New Zealand’s only chance to continue the series is by winning this match against India this week. It was a tough first two matches for the hosts as they were thrashed by their visitors. Now, the pressure is on to this match as they have to put extra effort in holding their visitor’s success to save the series for them.
The hosts suffered a second consecutive defeat against their visitors and they aim to bounce back this time to keep stay alive in the series. Despite the good set of line-up in the batting, New Zealand does not have its best bowling attack as they failed to defend a low target of 133 runs and was charged for the target in 17.3 overs during the second match. Tim Southee was the only remarkable bowler from their side who picked two wickets in his 3.3 overs bowled out against 20 runs. Martin Guptill scored 33 runs on 20 deliveries with the help of four boundaries and two maximum sixes. Colin Munro scored 26 runs while Ross Taylor had 18 runs to his name.
The visitors are currently dominating this series with a victory in the first two games, thrashing their opponents in 6 wickets during the first game followed by 7 wickets win in the second. Winning this match will knock out their opponent in the whole series will be the first T20 series win against New Zealand at home. They entered this series with a strengthened batting department with Lokesh Rahul having two fifties to his name already. Shreyas Iyer also in good touch, maintaining a good momentum by carrying on where they left off in the first game with scores of 57* and 44 respectively. Ravindra Jadeja was the highest wicket-taker from their side who picked two wickets in his four overs bowled out against just 18 runs. Mohammed Shami and Yuzvendra Chahal were the only bowlers who failed to pick any wicket in the second match.
India had faced New Zealand in 13 T20 matches where India won five and New Zealand won eight matches.
New Zealand 2.36 – India 1.60
Date and Time:
Wednesday, January 29, 2020, 2:30 PM (GMT+8)
Seddon Park, Hamilton
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