India vs New Zealand, 2021: 3rd T20I, Kolkata – Toss Report
India vs New Zealand, 2021: 3rd T20I, Kolkata – Toss Report

The third and final T20I between India and New Zealand will be played at the beautiful Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Sunday. The series has been secured by India following a comfortable 7-wicket victory in the second T20I in Ranchi.

The toss once again played a factor as Rohit Sharma opted to chase at the dew-filled JSCA in Ranchi. Following a brisk start from the Kiwis, the spin duo of Axar Patel and Ravichandran Ashwin pulled things back to ensure India won’t be chasing much.

Harshal Patel
Harshal Patel with Rohit Sharma and Venkatesh Iyer. (Credits BCCI)

Harshal Patel did what he does best – pick wickets at regular intervals and maintain a healthy economy throughout. He won the Man of the Match award on his but with figures of 2/25. New Zealand’s target of 154 was then easily chased courtesy of a 117-run opening partnership between KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma.

For the Black Caps, the batting powerplay was explosive but their inexperience showed as none of the batsmen failed to stick around to make a significant contribution. The top five chipped in with cameos but if they are to get a consolation victory in Kolkata, somebody needs to put their hand up and play till the end.

Venkatesh Iyer, India, New Zealand

As for the bowling, it was once again toothless as they failed to trouble the Indian openers, who ran away with the game. The fatigue from the T20 World Cup is evident for everyone to see but they don’t have many options since they came to the subcontinent with a small squad.

In the context of the series, the result will not matter but both teams will continue building on their quest to win the 2022 T20 World Cup.

India vs New Zealand, 2021: 3rd T20I, Kolkata – Toss Report

India win the toss and elect to bat first in the 3rd T20I against New Zealand. India have made two changes in the lineup, while New Zealand have made one change to their lineup.

India vs New Zealand, 2021: 3rd T20I, Kolkata – Playing XI Details

India Playing XI:

Rohit Sharma (C), Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (Wk), Venkatesh Iyer, Axar Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Harshal Patel, Deepak Chahar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar

New Zealand Playing XI:

Martin Guptill, Daryl Mitchell, Mark Chapman, Glenn Phillips, Tim Seifert (Wk), Mitchell Santner (C), Lockie Ferguson , Trent Boult, Adam Milne, Ish Sodhi, Jimmy Neesham

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