India put back their dismal 20-20 World Cup campaign behind them and won two T20Is on the bounce to seal the three match T20I series against New Zealand. Under the new skipper Rohit Sharma and head coach Rahul Dravid, the team has started the post Kohli era with a bang.
Amongst the several positives for team India, the form Ravi Ashwin and Suryakumar Yadav was heartening. Ever since his comeback to the team in the shortest format, the off-spinner has looked a different bowler. He is looking to take wickets and has managed to keep things tight in the middle overs. Meanwhile, Yadav has looked good at number three in the absence of Virat Kohli. He scored 62 in the first T20I and anchored the innings well.
Harshal Patel made a good start to his international career in the T20Is. He picked up two wickets and conceded only 25 runs. India has found the rhythm and form and are looking ominous to complete a series sweep.
New Zealand have looked good in patches but have failed to close out things. The positive for the visitors is Mark Chapman, who has looked good in both the games. Martin Guptill has continued his 20-20 World Cup form. The lower middle-order batters have failed to get a big score though. In both games, New Zealand have been asked to bowl second which has not helped the cause either because of the dew. Southee will be hoping that coin falls in his favour in the final T20I.
The match will be played in Kolkata. It will be a day-night game with dew proving to be a huge factor. The skipper that wins the toss will be keen to chase.
The temperature will hover around 32 degrees on Sunday (November 21). There is no rain predicted in Kolkata.
Playing Combination India
KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma (c), Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Venkatesh Iyer, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Harshal Patel
Playing Combination New Zealand
Martin Guptill, Daryl Mitchell, Mark Chapman, Glenn Phillips, Tim Seifert (wk), James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Adam Milne, Tim Southee (c), Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult
Matches- 20, India – 10, New Zealand– 9, N/R- 1, Tied- 0
Matches- 8, India – 4, New Zealand– 3, N/R- 1, Tied- 0
India vs New Zealand Broadcast details
Match Timings – 7:00 PM IST
TV – Star Sports Network
Live Streaming – Disney + Hotstar