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Kohli and Kane Williamson like to be involved in the game in any way possible even when they are not playing for their respective countries.

Kohli and Williamson were seen helping out their teammates by serving drinks during the fifth and final T20I between India and New Zealand in Mount Maunganui on Sunday.

Both captains missed the match – Kohli was rested while Williamson is out injured. Rohit Sharma is leading the Indian team in Kohli’s absence. Tim Southee took over the reins for the second match in a row due to Williamson’s injury.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) posted a picture of the two captains with their practice vests on, sitting on the sidelines along with Rishabh Pant, who once again did not find a place in the Indian playing XI due to Sanju Samson’s inclusion.

India meanwhile, posted 163 for 3 on the board after Rohit Sharma opted to bat first in Mount Maunganui.

Rohit top-scored for his side with 60 off 41 balls but had to retire hurt on 60 off 41 deliveries (3×3, 3×3) after he suffered from cramps and initially decided to continue, only to soon realise he can no longer run.

But the dashing opener, batting at No.3, led from the front in the absence of Virat Kohli who was rested along with KL Rahul whose purple patch continued as he made 45 off 33 balls (4×4, 2×6) as India posted a challenging total.

For New Zealand, Scott Kuggeleijn bagged a couple of wickets for 25 runs from his 4 overs while Hamish Bennett picked up a wicket.

India lost Sanju Samson early, the Kerala batsman letting go of another opportunity to impress the team management as he managed just two runs from five balls before being caught by Mitchell Santner off Scott Kuggeleijn who was the pick of the bowlers with 2/25.

Samson had failed in the last match too after being given a chance to open the batting which is his preferred position.

Rohit and Rahul then joined hands for a 88-run second wicket stand which formed the bedrock of India’s innings as they reached 84/1 at the halfway stage.

Rahul missed out on a half century as he fell to leading edge off Hamish Bennett with Santner taking a simple catch at cover.

Rohit brought up his 21st T20 fifty in 35 balls and looked good for a big one but he was starved of the strike by the brilliant Bennett as he made Shreyas Iyer work hard for runs in the 14th over. Rohit then suffered from cramps and had to give up eventually after not being able to run.

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