India and New Zealand are heading towards the 3rd T20I match of NZ’s tour of India (2021) on Sunday (November 21, 2021).
Though India missed a mark by getting derailed in the League Matches of ICC World Cup T20, the new chosen skipper Rohit Sharma has since pulled the team out of the dirt by smashing New Zealand’s playing XI in both the T20I bouts.
India managed to steal the thunder by a quick run chase thus defeating New Zealand by 5-wickets in the First T20I followed by a victory by 7-wickets in the Second T20I.
Coach Rahul Dravid must be looking forward to having the Men in Blue register a clean sweep on Sunday. Given that Tim Southee-led NZ cricket team is struggling as their batters haven’t made any significant contributions so far except Martin Guptill and Mark Chapman’s 70 & 63-run knocks in the first T20I.
Match: India Vs New Zealand(T20I 3 Of 3)
Date/Time: November 20, 2021 (Sunday), 7:00 pm IST.
Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata
The weather is very likely to be sunny with absolutely no chance of rainfall whatsoever. The maximum temperature is to be about 27°C with 65% humidity and a low chance of precipitation (10%).
With a total of 7 T20I matches so far on this Eden Gardens pitch, 5 of them were won by the team who chose to bowl first. Only two victories were registered by the first batting team so far.
This means that the team which wins the toss is sure to take up bowling first as the chances of restricting the batsmen to get on to a huge score would be very high.
Dew factor is also something to look at when it comes to the second innings as the Spinners lose control over the ball despite the pitch being slow overall. Thus run chase becomes considerably easy.
Probable playing XI (IND VS NZ)
With Harshal Patel being consistent with his form and Mohammad Siraj who’s likely to make a comeback after he was injured during the Second T20I, India might be looking to stop the black caps’ wagon to a low score after winning the toss on Sunday. (If that’s the scenario with the toss).
Both KL Rahul and skipper Rohit Sharma have held their respective grounds so far which would help in a smooth run chase in the opening overs.
Probable XI (INDIA)
Rohit Sharma (c), KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Venkatesh Iyer, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Harshal Patel.
Both Martin Guptill and Mark Chapman as mentioned above have played promising innings so far and are very likely to repeat the process to get the Kiwi’s to register their first victory in the T20 series.
Tim Southee and Trent Boult will have to take on the men in blue earliest by delivering excellent spells in the powerplay. Thus, putting their team in a safe state overall.
Probable XI (New Zealand)
Martin Guptill, Daryl Mitchell, Tim Seifert, Glenn Phillips (WK), Mark Chapman, Mitchell Santner, James Neesham, Tim Southee (C), Adam Milne, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult.
Players to keep an eye on
1. Suryakumar Yadav
2. Rohit Sharma
3. Lokesh Rahul (W)
4. Mohammad Siraj
5. Axar Patel
1. Mark Chapman
2. Martin Guptill
3. Trent Boult
4. Mitchell Santner
5. Tim Southee
Dream XI fantasy team pick.
Captain: KL Rahul
Vice-Captain: Daryl Mitchell
Wicketkeeper: Rishabh Pant
Batsmen: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Martin Guptill, Mark Chapman, Ruturaj Gaikwad
All-Rounders: Daryl Mitchell, Venkatesh Iyer
Bowlers: Tim Southee, Yuzvendra Chahal, Trent Boult, Harshal Patel
So far the observation of the bowling performances of Indian players is very likely to stop the Black Caps at a score of 150 to 170 at max. If New Zealand happens to win the toss, the opening partnership of India will be taking its time to ensure a total of more than 40 runs in the powerplay. The chances of India making the clean sweep is 70% as such.
Disclaimer: The following selections are made as per the analysis of previous player performances and several other factors. Please do your research as well to ensure maximum chances of securing the right choice.