Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad
Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad (Image Credit: BCCI)

Last Update on: January 31st, 2023 at 05:22 pm

NZ vs IND Weather Report Live Today And Pitch Report of Narendra Modi Stadium Ground A, Motera, Ahmedabad, 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

Mitchell Santner will feel upset with the performance of his batters in the last 2nd T20I game. They didn’t adjust to the conditions and fell 20 runs short of what would have been a good score on that surface. Having allowed the Indians to level the series, Mitchell Santner and his boys need to pull out a good show in this game and grab the series.

Finn Allen and Devon Conway have done well in the last 12 months, and the side will expect a strong show from them in this game. Glenn Phillips has to score quick runs in the middle order along with Mark Chapman and Daryl Mitchell. Michael Bracewell and Mitchell Santner must do well down the order as the Indian bowling attack shall challenge them.

Mitchell Santner And Michael Bracewell (PC-BCCI)
Mitchell Santner And Michael Bracewell (PC-BCCI)

The bowling attack is a bit weak for the side, and they will need tight spells with the new ball from Jacob Duffy and Michael Bracewell. Mitchell Santner must lead from the front and bowl good spells along with spinner Ish Sodhi. They will also need tight bowling from pacer Lockie Ferguson and Mark Chapman in this series decider.

NZ vs IND: New Zealand Predicted Playing XI:

Mitchell Santner (c), Finn Allen, Devon Conway (wk), Mark Chapman, Daryl Mitchell, Glenn Phillips, Michael Bracewell, Ish Sodhi, Jacob Duffy, Lockie Ferguson, Blair Tickner

NZ vs IND Weather Report Live Today And Pitch Report of Narendra Modi Stadium Ground A, Motera, Ahmedabad, 3rd T20I, 2023

There will be clear skies over Ahmedabad on February 01, and one expect to see a cool evening. The wicket is two-paced, and batsmen would have to be watchful. Spinners will enjoy the conditions in this game, as the dry surface would make the ball turn. The side batting first in the NZ vs IND 3rd T20I would need 180 runs or more on the board to feel safe.

Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad, has a flat surface and a quick outfield. Batsmen who build their innings have been more successful here. Fast bowlers rely on their variations to earn rewards on this surface. It has been a happy hunting ground for the spinners as the ball can turn sharply and stop on the batsmen.

The wicket here is a challenging one to bat first. Most sides have won games here, chasing the score as the flat surface allows big scores to be chased easily. The side winning the toss in this NZ vs IND 3rd T20I game would be happy to invite the opponent to bat first.

According to, the temperature on Matchday-1st February, Wednesday will be 14 degrees Celcius at night. Winds will be from ENE at 10 to 15 km/h. Humidity will be 49% and there is only 1% chance of rainfall at night. The 3rd NZ vs IND T20I match will start at 7 pm.

Team India has played six T20Is in Ahmedabad so far, winning four and losing two. The newly built Narendra Modi Stadium at Ahmedabad has witnessed 5 T20Is with India winning 3 and England winning 2 in the 2021 T20I 5 match series. India won by 11 runs in the 1st T20I against Pakistan at this venue in 2012.

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