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Rohit made a fifty for India.
Global Spot League @GlobalLeagues Rahul Dravid: The series win was good, but you got to be realistic about the result and keep the feet on the ground. It wouldn't have been easy for NZ to come here couple of days after the World Cup and play 3 matches in a week. 05:13 PM • Nov 11, 2021
Rajasthan Royals @rajasthanroyals Three in a Ro! 🇮🇳 05:00 PM • Nov 11, 2021
Outstanding performance from India!! This is exactly what their fans would have wanted after that disappointing World Cup campaign. And the new regime has delivered in style. Despite constantly making changes to their lineup, India have been impressive in all three games and this final one was definitely the best of the lot. Rohit Sharma set it up with the bat, the lower order provided a strong finish and then Axar did some damage in the second half to add to New Zealand's misery. They never recovered from it and folded for just 111. They will have to pick themselves up from this and play a Test match after a three-day break.
Another run out
Ishan Kishan is in the thick of things once again as he effects his second run out of the night. This time, it's a direct hit almost from midwicket, that was a sensational throw. Santner's decision to go for the second run backfires. 3-0 result is inevitable now.
New Zealand stutter
Another one goes down as New Zealand edge closer to a defeat. Harshal Patel gets into the act now and that's wicket number 6. Neesham tries to smash Harshal but mistimes it completely to get a top edge. Pant calls for the catch and takes it quite well despite the amount of time the ball spent in the air.
A needless run out
Seifert is absolutely livid. Not sure if he is angry with himself or with Neesham for not entertaining a second run. In all honesty, Neesham was right. There was no second run as Seifert just casually tried to steal and perishes by falling short of the crease. Santner enters the fray now. Can he weave some magic with the bat as well tonight?
Chahal needed that to boost his own confidence. Guptill has been doing this pretty often as he once again tries to take on the bowler without even watching the ball after connecting. He only manages a top edge which almost goes all the way but SKY at the boundary stations himself perfectly to take the catch. New Zealand have suffered a killer blow here.
50 for Guptill
What an innings!! One man at one end has done all the scoring for New Zealand with wickets falling at the other. New Zealand have made only 68 at the halfway mark but Guptill has managed a half-century in that. He needs to carry on to keep NZ in the hunt. They need some big overs.
Rohit Sankar @imRohit_SN First three wickets from either side falling to left-arm orthodox spin. Wonder if it has happened before 🤔 #INDvNZ 04:00 PM • Nov 11, 2021
Third for Axar!
He's ripped through that top order. Glenn Phillips tries the reverse sweep, but misses a skidder and sees his leg stump knocked over. The dew, if any, hasn't taken effect so far and Axar's spinning a loop with his variations.
Two in the over for Axar!
The new man Mark Chapman is also done in by the turn. He dances down the track but the turn beats him on the inside edge. Pant finishes a sharp stumping chance, and NZ in a spot of bother now thanks to Axar.
Axar strikes first ball
Daryl Mitchell tries to put the pressure on Axar straightaway but is done in by some grip and turn, and he ends up chipping it inside the circle on the offside. NZ 21/1 in the third.
Guptill tees off…and is dropped
Deepak Chahar is lofted twice down the ground by Guptill, but he miscues the third attempt. The skier is put down by Chahar pedalling back, much to the anger of Rohit Sharma.
India finish with 184
Wow, that's still a powerful finish from India despite the flurry of wickets in the second half of their innings. They do have a lengthy batting order and that came to the fore with the lower order making vital contributions. This is a good surface and with dew expected to make an impact, you can expect NZ to put up a good fight in the chase.
Another blow for India
Both the set batsmen are now back in the hut. Once again, it's the knuckle ball that does the damage as Shreyas Iyer mistimes one to long on. Adam Milne is the beneficiary this time. Well bowled, New Zealand. They have really staged a strong comeback. Harshal and Axar no mugs with the bat but NZ will sense a real chance to keep India under 170 here.
Venky Iyer falls. Trent Boult deceives him with the knuckle ball as Venkatesh mistimes a shot only to get caught by the running fielder. He falls for 20. New Zealand now have a real chance of restricting India to a par total.
Can Venky finish games?
This is a great audition for Venkatesh Iyer to be a considered a finisher for India going ahead if Hardik Pandya continues to not bowl. He has already made a very good start now against the spinners. It will be interesting to see what he can do at the death against pace.
Lucky catch or a stunner?
You got to see it to make up your mind but the end result matters more than anything. Rohit came down the track to Ish Sodhi and hit one straight back at the bowler who just struck his hand out and managed to pluck it one-handed. Rohit's wicket is huge for the visiting side at this juncture.
Umang Pabari @UPStatsman Rohit Sharma has now scored most 50-plus scores in T20Is, going past Kohli who played 29 such knocks. #INDvNZ 02:27 PM • Nov 11, 2021
50 for Ro
Both the skippers are standing tall tonight for their respective sides. Rohit has now reached his half-century and with India struggling a touch, he would ideally want to bat deep. His love story with Eden Gardens continues.
It's 3 for Mitch!!
The man with the golden arm tonight has put NZ on top now. Mitch Santner strikes again as Pant decides to take on him and perish eventually. He only manages to get a top edge while attempting the slog sweep and now India have sent in Shreyas Iyer. One can expect these two to not take any risks now. India's start has been negated to an extent. After scoring 69 in the first six, they have added only 21 in the next four.
New Zealand fight back
Wow, Santner is pulling things back for New Zealand. He has removed Suryakumar Yadav as well now after already getting rid of Ishan in the same over earlier. SKY mistimes one straight to extra cover where Guptill completes the catch. Can New Zealand capitalise on this?
Jinxed!! Ishan doesn't get going further post the powerplay and has nicked behind. Mitchell Santner strikes straightaway after bringing himself on. Top stuff from the skipper!! SKY joins Rohit out in the middle.
What a powerplay for India!!
Rohit Sharma brings up his 150th six in T20Is and India are absolutely on fire here tonight. Rohit and Ishan are going after everything. 69 runs have been scored in the opening six overs and Ishan will now definitely look to launch literally every ball since India have all ten wickets intact. Not good signs this for the visitors.
Great effort on the field
Global Spot League @GlobalLeagues Glenn Phillips will be the player we would want on the field when our lives are on the line. 01:50 PM • Nov 11, 2021
India off to a flier
Boundaries galore at the Eden Gardens in the powerplay. There was swing on offer in the opening over but Rohit and Ishan have been dealing in boundaries anyway. India race to 29 after just three overs. Vital three overs coming up for the visitors in the powerplay.
Toss – India opt to bat
No surprises there from India. They were criticised a touch for not challenging themselves by batting first but Rohit has finally made the right call now that he has won the toss again. India needs this challenge of setting totals. It let them down against Pakistan and New Zealand in the T20 WC and it's something they will look to rectify going ahead.
They have also rested KL Rahul and R Ashwin – two players who will be playing the opening Test in another four days time. Ishan Kishan gets a game finally after warming the benches and Yuzvendra Chahal returns to the XI as well. So, Avesh Khan will have to wait for his chance.
Tim Southee is resting himself ahead of the first Test as well and Mitch Santner is leading New Zealand in his absence. Lockie Ferguson is back in the XI.
New Zealand (Playing XI): Martin Guptill, Daryl Mitchell, Mark Chapman, Glenn Phillips, Tim Seifert(w), James Neesham, Mitchell Santner(c), Adam Milne, Lockie Ferguson, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult
India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma(c), Ishan Kishan(w), Venkatesh Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Harshal Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal
The result of the series shouldn't surprise many despite the fact that New Zealand went all the way to the final of the T20 WC. By this time last week, this lot were ready to take on Australia in one of the biggest games of their lives. Not only did they end up losing it, New Zealand also had to pick themselves up to travel to another country and take the field again in less than 72 hours. No wonder there is so much scrutiny over the schedule these days.
India are also pretty much in the same boat. An early exit from the World Cup gave them a few days off but they have been playing non stop since the World Test Championship final. Even though some big names have been rested, the squad is strong enough and under the new regime, they have triumphed over New Zealand quite convincingly. Rahul Dravid and Rohit Sharma have handed opportunities to a few newbies and with the series now under the bag, expect them to ring in the changes once again tonight in the dead rubber.
Will they rest KL Rahul who has to pad up again for the New Zealand Tests? That might give a window for them to test Ruturaj Gaikwad. Avesh Khan is another name who might get a look in tonight. No matter what XI they go with, India are firm favourites to wrap this up 3-0. Welcome to the live blog for this final T20I. Hopefully, this game can give us something that the first two have failed to provide. A thriller.