India are set to cross swords against New Zealand in the final T20I of the three-match series on Sunday (November 21) in Kolkata. The home side have wrapped up the series by winning the first two encounters by five wickets and seven wickets respectively. Under the new head coach Rahul Dravid, India have made a good start.
Rohit Sharma also made a positive start to his full-time captaincy tenure in T20Is. He has looked solid in batting, providing India with a good start upfront. In the bowling department, Ravi Ashwin and Bhuvneshwar Kumar have picked up regular wickets. Harshal Patel, who has had a terrific IPL during this year, managed to do well in the second T20I.
He used his variations smartly and showed he belong to that level. Suryakuamr Yadav has also looked good. With different players stepping up, India have managed to win games comfortably.
New Zealand have looked ordinary in both games. The bowling, which has always been their stronger suit, has looked tired. Barring Mitchell Santner and Tim Southee, the rest of the bowlers have leaked runs. The absence of Kane Williamon and Devon Conway can be clearly felt as the team has struggled for momentum in the middle overs.
Kolkata will host the third and final T20I. The pitch will on the slower side. The average first innings score is 150.
The temperature will hover around at 32 degrees Celsius. The evenings will be slightly cooler.
Playing Combination India
KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma (c), Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Venkatesh Iyer, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Harshal Patel
Playing Combination New Zealand
Martin Guptill, Daryl Mitchell, Mark Chapman, Glenn Phillips, Tim Seifert (wk), James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Adam Milne, Tim Southee (c), Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult
Matches- 20, India – 10, New Zealand– 9, N/R- 1, Tied- 0
Matches- 8, India – 4, New Zealand– 3, N/R- 1, Tied- 0
India vs New Zealand Broadcast details
Match Timings – 7:00 PM IST
TV – Star Sports Network
Live Streaming – Disney + Hotstar