NZ vs IND: IND Playing 11 for NZ 3rd T20I, 2023

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NZ vs IND: IND Playing 11 for NZ 3rd T20I, 2023.  India will lock horns with New Zealand in the third NZ vs IND T20I on Wednesday (February 1). India won the second T20I in Lucknow, and have leveled the three-match T20 series 1-1. A win in Ahmedabad will help Hardik Pandya-led side maintain the number-one ranking as well as help India win the series.

It will be a series decider in the third and final NZ vs IND match after the hosts Indians won the second game by 6 wickets and leveled the series. The Kiwis could manage only 99 runs on the board, and the Indians also struggled in the run chase finishing the game with a ball to spare. As both sides go into the series decider, they will have to produce their best show to win the game.

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Indians have dominated the Kiwis in this format of the game. They have lost only twice against New Zealand in the last 10 games. The side plays at home, and they have good knowledge of the conditions. It will be interesting to see if the Kiwis can defeat the Indians in the latter’s backyard and grab the NZ vs IND T20I series.

India vs New Zealand- NZ vs IND
India vs New Zealand- NZ vs IND(Credits: Twitter)

Skipper Hardik Pandya will feel relieved after his side managed to level the series in the last game. There was a lot of criticism of the Indian bowlers in the first game. The Indian side has gained momentum with the last win, and they will look to grab the series 2-1. Hardik Pandya will look for a good show from his bowlers, as it has been one of the concerns for the side in the last two years.

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Hardik Pandya And Deepak Hooda (PC-BCCI)
Hardik Pandya And Deepak Hooda (PC-BCCI)

Shubman Gill and Ishan Kishan can play their strokes, and the side will look for a good start in this game after failures in the first two T20Is. Suryakumar Yadav has been in exceptional form, and he will look to anchor the innings in the middle order with Rahul Tripathi and Washington Sundar. Hardik Pandya is one of the best hitters down the order, and the side will like to see him add quick runs with all-rounders Deepak Hooda and Shivam Mavi.

The bowlers used the conditions well in the last game, and the side will expect a good show from Hardik Pandya and Washington Sundar with the new ball. Spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav bowled brilliantly in the last game, and they will need to repeat the magic. Arshdeep Singh, Shivam Mavi, and Deepak Hooda complete a well-balanced attack for the team.

It’d be interesting to see whether Prithvi Shaw gets a place in the playing 11 with openers Shubman Gill and Ishan Kishan showing no signs of form in the first two NZ vs IND T20Is alongside No. 3 batter Rahul Tripathi.

NZ vs IND: India Predicted Playing XI:

Hardik Pandya (c), Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan (wk), Rahul Tripathi, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Washington Sundar, Shivam Mavi, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Arshdeep Singh

NZ vs IND: IND Playing 11 for NZ 3rd T20I, 2023

Shubman Gill

Shubman Gill
Shubman Gill. Pic Credits: Twitter.

Shubman Gill, the opener, has been in scintillating form in the 50 overs ODI circuit and also made his debut in India vs Sri Lanka T20I series. He scored 7 in the 1st NZ vs IND T20I and 11 in the 2nd NZ vs IND T20I. In 5 T20Is, he has managed 76 runs averaging 15.2 including a 46 in the 3rd India vs Sri Lanka T20I. In 21 ODIs, he has amassed 1254 runs averaging 73.76 with 4 tons including a double ton (208).

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