- Match: New Zealand vs India, 5th T20I, India tour of New Zealand, 2020
- Date: Sunday, February 02, 2020
- Time: 07:00 AM GMT
- Venue: Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui
Another Super Over featuring New Zealand and another agonizing loss. The Kiwis lost the 4th T20I against India at Wellington courtesy the Super Over – that’s two back-to-back tied games they have now given away. At one point New Zealand was coasting but due to some poor batting by them and some smart bowling by India, the game was tied. India clinched the Super Over and now leads the series 4-0.
New Zealand would be ruing their lost chances and wondering how they botched this game up. It will be difficult for them to come back after a deflating defeat like this. India will thus begin as favorites for the 5th and final T20I on Sunday.
India once again produced a poor performance after batting first. They were tottering at 88-6 in the 4th ODI but courtesy a superb unbeaten 50 by Manish Pandey lower down the order they were able to post a respectable score. Skipper Virat Kohli fell for a low-score again and he would now be itching to make a big impact in the final game. Sanju Samson, who replaced Rohit Sharma in the last match, is likely to be given another opportunity.
In the last game the seamers Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur and Navdeep Saini were excellent for India. Saini, especially, was outstanding with his pace and variety and is a future star to watch out for. Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, however, was quite expensive again and is likely to be replaced by Kuldeep Yadav in the 5th T20I.
The Kiwis are clearly struggling to perform as a cohesive unit. Their middle and lower order has failed to capitalize on the situation and their bowling is too dependent on a couple of performers. Martin Guptill and Colin Munro have given the team relatively good starts but the likes of Ross Taylor and the others haven’t done anything noteworthy. Tim Seifert has been a revelation and his attractive 57 at No.3 in the previous game has likely sealed the position for him. The unavailability of Kane Williamson due to injury hurt them bad in the 4th match and New Zealand would be praying that their best batsman returns for the final game.
The spin duo of Mitchell Santner and Ish Sodhi has been brilliant for New Zealand. Unfortunately, the other bowlers haven’t delivered. Hamish Bennett and Scott Kuggeleijn, along with the experienced Tim Southee would need to do a lot better if they hope to stop India.
Zealand vs India 5th T20I Cricket Prediction
The pitch at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui – the venue for the 5th T20I between New Zealand and India – is expected to be a belter. This is a high-scoring venue and the average score on batting first here is 181 with the highest total achieved being a colossal 243-5 by New Zealand against the West Indies in 2018. Thus, expect a high-scoring game and the team batting first should post 190-200 runs on the board to feel safe.
New Zealand haven’t really enjoyed the home advantage in this series and are unlikely to in the 5th and final T20I. They are bound to give a desperate try but will be quite deflated after that loss in the last match.
India, on the other hand, have found ways to eke out victories from impossible situations and despite not playing to potential. They will be flying high on confidence and will come hard at the home side. Expect India to clinch the 5th T20I and affect a rare 5-0 clean sweep.