Injured Guptill out of India T20 series

India tour of New Zealand 2019 MS Dhoni has been declared fit for the fifth and final ODI in Wellington

The visitors will feature a changed top-order to their usually settled T20 side, with opener KL Rahul and captain Virat Kohli both absent.

Dhoni, who was forced to miss his side's humiliating eight-wicket defeat in the fourth ODI against New Zealand due to a hamstring injury, made a comeback for the fifth and final match against the Black Caps at the Wellington Regional Stadium on Sunday. The first match will be played at Westpac Stadium in Wellington. Notably, India had won the ODI series that followed the T20I series by a comfortable 3-1 margin.

Having dominated the first leg of their tour of New Zealand with a crushing victory in the ODI series, the Indian cricket team now sets its sights on the T20I series to conclude their Kiwi challenge.

Martin Guptill has been ruled out of the entire T20I series against India, and Jimmy Neesham has been roped as his replacement in the side.

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Going ahead, India and New Zealand will square off in a three-match T20I series, which starts February 6 in Wellington. An MS Dhoni-led side was thrashed 2-0 in a two-match series in 2008-09.

The live TV coverage will be available on Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD in English commentary while Star Sports 3 and Star Sports 3 HD will show the match in Hindi commentary.

Not been part of the ODI series in Australia and New Zealand, Pant would be looking to make the most of this opportunity at the top of the order, something which even Dhawan mentioned about him during his interaction with the media. It was during the 2016 World T20 match played at Nagpur.

Jadeja's late bloom in the format assured him a ticket to the World Cup, but Pandya's brilliant comeback in the New Zealand series has left a question mark on the spin-all rounder's position in the team.

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