With historic series victories in Australia, and later the ODI series in New Zealand, the Indian Cricket team has an opportunity to create history in New Zealand with its first T20 series win. Rohit Sharma will once again assume the captain role in the absence of Virat Kohli.
The series is leveled 1-1 and with a win tomorrow (10 February 2019) at Hamilton, India will register a historic series win.
— BCCI (@BCCI) February 8, 2019
India vs New Zealand Predicted XI
India will in all probability go with an unaltered side that it played in the first two T20s at Wellington and Auckland respectively. The Men in Blue registered their the biggest loss in the first T20I by a huge margin of 80 runs but came back strongly in the second T20I by clinching the match by 7 wickets.
The openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma have shown good form while third and fourth spots have been interchangeable with Vijay Shankar and Rishabh Pant. Vijay Shankar has looked solid with his batting.
The captain has has underutilized his bowling. Rishabh Pant was outstanding in the last game, hopefully, he will continue his form. MS Dhoni has proved to be a good foil for the other batters around him including that of Hardik Pandya. Dinesh Karthik hasn’t been able to get going in the series also he has dropped a few catches.
In the bowling department, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Khaleed Ahmed were taken to the cleaners in the first game but the seamers bounced back in the second match. Left-arm spinner Krunal Pandya was fantastic in the second game also winning the man of the match for his 3 wickets.
Yuzvendra Chahal has also been consistent and economical. So India looks all settled to register a 2-1 series win.
However, India will face tough competition from Kane Williamson and his men. Openers Colin Munro and Tim Seifert along with the experienced Ross Taylor can pull off a game any day. Also, the bowlers Lockie Ferguson and Ish Sodhi are world class.
The third T20I between India and new Zealand begins at 12:30 pm IST tomorrow.
India: Rohit Sharma (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Krunal Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul, Khaleel Ahmed, Shubman Gill, Vijay Shankar, Hardik Pandya, Mohammad Siraj.
New Zealand: Kane Williamson (c), Doug Bracewell, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Scott Kuggeleijn, Colin Munro, Daryl Mitchell, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Blair Tickner, James Neesham.