New Zealand’s gun all-rounder Mitchell Santner has been declared fit for the final and the third T20I against India. Santner has cleared the fitness test before the decider of the series and he is given a green chit to be in New Zealand’s playing XI. Furthermore, Martin Guptill has also been declared fit for the first ODI against Bangladesh, which will take place on February 13.
Meanwhile, the Kiwis opener was ruled out of the T20I series against India due to a back injury. On the other hand, the T20I series between New Zealand and India is currently tied at 1-1. The decider of the series will take place today at Hamilton.
Santner will like to be at the top of his game.
The hosts had taken a lead in the three-match series as they won the first T20I by a gargantuan margin of 80 runs. However, the tourists were able to make a solid comeback as they won the second T20I by seven wickets. Meanwhile, India had clinched the T20I series by 4-1 as they dominated throughout the series.
Consequently, the visitors will aim to continue with the impetus after their win of the previous match. Meanwhile, Krunal Pandya and Rohit Sharma were the heroes for India in the last match.
Pandya scalped three wickets which helped his team in restricting the hosts to 158 runs. Subsequently, Rohit Sharma oozed his pyrotechnics to score a fine fifty. Rohit also became the leading run-getter in the T20I version whereas Krunal Pandya was awarded the Man of the match.
The Twitter handle of the New Zealand cricket took to their account to confirm the news. The post read as, “UPDATE | Mitchell Santner has passed his fitness test today so will be available for selection in tonight’s final T20I against India. In Auckland, Martin Guptill has also been declared fit ahead of the 1st ODI against Bangladesh on Wednesday. #NZvIND #NZvBAN”
Here is the BLACKCAPS post:
UPDATE | Mitchell Santner has passed his fitness test today so will be available for selection in tonight's final T20I against India. In Auckland, Martin Guptill has also been declared fit ahead of the 1st ODI against Bangladesh on Wednesday. #NZvIND #NZvBAN pic.twitter.com/WUGJJmq1i2
— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) February 10, 2019