With the ODI’s now pocketed, the Men In Blue will look to ascertain their authority in the shortest format when they start the T20I series against New Zealand at Wellington on Wednesday. India recovered after the jolt in 4th ODI to take the ODI series 4-1 and enter the T20I series as dominantly as they ended the ODIs. Things would be a little different though, as New Zealand will come out with another new look side. The three match series will be critical for both sides as a they’ll look to put their bench strength under scrutiny before the Works Cup 2019 in a few month’s time. India will be desperate to give Rishabh Pant some match time to assess whether or not he is capable of making the cut. India will have a lot more to think about though than just Rishabh Pant. India are short of a third pacer and they may turn up to Hardik Pandya to take up that role and leave one spot for an extra batsman. New Zealand, without Martin Guptill now, will turn to Tim Seifert, who is expected to keep the wickets as well for the Black Caps. New Zealand will hope a change of format may bring a change in their fortunes as they’ll look to maintain their reputation at home.
Injuries: New Zealand are without Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, and Trent Boult.
Doubt: With the absence of Trent Boult, New Zealand might switch back to Tim Southee to make use of his experience.
Questionable: With Mitchell Santner already in the side, New Zealand are expected to rest Ish Sodhi as well.
Expected Changes: Daryl Mitchell and Scott Kuggeleign might start in the first T20I for New Zealand ahead of Colin de Grandhomme and Ish Sodhi.
Injuries: MS Dhoni has recovered completely and has returned to full fitness and will be back in the playing11.
Doubt: The doubt is regarding Krunal Pandya. If he is included, who will sit out, Chahal or Kuldeep Yadav.
Questionable: India have left out Mohammad Shami, which leaves a spot open for either of Khaleel Ahmed or Siddharth Kaul.
Expected Changes: Rishabh Pant is expected to come in to squad while the rest of the squad looks more or less identical.
Tim Siefert (WK), Kane Williamson (C), Colin Munro, Ross Taylor, Colin de Grandhomme, Jimmy Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Scott Kuggeleign, Lockie Ferguson
Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma (C), Shubman Gill, MS Dhoni (WK), Dinesh Karthik, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Siddharth Kaul
New Zealand enter the T20I series with a lot of uncertainties surrounding their Playing11. That leaves us with very little options to pick from for the the fantasy team. India though look like they have their Playing11 sorted which leaves Hardik Pandya a top pick for fantasy team considering his bowling and batting abilities. With conditions favouring a high scoring game, it would not have been sensible to pick many bowlers. It is advisable to select more batsmen for your fantasy side.