An in-form India will aim to trigger a winning start against New Zealand as they will play the inaugural match of the ICC T20 World Cup on Mar. 15, 2016.

16 countries have participated in the event played in seven cities across India.

Expectations are very high for the Men In Blue as they are playing in favorable home conditions.

New Zealand is a very competitive side, and they have thrashed Sri Lanka in a warm-up match three days back.

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The team will be trying hard to continue the momentum even in the absence of their T20 icon Brendon McCullum.

Kane Williamson is the trump card of the visiting side, and he will be in charge of the batting line up in the void of retired Brendon.

Virat Kohli thinks that the Indian team is a very positive side, as they have won 10 out of the last 11 matches played.

Dhoni, the Indian skipper, aims to win the tournament this year, as he is well aware that this is the most settled Indian team at all times.

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Indian team is well formulated, both in the batting and bowling. Unlike previous World Cup's, India has a well-organized bowling attack led by left-hand speedster Ashish Nehra. 

He will be supported by young newcomers Hardik Pandya and Jaspreet Bumrah while Ashwin will handle the spin squad.

Star Sports will broadcast the event for Indian audiences. Fans in the U.S. can follow on Willow Cricket.

The live stream is available online on the website of Star Sports from 14:00 GMT.

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The pitch in VCA is known to be dusty and spinner friendly. But in the last few games, most of the teams have scored more than 170 runs batting first.

All the tickets are sold out for today's game. The weather is expected to be cloudy in the evening with no rain forecast.

The team that wins the toss will elect to bat fist, and will try to put up a competitive score on the board.

The Kiwis have played just one t20 in India and have won it by a slender margin of one run.

In another crucial encounter, Pakistan faces Bangladesh at Kolkata on Wednesday.

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