The third match of the five-match T20 International series between India and New Zealand is being played at Seddon Park in Hamilton. After losing the toss, the Indian team came out to bat first and scored 179 runs after losing 5 wickets in 20 overs and gave New Zealand a target of 180 runs to win. In response, New Zealand have scored 26 runs without losing any wickets in 3 overs. Martin Guptill (21 runs) and Colin Munro (5 runs) are at the crease.
India gave a target of 180 runs
The Indian team, who came out to bat first, scored 179 runs after losing 5 wickets in 20 overs and gave New Zealand a target of 180 runs to win. Rohit Sharma played the highest innings of 65 runs for India. Apart from Rohit, captain Virat Kohli contributed 38 and wicketkeeper-batsman Lokesh Rahul contributed 27 runs. For New Zealand, Hamish Bennett took 3 wickets for 54 runs in 4 overs. Mitchell Santner and Colin de Grandholm got 1–1 wicket.
Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul got off to open for Team India, giving a stormy start, adding 89 runs in 9 overs. Colin de Grandhom gave KL Rahul the first blow to India by getting caught by Colin Munro. KL Rahul was dismissed after scoring 27 runs. Rohit Sharma completed the 20th half-century of his T20 career in 23 balls. During this, Rohit hit five fours and three sixes. In the 11th over, Hamish Bennett made Rohit Sharma his victim. Rohit Sharma caught Tim Southee off Hamish Bennett’s ball. Rohit Sharma was dismissed after scoring 65 runs in 40 balls. His innings included six fours and three sixes. Rohit and Rahul shared an 89-run partnership for the first wicket.
He is on a roll today as @ImRo45 brings up his 20th T20I FIFTY off 23 deliveries.
His first half-century of the series so far 💪💪 pic.twitter.com/NGuY3qQCu1
— BCCI (@BCCI) January 29, 2020
Shivam Dubey returned to the pavilion for 3 runs. He was sent to bat at number three in place of Kohli. Shreyas Iyer was dismissed by 17 runs.
New Zealand won the toss
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson won the toss and decided to bowl and invited India to bat first. Virat Kohli did not make any changes in the playing XI of Team India. New Zealand made a change in their team. Scott Kuggelain was replaced in place of fast bowler Blair Tickner.
— BCCI (@BCCI) January 29, 2020
India has a chance to create history
If India also wins the third T20 International match, it will create history on New Zealand soil. With the victory in this match, India will win the bilateral T20 International series against Kiwis on New Zealand soil for the first time. India has not been able to win a bilateral T20 International series on New Zealand soil so far. Only two bilateral T20 International series has been played before the current T20 series between India and New Zealand.
In both these T20 series, India faced defeat at the hands of New Zealand. A bilateral T20 International series was played in the years 2008-2009. In this two-match T20 series, India had to face 0–2 defeat. After this, India was defeated 2–1 by New Zealand in the T20 International series played in 2018-2019.
Team India’s record in New Zealand (T20 International Series)
1. India vs New Zealand – 2 matches T20 International Series (2008-2009) – New Zealand won 2-0
2. India vs New Zealand – 3 matches T20 International Series (2018-2019) – New Zealand won 2-1
3. India vs New Zealand – 5-match T20 International Series (2019-2020) – India 2-0 ahead (3 matches left)
India has won 3 T20 Internationals on New Zealand soil. While New Zealand has defeated Team India in four matches.
Team India’s record in New Zealand (T20 International match)
1. India vs New Zealand – 25 February 2009 – Christchurch – New Zealand won by 7 wickets
2. India vs New Zealand – 27 February 2009 – Wellington – New Zealand won by 5 wickets
3. India vs New Zealand – 6 February 2019 – Wellington – New Zealand won by 80 runs
4. India vs New Zealand – 8 February 2019 – Auckland – India won by 7 wickets
5. India vs New Zealand – 10 February 2019 – Hamilton – New Zealand won by 4 runs
6. India vs New Zealand – 24 January 2020 – Auckland – India won by 6 wickets
7. India vs New Zealand – 26 January 2020 – Auckland – India won by 7 wickets
India tightened such screws
Let us know that in the first match of the current T20 series, India defeated New Zealand by 6 wickets. After this, India won the second T20 match by 7 wickets and took a 2–0 lead in the five-match T20 series against New Zealand. This team of India is in excellent form right now and after the 2019 ODI World Cup, they have played brilliantly in the five T20 series they have played. These include the current series. Meanwhile, he did not win the series against South Africa alone.
A 5–0 win will bring India to number four
The series was reduced to 1-1 while one match was rained on. Despite being in good form in T20 cricket, there was no significant change in India’s position in the ICC ranking. India are currently in fifth position in the T20 rankings and will have to win the current series 5–0 to reach fourth place.