New Zealand vs India Prediction – 3rd T20I Match

Who will win New Zealand vs India, 3rd T20 2020?

India secured a comprehensive seven-wicket victory over New Zealand in the second T20 international at Auckland to go 2-0 up in the five-match series. The visitors will look to seal the series when the two teams face-off against each other at the Seddon Park in Hamilton for the third T20I. The match will be played on January 29 with live telecast scheduled to begin at 8 PM local time.

Before the hosts could recover from the shocking loss in the opening game, they suffered an even heavier defeat in the second T20I on Sunday. None of their batsmen were able to reach a score of 40 and that just summed up the day for them. The Kiwis huffed and puffed their way to 132 before brisk knocks from the in-form KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer made light work of the target that was achieved with two-and-a-half overs remaining. While India will be going into the next game brimming with confidence, New Zealand find themselves in a must-win situation and will have to come up with a much better performance at Hamilton to keep themselves alive in the series.

NZ vs IND Toss Prediction

Even though three of the last four T20 internationals at this venue have been won by the side batting first, the toss-winning skipper may still opt to chase as it will be difficult to gauge a safe score on this flat track.

NZ vs IND Weather Report

A bit of cloud cover can be expected throughout the game. Chances of rain, however, are very low and so we are likely to have a full forty-over contest. Temperatures could be around 21 degrees Celsius.

NZ vs IND Pitch Condition

The Seddon Park generally offers excellent batting pitches. 190+ has been scored on five occasions here in the last four T20Is and 172 is the average first-innings score at this ground in this format of the game.

New Zealand

A below-par batting performance from the Blackcaps in the 2nd T20I led to a 7-wicket defeat. Batting first at Eden Park, Auckland, the same venue where they scored 203 runs in the previous game, New Zealand finished with 135-5. 

Following the opening stand of 48 runs in 6 overs between Guptill and Munro, the home team lost 3 wickets for 33 runs in the next 39 balls. This collapse in the middle-order put Ross Taylor and Tim Seifert under pressure, not allowing them to play their natural game.

Colin de Grandhomme has failed to score anything significant at numbers 3 and 4 in the last two innings. Ravindra Jadeja dismissed Grandhomme on both occasions for 3 and 0 runs. Guptill, on the other hand, scored 33 and 30 runs in his last two outings at a strike rate of 150 above. Tim Southee and Mitchell Santner both improved their bowling economies after expensive spells in the 1st T20I.

India

India must be satisfied with batting efforts in the last match. While Kohli and Rohit Sharma were dismissed early in the innings, opener KL Rahul and number 4, Shreyas Iyer played a matured innings in the middle. 

The two batsmen added 86 runs for the 3rd wicket in 67 balls, taking the score from 39-2 in 5.2 overs to 125-3 in the 17th over. While Rahul scored his 2nd consecutive fifty of the series, Iyer was out for 44 off 33 balls, hitting 3 sixes and a four in his inning. 

India’s lead pacers Shami and Bumrah were economical in their spells and while Shami was wicketless, Bumrah picked 1 for 21. Jadeja was the top bowler with figures of 2 for 18 in 4 overs. India’s performances with the bat indicate the adaptability of their batsmen to different match situations. Chasing down a total, however smaller in comparison to the previous one, without Kohli and Sharma’s heroics, is the biggest positive for India.

Our Prediction for New Zealand vs India

India to win the match

India is on a song here winning back to back matches in New Zealand. They have the momentum on their side and will be a confident team after their recent performance with both bat and the ball. New Zealand would have an advantage in terms of the ground dimensions’ familiarity. However, the home team will need a better bowling plan in action if they are to bounce back in the series.

New Zealand’s batting order is capable of making a comeback and putting up a big total. However, the lack of wicket-taking options will adversely affect their winning chances.