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Fantasy Cricket Match Predictions – 3rd T20I New Zealand v India


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3rd  T20I New Zealand v India - Fantasy Cricket Match Predictions

The 3rd match of the five-match T20I series between New Zealand and India will be played at the Seddon Park in Hamilton.

India have taken a 2-0 lead over the Kiwis in this five-match series and they are looking awesome. Unless New Zealand can find an answer to restricting the Indians batsmen from scoring runs quickly, then India will win this match as well, taking an unassailable 3-0 lead.

New Zealand do not have much quality on the bench to call upon. Despite them losing the first two matches, all-rounder Daryl Mitchell is not being preferred to Colin de Grandhomme and that is how it will remain.

Scott Kuggeleijn is an option who has had decent returns at the death but the hosts are uncertain of him being drafted in the playing XI despite both the matches not going in their favour. It seems that both Blair Tickner and Hamish Bennett are their best bet at the moment and they are expected to proceed with them.

India are also unlikely to go in with the same playing XI with Virat Kohli at the helm. It is not often that India play three matches without any change but that's what it seems like at the moment. Their only consideration would be to bring in Navdeep Saini in place of Shardul Thakur but with Thakur having performed decently well in the last game, they might decide against it.

The rest of the team looks quite settled. If India win this game and hence the series, they will then consider giving chances to other players in the remaining two matches.

Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams:

New Zealand - Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (c), Colin de Grandhomme, Ross Taylor, Tim Seifert (wk), Mitchell Santner, Blair Tickner, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Hamish Bennett

India - Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul (wk), Virat Kohli (c), Shreyas Iyer, Shivam Dube, Manish Pandey, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah


Key Players to Consider for your Fantasy Cricket Teams

New Zealand

Martin Guptill – needs to come to the party and score big

Colin Munro – is looking in top form and the Kiwis will be looking to him to score quickly with his opening partner Martin Guptill.

Colin de Grandhomme – has not come good yet, but is  a sleeping giant -  too good to leave out – can turn a game with bat or ball



Rohit Sharma – the ‘hitman’ – has failed in the first two T20Is and so he will go big in this match!

Virat Kohli – he is a match winner and can’t be left out of any fantasy team!

Ravindra Jadeja – as predicted, he had a great match in the 2nd T20I and is undoubtedly one of the finest T20I spinners in the world. Will play an important role in this match.

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