IND vs NZ: India will be taking on New Zealand in the third of the three-match T20I series on Tuesday at McLean Park in Napier. Team India has taken a 1-0 lead in the series and they would look to take the trophy home by winning the last match tomorrow. For New Zealand, it is going to be a do-or-die game as another defeat would lead to a series loss.
Suryakumar Yadav stole the show with the bat in the last match. On a surface where the batters were finding it hard to score runs, Yadav made a mockery of New Zealand’s bowling unit. He smashed 11 fours and 7 sixes en route to an outstanding 111-run knock in 51 balls at a strike rate of 217.65.
Rishabh Pant got the opportunity to open the innings with Ishan Kishan. However, neither of them could make an impact with the bat. Despite that, the management isn’t likely to change the opening combination. Sanju Samson’s spot could be a talking point but India is unlikely to make anyone rest after playing just one match.
On the bowling front, Bhuvneshwar Kumar was brilliant in the power play as there was a swing on offer. Making his return, M Siraj produced outstanding bowling figures of 2 for 24 in 4 overs. It also means that Umran Malik might not get the chance to play the final match as well.
On the other hand, New Zealand would be desperate for a win on Tuesday. Skipper, Kane Williamson is not playing the crucial game and Mark Chapman will be replacing him. For them to make an impact, the opening combination of Fin Allen and Devon Conway should get the team off to a good start.
New Zealand’s bowling unit had a forgettable day in the last match, courtesy of a sensational knock from Suryakumar Yadav. They would be coming onto the field with their plans to stop him on Tuesday. However, chances are less likely. Adam Milne had a poor outing and Blair Tickner could come in to replace him.
IND vs NZ Predicted XI
Here’s a look at the predicted playing XIs of both teams:
India: Hardik Pandya (c), Rishabh Pant (VC & wk), Shubman Gill, Deepak Hooda, Surya Kumar Yadav, Sanju Samson (wk), Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Arshdeep Singh, Mohammed Siraj, Bhuvneshwar Kumar
New Zealand: Kane Williamson (c), Finn Allen, Michael Bracewell, Devon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Blair Tickner