End of OVER 15: FOUR! Kohli smashes Santner for a boundary. 13 runs off Santner’s over.
OVERS 14.2: SIX! What a shot from King Kohli. He comes forward and smokes this over long off.
Santner is back into the attack.
End of OVER 14: 8 runs off Sodhi’s over.
OVERS 13.1: FOUR! Kohli sweeps this beautifully towards fine leg.
Ish Sodhi starts his third over.
End of OVER 13: Another good over for New Zealand. Just 7 runs off Grandhomme’s over.
Grandhomme starts his second over.
End of OVER 12: 3 runs off Sodhi’s over.
Ish Sodhi is back into the attack. This is his second over.
Shreyas Iyer joins Virat Kohli in the middle.
End of OVER 11: Just 4 runs and 2 wickets off Bennett’s over.
OVERS 10.6: WICKET! Second wicket for Bennett. Dube has thrown his wicket away. Excellent comeback from Kiwis.
OVERS 10.4: WICKET! Bennett ends Rohit Sharma’s stay at 65.
Bennett starts his third over.
10 overs gone! Just 3 runs off Kuggeleijn’s over.
Kuggeleijn is back into the attack. This is his second over.
Shivam Dube comes to the crease. The left-hander has been promoted ahead of his captain Virat Kohli. Will Kohli’s experiment work in India’s favour today?
OVERS 8.6: WICKET! Grandhomme gets the breakthrough. KL Rahul departs for 27 runs.
OVERS 8.4: FOUR! Wonderfully played by Rohit. He leans forward and guides Grandhomme towards third man for a boundary.
Colin de Grandhomme comes into the attack.
End of OVER 8: Brilliant over from Santner. 5 runs off his over. INDIA 82/0
Santner starts his second over.
Fewest balls to 50 for Rohit Sharma (T20I)
22 vs WI Lauderhill 2016
23 vs Ban Rajkot 2019
23 vs WI Mumbai WS
23 vs NZ Hamilton
End of OVER 7: FOUR! Rahul smashes Sodhi straight down the ground for a boundary. 8 runs off Sodhi’s over.
Ish Sodhi comes into the attack.
That’s FIFTY for Rohit Sharma off just 23 balls.
He is on a roll today as @ImRo45 brings up his 20th T20I FIFTY off 23 deliveries. His first half-century of the se… https://t.co/veQs3dp2t2
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End of OVER 6: SIX! What a way to end the over. Rohit hits the ball straight down the ground this time.
27 runs off Bennett’s over.
OVERS 5.5: FOUR! No stopping Rohit Sharma right now. Brilliant delivery from Bennett but cleverly played by Rohit. 6,6,4,4 for Rohit in this over so far.
OVERS 5.4: FOUR! Rohit is on fire. The right-hander sends Bennett towards deep backward point.
OVERS 5.3: SIX! Rohit picks the length and dispatches Bennett over long off fence.
50 comes up for INDIA
OVERS 5.2: SIX! Rohit stays back and pulls this over backward square leg. What a shot from middle of the bat.
Bennett starts his second over.
End of OVER 5: 8 runs off Santner’s over.
OVERS 4.1: FOUR! Rohit welcomes the left-arm spinner with a superb boundary towards square of the wicket.
Another bowling change for New Zealand. Mitchell Santner comes into the attack.
End of OVER 4: 8 runs off Kuggeleijn’s over.
OVERS 3.2: FOUR! Rohit gets lucky here. Extra pace and bounce from Kuggeleijn. Rohit gets a thick outside edge and the ball races towards the third man boundary.
Bowling change for NZ. Scott Kuggeleijn comes into the attack
End of OVER 3: 9 runs off Southee’s over.
OVERS 2.5: FOUR! Another cleaver shot from Rahul. He uses the pace and plays a superb upper cut. One bounce and a boundary.
OVERS 2.3: Rohit plays this beautifully towards square of the wicket. Is this four? No. Brilliant fielding at the boundary ropes. 2 runs for Rohit.
Southee starts his second over.
End of OVER 2: 13 runs off Bennett’s over.
OVERS 1.3: SIX! You will love to see this shot again and again. Rahul goes on backfoot and sends the ball over third man fence. Stupendous shot from KL.
Hamish Bennett comes into the attack
End of OVER 1: 4 runs off Southee’s over.
OVER 0.3: FOUR! What a shot from Rohit. Rohit stays back and slaps the ball towards deep backward point.
India openers KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma are in the middle. Tim Southee will open the attack for New Zealand.
Virat Kohli (INDIA)
I reckon (we would have bowled). Looks like a nice track, it’s pretty hard, nice grass cover, the weather might have a say in the second innings, but toss isn’t in our control. Just put a clinical performance, carry forward the momentum and grab the chances that comes. Don’t worry about too many changes, just go out there and do the job. No changes once again, the boys did a good job with both bat and ball, no need to make any changes at all.
Kane Williamson (NEW ZEALAND)
We will bowl first. A new surface, hopefully, we will get something from it. Need to follow our plans, we are playing a strong side, a new ground, a new surface, do the job with the ball. One change, Scott Kuggeleijn is in, for Blair Tickner. Both offer pretty much the same, both bowl heavy balls, perhaps, Scott is a bit better batsman.
A toss win for Kane Williamson and we will bowl at Seddon Park in T20I 3. #NZvIND https://t.co/1UzfnUWD1Z
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NEW ZEALAND: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (captain), Colin de Grandhomme, Ross Taylor, Tim Seifert (wk), Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Scott Kuggeleijn, Ish Sodhi, Hamish Bennett
INDIA: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul(w), Virat Kohli(c), Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah
TOSS: New Zealand captain Kane Williamson wins toss, opts to field against India
New Zealand have won the toss and they will bowl first in the 3rd T20I. #NZvIND https://t.co/l9nS0lK4PU
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It’s TOSS time, folks.
A third successive win at Seddon Park will give India their
first ever T20I series win on New Zealand soil, a feat they were unable to achieve on two occasions previously.
India lost 0-2 under Mahendra Singh Dhoni back in 2008-09, and last year, they went down 1-2.
Hello and welcome to the Live coverage of 3rd T20I between India and New Zealand at Seddon Park in Hamilton.
A ruthless India are expected to seal their maiden T20 International series win in New Zealand and only a special comeback from the struggling hosts in the third game here on Wednesday can delay what seems inevitable.
#TeamIndia will take on the @BLACKCAPS in the 3rd T20I at the Seddon Park. Will the men in blue seal the series?… https://t.co/arjism72yg
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India won the twin T20 Internationals in Auckland by margins of six and seven wickets respectively to go 2-0 up in the five-match series.
A third successive win at Seddon Park will give them their first ever T20I series’ win on New Zealand soil, a feat they were unable to achieve on two occasions previously. India lost 0-2 under Mahendra Singh Dhoni back in 2008-09, and last year, they went down 1-2.
Overall, this Indian side has seen an uptick in fortunes and are unbeaten in five T20 series since the 2019 ODI World Cup, including the ongoing one against the Black Caps. The only contest they didn’t win was against South Africa, when the three-match series ended 1-1 after one of the games was washed out.
However, their current winning form in T20 cricket won’t lead to any meaningful change in the ICC rankings. India are currently placed fifth in the T20I rankings, and need to win the remaining three matches – this series 5-0 – to move up to fourth from their current fifth spot.
New Zealand are currently placed sixth. Pakistan, Australia, England and South Africa, in that order, sit ahead in the rankings’ table.
From New Zealand’s perspective, this is the last opportunity for Colin de Grandhomme to make an impression. The all-rounder will be replaced in the squad for the last two T20Is by batsman Tom Bruce. Grandhomme has played strictly as a batsman so far in this series, and has scores of 0 and 3 in the first two games.
New Zealand are not too worried about their bowling performances in this series, despite India’s relative ease in chasing down totals in the first two matches. Their greater worry is contending with the Indian bowling, in particular Jasprit Bumrah who has regained much of his pre-injury rhythm.
In both matches, they were unable to get him away, whether at the start or during the death overs. For their part, India mixed things up well in the second T20, holding Bumrah back until later in the power play.
New Zealand have had a poor run at Eden Park off late, but their record at Seddon Park holds in good stead. They have won seven out of nine T20Is played here, and will be hoping to stop India from taking an unassailable lead in the series.
India: Virat Kohli (capt), Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul (wk), Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant, Sanju Samson, Shreyas Iyer, Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur, Navdeep Saini, Washington Sundar.
New Zealand: Kane Williamson (capt), Martin Guptill, Ross Taylor, Scott Kuggeleijn, Colin Munro, Colin de Grandhomme, Tom Bruce, Daryl Mitchell, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert (wk), Hamish Bennett, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Blair Tickner.