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Kane Williamson and Virat Kohli at the toss (Credits: Twitter)

Since the start of the tour, New Zealand were never a side that ruffled India’s feathers at their backyard, which was there for everyone to see. On the other side of the coin, Virat Kohli and Co. dictated the early tempo in the series and rightly so, they have been the better side so far. Having played four T20Is so far, the visitors came out on top much to the hosts’ annoyance.

The last two nailbiting encounters lived up to the expectations as they were dragged till the super over.

In the end, India had emerged victorious on both occasions. The fifth and final match of the bilateral T20I series between New Zealand and India is scheduled to be played on February 2 at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui at 8:00 pm local time (12:30 pm IST).

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India aim for a clean sweep against jittery New Zealand

After India won the series at Seddon Park in Hamilton, Indian captain Kohli said they are aiming to win 5-0. There on, India won the fourth game at Wellington stadium to take an unassailable 4-0 lead in the five-match T20I series.

Team India has never won all the games of a series in New Zealand and a win on Sunday will create a new record in the shortest format for them.

Meanwhile, New Zealand will give absolutely everything to save themselves from getting whitewashed at the hands of India.

New Zealand vs India 2020: Weather Forecast for the 5th T20I at Mount Maunganui –

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Weather Forecast:

Despite a cloudy day, the sky is expected to clear-up during the passage of play. The forecast suggests that the temperature will hover between 20°C to 24°C at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui.

However, as the game progresses, the temperatures could drop up to 21°C. As per the meteorological department, there are no chances of rain during the match.

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The decrease in temperature and increase in humidity level could result in some dew which could dampen the field including the ball. This means that the wet ball does not come onto the bat that easily, thus causing problems to batsmen apart from the bowlers.

In these playing conditions, the spinners will have quite a tough time in gripping the ball, particularly in the second innings.

However, the fast bowlers could take some advantage of their balls which would be skidding off the pitch.

New Zealand vs India 2020: Hour-wise Weather Forecast for 5th T20I

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