India rested Virat Kohli for the final T20I against New Zealand on Sunday and stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma opted to bat after winning the toss at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui. Rohit, who was rested in the previous game, returning to India’s Playing XI, remains their only change which means Rishabh Pant continued to warm the bench.
“We’ll bat first. It looks like a good pitch and that’s what we want to challenge our team as well to defend totals,” Rohit said at the toss. The combination we played in the last game was very good and we want to continue with that as well. We want to continue the momentum and it is not every day that we get a chance to make it 5-0. We have to avoid being complacent; by no means are New Zealand, not a good team. Just the one change – I come in for Virat and Sanju will open. I will bat at three.
For the second time in two matches, Tim Southee will lead as he confirmed that Kane Williamson was yet to recover fully from a shoulder niggle.
“It looks like a good surface. Kane was a late change, he still felt a bit of discomfort and hopefully, he’ll be fit for the one-dayers. We want to go back to doing what we do well and the results will take care of themselves. We’re playing the same team,” he said.
India (Playing XI): Lokesh Rahul (wk), Sanju Samson, Rohit Sharma (C), Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah.
New Zealand (Playing XI): Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Tim Seifert (wk), Ross Taylor, Tom Bruce, Daryl Mitchell, Mitchell Santner, Scott Kuggeleijn, Tim Southee (C), Ish Sodhi, Hamish Bennett.