New Zealand and India will lock horns for the third time in this T20I series. After securing a win in the first two T20Is, the visitors have an upper hand leading into the 3rd T20I at Seddon Park in Hamilton. With series on the line, it will be a do-or-die encounter for the hosts if they aim to stay alive in the series.
In the last two T20Is, Kiwis were always on the backfoot in moments that proved so decisive in the context of the match. Kane Williamson and co. will hope to get their act right and pose a challenge against a dominant Indian outfit on Wednesday.
Third New Zealand vs India T20I match will be played at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Wednesday, January 29. The match begins at 08:00 PM local time (12;30 PM IST / 07:00 AM GMT). In India, the live coverage will run on the Star Sports network.
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There were no injury concerns reported from either team. As a result, it is highly likely that all the players will be available for selection for the third encounter.
Predicted Playing XIs:
The ‘Men in Blue’ might not consider tinkering with their playing XI. During the post-match presentation after the 2nd T20I, even Virat Kohli alluded towards going with the same playing XI in the next match.
Predicted Playing XI: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul (Wk), Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammad Shami, Jasprit Bumrah
The home team will have certain worries going into the all-important game in Hamilton. Williamson might consider over making few changes in order to field the best possible XI on the park against India.
Predicted Playing XI: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (c), Tim Seifert (wk), Ross Taylor, Colin de Grandhomme, Daryl Mitchell, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Blair Tickner
Dream11 Top Fantasy Picks:
The Indian batting line-up has been in some fine form in the series so far. The likes of KL Rahul, Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer, have delivered the goods in both the matches so far. The seam bowlers in Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammad Shami were also quite accurate on a slow pitch in the 2nd T20I. For New Zealand, Ross Taylor and Tim Siefert have shown their prowess with the bat in the series so far.
Dream11 Match Prediction:
Team India will yet again start as favourites to seal the series in Hamilton. However, Kohli and co. will be aware of the threat that the BlackCaps can pose in a must-win encounter for them.