India vs New Zealand 5th T20I Live result updates: Invincible India eye 5-0 whitewash
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Hello and welcome to the live coverage of TimesofIndia.com of the fifth and last T20I between India and New Zealand. Advance
A bleached 5-0 will be on the mind when virat Kohli and his boys face New Zealand in the final T20I at the Oval Bay in Mount Maunganui on Sunday. For the hosts, they will try to play for pride after they lost the third and fourth T20I in the Super Over, having dominated most of the game in both games.
The captain of India, Kohli, has often talked about the need to maintain the winning momentum in regards to the shortest format of the game and that is exactly what his team has been doing against the Kiwis in this series of 5 games .
While Mohammed Shami stole the show in the third T20I with a brilliant final final, defending the nine races that the Kiwis needed with Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor in the fold, it was Shardul Thakur who stole the show in Friday's match, defending alone seven races and picking up two wickets.
Kiwis clearly drowned under pressure as they lost up to four wickets in 20 in Wellington. More importantly, backup captain Tim Southee once again failed to defend New Zealand's score in the Super Over after failing against Rohit Sharma's power in the third T20I.
The most positive for the Indian of the game was how the team fought and snatched the victory from the jaws of defeat despite the fact that the main activists rested Rohit Sharma, Shami and Ravindra Jadeja. In fact, Kohli had made it clear after sealing the series in Seddon Park that he would test the reservations in the last two games with his sights set on the World T20 in Australia at the end of the year.
And even after Friday's victory, he praised the efforts of the three young men in Sanju Samson, Navdeep Saini and Washington Sundar. I thought Sanju was not afraid. This was his chance to take things away. I think Washy has played a lot and Saini hastened the batters, he said after the game.
While the young weapons of India withstood the challenge, the Kiwis will want their experienced activists to be good and make sure not to give India a series of lime. In Williamson's absence, Colin Munro and Tim Seifert did a great job, but someone like Ross Taylor needed to bring his experience and finish the game for the hosts with only seven needed in the final.
In addition, Southee's way with the ball will be a great cause for concern for the hosts and they will want him to make amends for the two poor outings in the Super Overs of the third and fourth games. With the series already in the Indian stock market, it will be a case to avoid a humiliating 5-0 loss for the hosts, even when Kohli and his boys will once again seek to hit the fifth gear from the beginning.
With luck for the Kiwis, regular boss Kane Williamson will be able to take the field in the final T20I as the team clearly lost their experience in the fourth game on Friday.