The three-match T20I series between New Zealand and India has been reduced to two matches following a washout in Wellington. Aside from that and a move to Mount Maunganui, hardly anything has altered. In fact, dark clouds are hovering over this game as well. The rain forecast is not encouraging for fans and even the players.
For the coming years, India will attempt to find batters who are ideally predisposed to T20 cricket rather than forcing some to bat against their natural style. This series will also serve as another tryout for skipper Hardik Pandya, who has been mentioned as a possible future commander in the shortest format. Nevertheless, they now have one fewer game to compensate for all of this.
It’s tough to tell regardless of whether New Zealand is nicer or worse suited to power-hitting. They have Finn Allen at the top of the order and Glenn Phillips in the middle, but Devon Conway and Kane Williamson bat in the anchor role. What the hosts would like to see from this series are Williamson’s fluidity and Allen’s consistency.
The Bay Oval is completely sold out for Sunday’s game. This used to be a fairly large ground, but not anymore, so expect some heavy hitting at this venue.
The team that wins the second match has a better shot at winning the series in the third T20I at Napier, while the losing team’s goal will be to draw the series.
In the 22 T20I matches between the two teams, India has managed to clinched 11 matches, while New Zealand has won nine. Two games yielded no results.
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