In what has been a thrilling tournament so far, India is all set to play New Zealand in the third and final T20 match at Greenfield International Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday. This will be the third and the decider between the two teams with the score being 1-1. Shortly after India had grabbed their first win, the Kiwis struck back in the second T-20 to make the series 1-1 as they beat India by 40 runs at Rajkot.
The match will be the first international T-20 to be played at the stadium and India will try to start their new home ground with a win. According to predictions, the ground is expected to be a batsman-friendly surface with a quick outfield. So Kohli and boys will definitely try to bag the toss and want to bat first.
The hosts found out in the last match that they cannot afford any lapses in the field against a quality opposition like New Zealand and will need to improve on that as quickly as possible. Both teams have been neck-and-neck on this tour and this being a crunch game, the team that holds its nerves might just emerge victorious.
India will bank on the trio - Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, and Virat Kohli - to get runs with the bat. While the openers did a fabulous job in the first game, the skipper led from the front in the second and it will be crucial for the team that any two of them get going. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah were the least expensive at Rajkot and these two seamers will be the key for India with the ball. Yuzvendra Chahal is going to be the main spin threat for New Zealand.
The Kiwis have now won four out of the six T20s they have played this year. After going down in the first game in New Delhi, the Kiwis fought back hard at Rajkot to square the series. They were impressive with both bat and ball in the last match.As far as injuries are concerned, none of the teams have reported any. While New Zealand might go with the same team as the latch match, India might look for a change after the crushing defeat on Saturday.