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Team India touch down in New Zealand for ODI series

Last updated on: January 13, 2014 13:45 IST

The Indian cricket team arrived in Napier on Monday for the five-match ODI series against New Zealand, starting January 19.

India captain MS Dhoni

"Napier welcomes us with pleasant weather and great scenery. Cant wait to get onto the field," tweeted Virat Kohli, after arriving in the city.

The Indians took a connecting flight from Auckland to Napier after arriving in the country from Mumbai.

The ODI series begins in Napier on Sunday and concludes on January 31 in Wellington.

The other three ODIs are at Hamilton (January 22 and 28) and Auckland (January 25).

The Test series will be played thereafter.

The opening Test is scheduled from February 6-10 (Auckland) followed by the second and final match in Wellington (February 14-18).

The tourists play a two-day warm-up game ahead of the Tests on February 2 and 3 at Whangarei.

Test specialists Cheteshwar Pujara, Zaheer Khan, Murali Vijay and Umesh Yadav will join the squad later.

This is India's ninth visit to New Zealand for a bilateral contest and their first since 2008-09 when they won 1-0.

Image: India cricket captain M S Dhoni

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