Hardik Pandya-led Team India will hope to win the three-game series by extending their winning run against New Zealand on Tuesday. Suryakumar Yadav hit a match-winning century to help Rohit Sharma-less Team India beat New Zealand in the 2nd T20I of the ongoing bilateral series at Mount Maunganui’s Bay Oval on Sunday. Suryakumar went unbeaten with 111 off 51 balls as India posted 191-6 in 20 overs.
Chasing the visitors’ huge goal, Williamson-led New Zealand were bowled out for a paltry score of 126 in 18.5 overs. Deepak Hooda took four wickets in 2.5 overs while leading up to batsman Suryakumar, who was named Player of the Match in the 2nd T20I. New Zealand’s all-size captain Williamson played a brawl of 61 off 52 balls in the penultimate clash of the series.
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Earlier, India’s series opener against New Zealand was halted due to rain. Speaking of the upcoming game between India and New Zealand at the McLean Park, rain gods are expected to be merciful as there is a 0% chance of thunderstorms during the day in Napier. However, Napier may receive 3 hours of rain and cloud cover is expected to be 96% on race day. According to Battery weatherthe weather is likely to remain cloudy and showers are expected late into the night on Tuesday.
After suffering a heavy defeat at the hands of Pandya-led Team India, hosts New Zealand hope to bounce back in the 3rd T20I on Tuesday. The Black Caps will miss the services of skipper Williamson, who was excluded from the 3rd T20I on the eve of the series decider.
Williamson will miss the series decider between India and New Zealand to attend a pre-arranged medical appointment. Williamson has been replaced by Mark Chapman for the third and final T20I of the bilateral series. The New Zealand captain of all formats is expected to rejoin the Kiwis’ camp for the One Day International (ODI) series against India on Wednesday.
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