If the first match between the sides was a tight affair, India were able to wrap up the series with a much more comfortable win in the second match, beating a plucky New Zealand side by seven wickets. Set a total of 153, India chased the total down with still 2.5 overs to spare. It was a second successive victory for Rahul Dravid and his side, resulting in the former Indian talisman remaining unbeaten in his first few games.
The series now moves to the icon Eden Gardens in Kolkata, where India will be looking to wrap up the series victory with a third successive victory. India are priced at 1.30 to complete the series whitewash whereas New Zealand can be backed at 3.50.
India vs New Zealand 3rd T20
Team News for India
Winning the toss for the second straight game, India put the Black Caps into bat, however after 15 overs New Zealand looked poised to make a big score as they were 125/3. With a batting line up as talented as India’s is, sometimes their death bowling can get overlooked and it was simply magnificent here, with the Indians only conceding 28 off the final 5 overs, limiting the tourists to just 153. Ravi Ashwin deserves particular praise for going for less than 5 an over which is a great feat in this format.
Unlike in the first match where India limped over the finish line, they were far more clinical here, reaching the New Zealand total with over 2.5 overs to spare. The experienced duo of Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul did the damage with the pair sharing 117 for the first wicket. It was Rishabh Pant who provided the finishing touches, hitting two sixes in the 18th over to wrap up the win and with it the series.
Likely playing 11 of India
Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Venkatesh Iyer, Deepak Chahar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Axar Patel, Harshal Patal
Team news for New Zealand
As we have indicted in both of our previous match previews, this was always going to be a tough ask for New Zealand following their World Cup final defeat just a week ago.
They have come up against and a fresh and rejuvenated Indian side who have been determined to put the disaster of the World Cup behind them. Spin bowling has been a real problem for the Black Caps. They have only bowled 13 overs of spin across the two matches so far and have conceded 99 runs. The spinners between them have only picked up one wicket and if they are to stand any chance here that is a stat that simply has to change.
With the bat Glenn Phillips showed what he could do scoring 34 off just 21 balls, but more will be needed, as the totals they have posted have just been about par, giving India on both occasions some pretty manageable chases.
Likely playing 11 of New Zealand
Ish Sodhee, Mark Chapman, Martin Guptill, Adam Milne, Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert, Trent Boult, Tim Southee
Pitch and Weather conditions
The third and final match of the series heads to Eden Gardens, one of the worlds most iconic venues. Surprisingly there has only been nine previous T20 international fixtures held at the ground previously.
The bowlers should have the upper hand as this is a pitch which has become known for its low-scoring thrillers. The average score at the venue is 142. The captain winning the toss will most likely opt to bowl, as dew will play a crucial role as the match wears on.
Betting Predictions for India vs New Zealand
Let's take a look at a few important betting predictions for India vs New Zealand:
Match Result Prediction
It’s hard to see any other result than a India win in this third and final match of the T20 series between these two great rivals. They have looked the better side with both the bat and ball and playing in conditions they are just so comfortable in, it will take a big shift in momentum for New Zealand to come out on top.
Once again New Zealand will not just be facing the class of the India but will also have to contend with yet another noisy crowd. Having the grounds full again have added another dimension to these games and it has clearly lifted the Indian side.
New Head Coach Rahul Dravid will want his side to clinch the series 3-0 so that they can close the book on a poor World Cup. Although the prices aren’t great, we are backing this new look Indian side to complete the job and win 3-0.
Match Winner: India (1.30)
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Either team to win the toss can be backed at 1.91. Conditions are likely to get harder as the game goes on due to the presence of dew, so look for the side that wins the toss to bat first here.
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Top Batsman for India
It’s not often we return to picks but for this final match we are, and we really like the odds of captain Rohit Sharma being his sides top scorer.
Both Sharma and KL Rahul have been in magnificent form and their century stand in the last match was the fifth match in a row that the pair have shared at least a 50 run partnership.
The odds between the opening pair as to who will be the teams top scorer is often close but it is Rohit who has the better odds. He can be backed at 3.60 and they are odds we really like.
Top Batsman for India: Rohit Sharma (3.60)
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