After losing the first T20I at Wellington with a huge 80-run difference, team India bounced back in the second T20I at Auckland by winning it by 7-wickets. Now, the three-match T20I series is levelled with the last match remaining.
Indian all-rounder Krunal Pandya displayed a brilliant inning through his bowling as he ended up taking 3 important wickets and later while chasing the target, Indian skipper exploded a quick half century and motivated the Men in Blues.
The three-match T20I series between New Zealand and India is now levelled and the final and deciding match will take place at Seddon Park, Hamilton on February 10.
Lockie Ferguson wasn’t named in the squad for the third T20I and should be replaced by either Doug Bracewell or newcomer Blair Tickner.
Daryl Mitchell was unlucky to be given out in the second T20I and should play this game as well considering his added bowling prowess.
Team (from): James Neesham, Colin Munro, Tim Seifert(WK), Kane Williamson (C), Ross Taylor, Daryl Mitchell, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Scott Kuggeleijn, Doug Bracewell, Blair Tickner, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson, Ish Sodhi.
Possible XI: Colin Munro, Tim Siefert(wk), Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Colin de Grandhomme, Daryl Mitchell, Ish Sodhi, Mitchell Santner, Blair Tickner, Doug Bracewell and Tim Southee.
Krunal Pandya was the star with the ball and has truly justified his position in the side. Yuzvendra Chahal went wicketless and could be replaced with Kuldeep Yadav, who would be itching for a go.
Vijay Shankar has been given opportunity only with the bat as of now and with the expectations of his inclusion in the Indian squad for the World Cup he might feature in the third T20I as well.
Team (from): Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma (C), Shubman Gill, MS Dhoni(WK), Rishabh Pant, Kedhar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Krunal Pandya, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Sidharth Kaul and Khaleel Ahmed.
Possible XI: Rohit Sharma(c), Shikhar Dhawan, Vijay Shankar, Rishabh Pant, MS Dhoni(wk), Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar and Khaleel Ahmed.
Fantasy Tips and Suggestions:
Wicket-keeper: Tim Seifert was adjudged ‘Man of the Match’ in the first T20I and is crucial to the Kiwis at the top. But MS Dhoni is also continuing his good form over the last few matches. So either of them could be a great pick.
Batsmen: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Rishabh Pant possess the capability to turn around things for India following their brilliant form in the format and similarly Kane Williamson and Colin Munro can go along with the likes.
Although, Colin Munro has failed to convert his starts into a seizable contribution till now in the series. Ross Taylor has also been impressive as he maintained his strike rate above 100.
All-rounders: India brothers duo Krunal and Hardik Pandya are must have in the fantasy team as they both showed the calibre with a well economical spell. Krunal took three crucial wickets to force Kiwis on the back-foot.
Colin de Grandhomme is also capable of stretching the total of their team at the last moment. Either of Daryl Mitchell or Mitchell Santner would be a very handy option in the team.
Bowlers: Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been lethal with his bowling as he inherits the ability to make a comeback being under-pressure. He dismissed Seifert early in the second T20I who led Kiwis to a humongous score in the first T20I. Kuldeep Yadav can also be picked if he features in the last T20I.
Ish Sodhi and Tim Southee could play a vital role with the ball for the Black Caps.
Captain: Shikhar Dhawan has been in brilliant form in the format. He also performed admirably in the ODI series and is the front-runner for the captain. Along with him, skippers Kane Williamson and Rohit Sharma are the other options with both of them being amongst the best there are in the international circuit.
Fantasy Suggestion #1:
MS Dhoni(wk), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Colin de Grandhomme, Ish Sodhi, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Tim Southee.
Captain: Rohit Sharma.
Fantasy Suggestion #2:
Tim Seifert(wk), Shikhar Dhawan, Ross Taylor, Kane Williamson, Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya, Mitchell Santner, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Krunal Pandya, Doug Bracewell and Ish Sodhi.
Captain: Kane Williamson.