New Zealand vs India 4th T20 Match Prediction
New Zealand will bid to restore some pride when they take on India in the fourth match of their five-game T20i series. India have won all three matches so far, and the fourth games takes place at the WestPac Stadium, Wellington, on January 31. The live action gets underway at 20:00 local time.
India wrapped up their series win at Hamilton last time out, winning in the super over thanks to Rohit Sharma, who had already top-scored in their total of 179/5. Kane Williamson hit 95 in reply for New Zealand, but they could only post 179/6 and their bad run of results in super overs continued.
With the series now settled, both teams could look to rotate their options as they look to fine-tune their squad selections for next year’s ICC T20 World Cup. Tom Bruce is set to slot in for New Zealand, for example, while Rishabh Pant is yet to play a part in the series for India.
New Zealand have won the toss in each of the last two matches so India are due this one. The Westpac Stadium might merit bowling first.
A cloudy Wellington day should clear by the evening. Humidity will be high, however.
There is more for the bowlers at the Westpac Stadium than was on show at some of the venues used in this series so far.
New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson played an amazing inning of 95 runs off 48 balls in the 2nd T20I. He was the lone fighter in NZ’s chase of 180 runs after Guptill was dismissed for 31 early in the innings.
Riding on Williamson’s inning, the Blackcaps tied the match though they were very close to a win in the final over. The bowlers need to bounce back in the next match with some quick wickets at the top. While Hamish Bennett was the team top bowler for the home team, he was expensive in his spell conceding 54 runs in 4 overs.
Tim Southee, on the other hand, was wicketless for 39 runs. The smaller grounds in New Zealand make it difficult for the bowlers to contain the flow of boundaries. This fact has been used well by Indian batsmen to their advantage. Blackcaps, however, haven’t done well in the batting department in the last two innings except for a few good performances. Others in the middle-order need to step up and strike a partnership with the in-form skipper Williamson.
India has clinched the 5-match series with 3 wins in 3 matches so far, making it their first-ever series win in New Zealand. The top 4 batsmen have been in impeccable form in this series, continuing their form from the previous series at home.
While playing Shivam Dube at number 3 didn’t work for India, Rohit Sharma found his form with a fifty in the last match and a great finish to the Super Over. In addition, Shreyas Iyer and Manish Pandey are also striking the ball well in the middle-order. India looks strong in the batting department at the moment.
Though Bumrah was expensive in the last game, Shardul Thakur bounced back with 2 for 21 in 3 overs and was the top bowler for India. Ravindra Jadeja maintained a good economy with a wicket in his spell. It seems as if Indian bowlers have got it better on these New Zealand pitches.
Our Prediction for New Zealand vs India
New Zealand to win the match
While India is in great form and has the winning momentum on their side, New Zealand is struggling in the batting department. The bowlers on both sides have been expensive in two of the last 3 matches and given the grounds and pitches, another big scoring game is very likely. As a result, it would come down to the batting consistency, partnerships in the middle, that would give a team an edge over the other.