New Zealand will clash against India in Napier on the 22nd of November with the three-match T20I series on the line. The hosts were beaten comprehensively in the second match of the series and will be without their mercurial leader Kane Williamson for the series finale. The 65-run thrashing against the visitors means that New Zealand have now lost nine T20Is on the trot against India in bilateral assignments.
Meanwhile, their opponents, India, ticked all the boxes in the second T20I, with batting ace Suryakumar Yadav leaving the spectators in awe in Mount Maunganui, smashing a breathtaking century. The stand-in Indian skipper Hardik Pandya will be pleased by the efforts of his bowlers, who never let the Kiwi batters off the hook in the contest.
The Kiwis have a few things to sort out in the final T20I if they are to avoid another series defeat against the Men in Blue. Whatever might be the outcome the game proposes to be another run-fest at the batting-friendly antipodean venue.
The surface at McLean Park is another belter as the batters will have a field day batting at the flat surface. However, the larger dimensions of the boundaries in comparison to the last game will provide the bowlers a much-needed respite in this format of the game. Spin is likely to play a role as the match progresses.
Playing Combinations for NZ vs IND
The Blackcaps will be led by veteran pacer Tim Southee in the absence of Kane Williamson for the final T20I. The Kiwis are also expected to include the talented all-rounder Michael Bracewell in the starting eleven. Adam Milne and Lockie Ferguson need to step up their game to support the last match’s hat-trick hero Southee.
Predicted Playing XI: Finn Allen, Devon Conway (wk), Mark Chapman, Glenn Phillips, Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham/Michael Bracewell, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee (c), Adam Milne, Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson
The Men in Blue will be worried about Rishabh Pant’s extended lean patch in the shortest format of the game, as the southpaw had another mare in the second T20I. Stand-in skipper Hardik Pandya has hinted at making a few changes for the final match of the series, and Sanju Samson might finally get a game for the Men in Blue.
Predicted Playing XI: Rishabh Pant (wk), Ishan Kishan, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav/Sanju Samson, Hardik Pandya, Deepak Hooda, Washington Sundar, Mohammed Siraj, Umran Malik, Arshdeep Singh, Yuzvendra Chahal
NZ vs IND Head-to-Head
Played- 23 | New Zealand- 09 | India – 12 | NR – 2
NZ vs IND Broadcast & Live Streaming Details
Match Timings- 12:00 PM IST
TV- DD Sports
Live Streaming- Amazon Prime