While the whole team enjoyed some off time from their grueling schedule, five Indian players including Hardik Pandya and skipper Virat Kohli skipped the optional practice session ahead of the series decider. The Indian vice-captain walked off to a standing ovation.
On the other hand, Kohli Slams his 32nd century and crossed 1400 ODI runs this year. This was the fourth 200-run plus partnership between the pair, making them the first duo to share as many in ODI history.
Kohli also became the first batsman to amass 2000 runs in global cricket in 2017.
After his 121-run knock in Mumbai went in ultimately vain after the Kiwis completed a brilliant chase, Kohli continued to prove that scoring hundreds is an effortless task for him.
Virat Kohli has been stitching up his own records and one such record came on Sunday when the Indian cricket captain became the fastest batsman to get to 9,000 ODI runs.
The 28-year-old achieved the 8000-run mark in ODIs in just 175 innings, again breaking AB de Villiers' record, who took 182 innings.
In the bowling department, Kohli will fancy including wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav in the playing XI, who belongs from the host venue to impose threat on the opposition.
"We are going to have a bowl. The quickly you rectify, the better it is", Rohit said.
Southee, Adam Milne and Mitchell Santner claimed two wickets each.
In the end Boult finished with horrendous figures of 0-81 off his 10 overs to cap off a disappointing day in the field. They tackled the pressure game in Pune with confidence and have the balance to tilt the scales in their favour on Sunday.
With no assistance from the Kanpur track, Kumar failed to restrict the Kiwi openers as he struggled to keep down the boundaries. The first of the three wickets picked by Bumrah in the 3rd ODI was Martin Guptill; his 50th wicket in this format.