India vs New Zealand 2016 Schedule: Fixtures with venue details
India will square off against New Zealand in the month of September as the Kiwis are set to visit India to play 3 Tests and 5 ODIs. The Board of Control for Cricket in India has announced the dates for the matches and the 1st Test is scheduled to start on 22 September in Kanpur. After the Tests, the Black Caps will also play 5 ODIs starting from 16 October in Dharamsala. New Zealand last featured on a tour to India four years ago, when they played two Tests and two T20Is here. They lost the Tests 2-0 but won the T20 series 1-0 to cap off a mixed tour.
New Zealand is the first of four teams - England, Australia and Bangladesh are the others, to visit India in the 2016-17 home season, which comprises of 13 Tests, 8 ODIs and 3 T20Is. India will equal the record of playing the highest number of home Tests (13) in a season; the only other instance was in 1979-80 and that also took place in India.
|2nd||September 30 to October 4||Kolkata|
For the first time, Indore will host a Test match. There have also been speculations that the 3rd and final Test in Kolkata might well the first day and night Test match in India, with the much-talked-about Pink ball. But the possibility seems unlikely after the BCCI announced that all three Tests in September and October would begin at 9.30 am.
India will look to consolidate their good run of form in home Tests as they look forward to a gruelling home season. Kane Williamson and his New Zealand team, on the other hand, will try to give the Indians a run for their money with their spirited performances. After taking over from Brendon McCullum, who retired recently, Williamson will look to inspire his young side to counter the challenging conditions in India.
Spin-friendly tracks, arid conditions will test the mettle of the Kiwi batsmen for sure. However, in the ODIs, the Kiwis might pose a lot of challenges for the Indian side which has struggled of late. India under MS Dhoni lost the ODI series at home to South Africa last year and they will look to bounce back for sure.