The series is leveled 1-1 currently © AFP
The series is leveled 1-1 currently © AFP

Good evening! Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of India vs New Zealand 2017-18. This is the third and final T20I of the ongoing series and I, Kaustubh Mayekar, will bring to you all the live scores and updates from the match. The series is squared 1-1 currently with India winning the first T20I and New Zealand winning the one that followed and the deciding T20I will be the perfect end to this exciting series.

The first T20I was a historic one for India, as the hosts posted their first ever victory against New Zealand in the format. However, the visitors made a strong comeback, registering a comfortable 40-run win in the second T20I. Records were broken as Colin Munro scored his second century in the format and efforts from Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni could not save India from the defeat. The Indian batting line-up failed miserably with only Kohli, Dhoni and Shreyas Iyer scoring runs in double figures.

Earlier, India had won the ODI series 2-1. That, too, was a close series as both sides played competitive and commendable cricket to take it to the last match. The match is important from New Zealand’s perspective as upon winning, they will again become the top-ranked side in the format. India’s position will remain unchanged. However, there are chances of rain interrupting the match as per the weather forecast.

Live Updates

  • 11:02 PM IST

    1, 0, 4, WD, 1, 2 1

    Hardik Pandya wins it for India. He hurt his thumb but bowled through pain to take India home. They win series 2-1.
  • 10:54 PM IST

    OUT! That could have gone anywhere. But Nicholls finds Shreyas at deep fine-leg. Bumrah does it again.

    FOUR! Full toss. On the pads. Bruce flicks. New Zealand need more of these.

    A wide and a run. Gavaskar reminds the viewers that these are 2 runs. Here: Do commentators force you to press the mute button these days?

    OUT! Run out! Bruce departs. New Zealand are losing the plot.

    NZ need 19 off 6.

  • 10:45 PM IST
    CHAHAL WINS, again

    If Chahal bowls outside off, New Zealand will lose the race.


    Only 3 off it.

    NZ need 29 off 12.
  • 10:41 PM IST

    OUT! Williamson gives up. He would have reached had he dived. Pandya gets it spot on. New Zealand in deep, deep trouble.

    OUT! Phillips goes for the heave, finds Dhawan at deep mid-wicket.

    SIX to end the over. De Grandhomme connects, and you know what happens then.

    NZ 36/4, 5 overs
  • 10:35 PM IST
    Bhuvi knuckles down New Zealand

    Off-cutter, knuckle ball, yorker. How are New Zealand going to score runs?

    FOUR! Phillips finds a way. Targets the vacant deep square-leg.

    FOUR! Third-man is up. Phillips gets a thick edge.

    NZ 26/2, 4 overs
  • 10:31 PM IST
    CHESS PLAYER at work

    Slip, short third-man, backward-point, deep extra-cover.

    Chahal bowls all deliveries outside the off-stump.

    5 runs off the over. Required run rate shoots up to 10.4.

    NZ 16/2, 3 overs
  • 10:26 PM IST

    DOT! Pace. Bumrah angles away from Munro. Extra bounce.

    DOT! Into Munro’s ribs. Bumrah is fired up. 141 kmph.

    OUT! How could he? Rohit, you beauty. He runs behind and takes a blinder. Kohli cannot believe it. New Zealand lose both openers.


    A wicket and 3 runs off it.

    NZ 11/2, 2 overs
  • 10:21 PM IST

    Bhuvi to Guptill. No slip in place. He starts with an out-swinger. Guptill defends it to fine-leg.

    SIX! Yohooooooooo! How big is that? Munro clobbers length ball.

    DOT! Yorker! That’s what you need.

    ONE! Knuckle ball. That almost outfoxed Munro.

    DOT! Another knuckle ball. Guptill does not spot it.

    OUT! Bhuvi has the last laugh. Off-stump goes for a walk.

    NZ 8/1, 1 over

  • 10:14 PM IST
  • 10:08 PM IST

    SIX! In the slot. Into the stands. Pandya gets what he wants.

    OUT! What on earth was that? Santner takes a catch in the air, realises he is close to the boundary, and passes the ball to Colin.

    Boult continues taking pace off the ball. Runs coming in a trickle. Excellent bowling display by New Zealand.

    New Zealand need 68 off 8 overs to win the T20I series.
  • 9:58 PM IST

    SIX! Too easy. Under Pandey’s nose, and he heaves it over long-on.

    OUT! Is this a tough batting pitch? Iyer comes down the track only to mistime one to long-off.

    A wicket and 10 runs off the over.

    INDIA 50/4, 6 overs
  • 9:53 PM IST

    FOUR! Southee hurls another off-cutter. Pandey makes room and slaps it past cover.

    0, 1, 0, 2, 2

    9 runs off the over. India still in a spot of bother.

    INDIA 40/3, 5 overs
  • 9:49 PM IST

    Four! Kohli welcomes Sodhi with a pull to deeo mid-wicket.

    SIX! Kohli is in a different league. He plays through the line and aims the sight screen.

    OUT! Oh, no! Kohli could not get enough elevation. Finds Boult at deep mid-wicket.

    13 runs and the all-important wicket off it.

    IND 31/3, 4 overs
  • 9:43 PM IST

    OUT! Southee takes the pace off the ball. Dhawan top-edges. Santner does not drop it this time.

    OUT! Southee on a hat-trick. Another off-cutter. Rohit pulls and finds Santner at deep mid-wicket. He takes a blinder running forward.

    2 wickets and 4 runs off the over.

    INDIA 18/2, 3 overs
  • 9:38 PM IST

    What was that? How did that turn so square? Rohit looks baffled.

    FOUR! Rohit picks his spot. He pulls over the bowler’s head. Smart batting, this.

    Another excellent over. Only 7 off it.

    INDIA 14/0, 2 overs
  • 9:33 PM IST

    Rohit and Dhawan open the innings.

    Boult runs in, and beats Dhawan’s outside edge. That was a banana out-swinger.

    And now there is a leading edge… and it falls safe. That was an ugly heave by Dhawan.

    FOUR: Dhawan shimmies down, and scythes over point.

    India 7/0, 1 over
  • 9:23 PM IST
    Captain’s corner

    Williamson: “We will bowl first. Not sure about the surface, it’s an 8-over game, but at the end of the day, the better team will win. It’s a decider, we have to show plenty of intensity with the ball. One change, Tim Southee replaces Adam Milne.”

    Kohli: “We would have bowled first, looks like a damp wicket, there was no sun and there’s some moisture on the surface. We will have to put up a big score and then restrict them. The crowd has waited patiently and deserve to see a game. Two changes, Axar and Siraj miss out, Manish Pandey and Kuldeep are in.”

  • 9:21 PM IST
    Playing XI

    India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Manish Pandey, Shreyas Iyer, Virat Kohli (c), Hardik Pandya, MS Dhoni (wk), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal

    New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (c), Tom Bruce, Glenn Phillips (wk), Henry Nicholls, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult
  • 9:15 PM IST

    TOSS: New Zealand win toss, elect to bowl

  • 9:06 PM IST

    Toss at 9:15, start at 9.30.

    Teams will play 8 overs each.

  • 8:52 PM IST

    Players are warming up. Inspection at 9pm.

  • 8:14 PM IST
  • 7:48 PM IST

    It is drizzling. The cut-off time for a 5-over match is 10:15pm. Let us hope it is not a washout like the one we saw at Hyderabad, between India and Australia.

  • 7:12 PM IST
    Players to watch out for

    Boult took a four-for and yet lost the Player of the Match award to the centurion Latham at Mumbai. He again took 4 wickets at Rajkot, but the Munro, with his hundred, wicket (and catch), took the cake (although pies are easier to carry). For that matter, these are the only matches that New Zealand emerged victorious in. India need to be wary of the lightening Boult.

    If Bhuvi has a bad day, Bumrah makes up for him. If Bumrah does not take a wicket, Bhuvi finds a way to provide breakthroughs. India cannot ask for a better pace pair. New Zealand, however, have been shrewd with their approach. They do not give away wickets to Bhuvi and Bumrah so they can keep wickets in hand to attack the others.

  • 6:48 PM IST

    And covers are back. New Zealand have not turned up yet, while India are in the dug-out.

  • 6:37 PM IST

    New Zealand dropped Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, and Virat Kohli at Mumbai. They conceded 154 runs for their blunders. They lost the match, also losing the No. 1 spot to Pakistan.

    India emulated their opposition’s mistakes at Rajkot. Bhuvneshwar Kumar spilled Colin Munro’s pull at deep mid-wicket. To be fair, Bhuvi did well to restrict the ball from going for six. Munro took a run and reached 36. Shreyas Iyer then dropped a regulation (by modern-day fielding standards) catch at long-on. Munro went on to become the first player to hit a hundred against India in their own den, helping New Zealand square the series.

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  • 6:36 PM IST

    Bad news. The toss has been delayed due to rain.