New Zealand will have an uphill task to save the series at Hamilton on Wednesday

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India vs New Zealand 2020 3rd T20 Match Prediction – The series-deciding match of this 5 match T20 International series will be played on Wednesday, 29th January 2020 at the Seddon Park in Hamilton. After the Indian team outplayed New Zealand in the first two games at Auckland, the Kiwis will now look for a magnificent turn around to save this series.

india vs new zealand 2020 3rd t20 match prediction

New Zealand hasn’t been too good with their batting unit. Even the experience of Williamson, Taylor, Guptill, and Munro wasn’t that great against a good bowling side. In the last 2 matches, the middle order couldn’t get going against Bumrah and co.

India vs New Zealand 2020 3rd T20 Match Prediction

Munro and Guptill gave New Zealand a decent start. But the middle order looked scratchy on Sunday. Williamson and Taylor couldn’t play the inning like they played on Friday at the same venue. In the 1st match of the series, both Williamson and Taylor scored impressive half-centuries and because of that, the Black Caps posted a challenging total on the board.

But on Sunday, nothing went in Williamson’s way. Their side struggled as a batting unit and in the end, it was Tim Seifert whose lusty blows allowed New Zealand to post a modest target of 132 runs in their 20 overs.

India vs New Zealand 2020 3rd T20 Match Prediction – To save the series, the top 4 of New Zealand should come good and that’s why there is a need to promote Ross Taylor at the number 4 batting position. He is the best player alongside Williamson, Guptill, and Munro. So, it does not make any sense if Taylor bats at 5 and an inexperienced player like De Grandhomme goes to bat at number 4.

Grandhomme should look to finish the innings along with Tim Seifert. In the last game, Taylor struggled to time the ball and was eventually out even before the 20th over. Now, New Zealand should look to bring a proper finisher along with Seifert. De Grandhomme was out twice to Jadeja in back to back innings. New Zealand should either drop him for this crucial contest or make him bat at number 5.

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The bowling of New Zealand does make an early impact but they are not able to keep the pressure on till the end. This happened on Friday and then repeated on Sunday as well. New Zealand is missing Boult and Fergusson in their squad. These two were the ones that provided the breakthrough for New Zealand in the past.

India vs New Zealand 2020 3rd T20 Match Prediction – But in their absence, New Zealand will want Southee to step up. He bowled well on Sunday and now will be expected to continue his good work and save the series for New Zealand. Bennett has been impressive but he is struggling to pick up wickets.

The spinners, Sodhi and Santner too aren’t that impressive. New Zealand can drop one of those and pick an aggressive pace bowling all-rounder instead. Daryl Mitchell or Tom Bruce can be a handy option for the hosts.

Both Mitchell and Bruce can bat and give their 4 overs with the ball. Their addition can bring more depth in the batting of New Zealand.

India vs New Zealand 2020 3rd T20 Match Prediction – Match Preview – Probable XI of Team New Zealand

Colin Munro, Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert, Daryl Mitchell, Blair Tickner, Tim Southee, Hamish Bennett, Tom Bruce, and Ish Sodhi.

India is on a roll. They have won 2 back to back T20 International matches against New Zealand for the first time and are in a line of winning their maiden T20 International series on New Zealand soil as well.

India will have to deliver just one more comprehensive performance on Wednesday. They will want to continue their victory.

The Indian bowlers didn’t give any chance to the New Zealand batsmen to free their arms. Bumrah, Dube, Thakur, and Shami were spot on with their lines and lengths. The pacers controlled the first and the last overs whereas the spinners cashed in the middle overs.

India vs New Zealand 2020 3rd T20 Match Prediction – Jaddu and Chahal have been brilliant. The Indian spinners have dominated more than the New Zealand spinners. Ish Sodhi and Mitchell Santner have not bowled that well as Jadeja and Chahal have bowled so far.

In the batting, it’s a double consistency and success for KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer. These two youngsters have soaked the pressure very well. India is 2-0 up in the series without any significant contributions of Skipper Kohli and vice-captain, Rohit Sharma.

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Rohit Sharma has not scored in double digits for 2 innings now. This is a very rare failure for Hit Man. Now, in the 3rd T20 against New Zealand, India should not loosen their grip on the series. For that Rohit will have to fire for India and Kohli too should make a significant contribution at Hamilton.

India vs New Zealand 2020 3rd T20 Match Prediction – India will also require the finishing touches from Manish Pandey. His finishing touches in the 1st game on Friday allowed India to be 1-0 in the series. But we still can’t understand why Dube has been preferred over Pandey at the number 5 position. Pandey has been the experienced batsman for India in the shortest format, but Dube is still a youngster. It was a good gesture from skipper Kohli to allow Dube to finish the game on Sunday but in crucial run chases, Manish Pandey should be the man to bat up the order.

With the two comprehensive winning performances, India is the favourites to win the series and in this series-deciding match, there is will be no change in their playing XI as well.

India vs New Zealand 2020 3rd T20 Match Prediction – Match Preview – Probable XI of Team India   

Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Ravindra Jadeja, Shivam Dube, Shardul Thakur, Mohd Shami, Yuzendra Chahal, and Jasprit Bumrah.

India is favourites to win the series on Wednesday. Will New Zealand avoid India’s victory run at Hamilton?

The answers will come to us on Wednesday, 29th January 2020. Live telecast will be shown on Star Sports Networks and live streaming will also be available on HOTSTAR mobile application. The match will start at 12:20 PM IST.

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