India secured a comprehensive seven-wicket victory over New Zealand in the second T20 international at Auckland to go 2-0 up in the five-match series. The visitors will look to seal the series when the two teams face-off against each other at the Seddon Park in Hamilton for the third T20I. The match will be played on January 29 with live telecast scheduled to begin at 8 PM local time.
Before the hosts could recover from the shocking loss in the opening game, they suffered an even heavier defeat in the second T20I on Sunday. None of their batsmen were able to reach a score of 40 and that just summed up the day for them. The Kiwis huffed and puffed their way to 132 before brisk knocks from the in-form KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer made light work of the target that was achieved with two-and-a-half overs remaining. While India will be going into the next game brimming with confidence, New Zealand find themselves in a must-win situation and will have to come up with a much better performance at Hamilton to keep themselves alive in the series.
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Even though three of the last four T20 internationals at this venue have been won by the side batting first, the toss-winning skipper may still opt to chase as it will be difficult to gauge a safe score on this flat track.
A bit of cloud cover can be expected throughout the game. Chances of rain, however, are very low and so we are likely to have a full forty-over contest. Temperatures could be around 21 degrees Celsius.
The Seddon Park generally offers excellent batting pitches. 190+ has been scored on five occasions here in the last four T20Is and 172 is the average first-innings score at this ground in this format of the game.
Read on for team previews, betting tips, latest odds and match prediction for New Zealand vs India, 3rd T20 2020...
New Zealand Team News & Playing 11
NZ Team News
New Zealand have no injury issues to deal with ahead of the crucial third T20 international. Daryl Mitchell and Scott Kuggeleijn are waiting in the reserves but the home team might stick to the current line-up despite suffering back-to-back defeats. Colin de Grandhomme has scored just three runs in the series but he could be given one last opportunity to prove his mettle.
NZ Key Players
Martin Guptill: The opener has scored quickfire 30s in both the matches and looks in good touch. Guptill is also the leading run-getter at the Seddon Park in the game's 20-over format.
Colin Munro: He has scored the most runs for New Zealand so far in this series. The left-handed opener cracked a fifty in the opening game and has a couple of fifties from his three T20I innings at this ground.
Mitchell Santner: The left-arm spinner had a good outing with the ball last time, conceding just 19 runs from his four overs. He could cause a few problems for the Indian batsmen at Hamilton. Santner can hit the ball a long way as well.
NZ Recent Form
New Zealand have kicked off their T20I campaign this year on a disappointing note having been beaten convincingly in the first two games of the ongoing five-match home series against India. Sunday's seven-wicket loss means that the Kiwis will be traveling to Hamilton without a win in their last four matches. After their batsmen had a good outing in the opening game, they put up an underwhelming performance with the bat last time out and managed to score only 132 on what was a very good batting surface.
New Zealand Predicted Playing 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 & Playing 11
IND Team News
India have had convincing wins in both the matches and there is very little reason for them to tinker with their current combination. We expect them to go into this game unchanged. Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul will continue as openers while Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer will continue to bat at three and four respectively. Shardul Thakur has been very expensive with the new ball and it remains to be seen whether he will be persisted with in the powerplay.
IND Key Players
KL Rahul: He is going through the form of his life. The opening batsman has hit back-to-back half-centuries and earned the 'man of the match' award for his unbeaten knock of 57 in the second T20I.
Shreyas Iyer: He has been a revelation for India and it seems that the team has finally found its number four. Iyer is averaging 102 in this series and is having a strike-rate of 164.51. He took his team over the line in the series opener with a blistering 29-ball 58.
Jasprit Bumrah: The Black Caps have struggled against the fast bowler in both the matches and he is likely to trouble them again. Batsmen find it very tough to pick his variations and his pin-point yorkers at the death creates a lot of pressure on them.
IND Recent Form
India are on a roll having won eight of their last nine completed T20 internationals including all the four they have played so far this year. They beat Sri Lanka 2-0 at home earlier this month before heading off to New Zealand where Virat Kohli and Co. have made a perfect start to the NZ vs IND 2020 T20I series, winning the first two games on the bounce. India were clinical in both the matches; their batsmen were outstanding in Friday's run-chase and it was their bowlers who set up the game beautifully for them on Sunday.
New Zealand vs India Team Form in Last Five Matches
NZ : L L T L W
IND : W W W W NR
NZ vs IND Head to Head
India are starting to close out the gap between them and New Zealand as far as head-to-head count is concerned. With back-to-back wins, the men in blue have now won 5 out of the 13 T20Is. The rest have all been won by the Black Caps.
India have now beaten New Zealand five times in the last eight encounters in the game’s twenty-over format.
The two teams have faced each other just once at the Seddon Park in a T20I. The high-scoring contest was played during India's tour of New Zealand last year in February. The match went all the way down to the wire with the hosts emerging victorious by 4 runs.
NZ vs IND Head to Head Stats
New Zealand vs India Betting Odds
India are firm favorites to win the third T20 international at 1.50 with Betway, 1.53 with Bet365 and 1.47 with 10CRIC. New Zealand, after two defeats, begin as the bookmakers' underdogs for this game and are being offered at a higher price of 2.40 with Betway, 2.50 with Bet365 and 2.35 with 10CRIC.
NZ Betway Odds
NZ to Win the Match: New Zealand are 2.40 underdogs with Betway to win the third T20 international.
NZ Top Batsman: Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson are both 3.25 with Betway to be the top batsman for New Zealand in this match while Colin Munro is up at 4.25. Ross Taylor has been priced at 6.
NZ Top Bowler: Spinners Ish Sodhi and Mitchell Santner are 3.75 and 4 respectively with Betway to be the top bowlers for New Zealand. Pacers Tim Southee and Blair Tickner are both being offered at odds of 4.
IND Betway Odds
IND to Win the Match: India are 1.50 favorites with Betway to win the third T20I.
IND Top Batsman: Virat Kohli is 2.87 with Betway to score the most runs for India in this third T20 international. KL Rahul has been priced at 3.25 and so is his opening partner Rohit Sharma.
IND Top Bowler: Jasprit Bumrah is 3.50 with Betway to finish with the best bowling figures for India in this match. Yuzvendra Chahal has been priced at 3.75 while Mohammed Shami and Ravindra Jadeja are 4 and 6 respectively.
NZ Bet365 Odds
NZ to Win the Match: New Zealand are 2.50 underdogs with Bet365 to beat India in this match.
NZ Batsman to score a fifty: Openers Martin Guptill and Colin Munro are 3.50 and 3.75 respectively with Bet365 to hit a half-century in this third T20I.
IND Bet365 Odds
IND to Win the Match: India are favorites at odds of 1.53 with Bet365 to win this match.
IND Batsman to score a fifty: Virat Kohli is 3 while Rohit Sharma is 3.40 with Bet365 to smash a fifty against New Zealand on Wednesday.
NZ 10CRIC Odds
NZ to Win the Match: New Zealand are underdogs at 2.35 with 10CRIC to win the third T20I.
NZ highest opening partnership: New Zealand are 1.95 with 10CRIC to produce the highest opening partnership of the match.
IND 10CRIC Odds
IND to Win the Match: India are favorites at 1.47 with 10CRIC to beat New Zealand in this match.
IND highest opening partnership: India are 1.76 with 10CRIC to produce the highest opening partnership of the match.
New Zealand vs India Prediction
New Zealand have been pushed on the back foot early in the series and they will have plenty of thinking to do ahead of this do-or-die clash. They do boast a mighty record at the Seddon Park in the shortest format with seven wins from nine T20Is and they also have the psychological edge of having beaten India here last year. However, they are clearly missing the experience and skills of Trent Boult and the Indian batsmen are finding it all too easy against the likes of Blair Tickner and Hamish Bennett. The men in blue have been very impressive of late in this format and we expect them to clinch their first-ever T20I series win in New Zealand on Wednesday.
Back India to beat New Zealand at 1.50 with Betway, 1.53 with Bet365 and 1.47 with 10CRIC.
Our Dream11 team for the third T20I is a balanced one with five players from New Zealand and six players from India.
KL Rahul is exhibiting tremendous form with the bat. He has translated his good ODI form from the series against Australia into this T20 series. Rahul is coming off consecutive half-centuries and is definitely worth picking as a wicketkeeper even at 10 credits.
Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer have all had good hits in this series and should be included in the Dream11 team. Kohli is the most expensive of the lot at 10.5 credits while Iyer is the least expensive at 8.5. Guptill and Munro have been priced at 10 and 9 credits respectively.
Mitchell Santner and Ravindra Jadeja are the two quality all-rounders for their respective sides. The former was the pick of the New Zealand bowlers last time while the latter changed the course of the match with his outstanding figures of 4-0-18-2. Santner is available for 8.5 credits and Jadeja for 8.
Our Dream11 team has four bowlers, two from both the teams. Jasprit Bumrah is one of the best bowlers in the world and is causing plenty of problems for the batsmen on this tour. We have picked him for 9 credits along with Tim Southee who is also available for the same price. Ish Sodhi and Yuzvendra Chahal are the other two bowlers in our team and both are available for 8.5 credits each.
We have picked KL Rahul as the captain of our Dream11 team.
We have picked Martin Guptill as the vice-captain of our Dream11 team.