India vs New Zealand, 3rd T20I: India and New Zealand will battle it out for the third and final time today. The match is scheduled to start at 1900 hrs IST. The iconic Eden Gardens in Kolkata will host the clash. The Men in Blue have taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series and would be looking to mix things up in terms of personnel for this game. Unless complacency creeps in, we expect India to once again dominate the proceedings. The Kiwis are dearly missing the calm and composure of Kane Williamson and are playing for pride today.
The Rain Gods will remain kind and the skies over Kolkata for the third T20 international match will be clear. The atmosphere is going to be moderately polluted with visibility in the range of 4-5 Km. The maximum temperature during the day is expected to be 31 deg C. The sunset is at 4:51 PM.
The temperature will hover around 25-27 degrees. The relative humidity is expected to be 50-60%. Being a coastal area, the sea breeze will make the playing conditions tolerable. Yet those who bat long will have to sweat it out.
New Zealand 153 for 6 (Glen Phillips 34, Daryl Mitchell 31, Harshal Patel 2-25, Ravi Ashwin 1-19) lost to
India 155 for 3 (KL Rahul 65, Rohit Sharma 55, Tim Southee 3-16)
KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma were on song as they made short work of New Zealand’s total of 153. Both openers scored half-centuries, with their calculated risks paying off after they had eased their way into the innings. There were some nervy moments in the end as Tim Southee picked up three wickets in a hurry. Rishabh Pant once again hit the winning runs, smacking Neesham out of the park on consecutive deliveries.
One thing is for sure, Rohit Sharma is better at calling the toss of the coin. He put the Black Caps in to bat for the second game running. The Kiwis got off to a flying start thanks to Martin Guptill. It was the spinners who put the breaks on in the middle overs. Harshal Patel was impressive once again with his tried and tested slower balls as he took two wickets. Failing to accelerate in the end overs once again, the Kiwis’ total was never going to be enough as India won with 16 balls to spare.
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