Welcome to Sportstar‘s live coverage of the third T20I between India and New Zealand from Kolkata.
IND 77/2 in 8 overs: Sodhi from the other end. Rohit works a low full-toss on leg to mid on for a single. Pant off the mark with a front foot flicks to mid on for a single. Drags it down drastically and Pant rocks back to smash it straight to cover for a dot. Two singles to end the over.
IND 71/2 in 7 overs: Santner into the attack. OUT! Good length outside off and Ishan looked to slice it past point but edged it to the keeper. Ishan Kishan c Seifert b Santner 29(21b 6×4 0x6). Suryakumar comes in at three. OUT! Flights it on off stump and dips on Suryakumar who steps out and drives it to Guptill at cover.
IND 69/0 in 6 overs: FOUR! Full-toss on off stump and put away languidly past mid off and to the boundary. A single to Rohit at mid off. FOUR! Full outside off and slogged over mid on to the rope. SIX! Good length but too straight and another signature Rohit pull to the fine leg area. That’s 150 sixes for Rohit in T20Is. FOUR! Full-toss and Rohit helps it on its way to the mid wicket boundary. 20 runs off that over.
IND 49/0 in 5 overs: Milne brought back into the attack. Short and Ishan misses trying to cut it outside off. Slower one – the knuckle ball – just outside off and Ishan misses trying to open th face of the bat. FOUR! Good length on off stump and swatted away down the ground past mid-off. FOUR! Poor ball outside leg and Ishan just swivels and helps it to the fine leg boundary. Back of length on leg stump and Ishan jabs it to cover for a single. Rohit flicks a full delivery to square leg for one.
IND 39/0 in 4 overs: Ferguson replaces Milne. Good length on off and angles into Rohit who taps it back. SIX! Slightly fuller and Rohit clears his front leg to heave it over deep extra cover. Definitely not off the middle of the bat but enough wood on it to take it all the way. Full and Rohit flicks it to deep square leg where Phillips dives and displays some football skills to save a boundary and keep it to three runs. A single to third man to end the over.
IND 29/0 in 3 overs: Boult continues. SIX! The copybook Rohit pull over fine leg and into the crowd. Swivelled and used the pace to dispatch it. Decked in short and it flies over the keeper; one bye. FOUR! Too full and straight and Ishan flicks it with ease to deep square leg. Two short ones that Ishan can’t get away to end the over.
IND 18/0 in 2 overs: Milne bowls from the other end. FOUR! Ishan gets off the mark with a boundary. Width outside off and Ishan slashes it to the third man area. Good yorker next ball and Ishan pats it to mid off. Low full-toss outside off and chopped it cover on the bounce. Back of length this time on leg and Ishan hops to defend it. Half volley outside off but Ishan doesn’t connect well and slices it over cover for a couple. FOUR! Back of length outside off and Ishan guides it to the boundary at third.
IND 8/0 in 1 over: Boult to Rohit. LBW appeal first ball but turned down. Swing and bounce for Boult straightaway. NZ doesn’t review as it looked a bit too high. Replay shows it was pitching in line but missing top of leg stump by quite a bit. A slight delay here as Boult has asked for some sawdust. FOUR! This one shapes away with the angle and Rohit gets the edge to the third man boundary. FOUR! Too full this time and Rohit slashes it over point and to the boundary. Three dots to end the over. Boult revs in two in-swinging yorkers that Rohit defends before bowling a good length delivery just shaping away from off stump and Rohit leaves.
Umpires walk onto the field. Sourav Ganguly rings the bell to mark the commencement of the match. Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan made their way to the middle to open the batting and the Eden crowd is its usual energetic self.
Live action from the Eden Gardens at 7:00 PM IST. Stay tuned!
UPDATE: Ishan Kishan and Yuzvendra Chahal come into the XI in place of KL Rahul and R Ashwin. Lockie Ferguson replaces New Zealand skipper Tim Southee in the Playing XI and Mitchell Santner will lead the Kiwis today.
India Playing XI: Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Venkatesh Iyer, Axar Patel, Deepak Chahar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal
New Zealand Playing XI: Martin Guptill, Daryl Mitchell, Mark Chapman, Glenn Phillips, Tim Seifert (wk), Jamesh Neesham, Mitchell Santner (c), Adam Milne, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson
India wins the toss and elects to bat.
UPDATE: The dew has set in at the Eden Gardens and both captains will be looking to chase again.
Toss and Playing XI coming up at 6:30 PM IST. Stay tuned!
The City of Joy is all set to host its first T20I since November 2018
T20Is at Eden Gardens, Kolkata (2011-18):
Matches Played: 8
Batting first won: 2
Batting second won: 5
No result: 1
Average first innings score: 143
The spectator limit for the third T20I between India and New Zealand at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Sunday is 70 per cent. Though Rohit Sharma and Co. sealed the series 2-0 in Ranchi, there is still a lot of hunger among the fans to watch a live game at the historic ground after two years – the last being the pink-ball Test involving Bangladesh.
COVID-19 had snatched the ODI against South Africa in March 2020.
There are no long queues, but people who missed the digital rush to purchase a ticket for the game have been loitering around the B.C. Roy Club House premises expecting to find sellers. It explains the excitement to watch the action unfold under the lights on a winter evening.
India could not shine at the T20 World Cup 2021, but there is a chance to make amends in Australia in 2022. And with 19 games remaining before the next ICC showpiece, head coach Rahul Dravid would not mind testing the youngsters in different situations.
It will be interesting to see if India pushes left-hander Venkatesh Iyer up the order as K.L. Rahul deserves a bit of rest after a stellar run throughout the year. Ishan Kishan could be the other option. The youngster played a few good knocks for Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League but could not make the T20 World Cup opportunity count against the Black Caps.
There could be opportunities for batter Ruturaj Gaikwad, pacer Avesh Khan and leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal.
Off-spinner R. Ashwin is a tactician with a bag of tricks. It is no surprise that he has the best economy among all the Indian bowlers in the first two games — 5.75 in Jaipur and 4.75 in Ranchi — along with two wickets. His presence and inputs will be important.
Newcomer Harshal Patel, who won the Player of the Match award in his debut in Ranchi for picking up the wickets of Daryll Mitchell and Glenn Phillips, is expected to continue.
New Zealand doesn’t have much to do in the absence of regular skipper Kane Williamson. Tim Southee did a fair job to pull things back with his exceptional bowling in the second game — 3/16 in four overs — but did not find enough support from the other bowlers.
The Black Caps will be keen to avoid a whitewash. They need to polish their power-hitting skills at the death overs. After healthy starts by Martin Guptill and Mitchell, the energy has been fizzling out towards the end.
The toss will be a factor as Eden is known for its dew at the onset of winter. The side batting first will have to score in bulk to ensure victory as the conditions may not help the bowlers in the second innings.
Eden is Rohit’s happy hunting ground, and coincidentally, he was the captain in the last T20I at this venue in 2018 against the West Indies.
The Indian team landed in Kolkata late afternoon. There was no training but Dravid and batting coach Vikram Rathour dropped by to inspect the ground.
T20I stat check at Eden
Highest total: 201/5 by Pakistan against Bangladesh
Best batting performance: 85 not out by Marlon Samuels (West Indies) against England
Best bowling performance: 5/22 by Mustafizur Rahman (Bangladesh) against New Zealand
India: Rohit Sharma (captain), KL Rahul (vc), Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Shreyas Iyer, Venkatesh Iyer, Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Deepak Chahar, Avesh Khan, Mohd Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ishan Kishan.
New Zealand: Tim Southee (captain), Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Mark Chapman, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Adam Milne, Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert and Ish Sodhi.
Match starts 7 pm
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