India vs New Zealand, 3rd ODI: Live scores: Virat Kohli will be aiming to seal the five-match series when his team square off against a confused New Zealand in the third ODI on Monday.
The Indian captain has been given a break as part of BCCI’s workload management programme and he would ensure that he finishes his assignment Down Under on a high after the maiden Test and ODI victories in Australia.
An unassailable 3-0 lead would be fitting revenge to India’s abject 0-4 humiliation during the 2014 limited overs series.
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3rd ODI: New Zealand opt to bat
New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson wins toss, opts to bat in their must-win fixture. Meanwhile, Hardik Pandya returns to the Indian squad and MS Dhoni has been rested due to a hamstring issue.
India vs New Zealand: Playing XI
IND XI: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik(wK), Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal
NZ XI: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham(wK), Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Doug Bracewell, Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult
OUT, Munro goes for 7
In the second over. bowled by Shami, Munro edges one to the keeper, but it was a tough opportunity, DK dives to his left but cannot get his hand on the ball, ONE. ONE. Shami bowls another full delivery, well wide off and a tempted Munro goes after that but ends up nicking an easy catch to Rohit Sharma at first slip.
This is terrible batting from the opener. It’s a must-win match for the Kiwis and their opener throws away his wicket. Yet another situation where Kane Williamson walks in with tremendous pressure on him to deliver with the bat. New Zealand 11 for 1, Overs – 4
OUT! India send both NZ openers back to the dugout
After three slow overs. Bhuvi pulls off a stunner to dismiss Martin Guptill on the very first ball of the seventh over.
It’s a sucker delivery from Bhuvi, luring Guptill into the drive and the Kiwi batter obliges it and ends up edging an easy catch to Dinesh Karthik behind the wickets. Both the openers have gone back now inside seven overs and this is not the start the hosts wanted in a must-win game. New Zealand 27/2, Overs 7
Kiwis brings up 50 runs
After losing the openers in quick succession, New Zealand’s senior batsmen Taylor and Kane are slowly settling in. The hosts have managed 42 runs in the Powerplay and it is not the first occasion this year when the Indian attack has done a wonderful job in the first PP
New Zealand are 72 for 3, Overs – 20.2