The India wrist-spinner has picked up almost two wickets per match in his brief T20I career so far, and his two four-wicket hauls in the ODI series win will give the hosts plenty to ponder as they seek to overcome their shortcomings against his wily ways. The visitors will now play three T20Is against the Kiwis, the first of which will be played tomorrow at Wellington. Spin-bowling allrounder Anna Peterson, who was the Player of the Match in the third and last ODI on February 1, has been named Bezuidenhout's replacement, and will join the squad in Auckland on Thursday.
What time does the 1st T20I between India vs New Zealand start? Pakistan's fighting effort in South Africa was thanks largely to Player of the Series Imam-ul-Haq and he has gained nine slots to reach a career-best 16th position with 271 runs at the top of the order. "New Zealand will be disappointed at their response to what was no more than a par score under the circumstances".
Martin Guptill was on Monday ruled out of the New Zealand side for the Twenty20 worldwide series against India after failing to recover from a back injury. 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. Apart from Pant, India are also likely to play both Dhoni and Karthik. BCCI regularly shares a glimpse from the show after every match India wins. During the 37th over of the innings bowled by Kedar Jadhav, Neesham went for the sweep but ended up missing the ball completely. India also have the option of playing Krunal Pandya in his place at No. 6.
India leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal (one place to fifth) and fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar (six places to 17th) are among others to move up in the latest rankings.
Meanwhile, New Zealand Test opener Jeet Raval has been named captain of the New Zealand XI side for a one-off 50-over tour match against Bangladesh, in Lincoln on Sunday.