The stage is well set for both New Zealand and India in Thiruvananthapuram. The series being struck with the final decider match, the mercury bar is raising up high for both the host and the visitors. India won its first T20 match against New Zealand in the first faceoff of the series, while for New Zealand it is the first chance to beat India in a proper series in the format. The 2012 series did not go well due to natural disruption, even if New Zealand won it. For India, it is a grand chance to break the T20 impasse against the country with a series win. The first victory of India costed new Zealand’s ICC T20 crown, but the following match brought impressive records for New Zealand players apart from leveling the series.
Colin Munro became the next batsman of his team to knock two double centuries in a year in the format. While, Virat Kohli reached the mark of 7000 runs in T20 as the first Indian player. In both the matches, the fielding woes, as catch misses, erupted in both the teams. MS Dhoni, batting at number 6 now, has a huge responsibility as the old and the only guard on India’s batting line up, which is prone is collapse. In the first match, the former captain showed up some muscle, but there were no enough overs left. In New Zealand squad, Colin de Grandhomme is on spotlight as the middle order all-rounder. The medium pacer, is also handy as a batsman.
The Thiruvananthapuram pitch is new, and the conditions are humid. Also, weather might cause a disruption. The posed score in the pitch is close to 200. As India’s inclusion of debutants did not go well, bowler Kuldeep Yadav might be brought back to the team. Meanwhile, New Zealand might bring back Tom Latham. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, India bowler, thinks the India will do fine with five batsmen and all-rounder Hardik Pandya.
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