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High-flying Team India will be looking to continue their impressive run when they take on New Zealand in the forthcoming three-match T20I series, starting February 6 in Wellington. The Men in Blue are high on confidence after winning the recently-concluded ODI series 4-1 including the 35-run win in the fifth and final game.
Bouncing back from the heavy defeat in the fourth ODI where they were folded up for just 92, India came up with an all round effort in the fifth game. Batting first, they recovered from 18 for 4 to post 252. Ambati Rayudu starred with the bat, scoring 90 while Vijay Shankar and Hardik Pandya scored 45 each. In reply, New Zealand were all out for just 217.
In-form India are now on the verge of equalling a major world record when they take on New Zealand in the first T20I encounter on Wednesday.
Pakistan were unbeaten in their last 11 T20I series but their run came to an end on Sunday with a seven-run loss to South Africa. The Proteas sealed the three-match series by winning the second T20I and take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series. Batting first, the hosts piled up 188 for 3 before restricting Pakistan to 181 for 7. The defeat was Pakistan’s first T20I series loss since World T20 2016 and their first bilateral series loss since their defeat against New Zealand in 2016 (1-2).
In the aftermath of Pakistan’s loss, India have a chance to equal the world record set by their rivals as they are also undefeated in their last 10 bilateral T20I series which consists of eights wins and two draws.
Since their defeat in July 2017, India have defeated Sri Lanka (1-0), drew against Australia at home (1-1), defeated New Zealand at home (2-1), beaten Sri Lanka at home (3-0), won in South Africa (2-1), lifted the Nidahas Trophy, won in Ireland (2-0) and England (2-1), whitewashed West Indies (3-0), and drew against Australia (1-1). With form and momentum on their side, India will be looking to equal the world record.