With a victory in the second game against New Zealand, India sealed this three-match T20I series by 2-0 at Ranchi. While batting first, New Zealand had a cracking start in batting powerplay as they scored 48 runs in just 4 overs before losing Guptill for 31. Mark Chapman and Glenn Phillips made a partnership in the middle but like the first T20I, Indian spinners made a comeback and restricted them on 153/6.
in the second inning, Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul provided a decent start and made a chase so easy for the next batters. Both captain and vice-captain scored the fifties and Pant finished the game again with ease. In this last game of the series, India will look to give opportunities to some new faces and on the other hand, New Zealand will play to save a clean sweep.
Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Date and Time: November 21 | 7.00 PM IST
Weather: The weather will be clear as no rain predicted during match hours.
What can you expect?
Eden Gardens will have good conditions for batting. Both captains will aim to chase the target as dew will play a huge role again in this last match of the series. However, India can check themselves while batting first as they chased down totals in both games so far in this series
Probable Playing XIs
India made just one change in the playingXI as Harshal Patel made his debut in place of Mohammad Siraj. Harshal Patel put up a man-of-the-match performance in his debut match so he will retain his place in this third T20I as well. Apart from him, Venkatesh Iyer will also get another chance in this game. In the batting department, Ishan Kishan can get a game in the top order otherwise there will not be much change.
Probable playing XI: Rohit Sharma(c), KL Rahul/Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant(wk), Shreyas Iyer, Venkatesh Iyer, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Harshal Patel
On the other hand, New Zealand lost both the games so they will aim to win this game and get momentum before Test series. Both openers looked in good touch along with Chapman. In the bowling department, Southee and Boult will have more responsibility in death overs.
Probable Playing XI: Martin Guptill, Daryl Mitchell, Mark Chapman, Glenn Phillips, Tim Seifert(wk), Rachin Ravindra, Mitchell Santner, Todd Astley, Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson, Tim Southee(c).
It will be a high-scoring contest so top-order batsmen from both teams will be beneficial. Try to have more all-rounders in your team. Pick out bowlers who usually bowls the 16-20 overs from the team that bowls first. It is one of our ten mantras to pick the best fantasy team.Pick out players who were in good form in the recently concluded T20 World Cup.
Wicket-Keepers: Rishabh Pant will be an obvious pick form wicket-keeping section. He finished two consecutive run chases for India and he will look to continue it in this game too.
Batsmen: Martin Guptill and Mark Chapman are two best picks from New Zealand. Both batters have got good starts in both T20Is but couldn’t convert into big knocks. Rohit Sharma scored two half-centuries in two games and KL can be picked as fourth batsmen.
All-rounders: Darly Mitchell and Axar Patel can be selected from all-rounder section. Both players are providing a handful of fantasy points.
Bowlers: Harshal Patel and Ravi Ashwin picked wickets for India in the last game so both can be picked. Tim Southee and Trent Boult are no-brainers.
Captaincy Pick: KL Rahul is the best T20 batsman for India in this year. He is so consistent with his bat and provided good starts for India. Rohit Sharma also scored two half-centuries into two games so he is an another good performer to captain in your fantasy team.
A Cricket Writer