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New Zealand vs India 3rd T20I Preview: India look to make it 2-0 in challenging conditions

India players celebrate a wicket
India players celebrate a wicket

Apart from a passing shower or two, the weather is not expected to play a big role in the 3rd T20 International in Napier. 

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Series to end with fans wanting more 

It is a shame that the first T20 International was washed out as the fans would have loved to see some gripping T20 cricket between the both sides after the second T20 International went completely one way due to the brilliant century from Suryakumar Yadav. 

The Kiwis will now look to bounce back in style to at least draw the series level. New Zealand made their selections along expected lines in the second T20 International with Adam Milne replacing Trent Boult in the playing XI. 

India had a few headaches regarding their selections and the way captain Hardik Pandya and stand-in coach VVS Laxman picked the side gave an indication of the direction in which they want to take the team. 

No reset for India 

There was a school of thought which wanted the team to do away with the likes of Bhuvneshwar Kumar altogether from T20Is. However, given that he had bowled brilliantly up until the semi final against England, that is not likely to happen. 

Bhuvi conceded just 12 runs from his 3 overs while also dismissing the dangerous Finn Allen off just the second delivery. That said, there will always be questions about his big game temperament as he hasn't really been able to fire on the big stage in recent times. 

The team went with all-rounder Washington Sundar at No. 7, a like-for-like replacement for Ravindra Jadeja who is currently unavailable due to injury. Sundar picked up two wickets while giving away 26 runs and showed his wicket taking ability. 

Deepak Hooda's bowling was a bonus for India as he delivered 17 balls and picked up 4 wickets, as a result of which New Zealand were bundled out for just 126 and could not even play their full quota of 20 overs. 

Chances for the bench 

Indian captain Hardik Pandya said at the end of the match that he wanted to give all the players in the squad a chance but that is obviously quite tough with the incumbents having played just one match. 

India still might want to fit Umran Malik in place of Mohammad Siraj. It is likely that only one out of the two swing bowlers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Arshdeep Singh will play with Harshal Patel coming in as he has been on the bench throughout the World Cup as well. 

Kuldeep Yadav will be a straight swap for Yuzvendra Chahal. The likes of Sanju Samson and Shubman Gill might have to wait for their opportunity which will come shortly in the one dayers. There is a case to rest SKY and give another batter a chance but with the nick that the batter is in, you want him to play as much as possible. 

Chapman to replace Williamson 

Captain Kane Williamson will miss this match due to a medical appointment and Mark Chapman will take his place in the playing XI, while Tim Southee will take over captaincy duties. Glenn Philips might get an opportunity to bat at number 3 and display the fireworks which we all know he is capable of doing. 

India will try to get another win on the board to take the series and keep moving forward after their T20 World Cup disappointment. 

Predicted Playing XIs 

New Zealand - Finn Allen, Devon Conway (wk), Glenn Phillips, Daryl Mitchell, Mark Chapman, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee (c), Adam Milne, Lockie Ferguson 

India - Ishan Kishan, Rishabh Pant (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Deepak Hooda, Hardik Pandya (c), Washington Sundar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar/Arshdeep Singh, Harshal Patel, Umran Malik, Kuldeep Yadav 

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