India vs New Zealand 3rd T20I Match In the third encounter of their three-match T20I series, India and New Zealand will face off. The match will take hold in Kolkata’s Eden Gardens on Sunday, November 21. India has already established an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series, powered by Rohit Sharma. At the JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi on Friday, the Men in Blue defeated the Black Caps by seven wickets. After deciding to field first, the hosts gave up 64 runs on the powerplay. The bowlers, on the other hand, pulled off a remarkable comeback, reducing New Zealand to 153 for six. Martin Guptill surpassed Virat Kohli as the all-time highest T20I run-scorer with 31 runs.
Daryl Mitchell, Mark Chapman, and Glenn Phillips all contributed significantly. However, James Neesham and Tim Seifert struggled, scoring only 16 runs off 27 balls. Harshal Patel, a debutant, was the most impressive player for Team India, taking two wickets. The 117-run opening wicket stand between Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul laid the foundation for India’s run chase. Rahul scored 65 runs and Sharma scored 55. Tim Southee, a pace bowler, eventually got them out, but India brought down the mark with 16 balls to spare.
Match: India vs New Zealand, Match 3
Date: November 21, 2021
Time: 7:00 PM IST.
Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata.
The day will be bright and sunny. The temperature will reach 32 degrees Celsius during the day and 22 degrees Celsius at night. The weather will be dry, with no precipitation and clouds covering 19% of the sky, with a humidity of around 50%.
So far, seven T20Is have been played in Kolkata, with an average score of 142 runs. As a result, a high-scoring game is unlikely. The chasing teams have won five times on this pitch, thus batting second is the way to go.
Average score: 142 (7 T20Is in Kolkata)
Record of Chasing teams: Won – 5, Lost – 2, Tied – 0
Rohit Sharma (c), Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Harshal Patel, KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Venkatesh Iyer, Axar Patel.
Tim Southee (C), Glenn Phillips (WK), Martin Guptill, Daryl Mitchell, Tim Seifert, Mark Chapman, Mitchell Santner, James Neesham, Adam Milne, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult.
Matches- 19, India – 8, New Zealand– 9, N/R- 0, Tied- 2
Matches- 7, India – 4, New Zealand– 3, N/R- 0, Tied- 0
Rishabh Pant has a reputation for being a ruthless middle-order hitter. In eight T20I innings in 2021, he has struck at a mediocre 124.68. Surprisingly, his total strike rate (122.62) in the format is still greater. In the previous match, Rishabh Pant put the game out of reach with an amazing one-handed six.
Harshal Patel took his debut international wicket as he dismissed opening batsman Daryl Mitchell in the 12th over of the encounter. In his third over, Harshal took his second wicket of the night, removing set batsman Glenn Phillips.
India will be hoping to complete a series sweep at Eden Gardens, and given how effectively they have performed so far in this T20i series, they should be able to do so. The sheer amount of games New Zealand has played in the previous month may be starting to catch up with them, and motivation within their players is likely to be below. India, on the other hand, has a plethora of young players eager to prove themselves to their new skipper, who is in fantastic form with the bat. Add in their well-balanced bowling team, which is all performing well, and the hosts have all the pieces in place to win their third game of the series.