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LIVE BLOG | LIVE SCORECARD | INDIA INNING: 165/8 (20 overs)

The required run rate for NZ is above 9 right now.



Shivam Dube starts his second over.

End of OVER 13: 5 runs off Chahal’s over. NZ 102/3, need 64 in 42 balls.

Ross Taylor comes to the crease.

OVERS 12.1: WICKET! Yuzvendra Chahal castles Tom Bruce for a duck. Chahal celebrates in his own style. Another success for India. NZ 97/3

OVERS 11.4: WICKET! What a stunning direct throw from captain Kohli. Colin Munro is not happy. He knows he is OUT. Reply shows Munro is far from the crease. Kohli exults in celebration. Big wicket for India.

Shivam Dube comes into the attack.

End of OVER 11: 13 runs off Saini’s over. NZ 92/1, need 74 in 54 balls.

OVERS 10.5: FOUR! Munro is on fire today. He was waiting for this delivery. He makes room and slaps the ball towards deep extra cover.

OVERS 10.2: FOUR! What a shot from Seifert. He stands tall and smashes the ball towards third man for a boundary.

Navdeep Saini is back into the attack. This is his third over.

End of OVER 10: 11 runs off Sundar’s over. NZ 79/1, need 87 in 60 balls.

OVERS 9.3: FOUR! Munro sends Sundar towards deep backward point this time.

OVERS 9.2: FOUR! FIFTY! Munro brings up his half-century off 38 balls. What an innings from him.



Sundar starts his second over.

End of OVER 9: SIX! What a way to end the over. Seifert leans forward and plays a superb slog sweep. 12 runs off Chahal’s over. NZ 68/1

OVERS 8.3: Munro plays this beautifully towards deep backward square leg. Munro will get a couple.

Chahal starts his second over.

End of OVER 8: 13 runs off Sundar’s over. NZ 56/1, need 110 in 72 balls.

OVERS 7.4: SIX! Full toss from Sundar. Munro seems waiting for it. He hammers the ball over backward square leg fence. NZ 54/1

OVERS 7.1: FOUR! Seifert goes on backfoot and sends the ball towards sweeper cover for a boundary.

Washington Sundar comes into the attack.

End of OVER 7: Just 4 runs off Chahal’s over. NZ 43/1, need 123 in 78 balls.

It’s time for some spin. Captain Kohli brings leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal into the attack.

End of OVER 6: 16 runs off Shardul’s over. NZ 39/1

6,4,4 – in the over so far. NZ 37/1

OVERS 5.3: FOUR! One six and two back-to-back boundaries for Munro. Pressure is on Shardul now.

OVERS 5.2: FOUR! Munro dances down the track and smashes the ball towards long off.

OVERS 5.1: SIX! Munro welcomes the pacer with a huge six over deep square leg boundary. What a shot from the southpaw.

Shardul starts his second over.

End of OVER 5: Brilliant over from Bumrah. Just 2 runs and Guptill’s wicket off the pacer’s over. NZ 23/1

Tim Seifert comes to the crease.

OVERS 4.2: WICKET! Bumrah gets the breakthrough. Martin Guptill departs for 4. Short from Bumrah. Guptill tries to pull but gets a top edge. KL Rahul takes a well-judged catch. NZ 22/1

Bumrah starts his second over. 2 slips in place.

End of OVER 4: 9 runs off Saini’s over. NZ 21/0, need 145 more to win.

OVERS 3.3: SIX! First six of the New Zealand innings. Munro pulls this so well over deep square leg fence.

Navdeep Saini starts his second over.

End of OVER 3: Just 3 runs off Bumrah’s over. NZ 12/0

OVERS 2.5: Chance of a run out! Direct throw from Shardul but the ball misses the stumps. Munro is safe.

Bumrah comes into the attack.

End of OVER 2: 5 runs off Saini’s over. NZ 9/0

Break in the play. An intruder has halted the play.

OVERS 1.3: FOUR! Munro dances down the wicket and smashes Saini towards long on. NZ 8/0

Navdeep Saini starts from the other end.

End of OVER 1: Excellent start from Shardul. Just 4 runs off his over. NZ 4/0

Martin Guptill and Colin Munro are set for New Zealand’s chase. Shardul Thakur will open the attack for India.

Welcome back!

OVERS 20: INDIA post 165/8 in 20 overs against New Zealand.

OVERS 19.5: FIFTY! Manish Pandey brings up his half-century off 36 balls. Brilliant knock from the right-hander.

OVERS 19.4: Manish Pandey plays this towards long on. He will get 2 runs. Brilliant running between the wickets from Pandey and Saini.

OVERS 19.1: FOUR! What a timing from Pandey. The Indian goes on backfoot and times this well through covers for a boundary.

Last over of the innings. Kuggeleijn to bowl the last over.

End of OVER 19: 10 runs off Bennett’s over. INDIA 154/8

OVERS 18.5: FOUR! Knuckle ball from Bennett. Saini sends the NZ pacer towards deep extra cover for another boundary. INDIA 152/8

OVERS 18.3: FOUR! Navdeep Saini hits first boundary of his T20I career. He clears his front leg and smashes Bennett towards deep backward point. INDIA 148/8

Navdeep Saini comes to the crease.

OVERS 17.5: WICKET! Southee to Chahal. Edged and gone. The Indian gets an edge and gives an easy catch to NZ wicketkeeper Seifert. Chahal departs for 1. INDIA 143/8.

Southee starts his fourth and last over.

End of OVER 17: 13 runs off Bennett’s over. INDIA 138/7

OVERS 16.4: FOUR! Superb shot from Pandey. He pulls this towards long on. Bennett isn’t happy with this. INDIA 135/7

Yuzvendra Chahal comes to the crease.

OVERS 16.3: WICKET! Shardul tries to go over the top but gets a top edge. A well-judged catch from Southee. Knuckle ball does the job for Bennett. Shardul departs for 20. INDIA 131/7

OVERS 16.1: FOUR! What a shot from Shardul. He stays back and pulls this towards deep mid wicket for a boundary.

Bennett starts his third over.

End of OVER 16: 13 runs off Southee’s over. INDIA 125/6

OVERS 15.5: A loud lbw appeal from Southee against Pandey. Umpire is not interested.

OVERS 15.3: FOUR! Manish Pandey opens the face of the bat and guides the ball towards deep backward point.

Tim Southee starts his third over.

15 overs gone! 8 runs off Bennett’s over. INDIA 112/6

Can India go past 150-run mark today?



Ish Sodhi’s last two series (T20I)

– vs England: 15 overs | 3 wkts | Avg 58.66 | ER 11.73

– vs India: 16 overs | 6 wkts | Avg 19.66 | ER 7.37

Hamish Bennett is back into the attack. This is his second over.

End of OVER 14: 7 runs off Santner’s over. INDIA 104/6

OVERS 13.1: Manish Pandey gets a thick outside edge and the ball races towards third man region. Pandey will get 3 runs. Excellent running between the wickets from Pandey and Shardul.

Santner starts his fourth and last over.

OVERS 13: FOUR! Much-needed boundary for India. Shardul curs the ball towards backward point for a boundary. 9 runs off Sodhi’s over. INDIA 97/6

Ish Sodhi starts his fourth and final over.

End of OVER 12: Just 1 run off Santner’s over. INDIA 88/6

Shardul Thakur comes to the crease.

OVERS 11.3: WICKET! Santner castles Sundar for a duck. India in deep trouble now. INDIA 88/6

Santner starts his third over.

End of OVER 11: Brilliant over by Sodhi. 4 runs and Dube’s wicket off his over. INDIA 87/5

Washington Sunder comes to the crease.

OVERS 10.2: WICKET! Sodhi takes his third wicket. Shivam Dube departs for 12. The left-hander hits the ball high in the air but fails to convert it into a six. Brilliant catch by Tom Bruce at the boundary line. INDIA 84/5

Ish Sodhi starts his third over.

10 overs gone! Just 5 runs off Santner’s over. INDIA 83/4

Mitchell Santner is back into the attack. This is his second over.

End of OVER 9: 9 runs off Sodhi’s over. INDIA 78/4

Manish Pandey comes into the attack.

OVERS 8.4: WICKET! Ish Sodhi gets the big fish. KL Rahu departs for 39 (26 balls). Another good catch by Santner at deep mid wicket. Poor shot from KL.

OVERS 8.1: FOUR! KL goes on backfoot and plays this beautifully towards backward point for a boundary. INDIA 73/3

Sodhi starts his second over.

END of OVER 8: FOUR! Well controlled shot from Dube. He uses the pace, opens the face of the bat and sends the ball towards third man. 14 runs off Kuggeleijn’s over. INDIA 69/3

OVERS 7.4: FOUR! Kuggeleijn to Dube. The left-hander cuts the ball towards third man for a boundary. INDIA 65/3

OVERS 7.2: FOUR! KL Rahul stays back and plays this beautifully behind point. INDIA 60/3

Kuggeleijn starts his third over.

End of OVER 7: 4 runs off Sodhi’s over. INDIA 55/3

Shivam Dube comes to the crease.

OVERS 6.3: WICKET! Ish Sodhi removes Shreyas Iyer for paltry 1. Excellent bowling from the New Zealander. Brilliant catch from Seifert behind the wickets. Umpire didn’t take much time and raises his finger. INDIA 52/3

Ish Sodhi comes into the attack

End of OVER 6: Brilliant over from Kuggeleijn. Just 1 run off it. INDIA 51/2

India’s run rate is still above 9. KL Rahul is the key for India right now.

Kuggeleijn starts his second over.

End of OVER 5: 10 runs and Kohli’s wicket off Bennett’s over. INDIA 50/2

Shreyas Iyer comes to the crease.

OVERS 4.3: WICKET! Bennett removes dangerous Virat Kohli for 11. Santner dives and grabs a blinder to send the Indian skipper back to the pavilion. Big wicket for the Kiwis. INDIA 48/2

OVERS 4.2: FOUR! That’s Kohli’s special. First boundary towards backward square leg and now cuts the ball cleverly towards third man. Back-to-back boundaries for Indian skipper. INDIA 48/1

Hamish Bennett comes into the attack.

End of OVER 4: 5 runs off Southee’s over. INDIA 40/1

Southee starts his second over.

End of OVER 3: FOUR! KL ends Santner’s over in style with a boundary. 13 runs off Santner’s over. INDIA 35/1

OVERS 2.5: SIX! KL Rahul is on song. He stays back and slaps the ball over deep mid wicket region.

Mitchell Santner comes into the attack.

End of OVER 2: 15 runs and Sanju’s wicket off Kuggeleijn’s over. INDIA 22/1

OVERS 1.5: SIX! KL Rahul takes full advantage of free hit, clears his front leg and smashes Kuggeleijn over long off fence. INDIA 22/1

OVERS 1.5: WIDE. NO BALL. WIDE. Free hit still there.

Captain Virat kohli comes to the crease.

OVERS 1.3: WICKET! Kuggeleijn strikes early for New Zealand. Sanju Samson departs for 8. The youngster tries to hit Kuggeleijn but fails to connect it properly. Mitchell Santner takes a well-judged catch. Samson fails to cash in on another opportunity. INDIA 13/1

OVERS 1.1: SIX! Sanju stands tall, picks the length and dispatches the ball over the cow corner. Brilliant shot from the Kerala lad. INDIA 13/0

Scott Kuggeleijn comes into the attack

End of OVER 1: 7 runs off Southee’s over. INDIA 7/0

Big opportunity for Sanju today.

OVER 0.2: Rahul takes a quick single and gives strike to Sanju Samson.

OVER 0.1: Rahul plays this with soft hands towards backward square leg. He will get a couple.

India openers KL Rahul and Sanju Samson are in the middle. Tim Southee is ready with the ball. Here we go…

PLAYING XIs:

INDIA:

Sanju Samson, KL Rahul (WK), Virat Kohli (CAPTAIN), Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Navdeep Saini

NEW ZEALAND: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Tom Bruce, Ross Taylor, Tim Seifert (WK), Mitchell Santner, Scott Kuggeleijn, Tim Southee (CAPTAIN), Ish Sodhi, Hamish Bennett, Daryl Mitchell

CAPTAINS’ TAKE:



Virat Kohli (INDIA):



We would have bowled first as well. We haven’t had a game like that in a while. For us as a side, it was a massive confidence booster. We have rested Rohit, Shami and Jadeja. Samson to open, Washington and Saini are in. Three exciting additions to the side.

Tim Southee (NEW ZEALAND):

We are gonna bowl first. Looks like a good wicket. Kane’s got a niggle on his shoulder. He should be fine in a couple of days. We need to keep improving. Tom Bruce comes in for Collin de Grandhomme and Daryl Mitchell comes in for Kane.

TEAM CHANGES – INDIA:

Rohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja and Mohammed Shami rested

Sanju Samson, Washington Sundar and Navdeep Saini are playing today. Sanju to open the innings with KL Rahul.



TEAM CHANGES – NEW ZEALAND:

Tom Bruce comes in for CdG and Daryl Mitchell comes in for Kane.

TOSS: New Zealand captain Tim Southee wins toss, opts to field against India.

India captain Virat Kohli and New Zealand captain Tim Southee are in the middle for the toss.

It’s TOSS time, folks.

Pitch Report – BY Scott Styris and VVS Laxman

This is a drop-in pitch. Looks like a beautiful pitch to bat on. It’s rock hard. Even though there’s even grass cover, it’ll be an excellent wicket to bat on. Dimensions will be challenging to the bowlers. Square boundaries are very short – less than 60 metres. Straight boundaries – around 80 metres. The length has to be fuller from the bowlers. The pitch was used early in the season for England vs New Zealand. Lot of runs were scored. There are not many foot-marks, so don’t expect too much of spin.

BREAKING: Tim Southee to lead Kiwis today.

BREAKING: New Zealand captain Kane Williamson ruled out of the 4th T20I with a shoulder injury.

“Captain Kane Williamson has been ruled out of tonight’s 4th T20I with a left-shoulder injury (AC joint) sustained while diving in the field in game 3. He will hopefully be available for the final game of the series at Bay Oval,” New Zealand Cricket (NZC) posted on its official Twitter handle.

Hello and welcome to the Live coverage of 4th T20I match between India and New Zealand in Wellington.

Source : timesofindia