India vs New Zealand Series has 5 T20Is 3 ODIs and 2 Test Matches Starting from Today
After playing many series against various countries in Homeland, India has now reached New Zealand to play a bilateral series that involves 5 T20Is, 3 ODIs and 2 Test Matches between India and New Zealand. The month and a half long series begins on 24th January 2020 and ends with the final test on 4th March 2020. Six venues have been selected for the matches namely Eden Park Auckland, Seddon Park Hamilton, Bay Oval Mount Maunganui, Westpac Wellington, Basin Reserve Wellington, and Hagley Oval Christchurch.
The T20Is are scheduled from 24th January with the first T20I is at 12:20 PM IST scheduled on 24th Jan, 2nd T20I on 26th, 3rd on 29th, 4th on 29th and the fifth on 31st January. The ODIs are scheduled on 5th, 8th, and 11th in February and the tests are scheduled on the 21st and 29th of February. The ODIs are scheduled at 07:30 AM IST and the Tests are to begin at 04:00 AM IST.
India has played a myriad of bilateral series since its loss against New Zealand in the ICC World Cup 2019 Semi-Final. The team had played against South Africa, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, West Indies, and Australia and won every one of them. While all those series happened in India, the team had the Home advantage. This is the first bilateral series India had played in a foreign land after its series against West Indies in August 2019. The team stood victorious even in that, and in every one of the series they had played ever since, it stands to reason that India can capture another great victory against New Zealand.
Since their loss against England in the World Cup Final, New Zealand had played bilateral series against Sri Lanka, England, and Australia. While the series against Australia constituted only Test Matches, the other two series comprised of T20s and Tests. New Zealand won the T20 series against Sri Lanka but lost against England (in the super over). Their next face-off is the current one against India and since New Zealand has the home advantage, it might help with the necessary confidence boost to fight harder.
New Zealand is currently right below India in the ICC T20 Rankings (India occupies the fifth position and New Zealand occupies the sixth). Since both the teams are in their best shapes and are in preparation for the upcoming T20I World Cup, the series might be one of the bloodiest that any sports fan had witnessed in recent times. You can watch the matches live on all the major networks and streaming services from 24th January 2020.