India Vs New Zealand 3rd T20 Match Preview
Heavy rain continued to pound Thiruvananthapuram, the venue deciding India Vs New Zealand 3rd T20, Match is played or Can be Cancelled due to heavy rain.
The Greenfield Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram will become India’s 50th international
cricket venue on Tuesday when India take on New Zealand in the deciding
third and final T20 International.
The first event that the Greenfield Stadium held was the 2015 National Games — the opening and closing ceremonies — followed by the SAFF Cup football later that year. But come Tuesday, the venue is expected to produce many runs on a quick outfield.
“It is going to be a good batting wicket with a quick outfield. BCCI curator K Sriram
from Karnataka is coordinating and helping us put the final touches.
They wanted to see how the newly-laid wicket behaves so we held a practice match 3-4 days back.
It turned out to be a high-scoring one. They are very happy with the ground.
I would say it is a ‘win toss, bat first wicket’,” George added.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and incumbent Thiruvananthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor will also attend the match.
Batting legend Sachin Tendulkar, who owns Indian Super League (ISL) outfit Kochi Blasters,
and Malayalam movie star Mohan Lal, who inaugurated the ticket sales. are also likely to attend
India is poised for their third T20 International series triumph in five years but would be wary of a strong fightback from the usually plucky New Zealand when the two sides clash in the second game of the three-match series in Rajkot on Saturday.
The comprehensive 53-run victory in the series opener at Delhi has put India firmly in the saddle for sweeping to a winning 2-0 lead at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium here in Kandheri.
The resounding victory, riding on the exhilarating batting exploits of their top-order and, in particular, openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma, was the country’s first-ever over the Kiwis in the shortest form of the game.
The 2007 World T20 champions have produced impressive death bowling with Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah leading the pace department, while the spinners also pitched in with some excellent bowling in the middle overs.
All-around strength of Both Teams
Considering the immense all-around strength that the hosts boast of, it’s going to be a Herculean task for the Kane Williamson—led New Zealand to prevent India from surging to a third T20I series victory in eight contests, going back to 2012—13, three of which were drawn encounters.
The last game is scheduled at Thiruvananthapuram on November 7.
The Indian top order batting, with superb stroke-makers in Dhawan, Sharma and Kohli, has to be tamed early if New Zealand hopes to carry on the fight till the series-ending game.
Dhawan and Sharma put on a record 158-run partnership that went into the 16th over to ensure that India ended up with a plus—200 total despite a brief wobble towards the end.
The Black Caps’ new ball attack of Trent Boult and Tim Southee lacked discipline in Delhi. It’s a bit of a surprise that these two experienced Kiwi bowlers have been ineffective with yorkers at the death, unlike the Indian duo of Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar.
And the catching to has let the Black Caps down in contrast to some superb outfield efforts by the Men in Blue.
“We were outplayed in all the areas, fielding included, which is something we pride ourselves on and something we need to be much better at in Twenty20 cricket,” Williamson had said after the Delhi loss to Virat Kohli-led India.
Virat Kohli led from the front
Kohli has led the team from the front and is himself fast approaching the 2000-run landmark in T20Is.
If the top batsmen fall cheaply, there are others spearheaded by former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni to come to the home team’s rescue.
In slow bowling too leggie Yuzvendra Chahal has continued to trouble the Black Caps’ batsmen, in particular, captain Williamson and senior pro-Ross Taylor who is unable to read the twirl on the ball off the wrist spinner’s hand.India Vs New Zealand 3rd T20 Match.
Only the left-handed Tom Latham, among the visiting team’s batsmen, has shown a consistently sound and effective approach against the spin bowlers.
India had clinched back-to-back wins in the last two games of the 50-over ODI rubber for a 2-1 verdict in their favour.
Incidentally, this would be the second T20 International to be played at this venue on the outskirts of the city which was the home venue of IPL side Gujarat Lions earlier this year. The first one was against Australia in October 2013, won by the home side.
It has also hosted two ODIs at this stadium — in 2013 and 2015 — and in both these games India ended up on the losing side against England and South African respectively.
It became a Test venue last season when India played against England.
India Vs New Zealand 3rd T20 Teams (from):
India: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shikhar Dhawan,(Wicket Keeper) Ms Dhoni, Shreyas Iyer, Dinesh Karthik, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Siraj, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, KL Rahul.
New Zealand: Kane Williamson (captain), Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Tom Bruce, Colin de Grandhomme, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Adam Milne, Colin Munro, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee.
The match Will Be Stated On at 7 pm IST.
Live Match Commentary in English & Hindi on Star Sports Channel.