New Zealand vs India 2020: 3rd ODI, Mount Maunganui – Match Prediction; Well, the Indian National Cricket Team and New Zealand team will lock horns for one final time in the white-ball format before making their way to the longer version of the game. The home side will look for a whitewash while the Indian team would like to end the series on a positive note.
India had their task to cut out coming into the second ODI at Auckland against a confident Kiwi side. But much to the disappointment of their fans, the Men in Blue failed to cross the line and ended up losing the series with one game to go.
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The third ODI is now a dead rubber, but it would still mean a lot to India as they wouldn’t want the series to end in a whitewash.
The Indian bowling, though, was quite decent and looked in with a shout of folding up the Kiwis under 220 at one point.
For New Zealand, debutant Kyle Jamieson showed his all-round class and was assisted well by Tim Southee and Hamish Bennett with the ball. New Zealand would be keen for a whitewash to avenge the misery they suffered at the hands of the visitors in the T20I series.
The Kiwis didn’t bat too well in the second ODI in Auckland, but the way their second-string bowling attack stepped up under testing circumstances against an immensely strong batting line-up, is a good sign for the management.
The pitch at the Bay Oval, which was used for the fifth T20I, was a bit on the slower side; the ball was sticking into the surface a little. The surface might be similar on Tuesday and if that’s the case, the captain winning the toss would want to bat first for a change.
New Zealand vs India 2020: 3rd ODI – Match Prediction:
India have been complacent in the ODI series after whitewashing the Kiwis 5-0 in the T20Is and they have had to pay the price by losing the series. While it were the Indian bowlers who lost them the game in the first match, the Indian batsmen led to the team’s downfall the last time around.
The Kiwis are high on confidence at the moment and they know their conditions pretty well. They have hit the right lengths with the ball for most parts of the first two games and have also got their tempo right with the bat.
With India missing a couple of senior players, it would be tough for them to survive. Unless any magical performance from India, New Zealand will seal the game.