The New Zealand team is far better to gain more without their key players, and would come hard on India. The T20I series will be threatening to be on a nail biting finish as India still looks strong after losing the first T20I. However, the second T20I brought India back and the T20I series is alive. But India struggled just too much without even playing rash strokes to chase just 100 runs. Suryakumar Yadav was the key player for India then.
New Zealand played too many reverse sweeps and lost wickets to India’s top three spin bowlers. This time, the pitch would be not dangerous to score too many runs. A high scoring contest on the cards. Hardik Pandya lost the toss in the second T20I. But did well with the bat and also good with his decisions on field as a good captain. He bowled too, but tomorrow, it will be different game with the ball. Not many changes in the Indian side likely, but a batter will be included in place of a seam bowler.
The New Zealand team was a number 1 ODI team and India overtook to become number 1 in the middle-format. It looks India would still be ranked number 1 in the ODI and T20I formats. The shortest format is the most popular format of the game of cricket.
New Zealand will be looking to pick yet another spin bowling allrounder in place of Blair Tickner or someone else. Looking at Michael Rippon, it would be an advantage for New Zealand as he’s left arm off-spin-bowler and right-hand-batter. The deciding T20I would be noisy with a lot of support to team India in one of the big stadium in Ahmedabad.
Interesting contest to watch on TV and to visit the Narendra Modi stadium if you haven’t watched a cricket match live as a crowd. TV viewers would be just too many to count, but an expected crowd of over 50,000 would be watching the decider.
The match starts at 7: pm IST on Feb 1 2023.