New Zealand vs India
12.30 pm IST, January 29, 2020
Seddon Park, Hamilton
- New Zealand enter the game under pressure, as they need to win the game to stay alive in the series
- They will take confidence from the fact that they have a superb T20I record at the Seddon Park, winning seven of their nine games here in the past
- However, with the visiting batters looking in ominous touch and with their bowling chinks left exposed, the hosts will have a huge task to script a comeback in the crucial game.
India registered a dominating seven-wicket win over the Kiwis in the second T20I at Eden Park in Auckland to go 2-0 up in the five-match series. They will be eyeing a series win in the next game, which will give them the chance to experiment and test their bench strength in the remaining two matches, ahead of the T20 World Cup later this year.
The hosts, on the other hand, faced a heavy defeat in the second T20I, after none of their batters could even cross the 40-run mark in the innings. On a flat track with small boundaries, their score of 132 was never going to be enough, and the same was proved after KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer made light work of the target. They now find themselves in a do-or-die situation but will take confidence from their superior Head-to-Head record against India in the format.
Head-to-Head in T20Is
Matches Played: 13
NZ Won: 8
Weather and Pitch Conditions
A bit of cloud cover is expected in the day, which should clear by the time the match begins. There is no chance of rain, and a full forty-over match should be expected. The track at the Seddon Park, like all tracks in New Zealand, offers excellent batting conditions, with a score of 190+ being scored consistently in the past. The team that wins the toss will be looking to chase on this wicket.
New Zealand Team News and Predicted 11
The Kiwis have no injury concerns heading into the game, and despite facing two successive defeats in the series, they might go in unchanged, which means Daryl Mitchell and Scott Kuggeleijn will have to wait for their chance. Aggressive Colin de Grandhomme has looked out of sorts in the two games thus far, but might be given a final chance to prove his mettle.
Key Players: Martin Guptill has scored quickfire 30s in the two games thus far and has looked in good touch. He is also the leading run-scorer in T20Is at Seddon Park and will be eager for another crucial knock. Colin Munro has regained his touch and is the leading run-scorer for the home team in the series. The left-handed opener smashed a fifty in the series opener and has a decent record at the venue with two fifties in his last three T20I innings here. Mitchell Santner also had a good outing with the ball in the last ball, conceding 19 from four overs. The left-arm spinner has performed well against India in the past and could be a threat yet again.
Predicted 11: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (c), Colin de Grandhomme, Ross Taylor, Tim Seifert (wk), Mitchell Santner, Blair Tickner, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Hamish Bennett
India Team News and Predicted 11
The Men in Blue have registered convincing victories in their last two matches, which should give Virat Kohli no reason to change their winning combination. Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul will continue at the top, with Kohli himself batting at the crucial number three position. Shardul Thakur, however, has been expensive upfront, and it remains to be seen if he is given the new ball in the powerplay overs.
Key Players: KL Rahul is in the form of his life, hitting three successive fifties in the format. Replacing injured Shikhar Dhawan at the top of the order, Rahul saw the team through in the second T20I to earn the Man of the Match award. Shreyas Iyer has been another revelation for the Indian side in the recent past and seems to have clinched the contentious number four spot. He averages 102 in this series with a strike rate of 164.51, and played a match-winning knock in the first game, taking his team over the line with a 29-ball 58. The third key player will be Jasprit Bumrah, by far the best bowler in the world currently. The Black Caps have struggled to pick his line and lengths in the two games, and he is likely to trouble them yet again. Kohli used Bumrah in short one-over spells in the last game to stall the run-flow, and a similar role can be expected for him in the third match.
Predicted 11: Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul (wk), Virat Kohli (c), Shreyas Iyer, Shivam Dube, Manish Pandey, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah