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The T20 series is now tied 1-1 after New Zealand managed to get a 21 win run in the second match. It was not the best performance from New Zealand but it turned out to be enough as England was hell-bent on self-destruction.
The action now shifts to the Saxton Oval, Nelson for the third match. This is a very important match since the losing team will find itself in a must-win position over the remaining two matches of the series.
It is clear that England is going to experiment with its playing eleven in this series and that is why New Zealand is going to have a very good opportunity to press ahead in the series.
New Zealand vs England 3rd T20 international is going to be played at the Saxton Oval, Nelson on the 5th of November 2019.
An improved performance from New Zealand with the bat helped them set a challenging total for England. There is no question, though, that they were helped by some very sloppy fielding by England.
There were three easy catches dropped in the field and the one of Jimmy Neesham turned out to be the difference in the end. Martin Guptill played a few pleasing shots and looked to be finding his touch but Colin Munro got out cheaply once more.
Tim Siefert seemed completely out of his element in this match and will want to do better in the next match. It also looks like Colin de Grandhomme is the designated number four batsman in most situations and is going to be sent in to take the maximum advantage against the spinners.
He scored 28 off 12 deliveries and struck the ball nicely as did Ross Taylor who followed him in the order. The addition of Jimmy Neesham to the side provided the much-needed power in the lower order. He smashed four sixes after getting reprieved while on four and helped New Zealand get to 176.
Mitchell Santner was the highest wicket-taker for New Zealand with three wickets and was not afraid to toss the ball. He is content on ‘buying’ his wickets in T20 cricket but that tactic could backfire against a player like Eoin Morgan.
Lockie Ferguson was the most dangerous bowler of the New Zealand side as he got consistent bounce and pace off the wicket. The balance of the side is definitely better with Jimmy Neesham in the side and makes New Zealand a much more dangerous opponent.
Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Ross Taylor, Blair Tickner, Colin de Grandhomme, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert, TG Southee, IS Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson.
Dropping Tom Curran from the bowling lineup may have been necessary as England looks to build towards the T20 world cup but it certainly made their side a lot weaker. Saqib Mahmood struggled to keep the runs down and was unlucky to suffer from dropped catches even when he did manage to deceive the batsmen.
Morgan is going to give Mahmood another chance and maybe drop one of Sam Curran or Chris Jordan to bring back Tom Curran. This will allow different bowling combinations to be tried out. If Jordan does end up being dropped then England is still not playing its best combination because Curran and Jordan both are a part of that lineup.
Patrick Brown had a very poor game and may end up being replaced as well.
England’s insistence on trying out different combinations is preventing it from playing its strongest side which can be difficult for potential punters.
England’s batting did not perform at all otherwise we think 176 could have been chased down easily. Eoin Morgan looked in terrific form and seemed primed to get a big score before holing out against the run of play. Sam Curran at number 6 and Lewis Gregory at number seven is one batsman too less in this England set-up and we really think that Tom Banton can be given a go in the upcoming match.
The biggest problem with this new-look inexperienced England lineup is the lack of batting depth with the current combination they are playing. If England can add another batsman into the mix they are going to be much more formidable to play against.
Dawid Malan, Tom Banton, J Vince, Eoin Morgan, Sam Billings, Sam Curran, Lewis Gregory, Tom Curran, Saqib Mahmood, Patrick Brown, Matt Parkinson.
The team that wins the toss is going to want to field first
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The weather forecast for Nelson on Tuesday is quite good. The weather is expected to be dry with a few harmless clouds around. There has been just one T20 international played at the Saxton Oval before this match where New Zealand batted first and scored 187 against the West Indies.
It is difficult to judge the character of a pitch just on the basis of one match but there is every indication that the pitch is going to be a belter.
The boundaries are pretty small and the batsmen should be able to clear them quite easily.
170 should be seen as a par score at this venue.
Dream11 Team and Dream11 Prediction for New Zealand vs England 3rd T20 will have to make some educated guesses as per the team selection. We have already seen that England is not going to shy about trying new players even when it does not make complete cricketing sense to do so. This is why it is a must to reassess the Dream11 team after the toss and announcement of the playing elevens.
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England’s willingness to try out players even when it compromises their team strength makes us wary about betting on them. We think they still have the better team and should be able to beat New Zealand in most matches but advise seeing the playing eleven before placing your bets.
Bet on England to win.
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