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In Virat Kohli's absence. Rohit Sharma will continue to lead in the T20Is.

Welcome to Cricbuzz's live blog for the Wellington T20I. Tweet to @prat1204 to participate.

Rohit Sharma departs

Hit high on the bat as he looks to pull Southee and Sharma's taken at deep square leg. So despite Dhawan scoring quick runs at the other end, India hit a speedbreaker. Score after 3 overs: IND 19-1

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Southee starts well but...

Just one run in the first over. Rohit got off the mark with the first delivery and Dhawan then played five dots, before releasing all the cricketing pressure with 6, 6, 4 against Scott Kuggelejin! Score after 2 overs: IND 18-0

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India set 220-run target

207 is the highest India have chased in T20Is. They need 220 here, much thanks to Tim Seifert smacking 84 off 43 balls. There were quick-fire 30-odds from India Munro and Williamson, and a 7-ball 20* towards the end by Scott Kuggeleijn. And add to that India' decision to bowl first, three dropped catches and the general laxity in the field. Can India do this? Join us back.

Here's the scorecard for the match

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Karthik drops, Siraj makes up

"He's dropped a sitter this time!" My colleague sitting beside me is falling off his chair seeing that. You may argue that DK might have overran than a bit in the deep, meaning his hands couldn't really shock-absorb the momentum on the ball. So Ross Taylor gets a lifeline at deep mid-wicket but Mohammed Siraj has compensated for that in the same over with a stunning take at deep square leg. Off goes de Grandhomme.

Taylor falls in the next over to Bhuvneshwar. So Karthik, if you're reading this, I wasn't really criticising you (.. my colleague was). Khaleel takes it at short fine leg and Taylor has fallen to a plan. Didn't quite know what to do with deliveries pitches wide of off-stump.

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Two wickets in two balls

Daryl Mitchell falls to Pandya on 8, falling to Dinesh Karthik's brilliant in-out-in act at the boundary ropes, and then Kane Williamson decides to launch Chahal big next ball and fails to clear the ropes. Onus on Taylor and de Grandhomme. Score after 16 overs: NZ 169-4

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WICKET - Khaleel returns to redeem

Okay, this is a very good yorker from round the wicket. Seifert fails to keep that out and has to walk back on 84 off 43 balls. End of a fabulous innings. Shame that the stadium doesn't have more people.

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Seifert dropped on 71

In a nutshell: you can't really afford to do that. Yes it's windy and it's swirling around in the stadium, but when a batsman, who's spanked away 71 off 38 balls, offers a chance, you take it. Karthik is the fielder who's shelled it at long-on.

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WICKET - Munro falls!

Colin Munro, when on 34, completed 5000 runs in T20 cricket but has fallen on the same score, mistiming a slog sweep off Krunal Pandya. So India have a wicket after a punishing 86-run stand. And all that soon after Tim Seifert's maiden fifty in T20I Internationals. What a lovely start to this first T20I!

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India continue to bleed runs

Okay, add more sixes to the count. Tim Seifert takes Khaleel - yes, him again - for two sixes in the fourth over, and I can't see him bowling anytime soon in this match. Krunal Pandya looked okay in the fifth over, and even had Seifert dropped by Dhoni. Tough chance, I must add, where Seifert looked cramped on the cut and the ball bounced off Dhoni's gloves, but it might go on to hurt India.

Hardik Pandya was Rohit Sharma's SOS option in the last over of the powerplay but Seifert eked out two more boundaries. Score after 6 overs: NZ 66-0

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Good start for India, sort of

Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowls a beautiful first over, conceding just four singles, until all of it comes apart in the next, when Khaleel Ahmed takes the new ball and concedes two back-to-back boundaries to Colin Munro.

... and guess what, it's rubbed on Bhuvneshnar two, who now concedes two boundaries to Tim Seifert in his second. Got his knuckle ball superbly deciphered there. How good is Tim? (feel like an English mum here)

Score after 3 overs: NZ 28-0

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Toss - INDIA OPT TO BOWL [Link to Cricbuzz LIVE]

Dhoni, Pant and Karthik all find a place in the Playing XI. Too many gloves spoil exactly what? -- Wait, pause, pardon, that's my head typing, not fingers! -- Kedar Jadhav, Kuldeep Yadav, Siddarth Kaul, Shubman Gill are the ones who miss out. For New Zealand, Daryl Mitchell makes his debut for New Zealand.

New Zealand (Playing XI): Colin Munro, Tim Seifert(w), Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Daryl Mitchell, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Scott Kuggeleijn, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson

India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma(c), Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Vijay Shankar, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni(w), Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, K Khaleel Ahmed

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While you wait for the toss...

Have you checked out Ravi Shatri's exclusive interviews on Cricbuzz? If not, here's Part 1, where he talks to Chetan Narula about everything Test cricket - from dropping Pujara to Bumrah's selection in South Africa - and here's Part 2, where Shastri discusses India's World Cup plans, which might include Virat Kohli batting at No. 4

Also don't forget to check the first episode of the Stranger XI series, where people like you and me discuss whether Dhoni should play the World Cup. Or not. I like the idea of this series, where common people get a say. So make sure you hear yourselves out, because we have enough pundits doing our jobs, right?

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Videos to catch up on

- Simon Doull, in his series preview, feels that India's bowling gives them an edge over New Zealand in T20Is, but India have, for the lack of a better word, historically struggled against them in T20Is. New Zealand are the only team against which India have a negative win-loss record.

- Deepu Narayanan and our producers have compiled this stats preview for you

- Kane Williamson, in his pre-match press conference, talked up India being the ideal all-format opponents to prepare before a World Cup

- Shikhar Dhawan was all praise for Rishabh Pant, who might play as a pure batsman in the side, with Dhoni taking the gloves. We'll have our eyes on someone's fielding!

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Hello and welcome!

Wednesday seems like an odd day to kick off a high-profile T20I series but think about it again. Monday is behind you, Friday is fast approaching and this drag of a day, where you have to mostly pretend to work is now lit up by cricket at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington. And the prospect of fours and sixes, because you know that the average first-innings total in New Zealand since January 2016 is 183, adds to the great day this is going to be.

Here's our preview of the first T20I between New Zealand and India. Who's your pick? Martin Guptill has been ruled out of the series, meaning we could see Tim Seifert opening the batting alongside Colin Munro. Plenty to get out of this T20I game. The thing is, T20I don't remain that months before a World Cup.

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