The Indian team continued their winning streak at Eden Park in Auckland by defeating New Zealand in the second T20 match. In this match, India beat New Zealand by 7 wickets and went 2–0 in the series. Significantly, New Zealand won the toss and scored 132 runs for 5 wickets in 20 overs.
New Zealand's target was achieved by India at the loss of 3 wickets in 17.3 overs. KL Rahul scored 57 (not out) and Shreyas Iyer scored 44 for India. KL Rahul was awarded the Man of the Match.
Now the third match of the 5-match T20 series will be played at Seddon Park, Hamilton on January 29 from 12:30 pm. There are 2 major changes in the Indian team for this match.
Fast bowler Shardul Thakur proved to be the most expensive in the first T20 match in Auckland. He had taken 44 runs at the rate of around 15 runs per over. While in the second match too, he was the same and gave 21 runs in 2 overs. On the other hand, Mohammed Shami also appeared very ordinary in both the matches. Mohammed Shami conceded 75 runs in 8 overs in 2 innings without a wicket.
In such a situation, in the third T20 match to be held in Hamilton, Navdeep Saini can be replaced in place of Shardul Thakur and Kuldeep Yadav in place of Mohammed Shami. In this situation Jaspreet Bumrah, Navdeep Saini and Shivam Dubey can appear in the role of fast bowler.
India's likely XI for third T20
Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul (wicketkeeper), Virat Kohli (captain), Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Shivam Dubey, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Jaspreet Bumrah