3rd T20I: Kiwis beat India by 4 runs to claim series

Tanya Simon
February 10, 2019

"I definitely look upto him", Shankar told reporters after India lost the three-match T20I series 1-2 against New Zealand on Sunday. But it was too little too late.

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Team India skipper Rohit Sharma won the toss and elected to bowl first, however, it was really a bit of tough luck for the team India that gave around 212 runs and the team New Zealand set the target of 213 runs for team India. In less than 0.10 seconds, Dhoni sends New Zealand's Tim Seifert back to the pavilion from a wrong one by Kuldeep.

They now have a chance to win a T20I series in New Zealand, having not even had a victory in the format in these parts till Friday.

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.

Krunal Pandya proved to be the most expensive bowler of the lot as he bled 54 runs in his four-over quota.

"We have played in Hamilton and there won't be any surprise element as far as the pitch is concerned".

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"For someone like me, I try and learn from watching each and every player we have in our team because everyone has done something in the past and they have won matches for the team especially Dhoni, who has done a lot for the team".

"We have rectified some of our mistakes from the first game and hopefully a few which are there will also be corrected", Khaleel added.

India are expected to remain unchanged from the first two games. There will be a similar plan in place on Sunday also.

With Shikhar Dhawan for company, a good opening will solve half the problems for the visitors as it has been the case during the last four years. India's middle-order has also shown solidity with the experience of MS Dhoni and the exuberance of Rishabh Pant combining well as was evident in Auckland. In their allotted quota of 20 overs, New Zealand ended up scoring 212-4.

Scott Kuggeleijn took the Black Caps' other wicket - his first of the series.

On the third ball of the final over, Karthik denied a single and later ended up taking a single off the next ball.

Match Starts at 12:30 pm.

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