India vs New Zealand: India are set to play New Zealand in the first T20 International today at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur. The match is scheduled to start at 1900 hrs local time. It has been just over two weeks since the Kiwis knocked India out of the T20 World Cup in UAE. Will India be able to avenge the defeat? How will the Kiwis perform without regular skipper Kane Williamson? Can Rohit Sharma continue his Midas touch in national colors?
The weather for the first T20I encounter will be cloudy, with sunshine filtering through a haze of smoke and other pollutants. The low temperature in the morning will be 12 degrees Celsius, while the high temperature in the afternoon will be 26 degrees Celsius. After sunset at 5:35 p.m., the temperature will significantly drop. The temperature is forecast to be 19 degrees at the start of the match, dropping to 17 degrees by the finish. There is next to no chance of rain tonight.
During the match hours, visibility will be in the range of 3-4 kilometers owing to smoke. The humidity will be approximately 40%, and the breeze will be either calm or very mild.
Virat Kohli’s captaincy in limited overs cricket has divided opinion for a while. With no major silverware to show for, some fans and pundits have been quite vocal about his skills as a skipper. Its all in the past now and a new morning has dawned. Rohit Sharma will be leading the side and former India great Rahul Dravid is the head coach.
Several key stars including Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah, and Ravindra Jadeja have been rested. It is well deserved considering they play all formats and those bio bubbles must have taken their toll. Several bright youngsters who excelled in the IPL are in the lineup and will be looking to make their debut. Fans will be eager to see the likes of Ruturaj Gaikwad and Venkatesh Iyer.
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New Zealand are everyone’s second favorite side. The Kiwis suffered yet another World Cup heartbreak in the finals, losing to their Trans Tasman rivals. Less than three days in, and they are in the subcontinent for a tough battle. The Black Caps are without Kane Williamson who has been rested and Devon Conway who injured his hand recently. You can bet good money on them to once again punch above their weight and show an unparalleled fighting spirit.
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