India vs New Zealand 3rd t20 score, highlights: India fail to create history! Rohit Sharma-led Men In Blue came so close to winning first-ever T20 series in New Zealand but failed short by 4 runs. Poor fielding and power-hitting by Kiwis batsmen took away the match as well as series from India. Rohit Sharma played a scratchy knock of 38 and Shikhar Shawan failed to get going. However, Vijay Shankar (43 off 28), Rishabh Pant (28 off 12) and Hardik Pandya (21 off 11) kept the asking rate under control. The blow to India came in form of MS Dhoni’s untimely dismissal. But Dinesh Karthik (33 off 16) and Krunal Pandya (26 off 13) notched up a breathtaking 63-run partnership which took India closer to victory. However, New Zealand bowlers held their nerves to clinch the series.
Earlier, a dominating batting display by New Zealand batsmen and bit of help from Indian fielders saw blackcaps posting 212. Rohit Sharma-led Indian national cricket team now needs 213 to win the third and final T20 International match in picturesque Hamilton. The win will also help Men in Blue clinch first-ever T20 series in New Zealand. Earlier, Rohit Sharma won the toss and opt to bowl first in the series decider. Kiwis opener smashed 72 and well assisted by TL Seifert, skipper Kane Williamson and C de Grandhomme. Bowlers bowled good in patches but sloppy fielding cost the team badly.
Virat Kohli-led ‘Men in Blue’ already won the 5-match ODI series comfortably. The Indian cricket team has been experiencing a golden summer in the southern hemisphere as it had won Test and ODI series in Australia first time ever. The final match at Seddon Park is expected to be a nail-biting one as Mahendra Singh Dhoni will look to finish off the series in New Zealand, which is most likely to be his last one, in his trademark winning style.
Squads news: Virat Kohli was rested after the third ODI keeping in mind the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England. Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma was entrusted with the responsibility to lead the side for the last two ODIs and T20 series. Sharma has an enviable record as Indian cricket team captain and led the team to win the Asia Cup and Nidahas Trophy in 2018. Apart from Sharma, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) skipper India will look up to MS Dhoni to steady the ship and Rishabh Pant to accelerate when needed. The squad for Indian is- Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Krunal Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul, Khaleel Ahmed, Shubman Gill, Vijay Shankar, Hardik Pandya, Mohammad Siraj.