Hardik Pandya returned to the Indian team after 4 months and immediately made an impact. The under-fire cricketer, who faced public scrutiny following his controversial comments in the Koffee With Karan show, returning after the suspension was lifted, took a stunning catch at mid-wicket to send back New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson.
Returning with figures of 2/45 from his 10 overs, Pandya was the most economical of Indian bowlers in the third one-dayer at the Oval Bay.
— Cricket Story (@im_infinity45) January 28, 2019 Pandya later struck twice in back-to-back overs in the 40th and the 42nd, proving his worth as a key all-rounder for Team India.
Hardik pandya come back super catch pic.twitter.com/Bl83rckpO8— Kanai Kumar (@KanaiKumar9) January 28, 2019
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 Hardik Pandya is back in the team.
As far as the New Zealand team is concerned, captain Kane Williamson said that while they have included spinner Mitchell Santner in the team, Colin de Grandhomme is out.
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 eleven 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.