Kane Williamson, Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls have the ability to change the game at any time.
Experienced batsman Ross Taylor was also recalled to the New Zealand set-up in place of injured legs-pinner Todd Astle, which will give a boost to their batting department.
The bowlers have also shown their class in the ODI series. Experienced pacer Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme will be the key in the shortest format.
Spinners Ish Sodhi, Adam Milne could add much more to their bowling line-up on the slow Ferozshah Kotla pitch here if they bowl on the right areas.
India, on the other hand, have ticked many boxes in the ODI series. But they would like to improve the performance in both the departments.
Youngsters like Shreyas Iyer, Lokesh Rahul and pacer Mohammed Siraj would want to make their their mark and Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik would like to continue their momentum in order to register their maiden T20I win.
In the bowling department, Ashish Nehra will play a crucial role in the first match if Virat Kohli include him in the squad.
Nehra would be supported by Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who played brilliantly in the recently concluded series.
Spinners -- Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal -- will also play an important role in the spin friendly wicket.
So, with the records favouring the visitors, it will be interesting to see if India could to change their fortunes this time around or not.
India: Virat Kohli (Capt.), Rohot Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shikhar Dhawan, MS Dhoni (wk), Shreyas Iyer, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Siraj, Ashis Nehra, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Lokesh Rahul
New Zealand: Kane Williamson (Capt.), Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Trent Boult, Tom Bruce, Colin de Grandhomme, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Adam Milne, Colin Munro, Glenn Phillips (wk).
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Wednesday November 01, 2017
Start time: 1900 local (13:30 GMT)