Recent Match Report - New Zealand vs India 3rd T20I 2019

India’s batting order looked as solid as ever in the second T20I

For the hosts, they would look to draw inspiration from their first game and bat better.

Colin Munro smashed 72 from 40 balls as New Zealand clinched the T20I series over India with a thrilling four-run victory in Hamilton.

With the series locked at 1-1, there is everything to play for in the decider which promises to be a cracker of a contest on a "Super Sunday" with a spicy Seddon Park pitch in the offing. I might not have bowled a lot but I learnt to bowl in different conditions.

Similarly, after going down in the first T20I, the team came together in the second match, winning quite comfortably in Auckland to level the series.

India played the same XI in the first two games and in all likelihood, will maintain continuity unless there are some niggles. New Zealand rested Lockie Ferguson and handed a debut to right-arm seamer Blair Tickner, while Kuldeep Yadav replaced fellow wristspinner Yuzvendra Chahal for India.

Meanwhile, Indian bowlers too showcased an impressive performance, with Krunal Pandya bagging three wickets and Khaleel Ahmed, Hardik Pandya and Bhuvneshwar Kumar sharing four wickets among themselves to restrict the hosts for 158. Having regularly lost middle-order wickets, India gave the impression of lacking behind in the chase.

India, who came into the three T20Is on the back of their crushing 4-1 win in the five-match ODI series against New Zealand, failed to continue their dominance and slump to a humiliating 80-run defeat in the opening T20I at Westpac Stadium in Wellington.

New Zealand, sent into bat, made 212 for four with India 208 for six at the close.

Skipper Kane Williamson has endured a quiet limited overs series by his standards and senior batsman Ross Taylor has also blown hot and cold during the last three weeks.

It proved in vain though as Southee used all of his experience to see New Zealand through and by the time Dinesh Karthik (33no), who inexplicably turned down a single midway through the final over, hit the last ball over extra cover for six, India were beaten.

Match Starts at 12:30 pm.

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