After defeating New Zealand in the second T20I, Team India Napier is in Napier for the third and final game of the 3-game series, which will be played on Tuesday. Hardik Pandya’s India team put on an all-round performance at Mount Maunganui on Sunday to take a 1-0 lead in the series. After an impressive 111 not out from Suryakumar Yadav, the visitors put a perfect bowling display on display to restrict New Zealand to 126 and win the match by 65 runs.
The teams are now preparing for the final on Tuesday. Since the opening match in Wellington was abandoned due to rain, a showdown in Napier has become a must for the hosts.
Meanwhile, Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry shared a video of the Wild India team’s trek from Mount Maunganui to Napier. Players can be seen enjoying the scenic beauty until they reach their destination. The bus stopped for some time in the middle of the journey and the players interacted with a few fans after they got off the team bus.
Reserve Captain Hardik Pandya praised the beautiful script he saw along the way. The roads are very narrow but very scenic. It’s a very beautiful ride, it has a lot of good scenery and it has a very nice lake as well. “And you can’t see so much beauty and so many beautiful people around the world,” Pandya said in the video.
“It was very scenic, very beautiful. It was fun.” Main for Ek Ganta Soybean, Ek Ganta Pohad Dekh (I slept for an hour, watching the hills for another.) There are two more hours left of the flight. “We hope it will be scenic all around,” said Suryakumar.
With India gearing up for the T20 final, it will be interesting to see if the management give a chance to Imran Malik who was sensational on the field earlier this year. An overseas football tournament in T20 cricket and the New Zealand series have proven essential to the development of the Jammu and Kashmir based tearaway.
India’s approach to power has been a major concern. He tried Rishabh Pant up front with Ishan Kishan in the second half but the move didn’t work. Given Pant’s class, one can expect him to shoot in the series. Samson is another hitter who can make an instant impact but the team didn’t start with him.