India to take on NZ in final T20 match to win series

Hamilton With seven-wicket win in the second T20 match against the Black caps, India is on a high and will look to carry forward this confidence to win the series when they taken on  New Zealand in the third and the final T20I, to be played here on Sunday.

India will be looking to win their fourth overseas series win on the trot.

India have scripted some memorable records during their Australia and New Zealand tours. Last year,

India played a 1-1 draw with the hosts Australia in the three-match T20 series before registering their maiden Test series win on Australian soil by 2-1, followed by 2-1 victory in the ODI series.

During the present New Zealand tour, the visitors won the ODI series by 4-1. Now, under stand-in captain Rohit Sharma India will be looking to win the T20 series.

After losing first T20 by a record margin of 80 runs, the visitors staged a brilliant come back at Auckland. Left-arm spinner Krunal Pandya (28/3) and skipper Rohit Sharma’s half century powered India to a seven wickets win to level the three-match series 1-1. This was also India’s first T20I victory on New Zealand soil.

In the second T20, the White Ferns posted a challenging total of 158 runs. In reply, the visitors chased down the target with 11 balls to spare.

Spinner Krunal Pandya was adjudged the Man of the Match. Rishabh Pant (40*) with Ms Dhoni (20*) also chipped in with the bat.

After the match, Sharma agreed that we have learnt from our recent mistakes. He said, “I am very pleased with how we bowled and then we were quite clinical with the bat as well and managed to implement our strategy in a good way,” he added.

On the other hand, the Kiwis captain Kane Williamson expressed his regret for not ‘carrying out’ their winning momentum in the second T20.

“We knew that it would be tough to repeat our Wellington performance. We failed to perform well with the bat. Batting was not easy at Auckland, but if we had scored 20 more runs in the death overs so it would have been good for us,” the Black Caps captain said.

In the series opener, the hosts put pressure on India by posting a huge total of 200 runs. But in second T20 the Kiwis could score 158 runs in stipulated 20 overs and India achieved the total without much ado.

The opening pair of Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma laid the foundation for the Auckland win. However, Dhawan needs to convert his good start into big scores.

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