The Indian Cricket team has been in a great form since the 2019 ODI World Cup and they are looking unstoppable at the moment. Virat Kohli’s men wrapped up the series on Wednesday establishing a 3-0 lead over New Zealand.
Despite being at home, Kane Williamson’s team have been second best so far. In the third T20, the captain led from the front. But in the end, failed to get his team over the line.
Team India’s Dream Run In New Zealand Continues:
The Men in Blue have successfully tamed the Kiwis, that too at their home in the past few games. While in the first T20, New Zealand scored a mammoth 203 runs, which India chased down with relative ease.
In the second T20, the home side could only muster up a small total of 132 runs, credit to the Indian bowlers for that. And finally, in the third T20, India batted first, and scored 179, courtesy of a powerful inning from Rohit Sharma.
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New Zealand seemed to be heading for a win, but somehow they failed to score two runs in four balls and the match got tied instead.
Rohit revealed after the match that he was not expecting a super over, but nonetheless, he helped India to chase down the target of 18 runs set by the Black Caps.
The attention now switches to Wellington where the fourth T20 will be played. Both sides would like to win the remaining games, to head to the ODIs with some momentum.
Date and Venue: January 31, 2020, 12.30 pm, Westpac Stadium, Wellington.
New Zealand v India 2020 – Playing Combinations:
Now that the series is in the bag, India can afford to test its bench strength. Two men who could well and truly start the game on Friday are Washington Sundar and Navdeep Saini. With an eye on the upcoming T20 World Cup in Australia, India can try all permutation combinations to find their best team.
India’s Predicted XI:
Rohit Sharma, K.L. Rahul, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Washington Sundar, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav and Navdeep Saini.
Things just haven’t worked out for the home side in this series and they should now try and learn from their mistakes. Having one eye on the ODI series, New Zealand should get their house to avoid the same outcome from T20Is.
New Zealand Predicted XI for Wellington T20I:
Ross Taylor, Tim Southee, Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson, Hamish Benett, Daryl Mitchell, Colin Munro, Ish Sodhi, Tim Seifert, Mitchell Santner, Scott Kuggeleijn.
Head to Head Record:
Played – 14
Won by New Zealand – 8
Won by India – 6
New Zealand v India 2020 – Match Prediction:
Virat Kohli hinted in his post-match comments about giving some young players a chance so the Men in Blue could rotate a couple of players. Make no mistake, these changes will not weaken the Indian side though. New Zealand themselves could bring in a few fresh faces.
While the fourth T20 will not be as feisty as the third one, with their pride on the line, expect New Zealand to go all out for this one.
However, the current form of the Indian team does give them an edge which could turn the tables in their favour.
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