The 3rd match of the MasterCard T20 Trophy will be played between India and New Zealand at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. The match will start at 7:00 PM IST.
Before going into the saga of the third match let’s talk about the second T20 International match. The New Zealand skipper Mitchell Santner won the toss and decided to bat first. The Indian bowlers bowled straight and fuller line and length. They just did not allow the new Zealand batsmen to get on top of them and the spinners particularly created a havoc. The New Zealand batsmen tried a lot of pedal sweeps as well as conventional sweeps but nothing seemed to be working for them. The outstanding performance of the Indian bowlers did a marvellous led to a restricted 99 runs, snubbing out 8 wickets on top of it.
In their chase for 100 runs, the Indian side lost 4 wickets for 70 runs. In the end Hardik Pandey and Suriya Kumar Yadav’s steady partnership got them over the line, making 101 runs in 20 overs.
Although India have had a good tight game but the pitch in both the games played so far in the T20 series was fairly substandard. I am all for a contest between bat and ball, but this much turn in an international level T20 match is unacceptable. The groundsmen needed to prepare a more hard pitch, a pitch with sufficient pace and Bounce. They extravagant spin did work for the spinners but it was unfair to the fast bowlers.
All said and done now both the teams are in an interesting space. By the virtue of winning the 2nd T20 by six wickets the series stands at one all, going into Ahmedabad for the last and final Mastercard T20 Trophy. Both the sides have the opportunity to take the series but it will come down to nerves and will favour the ones who have more steel.
In this last and final encounter the set of 11 players with control, technique and quick thinking will rightfully take home the trophy. But the positive for India is that they have a good record in deciders, winning ten of them in the recent past and losing just one. So gear yourselves up for a mouth-watering prospect on the fine pitch of Ahmadabad, provided we get a good playing surface.
TFG Fantasy Stars for India vs New Zealand:
Ishan Kishan plays a perfect looking cut shot through the off side and can play a seriously hard slog sweep over mid-wicket against the spinners. He also plays a point and elegant looking cover drive through the covers. He is a pocket size dynamite and a pretty exciting player to watch. He has played 26 T20 International matches and, scored 652 runs with the bat ,an average of 26.08 and a Strike rate of 123.25 in his T20 International career so for .
Shubman Gill can play a glorious cut shot between point, the off side and a thumping pull shot through square leg and inside out shot with the spin over extra cover. The young cricketer is a beauty. He has played 05 T20 International matches and, scored 76 runs with the bat ,an average of 15.20 and a Strike rate of 128.81 in his T20 International career so for.
Suryakumar Yadav is an immensely attractive player to watch. He can drill the ball through the covers and play an excellent pull shot over deep mid-wicket. He can play funky lap shots over fine leg and can also play the lofted extra cover drive over extra cover. He has played 47 T20 International matches, scored 1651 runs with the bat, has an average of 47.17 and a Strike rate of 175.63 in his T20 International career so for .
Devon Conway he has played 37 T20 International matches and, scored 1233 runs with the bat, with an average of 47.42 and a Strike rate of130.47 in his T20 International career so for .Devon is a excellent player of the square cut through the point boundary. He is an exceptional player of spin bowling and can also play a smashing back foot punch in front of the offside. His slog sweep over mid-wicket is delightful.
Glenn Phillips can play a glorious cover drive through the covers and also plays a fantabulous cut shot through deep mid-wicket. He can play a delightful reverses sweep through the leg side. He has played 58 T20 International matches and, scored 1383 runs with the bat , with an average of 32.16 and a Strike rate of 145.57 in his T20 International career so far.
Finn Allen can play a excellently terrific cover drive through the covers and his on drive between mid-off and mid-on are extremely good looking. he plays a fine square drive through mid-wicket and an authority pull shot in front of square leg. He has played 27 T20 International matches, scored 613 runs with the bat, with an average of 22.70 and a Strike rate of 161.31 in his T20 International career so far.
Possible 11: IND
Shuman Gill, Ishan Kishan, Rahul Tripathi, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Deepak Hooda, Washington Sundar, Kuldeep Yadav, Shivam Mavi, Yuzvendra Chahal, Arshdeep Singh.
Possible 11: NZ
Finn Allen, Devon Conway, Glenn Phillips, Mark Chapman, Daryl Mitchell, Mitchell Santner, Michael Bracewell, Lockie Ferguson, Jacob Duffy, Ish Sodhi, Blair Tickner.
TFG Fantasy Picks for IND vs NZ