Ind vs Nz 3rd T20I: New Zealand will dream of winning the T20 series, how will Hardik’s team stop India?

Ahmedabad: When the Indian team takes on New Zealand (IND vs NZ) in the third and deciding T20 International on Wednesday, the pressure will be on the young top-order batsmen of the host country to perform well. It is fair to say that in the absence of experienced players like Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, the trio of Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan and Rahul Tripathi have failed to capitalize on the opportunities.

Ishaan-Gil are not making runs

With India out of T20Is for a long time after Wednesday’s match, the youngsters have one last chance to make an impression ahead of the Test series against Australia. Ishaan has failed to find rhythm with the bat since his double century in Bangladesh, while Gill has also struggled against the turning ball. Gill has failed to replicate the form in the ODI format in T20s.

Tripathi hasn’t been able to capitalize on the opportunities he has got in the absence of Kohli, who regularly bats at number three. Suryakumar Yadav and Hardik Pandya’s innings on Sunday helped India achieve the target of 100 runs with great difficulty. With this series, there is a demand to feed the returning Prithvi Shaw but there is no possibility of captain Pandya making a change in the playing XI in the decisive match.

Eyes on Arshdeep in bowling

The combination of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav in the bowling department has helped India put pressure on the opposition. It was surprising to get Chahal to bowl only two overs in the second T20 despite the pitch helping a lot. He also dismissed opener Finn Allen. Pacer Arshdeep Singh looked in fine touch in Lucknow after struggling with a no-ball, which should boost his morale ahead of the decider.

New Zealand expects from Phillips

New Zealand, on the other hand, would be hoping for a better performance from their middle order. The achievement of winning the series in India is enough to motivate the New Zealand team. Glenn Phillips has not been able to present his aggressive batting form so far and the team will expect a match-winning innings from him on Wednesday. Michael Bracebell, who performed brilliantly in the ODI series, is also expected to make a big innings.

Mark Chapman, who bats at number three, is also eyeing a big innings. New Zealand used eight bowlers in the last match with four spinners completing their quota of overs. The last T20 played here two years ago saw over 200 runs scored and after a low-scoring match in Lucknow, fans will be hoping to see big scores once again.

Teams are as follows:

India: Hardik Pandya (Captain), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Shubman Gill, Prithvi Shaw, Deepak Hooda, Rahul Tripathi, Jitesh Sharma, Washington Sundar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Arshdeep Singh, Umran Malik, Shivam Mavi and Mukesh Kumar.

New Zealand: Mitchell Santner (c), Finn Allen, Michael Bracewell, Mark Chapman, Devon Conway, Dane Cleaver, Jacob Duffy, Lockie Ferguson, Benjamin Lister, Daryl Mitchell, Glenn Phillips, Michael Rippon, Henry Shipley, Ish Sodhi, Blair Tickner.

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