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INDIA INNINGS (Target: 213)

End of Over 1: OUT! Dhawan falls early to a catch in the deep.

Players walk out on the field for India’s reply, to be led by openers Rohit Dhawan and Shikhar Dhawan.

NEW ZEALAND INNINGS (212/4)

End of Over 20: The Kiwis finish with 212/4. Six and a four by Ross Taylor in the final over. This will require some chasing from India, if they want to end the tour on another series-winning note. Colin Munro top-scored with 72, while his fellow opener Tim Seifert made 43. Kuldeep Yadav was the best bowler for India with figures of 2/26.

End of Over 19: New Zealand have raised their 200. They are 200/4. Last six balls coming up.

Out! An edge off Grandhomme’s (30 off 16) bat and a simple catch for Dhoni, who is playing overall his 300th T20 match. Ross Taylor is the new man in. 193/4

End of Over 18: Two overs left in the New Zealand innings. Grandhomme (30*) & Mitchell (13*) going great guns to ensure a flourish in the end. 192/3

End of Over 17: Bhuvi comes back and suffers the heat. First Grandhomme welcomed him with consecutive fours and then Daryl Mitchell ended the over with another boundary. 182/3

End of Over 16: Krunal’s final over costs India 16 runs, as Grandhomme goes after him with first a six over mid-wicket and then sliced four over short-third-man fielder. Krunal’s damaging spell reads 0/54 in four overs. 167/3

14.3 Overs: OUT! Khaleel returns to bowl and removes Williamson for 27 off 21 balls, easily caught by Kuldeep. 150/3

13.2 Overs: WICKET! Munro’s blitz finally ends at 72 off 40. Hardik takes the catch, Kuldeep gets his second wicket. 135/2

End of Over 13: DROPPED! Khaleel drops Munro (60* off 33), an easy skier, after the Kiwi opener mishit Hardik. This can prove really expensive for the visitors. And then a misfield by Vijay Shankar costs India four. Youngsters having a tough day in the office. 135/1

Krunal Pandya has figures of 0/38 in three overs – the most expensive so far among the Indian bowlers on show today.

End of Over 11: NZ 100 comes off a six by Munro, which also brings up the half-century for him off just 28 balls. 110/1

End of Over 10: Munro gets the measure of Kuldeep with that six off a well-executed sweep shot. At halfway stage, NZ 96/1.

7.4 Overs: OUT! Stumping appeal by Dhoni and bowler Kuldeep! Third umpire pressed into service. And Dhoni’s swift glovework does the job again for India! The dangerous Seifert (43 off 25) is walking back. NZ 80/1.

End of Over 7: Hardik gets the stick now, as fours and sixes continue to fly off the Kiwi openers’ bats. 79/0

End of Over 6: The last over of the Powerplay turns out to be the most expensive as Krunal Pandya is welcomed to the bowling crease by Munro (29*) and Seifert (36*). Two sixes and a four take the runs in the over to 20 and the total to 66/0.

Fifty up for NZ in 5.2 overs with a big six from Munro’s bat. Krunal Pandya getting some welcome to the bowling crease.

End of Over 5: Hardik Pandya completes his first over. Came back well after conceding a boundary to Munro (18* off 13) off the third ball of the over. 46/0

End of Over 4: Big over, courtesy back-to-back four and then six as Seifert (26 off 16)asserts himself. 17 runs coming from that Khaleel over. 38/0

End of Over 3: Good comeback by Bhuvi. After giving away 11 runs in his first over, he keeps it to just three — two singles and a wide — in the second. Good speed as well, regularly touching 140 kmph. 21/0

End of Over 2: Tim Seifert gets his first boundary under the belt. Short of length from Khaleel with room on offer, and the NZ opener hits it over the covers. 19/0

Khaleel Ahmed given new-ball duty from the other end.

End of Over 1: Colin Munro doesn’t need any invitations. Third ball, enough of sighters, and bang! Comes out to hit Bhuvi for a straight SIX to get the Kiwis going. Expensive first six balls, 11 runs off the over.

The Kiwi openers are out. Bhuvneshwar Kumar to start proceedings for India.

PLAYING XIs

INDIA: Rohit Sharma (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni (wk), Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed

NEW ZEALAND: Tim Seifert (wk), Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Daryl Mitchell, James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Blair Tickner

TEAM NEWS: India have made one change in their playing XI, bringing in chinaman Kuldeep Yadav in place of legspinner Yuzvendra Chahal. For New Zealand, Blair Tickner makes his debut and has replaced Lockie Ferguson, who has been rested.

TOSS: Rohit Sharma wins the toss and India decide to bowl first.

Hello and welcome to the Live coverage of the third and final T20I between India and New Zealand at Seddon Park in Hamilton. Toss coming up soon in the decider, with the three-match series tantalizingly poised at 1-1.

MATCH PREVIEW

The Indian team, led by Rohit Sharma, will be aiming to win the T20I series in New Zealand when the two sides clash in the third and final match today.

It has been a season of records for the Men in Blue who won its first Test and bilateral ODI series in Australia followed by the biggest one-day series win in New Zealand.

The T20 series is now locked at 1-1 with the hosts winning the first one convincingly and India returning the favour in style in the last game.

India had a nightmare in the same venue during the fourth ODI where they were skittled out for 92 in the wake of some quality swing bowling from Trent Boult.

India are expected to remain unchanged from the first two games.

In the first T20, Kiwis’ Tim Seifert gave the Indian bowlers a hard time but they came back strongly in the second tie.
Krunal Pandya has once again punched above his weight with some gritty performances in the two games. Khaleel Ahmed also took wickets and would look to fire again on Sunday. Skipper Rohit led with the bat in the game and became the world’s top run-getter in T20 Internationals.
For the hosts, they would look to draw inspiration from their first game and bat better.
Skipper Kane Williamson has endured a lean patch by his standards and veteran Ross Taylor has also blown hot and cold during the last three weeks. Source : timesofindia

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