New Zealand Experienced Batsmen Ross Taylor to Play 3rd T20 against Sri Lanka
New Zealand top-class batsmen Ross Taylor is completely fit and is likely to play the third and final T20 match against Sri Lanka after missing the second T20I due to a hip injury.
Kiwi’s Coach Gary Stead quoted
“Ross could have played [the second game] if we had desperately needed it. We just wanted to take the sensible step of not putting it under undue pressure when we didn’t need it.
Taylor smashed 48 runs with a 165.52 strike rate in the first T20I. The right-handed batsmen amassed 350 runs in 10 games during the 2019 ICC World Cup.
Opening batsman Martin Guptill ruled out of the third T20I due to a strain on his stomach, which did not allow him to bat in the second game of T20I.
New Zealand’s flamboyant hitter Tom Bruce, who crushed a 53-run game-winning shot in the last game, suffered a knee problem during his innings.
“We still have 48 hours or so for the next game; so we’ll see how he [Bruce] manages,” Gary said.
Hamish Rutherford has been called upon to provide strength on the batting line for the final T20I.
The Black Caps defeated Lasith Malinga squad by four wickets in a nail-biting contest on Tuesday.
New Zealand will close horns with Sri Lanka at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium on 6 September.