India vs New Zealand 3rd ODI: Making a comeback in the coveted blue jersey, all-rounder Hardik Pandya takes a blinder to dismiss opposition captain Kane Williamson during the third ODI between India and New Zealand. Williamson was slowly building a partnership with experienced batsman Ross Taylor to take the Kiwis out of initital trouble. But, it seems like Pandya had other plans to leave an instant impact on his return to Team India. (Live Cricket Blog – IND vs NZ 3rd ODI)Also Read - Virat Kohli Was to be Issued Show Cause Notice by Sourav Ganguly; Ravi Shastri Saw It Coming But he Didn't: BCCI Source
During the 17th over of Kiwi innings, Williamson looked to break the shackles and attempted a hoick on the leg side off Yuzvendra Chahal’s bowling. The bowler never gave anything to the batsman to work with. Williamson came down the track, didn’t get close to the ball and as such couldn’t keep his flick down – in the air and to the left of mid-wicket where Hardik brought up a stunning two-handed catch, diving across. Also Read - No Virat Kohli in ICC Men's Test Team of the Year As Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant and Ravichandran Ashwin Make the Cut
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That’s was a real blinder and Pandya showed why Team India was so quick to get him back into the playing XI.
Earlier, New Zealand won the toss and asked India to bowl first in the third ODI of their ongoing five-match series here at the Bay Oval Cricket Ground on Monday. Following the toss, Indian skipper Virat Kohli informed that wicket-keeper batsman MS Dhoni is ruled out of the match due to a hamstring injury. Dinesh Karthik has been included in the team as Dhoni’s replacement.
Kohli further confirmed that all-rounder Pandya is back in the team. As far as the New Zealand team is concerned, captain Williamson said that while they have included spinner Mitchell Santner in the team, Colin de Grandhomme is out.
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Having won the first two matches of the series, India will be looking to seal the deal by clinching the victory in today’s clash. Following are the playing XIs for India and New Zealand:
India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (capt), Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal
New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (capt), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wk), Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Doug Bracewell, Ish Sodhi, Lockie Feguson, Trent Boult.