New Zealand Cricket Team had won the toss and opted to field first. The Men in Blue posted a mammoth total of 385-9 where skipper Rohit Sharma & Shubman Gill struck thunderstorm centuries. The Black Caps looked clueless against them as the duo was involved in a gigantic partnership of 212 runs.
The Kiwis did a pretty good job as at one stage it looked like India would go past 400 runs given the factor that India had the services of Suryakumar Yadav. At the back end of the innings, Hardik Pandya smashed a turbulent knock of 54 runs in 38 balls and was looking in sublime touch.
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Hardik Pandya Thrashes Finn Allen’s Stumps
In response to 386 target, Hardik Pandya was given the 1st over of the match. On the 2nd ball, Hardik bowled a back of a length delivery where Finn Allen tried to guide the ball to the third man but Allen got an inside edge and he was bowled. New Zealand would be crestfallen with this start as Finn Allen is someone who could provide a rollicking start.
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Critical Phase for New Zealand
We have witnessed in the Series that New Zealand haven’t been able to make the most of the power-play overs which has hurt them. In a steep chase of 386 runs, they need Devon Conway to stick to the crease and play a long & effective innings for the team.
India has taken a huge risk by playing with 3 spinners and it would be interesting to see how skipper Rohit Sharma uses them. It won’t be wrong to say that the power-play overs would decide the fate of the match. Rohit should give a couple of overs to Umran Malik in the power-play overs as his thunderbolts could provide couple of break-throughs.
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