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The ongoing T20I series between New Zealand and India has turned out to be a lot different than ODIs did. New Zealand have fared a lot better in the shortest version of the game and are in a position to seal the series with a win. The series is tied at 1-1 with final going to be played in a day's time at Seddon Park in Hamilton. With both teams having done extremely well in their respective wins, the focus will be to iron out the wrinkles which were highlighted in the opening two games. The two teams are well and truly matched as far as the skills are concerned and it might well come down to handling the pressure in the final contest. The two forgone contests haven't really been closely fought, but with both teams having a win each in their kitty, this match is certainly going to be a humdinger of a game.
New Zealand have had see-saw series thus far. They annhulated India by a record margin of 80-runs in the first match before the visitors returned the favor in the subsequent match.
Unlike the first game, New Zealand's top-order failed to do anything of substance. However, it was welcoming to see Colin de Grandhomme get some quick runs towards the back-end of the game which propelled the hosts to a competitive total. The Kiwis have a strong batting lineup which was apparent in the first game of the series. However, Kane Williamson and Colin Munro are struggling to score big despite getting the starts which is something the management will be concerned about.
The biggest setback for the Kiwis is the ankle issue to Lockie Ferguson who is likely to sit out in the third match. Ferguson appeared to trouble Indian batsmen with his pace and bounce in the first match and his presence will be felt. Blair Tickner is expected to come into the side who has been exceptional in the Super Smash so far.
All in all, the Kiwis have done reasonably well in the two matches in both the departments of the game. They have a batting lineup that goes deep and an army of strikers who can hit the ball a long way right from the word go. Santner did well in the opening game and might be effective on Hamilton's pitch. Regardless of how second match panned out for them, the Kiwis will not be easy to defeat in the final match of the series.
Tim Seifert, Colin Munro, KS Williamson, Daryl Mitchell, Ross Taylor, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Scott Kuggeleijn, TG Southee, IS Sodhi, Blair Tickner.
The tourists will certainly be pleased by the way they bounced back in the second match following an embarrasing defeat in the opening game of the series. The quick bowlers, especially Bhuvneshwar Kumar, executed their plans brilliantly in the powerplay overs, which was capitalised upon pretty well by the spinners.
Krunal Pandya troubled the hosts with his accurate slow left-arm bowling and returned with three wickets against his name. The surface at Seddon Park tends to assist spinners and we might see Kuldeep Yadav come into the side at the expense of Khaleel Ahmed.
Indian batting misfired in the first game, but the way openers did in the second game would have certainly made Indians fans happy. Rohit Sharma smashed away many records on his way to 29-ball fifty and will be looking to play a big knock - something which he does so often when on song. The only apparent problem for India is their unreliable middle-order which can crack under pressure.
Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, RR Pant, V Shankar, MS Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed.
Captains have more often than not elected to bowl first after winning the toss at this venue which completely resonates with the recent trend in T20 cricket. We do not think captains are going to deviate away from the trend and bowling first will be the choice of both the captains after winning the toss.
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It is the same venue where India were bundled out for 92 in the fourth match of the ODI series. While that was primarily due to Trent Boult's brilliant use of the new ball, we are unlikely to see much assistance for quick bowlers this time around. Seddon Park is known to assist spinners traditionally and that might be the case again.
It's an important game where both the sides will be looking to finsh this long tour on a happy note. Indians emerged to be a better team in the 50-over format, but New Zealand have really challenged them hard in the shortest version of the game. With the likes of Colin Munro, Tim Seifert, Colin de Grandhomme, and Ross Taylor in fine form, this Kiwi batting lineup cannot be taken lightly. However, they have a rather inexperienced bowling attack which can be exploited at Seddon Park. Indians, on the other hand, are a little light in their middle order, but are over-powered at the top. Indian spinners might come in handy on this surface which is traditionally known to be conducive to slower bowling which is the only factor separating the two sides. Considering the above-mentioned factors, the Indians appear to be better-placed to win the upcoming encounter.
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