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India now hold a 7-8 record against New Zealand in T20Is. A victory at the Bay Oval would completely erase that arrears.
India have now not lost 18 consecutive T20Is that Manish Pandey has featured in.
No team has ever won a T20I chasing at the Bay Oval. If captains win the toss, they might look to bat first.
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Venue Details and Pitch Report
02 Feb, 12:30 PM IST
Bay Oval, Tauranga
Christopher Brown, Shaun Haig
The pitch is generally a touch slower compared to its contemporaries and thus, one can expect the spinners to play a slightly more central role on Sunday.
A bright day is forecast for Sunday and there is expected to be no rain as the teams battle it out under lights at the Bay Oval.
As the caravan moves to the Bay Oval, New Zealand should have been on level terms in the series but somehow they find themselves staring at a 4-0 deficit. Despite needing only 9 and 7 runs in the last over at Seddon Park and Wellington respectively, the Black Caps contrived to force a Super Over and eventually, allowed India to get the better of them. Though there have been positives over the past couple of fixtures, the Kiwis' good work has largely been undone by their inability to close out matches, a trait that has reared its ugly head way too often recently.
India, on the other hand, have found ways to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. In fact, not even the most optimistic of fans gave them hope with Shardul Thakur defending 7 at Wellington, considering the presence of Ross Taylor and Tim Seifert. Yet, they negotiated their way through it and underlined their credentials of being a side that never gives up and tries to make it as difficult for the opposition as possible.
Thus, the 5th T20I could continue on similar lines, especially if the Kiwis fail to arrest their slide. And, if the hosts fail to turn up, they might have to be on the wrong end of a 5-0 reverse, a prospect that seemed unimaginable at the start of the series.