The Blackcaps are set to host the Indian team for the series decider at the Seddon Park. The series is wonderfully poised at 1-1 ad both the sides have everything to play for in the final T20I at Hamilton. After a terrible outing in the first T20I, the Indian bowlers made a terrific comeback in the next game to level the three-match series. It was a do-or-die situation for the visitors, and they performed magnificently under pressure. India emerged victorious in the must-win match by seven wickets to pull one game back in their favor.

Having won the toss, the Kiwis decided to bat first on a pitch that seemed to be a batting paradise. Bhuvaneshwar Kumar bowled a lovely spell upfront and denied the opening batsmen to free their arms. The pressure kept building up from both the ends which eventually led to the first wicket in the form of Tim Seifert (12). Krunal Pandya was declared the ‘Man of the Match’ for his outstanding spell of bowling (4-0-28-4). The home side was restricted to 158 runs at the end of 20 overs, despite Colin de Grandhomme’s heroics 50(28) in the middle overs.

India started the chase tremendously well to keep the Kiwis on the back foot from the word go. The Indian ace duo dominated the early stages of the innings and put up an opening stand of 79 runs. Rohit Sharma looked in excellent touch in his innings of 50(29) before getting out to Ish Sodhi in the deep. Rishabh Pant also played a crucial knock of 40(28) after struggling in the first game. MS Dhoni came in the middle to join his rightful heir and took the Indian team over the line with seven balls to spare.

The Blue Brigade bounced back in style from the first defeat in the opening match. The stage is set for the decider in Hamilton. Having lost the ODI series by 4-1, New Zealand would be hoping to seal the T20I series for boosting their confidence and morale in the camp. However, the Indian team must be eyeing to end this historic tour on a high.




Date: Sunday, February 10, 2019

Time:  12:30 PM IST

Venue: Seddon Park, Hamilton

League: India tour of New Zealand 2019

Live Telecast: Star Sports Network

Online Streaming: Hotstar



Head to head (in T20Is)


Total – 10

India – 03

New Zealand – 07



Ground Stats T20


Total Matches 9
Matches won batting first 4
Matches won bowling first 5
Average 1st Inns scores 168
Average 2nd Inns scores 155
Highest total recorded 202/5 (19.4 Ov) by NZ vs ZIM
Lowest total recorded 78/10 (17.3 Ov) by BAN vs NZ
Highest score chased 202/5 (19.4 Ov) by NZ vs ZIM
Lowest score defended 194/7 (20 Ov) by Eng vs NZ


Team News



  • India is likely to go ahead with the same playing 11.

New Zealand:

  • Blair Tickner has been added in the squad for the final match.
  • Lockie Ferguson can make way for Blair Tickner.





Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma (C), Shubman Gill, MS Dhoni(wk), Rishabh Pant, Kedhar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Krunal Pandya, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Sidharth Kaul, Khaleel Ahmed

New Zealand:

James Neesham, Colin Munro, Tim Siefert(WK), Kane Williamson (C), Ross Taylor, Daryl Mitchell, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Scott Kuggeleijn, Doug Bracewell, Blair Tickner, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson, Ish Sodhi





  • Rohit Sharma
  • Rishab Pant
  • Hardik Pandya


New Zealand

  • Colin Munro
  • Kane Williamson(c)
  • Daryl Mitchell


Probable Playing  XI



  1. Rohit Sharma(c)
  2. Shikhar Dhawan
  3. Rishabh Pant
  4. Dinesh Karthik
  5. MS Dhoni(w)
  6. Vijay Shankar
  7. Hardik Pandya
  8. Krunal Pandya
  9. Yuzvendra Chahal
  10. Bhuvneshwar Kumar
  11. Khaleel Ahmed


New Zealand

  1. Tim Seifert
  2. Colin Munro
  3. Kane Williamson (c)
  4. Daryl Mitchell
  5. Ross Taylor
  6. Colin de Grandhomme
  7. Mitchell Santner
  8. Scott Kuggeleijn
  9. Tim Southee
  10. Ish Sodhi
  11. Blair Tickner