After comfortably defeating New Zealand in the second T20I to double their series lead 2-0, Virat Kohli-led India will have the opportunity to seal the series when the two teams face-off in the third match at Hamilton’s Seddon Park on Wednesday.
If the Men in Blue do win the third T20I, it will be their first-ever T20I series win against the Kiwis.
KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer were the stars for the visitors on Sunday with knocks of 57 and 44 respectively in their seven-wicket victory at Auckland’s Eden Park.
Chasing 133, India got off to a bad start as they lost opener Rohit Sharma (8) in the first over of the innings.
Rahul and Kohli then put on a 31-run stand, but Tim Southee provided the key breakthrough of Kohli (11) in the sixth over, reducing India to 39/2.
Rahul and Iyer then stabilised the innings as they put on a stand of 86 runs, but with just eight runs required, Ish Sodhi dismissed Iyer (44) in the 17th over.
In the end, Rahul and Shivam Dube took the team over the line by seven wickets and with 15 balls to spare.
Both Rahul and Iyer are in top form at the moment, with the former having registered six fifties in the last eight innings he has played.
However, Rohit Sharma's form in Kiwi land has been worrisome after having faltered for single figures. He is not alone in a make-or-break situation as Colin de Grandhomme has also endured a similar run of form with scores of 0 and 3.
India are yet to concede a T20I series since their home loss to Australia in February 2019, and have gone onto win four of the five series since after the conclusion of the ODI World Cup- The only drawn series coming against South Africa (1-1).
According to Accuweather, although showers are expected to threaten during 12 noon, it is likely to be partly cloudy during the first innings with the game set to start at 8 pm local time. However, the good news is that it expected to be mostly clear up after 10 pm local time, which is the scheduled start time for the run-chase, which means a full-fledged contest is likely on the cards.
With inputs from ANI
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