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3rd T20I: Confident India face gutsy Kiwis in series decider

12:12  India elect to bowl vs NZ; Kuldeep replaces Chahal:  

India captain Rohit Sharma has won the toss and elected to bowl in the series-deciding third T20 International in Hamilton.

The visitors have made one change with left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav replacing leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal.

Meanwhile, New Zealand have also made change with Blair Tickner making his debut as he replaces fellow pacer Lockie Ferguson.

The three-match series is level at 1-1 after India were outclassed by 80 runs in the opening T20 International before they bounced back to win the second match by seven wickets.

11:27  Confident India face gutsy Kiwis in series decider:  Welcome to the coverage of the third and final T20 International between New Zealand and India in Hamilton on Sunday.

Rohit Sharma’s men will be aiming to become the first team to win a T20 International series in New Zealand when the two sides clash in the final match.

The past three months have made for a memorable phase for the Indian cricket team, who won their first Test and bilateral ODI series in Australia followed by the biggest one-day series win in New Zealand.

A first T20 series victory in New Zealand will be the icing on the cake for the Men in Blue, who have far exceeded expectations during their three-month sojourn in this part of the world.

India will do well to remember the nightmare they had endured during the fourth ODI at this venue where they were shot out for 92 in the wake of some quality swing bowling from Trent Boult.

India played the same XI in the first two games and in all likelihood, will maintain continuity unless there are some niggles.

In case the team management gives change a thought, it could be a like for like replacement with Kuldeep Yadav coming in place of Yuzvendra Chahal as the wrist spinner.

Rohit, who hit a quicktire 29-ball 50 in the previous match, will look to continue his good form with the bat.

With Shikhar Dhawan for company, a good opening will solve half the problems for the visitors as it has been the case during the last four years.

The middle-order has also shown solidity with the experience of Mahendra Singh Dhoni and the exuberance of Rishabh Pant combining well as was evident in Auckland.

Source: Rediff