Will India fix the winning combination in Napier?



India vs New Zealand national team, likely to play 11 in today’s India vs New Zealand 3 T20I match: Hardik Pandya’s India team will face New Zealand in the third and final T20I at McLean Park, Napier on Tuesday. Currently, India are leading 1-0 and a win against Napier will seal the series for the visitors. On the other hand, the Kiwis have a chance to save the series by picking up a victory and drawing a three-game series. The first T20 International of the three-match series in Wellington was canceled without a ball being bowled due to incessant rain.

In the Mount Maunganui match, played on Sunday, 20 November, India defeated the hosts by 65 runs. Pater Suryakumar Yadav smashed his second T20I, scoring an unbeaten 111 runs off just 51 balls. His turn consisted of 11 fours and 7 sixes. By the time the Kiwis could bounce back with their bowling, Suryakumar had laid the foundation for India’s victory. Notably, Tim South also completed his hat-trick earlier in the day. Hardik Pandya, Deepak Hooda and Washington Sundar filled the gauntlet at the end.

In the second innings, the Indians bowlers smashed the Kiwi batting line-up to ashes. The team got out on just 126 runs. Although captain Kane Williamson showed grit, scoring 61 runs off 52 balls, no other batsman could give him company on the field.

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For India, the all-rounder Deepak Hooda grabbed 4 middle-order wickets, emerging as the team’s highest wicket-taker. Yusvendra Chahal and Mohammad Siraj picked up 2 wickets each. While Bhuvneshwar Kumar picked up a wicket on debut, the multi-talented Washington Sundar also poached an important wicket for Devon Conway.

Meanwhile, New Zealand were hit hard as captain Kane Williamson is likely to miss the third T20I due to his health appointment.

India-New Zealand Potential Championship XI:

India’s expected starting lineup: Ishan Kishan, Rishabh Pant (week), Suriyakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Deepak Hooda, Hardik Pandya (centre), Washington Sundar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Arshdeep Singh, Muhammad Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal

New Zealand expected starting lineup: Finn Allen, Devon Conway (WK), Michael Bracewell (C), Glenn Phillips, Daryl Mitchell, James Nesam, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Adam Milne, Lucky Ferguson

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the difference:

India: Hardik Pandya (c), Rishabh Pant, Ishan Kishan, Shubman Gill, Deepak Hooda, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Sanju Samson, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldip Yadav, Harshal Patel, Mohammad Siraj, Bhuvneshwar Singh Kumar, Amrandeep.

New Zealand: Kane Williamson (c), Finn Allen, Michael Bracewell, Devon Conway (wk), Lucky Ferguson, Daryl Mitchell, Adam Milne, Jamie Neesam, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ish Soddy, Blair Tickner.

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