Saturday, December 4, 2021

Jaipur to host India, New Zealand T20I with no restrictions; Tim Southee named captain for first match

In cricket, India will take on New Zealand in the first T-20 encounter of the 3-match series tomorrow at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur. The match will start at 7 p.m.

Rohit Sharma will lead the Indian team while K. L. Rahul is the Vice-Captain. Virat Kohli, who relinquished his T-20 captaincy has been rested. Senior leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal and pacer Mohammed Siraj return to the Indian squad for a series against New Zealand. Hardik Pandya has been dropped from the squad after failing to make an impact during the ongoing T-20 World Cup.

New Zealand’s captain Kane Williamson will miss the upcoming three-match T-20I series, opting instead to focus on the Test series that begins on 25th of November in Kanpur. In Williamson’s absence, Tim Southee will serve as the visiting team’s captain. Pacer Lockie Ferguson, who had to skip the T-20 World Cup due to a right calf strain, is expected to be fit for the T-20I series.

The two teams last played a bilateral T-20I series in early 2020, with India registering a 5-0 sweep in New Zealand. However, New Zealand emerged victorious in the teams’ most recent encounter during the group stages of the T-20 World cup.

The second match will be played at Ranchi while the third in Kolkata. The new Head Coach Rahul Dravid’s tenure begins with the three-match T20I series against New Zealand, starting tomorrow.

Jaipur is fully geared to host its first international cricket match in eight years tomorrow. With no restrictions on the number of spectators, a packed crowd is expected at the 25,000 capacity stadium. Around 8,000 tickets were sold in the first three hours after they were put up for sale online last week. One has to be at least partially vaccinated to enter the stadium and non-vaccinated individuals can only enter with proof of a negative RT-PCR test.

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