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New Zealand v India 3rd T20I Preview: Kohli's Boys out to register first-ever T20I series win in Kiwi den

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India have never beaten New Zealand in a T20I series while touring. That is likely to change on Wednesday.

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On 28th January

Venue - Seddon Park, Hamilton

Start time - 07:00 AM GMT | 08:00 PM LOCAL | 12:30 PM IST

Head to Head record in T20Is -  New Zealand: 8 India: 5 Tied: 0 No Result: 0

Weather - Scattered showers, 27°C, Precipitation: 40%, Humidity: 70%, Wind: 27 km/h

From one interesting ground to another

After a long-haul flight from Bengaluru to Auckland, Team India would be happy that they haven't had to do much of that in the last few days. While both the first two T20Is were played in Auckland, India now move to Hamilton which is less than two hours away from Auckland via road.

Although the straight boundaries of the Seddon Park are also not too big, there would be no awkward angles or miniature boundaries that was the case in Auckland. The last time India played here was in an ODI when the team was bowled out for just 92.

"I think the dimensions of Hamilton are better than Auckland, it's an even field for the bowlers," Kohli said in the post-match presentation of the last game. This will mean a few more balls being pitched up with less fear of getting smoked over the sight screen.

Indian bowling v NZ bowling

The Indian bowling has been quick to adapt on this tour. While they over-pitched in the first T20I and took a serious beating, the bowling unit realised their mistake and adapted quickly right from the beginning in the 2nd T20I.

It was evident that the Indian bowlers were making an effort to pitch the ball shorter so that the New Zealand batsmen don't just pop it over the straight boundary.

The Indian bowling currently comprising Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal and Jasprit Bumrah is also looking a lot more well-rounded, skilled and seasoned as compared to the Kiwi bowling attack of Mitchell Santner, Blair Tickner, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi and Hamish Bennett.

It has been a bit surprising that all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme has not bowled for the Kiwis in both the matches.

History set to be made

India have not beaten New Zealand in a T20I series while touring ever. The last time the team toured, they came close to overturning that but it could not transpire. However, with a longish five-match series being held this time around, India have a golden opportunity of making history.

The team has won both of their first two games and it is highly unlikely that New Zealand will win all the remaining three matches from here on. Even if India win one or two the remaining three matches, which they almost certainly will, this will be the first time that India beat New Zealand in a T20I series in the latter's home.

No changes

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.

Here's 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

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

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India & Subcontinent: Star Sports, DD National (DD1), DD Sports, Hotstar

New Zealand: SKY Sport NZ

UK: Sky Sports Cricket

Australia: Fox Sports

South Africa: SuperSport

Canada: ATN Cricket Plus (Asian Television Network), CBN

USA: Willow TV, Hotstar

Malaysia: Astro Cricket HD

Middle East and North Africa (MENA): OSN Sports Cricket HD

Bangladesh: Gazi TV (GTV)


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