- Match: New Zealand vs India, 3rd T20I, India tour of New Zealand, 2020
- Date: Wednesday, January 29, 2020
- Time: 07:00 AM GMT
- Venue: Seddon Park, Hamilton
Team India has produced a surprisingly good performance right after landing in New Zealand. After having won the first match, Virat Kohli’s men put up an excellent show in the 2nd T20I of the 5-match series as well and won the game comprehensively by 7 wickets.
India now leads the series 2-0 and has commenced their tour to New Zealand with a bang. The Kiwis have a lot to sort out and appear to be struggling without some key bowlers in their ranks.
India Match Form
Team India won the second match courtesy of a special bowling performance. On a pitch that was slow, the Indian bowlers led by Jasprit Bumrah didn’t allow the Kiwi batsmen to settle in at all. Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja was the pick of the lot, ending with terrific figures of 18-2 in 4 overs. Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal and Shivam Dube did the supporting job superbly well.
India’s batting is looking solid as once again they managed to win a game without significant contributions from their star batsmen, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. Opener Lokesh Rahul is in amazing form and Shreyas Iyer is doing a terrific job as the No.4 batsman. With the likes of Shivam Dube and Manish Pandey also looking good, the Indian batting looks very strong.
New Zealand Match Form
For New Zealand, there are two main issues that they need to address right away: their middle-order’s form and the lack of bite in their bowling. While openers Martin Guptill and Colin Munro have been providing decent starts, the middle-order has failed to capitalize. Captain Kane Williamson, Colin de Grandhomme and Ross Taylor would need to be much better if they hope to stop India. Perhaps, they can send wicket-keeper Tim Seifert up the order as he has shown sparks of great talent.
New Zealand’s bowling is certainly struggling against India’s batting might. The likes of Hamish Bennett, Blair Tickner and Ish Sodhi haven’t been able to do much. Tim Southee and Mitchell Santner, as the senior bowlers, would have to ensure they share as much of the responsibility as possible.
New Zealand vs India 3rd T20I Cricket Betting Tips
The average 1st innings score at Seddon Park, Hamilton is 172. Totals of 200-plus have been achieved on 4 occasions here in just 9 matches with the highest one being 212-4 by New Zealand against India in 2019. This is thus another great batting surface we should expect a feast of runs when New Zealand host India on the venue for the 3rd T20I of the series.
The team batting first would look to score 190-200 and the total number of runs scored in the game is likely to be around 380-400 runs.
New Zealand is expected to fight back hard and might run India close with a great batting performance. However, the chinks in their bowling are too evident at present. India are looking solid and appear to be getting into great shape as a side with all bases covered. Unless they play below par, India should clinch the 3rd T20I.