In­dia eye an­other slice of his­tory

LOT TO PLAY FOR At 1-1, Ro­hit Sharma’s team will look to seal the fi­nal match for maiden T20 se­ries win in New Zealand

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - - HTSPORTSMAX - Press Trust of In­dia sports­[email protected]­dus­tan­times.com

HAMIL­TON: elevens will in­di­cate that Cha­hal has been their pre­ferred short­est for­mat bowler on most oc­ca­sions.

The bowlers will look to repli­cate the good show from the last match where they found their rhythm after a past­ing in the opener from Tim Seifert.

Krunal Pandya once again punched above his weight with some gritty per­for­mances in the two games.

Not con­sid­ered the most tal­ented player in the set-up, Krunal makes up his with hard work and dis­ci­pline. His ac­cu­racy is one of the big­gest pos­i­tives go­ing into Sun­day’s match along with the in­tel­li­gence of se­nior seamer Bhu­vnesh­war Ku­mar.

Khaleel also stuck to his brief in the last game where skip­per Ro­hit Sharma had in­structed him to bowl back of the length to avoid be­ing hit for bound­aries. There will be a sim­i­lar plan in place on Sun­day also.

AMONG RUNS

Ro­hit, the stand-in cap­tain, is now the world’s top run-get­ter in T20 In­ter­na­tion­als. He will like to bet­ter the 29-ball-50 of the pre­vi­ous match, which can spell doom for the Black Caps.

With Shikhar Dhawan for com­pany, a good open­ing stand will be half the bat­tle won 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 MS Dhoni and the ex­u­ber­ance of Rishabh Pant com­bin­ing well, as was ev­i­dent in Auckland.

For New Zealand, a bet­ter bat­ting ef­fort in the mid­dle overs is what they would be look­ing for.

Skip­per Kane Wil­liamson has en­dured a quiet lim­ited-overs se­ries by his stan­dards and se­nior bats­man Ross Tay­lor has also blown hot and cold dur­ing the last three weeks.

Among the New Zealand bowlers, Tim Southee was im­pres­sive in the first game but pretty or­di­nary in the sec­ond along with Scott Kuggeleijn, who also went for runs.

AFP

A big fac­tor in In­dia’s win in sec­ond T20 at Auckland was the im­pres­sive show by bowlers, es­pe­cially Krunal Pandya (sec­ond from right) and Khaleel Ahmed (ex­treme right).

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