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15 Mar 2016

Spin-heavy New Zealand bat against India

New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson packed his side with three specialist spinners and decided to bat first against hosts India in the first Super 10 stage match of the World Twenty20 on Tuesday.

Off-spinner Nathan McCullum, leg-spinner Ish Sodhi and left-arm slow bowler Mitchell Santner were picked for the Group Two contest as the nature of the track at Nagpur's VCA Stadium prompted the tourists to compromise on speed and bolster their slow bowling unit.

"It's a used surface, it looks very dry. We are going to make use of this," Williamson said after winning toss.

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni named a squad that includes two frontline spinners in Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja with part-timers Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina ready to roll their arms over.

Dhoni called it a "50-50 toss" was not too unhappy with the toss outcome.

"The wicket looks good. It seems quite hard. As the game progresses, I don't think it would slow down too much," Dhoni said.

New Zealand have prevailed all four Twenty20 Internationals against India, who, however, would be taking heart from their red hot form this year, having won 10 of the 11 matches.

UPCOMING MATCHES

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4th ODI

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, The Oval

28 Sept 2017, 13.30 IST
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India v Australia

, Bengaluru

28 Sept - 02 Oct 2017, 11.30 IST
1st Test

Pakistan v Sri Lanka

, Abu Dhabi

28 Sept - 02 Oct 2017, 13.30 IST
1st Test

South Africa v Bangladesh

, Potchefstroom

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1st, Match - Zimbabwe v Hong Kong , Nagpur
Zimbabwe 158/8 (20/20 ov)
Hong Kong 144/6 (20.0/20 ov)
Zimbabwe won by 14 runs

2nd, Match - Afghanistan v Scotland, Nagpur
Afghanistan 170/5 (20/20 ov)
Scotland 156/5 (20.0/20 ov)
Afghanistan won by 14 runs

3rd , Match - Bangladesh v Netherlands , Dharamsala
Bangladesh 153/7 (20/20 ov)
Netherlands 145/7 (20.0/20 ov)
Bangladesh won by 8 runs

4th, Match - Ireland v Oman, Dharamsala
Ireland 154/5 (20/20 ov)
Oman 157/8 (19.4/20 ov)
Oman won by 2 wickets