Taylor likely to play 3rd T20I versus Sri Lanka
In a massive boost for New Zealand cricket team, ace batsman Ross Taylor is fit as a fiddle and is expected to turn up for the third and final T20I fixture against Sri Lanka. Ross Taylor missed the second T20I match due to hip injury and his return will prove to be a big crunch factor in helping the team to clean sweep Sri Lanka.
New Zealand coach Gary Stead said that Ross Taylor could have turned up for the previous game but they were not ready to take the calculated risk as it would certainly put him under pressure.
“Ross could have played [the second game] if we’d desperately needed him to. We just wanted to take the sensible measure of not putting him under undue pressure when we didn’t need to,” Espncricinfo quoted Gary Stead as saying.
Ross Taylor was at his imperious best in the first T20I as he hammered 48 runs with a blistering strike rate of 165.52. The right-handed batsman garnered 350 runs in 10 games during the ICC World Cup 2019.
Meanwhile, the opening batsman Martin Guptill has been ruled out of the third T20I match owing to a strain in his stomach, which didn’t let him bat in the second T20I match.
Talking about New Zealand’s flamboyant batsman Tom Bruce, who scored a match-winning knock of 53 runs in the last game, picked up a knee problem during his innings.
“We’ve still got 48 hours or so to the next match; so we’ll see how he [Bruce] pulls through,” Gary said.
Hamish Rutherford has been given the nod to provide strength in the batting line up for the final T20I.
The black caps got the better of Lasith Malinga-led side by four wickets in a thrilling encounter on Tuesday, winning by 4 wickets. New Zealand won the first match by 5 wickets.
New Zealand will play their third and final match at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium on September 6.