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Boost for India as New Zealand lose pattern for third and final T20I

New Zealand suffered a major blow ahead of their third and final T20I match against India on Tuesday with the news that star batsman and captain Kane Williamson will miss the match to attend a medical appointment.

Williamson led New Zealand in scoring with a graceful 61 during the Black Caps’ 65-run loss to India at Mount Maunganui on Sunday, but the inspiring captain will skip the series decider in Napier on Tuesday.

Experienced bowler Tim Southee will captain the Kiwis in Williamson’s absence, while left-handed batsman Mark Chapman is called up to the team to replace the New Zealand captain.

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New Zealand manager Gary Stead insisted that the medical appointment Williamson will attend had nothing to do with his lingering elbow problem and that the 32-year-old will rejoin the squad ahead of the ODI series which begins. in Auckland on Friday.

“Kane has been trying to book this for a while now, but unfortunately he hasn’t been able to fit it into our schedule.” Stead said.

“The health and well-being of our players and staff is paramount, and we look forward to seeing you in Auckland.”

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India’s resounding win on Sunday sees the Asian side maintain a 1-0 lead in the three-match series, and New Zealand need a win on Tuesday to avoid a series loss after the first game was abandoned due to to humid weather.

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