India eye maiden T20I win against New Zealand

Ross Taylor is set to play his first T20 since March 2016 against India

REUTERS Ross Taylor is set to play his first T20 since March 2016 against India

The two teams faced off twice in New Zealand, twice in India and once in South Africa and New Zealand won all the five matches.

Now, the focus shifts to T20Is - a format in which the Black Caps are the number one team in the world.

Seemingly unwanted by New Zealand for Twenty20s, Ross Taylor is set to end a 19-month exile against India this week. India were thus in unfamiuliar territory, trailing in a series at home after the first match.

India have never defeated the Black Caps in this format.

India Aims For Maiden T20 Win Against NZ:- A maiden win against the New Zealand in the first Twenty20 International (T20I) match will be aimed by the team India, after a brilliant performance in the One-Day Internationals (ODIs).

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The Greenfield International Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram will be hosting its first ever international cricket match, becoming the 50th venue in India to do so.

India have added couple of new faces in Shreyas Iyer and pacer Mohammed Siraj, who would want to make their their mark.

Experienced batsman Ross Taylor was also recalled to the New Zealand set-up in place of injured legs-pinner Todd Astle, which will give a boost to their batting department. But it was Virat Kohli's men who kept their cool when it mattered.

The bowlers have also shown their class in the ODI series. The 38-year-old Delhi pacer has picked 28 wickets in the 26 T20I matches he has played. According to weather forecasts, Delhi is expected to be slightly hazy; Rajkot will see temperatures just short of 40 degrees Celsius and rain could lash Thiruvananthapuram on match day.

Taylor, 33, who was part of the one day side which lost the third and final one dayer in Kanpur this morning and with it the series 2-1, has played 193 one dayers and 81 tests for New Zealand but hasn't appeared in a T20 game for the Black Caps since March previous year.

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