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After beating New Zealand in the Test and One-Day International series, India will now take on the Kiwis in the shortest format of the game, the T20 series. The 1st of the 3-T20 games will be played on Wednesday at 12:30 PM IST.

Live updates:

Rohit Sharma, the Indian skipper has won the toss and decided to bowl first. Rohit Says he wants to see how the pitch performs and then bat on later to chase the target score.

A 160 score looks good on this surface.

Some changes for the hosts. Mitchell makes his debut today. Some regular faces, but the two missing out are Bracewell and Neesham. A new squad brings some freshness.

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The India team is in excellent form when it comes to the T20 format, they have won their last four of the five matches played, while New Zealand have won one and lost four.

No Virat Kohli

There is no Virat Kohli for India in this series. He has been rested considering the upcoming Australia home series and the 2019 World Cup in England in May this year. Rohit Sharma is going to lead the Men-in-Blue. He has the all-whether MS Dhoni to assist him in the series.

Pitch report:

There is enough grass on the pitch for the fast bowlers, this could be one of the reason for Sharma to bowl first.

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There is a good amount of cold breeze at the Stadium.

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