New Zealand's recent T20I form has been disappointing, having won just two of their last seven 20-over series but India are yet to win an away series in the shortest format of the game, coming up short in their 2009 visit.
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Guptill will return to Auckland to rest, with an eye to next week's ODI series against Bangladesh. Tim Seifert will be donning the wicket-keeping gloves in the Kane Williamson led side.
While on the other hand, Rohit Sharma, who will captain the visitors in the absence of Virat Kohli, would want to gain an advantage over the Kiwis by overpowering them in the 1st T20I which will be played on Wednesday at Westpac Stadium, Wellington.
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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. While he made his T20I debut in February 2017.
Rayudu's performance will give him and the team confidence. Apart from Pant, India are also likely to play both Dhoni and Karthik.
In team rankings, New Zealand has slipped behind South Africa to fourth place.
The series against Australia will be India's final leg in preparation for the World Cup tournament which will begin from May 30, 2019.
Comparing their T20Is numbers, Ahmed had picked up six wickets in six matches at an average of 33.16, an economy rate of 8.65 and a strike rate of 23.