Date & Time: Sunday, February 02, 12:30 IST
Venue: Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui, New Zealand
Can the Blackcaps avoid whitewash?
It took almost a decade for India to win a T20I against New Zealand, and now India has won two series and are on the verge to complete a series whitewash. Another loss in T20I will definitely deflate the Kiwis going into the ODIs, even after considering their fight in the last two T20Is. More than the defeat, the way the last two T20Is panned out will require additional motivation to salvage their morale with a win. For India, these two games have given high confidence, with the way they handled pressure situations which might come in handy on big occasions.
Apart from the scoreline, there is still a lot at stake for both sides which are in the process to figure out their ideal 15 men for the mega event in Australia later in the year.
There is a high chance that India is likely to give another go for Samson, Saini, and Sundar. Kane Williamson may replace Tom Bruce if fit. Other than that there nothing to ponder for the Kiwis.
India possible XI:
Lokesh Rahul(w), Sanju Samson, Virat Kohli(c), Shreyas Iyer, Shivam Dube, Manish Pandey, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal, Navdeep Saini, Jasprit Bumrah
New Zealand possible XI:
Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson(c)/Tom Bruce, Tim Seifert(w), Ross Taylor, Daryl Mitchell, Mitchell Santner, Scott Kuggeleijn, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Hamish Bennett
Mount Maunganui is usually a high scoring venue whether it comes to domestic or international matches. Spinners have had better success than the pacers at this venue. So it’s wise to include many spin options in the Dream11 fantasy cricket team.
He is just getting better after every match and he is keeping his good record against India intact. In the tour, he has a PPM of 57 and an MDTA of 1.33. His present form and his record at the venue are phenomenal. In the 5 matches played here, he has scored 307 runs.
After picking only a wicket in the first two games of the tour, he has chipped in with 3 in the last game. If he can continue the same form in Mount Maunganui there is every chance he might repeat the feat. In the 6 matches played here, he picked 10 wickets at an average of 16.3.
He is the top point scorer of the tour with a PPM of 70 in the tour and he also made it to the dream team on every single occasion. One cannot just leave him out of the Dream11 fantasy team, as he has done whatever the team asked him to in the last few months.