Mumbai: New Zealand's batsmen know they will have to subdue India's spinners if they are to have any chance of winning their three-match One Day International series starting on Sunday.
Left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav and right-arm leg break bowler Yuzvendra Chahal have established themselves as India's latest attacking combination, keeping veterans Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja out of the team.
New Zealand, ranked fifth in the world, have drafted in leg-spinner Ish Sodhi as a replacement for Todd Astle, who has been ruled out of Sunday's match at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium after picking up a groin injury in the warm-up game.
The hosts, second in the ODI rankings, are expected to complement the two spinners with fast bowlers Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
Virat Kohli's India, which swept the three-match Test series against the Black Caps last year, can regain the top ODI spot from South Africa if they win the series 3-0.
The second ODI takes place in Pune on Wednesday, with the third in Kanpur on 29 October. The two sides will then play three T20 matches.
Here's all you need to know about the first ODI between India and New Zealand, which will be played at the Wankhede Stadium:
When and where is the first ODI between India and New Zealand will be played?
India will play New Zealand in the first ODI at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on 22 October.
Where can I watch the India vs New Zealand clash live?
The match will be broadcast live on television on Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD. It will also be live on Star Sports Hindi.
When will live coverage of the match start?
The live broadcast of the match will start at 1:30 pm IST.
Where can I follow the match online?
The match will be streamed online on www.hotstar.com.
With inputs from AFP
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"A lot of good cricketers think what is good for them because he must have thought for himself. I'm sure he thinks that he may be able to perform better if he keeps away from leadership (in) this T20 (format) or something," Borde said.
The IPL 2021, which was suspended midway into the league in May owing to multiple COVID-19 cases in its bio-bubble, will resume in the UAE on Sunday and Chahal will be one of the many players trying to reclaim his place in the national team.