IND vs NZ 3rd T20I Match Prediction - Who will win today's third T20I?

India vs New Zealand 3rd T20I Match Prediction – Who will win today’s match between IND vs NZ?

The Men in Blue have already sealed the fate of the three-match series.

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Indian cricket team. (Photo by Pankaj Nangia/Getty Images)

Preview

India and New Zealand are set to face each other in the third T20I of the three-match series on Sunday, November 21 at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata. The Men in Blue, led by Rohit Sharma, have already taken an unassailable 2-0 lead after winning the second match in Ranchi by seven wickets.

The hosts will now look to win the last game and complete a series whitewash. The Black Caps, on the other hand, came into the series after becoming the runners-up in the T20 World Cup 2021. However, the Kiwis, without their skipper Kane Williamson, haven’t been able to find any rhythm.

Match Details

Match – India vs New Zealand – 3rd T20I

Venue – Eden Gardens, Kolkata

Time – 07:00 PM IST, 01:30 PM GMT

Where to watch live – Star Sports Network

Pitch Report

The pitch at the Eden Gardens has been a sporting one for playing cricket over the years. Toss is expected to play a role as dew is mostly likely to settle in later in the match. The pacers may also get something out of the surface. Chasing should be the way forward.

Average score: 142 (7 T20Is in Kolkata)

Record of Chasing teams: Won – 5, Lost – 2, Tied – 0

Probable Playing XIs

India

Rohit Sharma (C), KL Rahul, Venkatesh Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer/Axar Patel, Rishabh Pant (wk), Deepak Chahar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ravi Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Harshal Patel

Bench: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Axar Patel/Shreyas Iyer, Avesh Khan, Mohammed Siraj, Ishan Kishan

New Zealand  

Martin Guptill, Daryl Mitchell, Tim Seifert, Glenn Phillips (WK), Mark Chapman, Mitchell Santner, James Neesham, Tim Southee (C), Lockie Ferguson/Adam Milne, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult

Bench: Kyle Jamieson, Adam Milne/Lockie Ferguson, Todd Astle

Head-to-head

Overall

Matches- 19, India – 8, New Zealand– 9, N/R- 0, Tied- 2

In India

Matches- 7, India – 4, New Zealand– 3, N/R- 0, Tied- 0

Probable best batter of the match

Rohit Sharma (India)

Rohit Sharma has looked in excellent touch in the T20I series thus far. The 34-year-old has notched 103 runs from two games and is the leading run-getter of the series. He missed out on a half-century in the first game, but got one in the second. If he gets going, then the New Zealand bowlers could find themselves in a lot of trouble.

Probable best bowler of the match

Ravi Ashwin (India)

Ravi Ashwin has arguably been the standout bowler in the series. Although he isn’t the leading wicket-taker, the off-spinner has been able to make a significant impact. In two games, he has only accounted for one wicket, but he has conceded runs at an economy rate of 5.25. It means that the Kiwis’ batters haven’t found the going easy while facing him.

Today’s match prediction: India to win the match.

Disclaimer: This prediction is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While making your prediction, consider the points mentioned, and make your own decision.