Match Preview

India will face New Zealand in the 3rd T20I on 21 November at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. As India seeks a clean sweep against New Zealand in the third and final T20 International, captain Rohit Sharma will stick to his brutal style, although he may try out a couple of his reserve players. For New Zealand, it’s more about finishing the job following a gruelling schedule that will see them play five games in less than two weeks (since the T20 WC semi-final).

Pitch and Weather Report

The pitch is balanced and will be better suited for pacers.

Clear Skies with temperatures at 20 – 21° C


Total matches                                2

Matches won batting first             1

Matches won bowling first            1

Average 1st Inns scores               157

Average 2nd Inns scores              88

Highest total recorded                 196/6 (20 Ov) by IND vs SL

Highest score chased                   49/1 (5.3 Ov) by IND vs AUS

Lowest score defended                196/6 (20 Ov) by IND vs SL

Top Wicket-Keeper pick

1) Rishabh Pant – The left-handed batsman is a dynamic player from his squad. His excellent skills as a wicketkeeper are something that his team can benefit from.

Matches – 139

Runs – 3646

Average – 33.14

Top 4 Batsman Picks

1) Rohit Sharma – He has improved his game by being more technically sound, having a better awareness of his off-stump, a more compact approach, and a higher level of patience. His repertoire of hard-hitting shots in his arsenal will be vastly useful for his team.

Matches – 363

Runs – 9723

Average – 32.08

2) Mark Chapman – In a jumble of semi-professional and incompetent Hong Kong cricketers, Chapman’s talent was never in dispute. Chapman is one of only ten players in history to strike a century in his ODI debut, and the only batter from the affiliate team to do so. He attained the milestone when he bowled an unbeaten 124 against the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in Dubai on his debut.

Matches – 98

Runs – 1928

Average – 25.36                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       3) Martin Guptill – Guptill, an enigmatic stroke maker by design, has been a stalwart of New Zealand’s batting in white-ball cricket for many years. The rhythm of Guptill’s strokeplay is a fundamental characteristic of his hitting. He is a difficult batsman to stop when he is in form, because of his uncanny ability to deal with both pace and spin

Matches – 286

Runs – 8135

Average – 32.03

4) Lokesh Rahul – He is a dependable player, and his unwavering determination, compact, airtight technique, and persistent attention in the crease are all reasons to select him for the team.

Matches – 172

Runs – 5742

Average – 43.50

Top 4 Bowler Picks

1) Ravichandran Ashwin – Ashwin made a name for himself in the IPL with his shrewd and street-smart exploits in the shorter format of the game. He has made it a habit to pick up wickets, especially when the conditions are dry and dusty, which encourages turn. He’s created a reputation for himself in the shorter formats, where his accuracy and shrewdness have helped him establish himself as a reliable bowler.

Matches – 265

Wickets – 264

Economy – 6.91

2) Harshal Patel – In 2011, he made his first-class debut for Haryana against Delhi, taking 28 wickets in seven games. On a domestic level, he maintained his excellent performance and in the previous game, he was named Player of the Match.

Matches – 117

Wickets – 140

Economy – 7.94

3) Trent Boult – In the death overs, the left-arm quick medium bowler’s ability to swing the new ball and shift pace and lengths makes him a devastating bowler.

Matches – 144

Wickets – 169

Economy – 8.17

4)  TG Southee – He’s honed a wide range of delivery styles and is not only a great new-ball bowler, but he’s also an old-ball bowler, thanks to pace variations and reverse swing. Apart from being a deft bowler, Southee has also demonstrated his ability to strike the long ball several times.

Matches – 213

Wickets – 239

Economy – 8.22

Top 2 All-rounder Picks

1) Axar Patel – With his accurate bowling, he has challenged numerous batters, squeezing them for space and purchasing wickets, which is the need of the hour in T20 cricket. Axar Patel is one of India’s best developing players, with age on his side and a laser-like focus. He is tailor-made for limited-overs games, with the ability to score quick runs with the bat and the ability to smother the runs. He is expected to be an asset to the Indian side in the years to come.

Matches – 166

Runs – 1743

Average – 21.00

Wickets – 143

Economy – 6.83

2) Mitchell Santner – While some believe he is a brilliant bowler who can bat a little, given his technique and attitude, it is reasonable to term him a true hitter. For the time being, he is in the side as a jack-of-all-trades cricketer who can do a little bit of everything.

Matches – 115

Runs – 108

Average – 21.25

Wickets – 108

Economy – 7.10

Predicted Playing 11

IND: Rohit Sharma (C), Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Chahar, KL Rahul, Axar Patel, Shreyas Iyer, Venkatesh Iyer, Rishabh Pant (Wk), Harshal Patel.

NZ: Tim Southee (C), Trent Boult, Martin Guptill, Daryl Mitchell, Mitchell Santner, Mark Chapman, Tim Seifert (Wk), Glenn Phillips, Rachin Ravindra, Ish Sodhi, James Neesham.


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