Team India captain Rohit Sharma won the toss and elected to bat in the third and final T20 International against New Zealand here on Sunday. India are currently leading 2-0 in the three-match series. The age-old tradition of Eden Gardens was repeated just before the match.
Sourav Ganguly played the bell
The first ball was bowled at the historic Eden Gardens in Kolkata in 1933-34. At that time the England team was visiting India. Since then, Eden has witnessed many historic and big matches. Traditionally, the big bell in the stadium is played before the match. This time this good fortune went to Sourav Ganguly, the President of BCCI, former captain of Team India and son of Kolkata.
Big changes in both teams
India has made two changes in its team. Opener KL Rahul and spinner Ravichandran Ashwin have been rested and replaced by Ishan Kishan and Yuzvendra Chahal. New Zealand have also rested caretaker captain Tim Southee, who has been replaced by Lockie Ferguson in the playing XI. Mitchell Santner is handling the captaincy.
11 people arrested near Eden Gardens
11 people were arrested for illegally selling tickets before the match. The police informed about this. He said that 60 match tickets were sold at exorbitant prices which were obtained from those arrested. A senior police officer said security has been beefed up in the stadium and the surrounding area.