New Zealand Vs India 3rd T20I Preview – Can Men in Blue Win this Series?

New Zealand Vs India 3rd T20I: After the Wellington washout, India displayed a clinical show at Mount Maunganui on Sunday, 20th November 2022. Now the men in blue have a chance of winning this series by a margin of two nil.
New Zealand Vs India 3rd T20I Preview – Can Men in Blue Win this Series?
New Zealand Vs India 3rd T20I Preview – Can Men in Blue Win this Series? Image Credit: AFP

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New Zealand Vs India 3rd T20I: Match Details

  • Match – New Zealand Vs India Third T20 International Match  

  • Date - Tuesday, 22nd November 2022 

  • Where – McLean Park in Napier 

  • Toss Time – 11.30 PM IST, 6 AM GMT and 7 PM Local. 

  • Match Timings – 12 PM IST, 6.30 AM GMT and 7.30 PM Local. 

  • Live Streaming Apps – Amazon Prime Video and 11Sixes 

New Zealand Vs India 3rd T20I: Pitch Report

The third and final match of this shortest-format series will be played at Napier’s, McLean Park. The pitch at this venue is said to be a batting paradise. The track will get slower as the match goes on and the longer boundaries would help the bowling side.

New Zealand Vs India 3rd T20I: Weather Report

The rain gods have interrupted twice in two matches so far and the forecast for the final game of the shortest-format series is also not too great. The third T20I might also be interrupted due to the showers. 

New Zealand Vs India 3rd T20I: Playing XI of India 

Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan, Shreyas Iyer, Sanju Samson, Deepak Hooda, Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar,  Harshal Patel, Umran Malik, Arshdeep Singh and Yuzvendra Chahal/Kuldeep Yadav. 

India has won the second T20I match yesterday i.e. November 20 at Mount Maunganui. Suryakumar Yadav, the number one T20I batter in the world displayed a world-class performance.

India won the second T20I match against New Zealand
India won the second T20I match against New ZealandImage Credit: Twitter (BCCI)

SKY scored his second unbeaten T20I ton and took India to a very good score of 191 runs in their quota of twenty overs. Ishan Kishan was the other batter who showed some support at the top order.

Indian player Suryakumar yadav
Indian player Suryakumar yadav

Despite the change in the opening order, India couldn’t get a decent start. Rishabh Pant was the opener for this game along with Ishan Kishan. But the vice-captain of this team, Pant disappointed yet again.

He should be replaced with Shubman Gill in the next game. Gill has done well for India in this position across the formats and he should get a chance in the final T20I game. 

India can also rest their number one T20I batter from the final game of this three-match series. Surya has been playing non-stop T20I cricket for the country and he deserves a rest.

SKY can be fresh for the three-match ODI series which follows later. India also would like to see Umran Malik as well in this match. 

Malik is a talented young fast bowler who has a lot of potentials. He can replace Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the side for the third match of this T20 International series.

India should also think if they want Bhuvi in the 2024 T20 World Cup or not. The selectors and management should make a core team on the basis of that from now.

New Zealand Vs India 3rd T20I: Playing XI of New Zealand

Finn Allen, Devon Conway, Michael Bracewell, Glenn Phillips, Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Lockie Ferguson, Tim Southee, Blair Tickner and Adam Milne. 

New Zealand had a decent start with the ball in hand. They had kept the Indian batters in check. But it was Suryakumar Yadav, who took the game away from them.

Now the bowlers need to step up in this crucial match because the final T20 International match is like do or die match for them. Tim Southee took a hat trick in the second T20I. 

Southee is an experienced bowler of the shortest format and he is the player to watch out for in the last game of this series. The batters also failed to cope-up with the pressure of chasing a high score on the board.

Even after losing an early wicket, the Kiwi batters should have shown more intent, especially in the first six overs. 

Finn Allen was out on zero. Now he would be hoping to make a men’s mark in the final game of this T20I series. Kane Williamson will miss the final match so, the home side can include Bracewell in their playing XI.

Finn Allen
Finn AllenImage Credit: File Photo (AFP)

New Zealand hasn’t been good in the bilateral series against India. The Kiwis have won nine T20Is matches and India has 10 wins from 21 matches played overall. 

New Zealand Vs India 3rd T20I: 11Sixes Fantasy Team 

Batters – Finn Allen, James Neesham and Shreyas Iyer

Bowlers – Tim Southee, Yuzvendra Chahal and Harshal Patel

All-rounders – Washington Sundar and Daryl Mitchell

Wicket-keeper – Devon Conway

Vice-captain – Ishan Kishan 

Captain – Glenn Philips

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