Neesham brought in for injured Guptill in T20 series

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New Zealand head coach Haidee Tiffen confirmed Bezuidenhout will return home to rest.

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.

After the remarkable victory in ODI series, India will look to bag the maiden T20 series as well. Rishabh Pant will certainly get a nod in the middle order and in some ways this will also be his last audition before the World Cup. "He's a great asset for our team and I'm sure that he will grab this opportunity with both hands", Dhawan was quoted as saying prior to the first T20I encounter at the Westpac Stadium. "Of course, this format demands aggressive batting and I'll try to display it tomorrow and in the further matches", Dhawan added.

"Rayudu was the last one to enter the race and it needed only a handful of good knocks to put him at the top of the queue". The likes of Shubman Gill, Krunal Pandya and Vijay Shankar will be hoping to make a mark if a chance comes their way.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar will be leading India's bowling attack with Khaleel Ahmed. The spin department will consist of chinaman Kuldeep Yadav and Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal.

Coach Gary Stead said Guptill failed a fitness test but he remained hopeful the big-hitting opener would recover in time for the One-day global series against Bangladesh starting next week.

Fast bowler Trent Boult is also missing for the Black Caps, but all-rounder James Neesham has been called up to the squad. They still have an experienced pacer in Tim Southee along with Lockie Ferguson.

India's Predicted Playing XI for 1st T20I: Sportsrush presents before you India's playing XI for the first T20I against New Zealand.

Rishabh Pant, the 21-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman, made his debut a couple of years and hasn't gone out of the national selectors' radar by any stretch of the imagination.

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