5th T20I: India opts to bat in final affair vs NZ 

Mount Maunganui: Stand-in India skipper Rohit Sharma won the toss and opted to bat against New Zealand in the fifth and final affair of the T20I rubber at the Bay Oval here on Sunday.

Speaking at the toss, Rohit said: “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. 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 (Kohli) and Sanju (Samson) will open. I will bat at three.”

“We were looking to bowl as well. It looks like a good surface and hopefully, we can restrict them to a low total. Kane was a late change, he still felt a bit of discomfort after a few throwdowns and hopefully, he’ll be fit for the one-dayers. Winning is ideal, but you don’t want to keep worrying about the outcome. 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,” the Kiwis stand-in captain Tim Southee said.

Playing XI:

India — Lokesh Rahul (wicket-keeper), Sanju Samson, Rohit Sharma (Captain), Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah

New Zealand — Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Tim Seifert (wicket-keeper), Ross Taylor, Tom Bruce, Daryl Mitchell, Mitchell Santner, Scott Kuggeleijn, Tim Southee (Captain), Ish Sodhi, Hamish Bennett.


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