India vs New Zealand series decider match will be played on February 1 in Ahemadabad. Talking about the first match, the Men in Blue lost by 21 runs. Their batting failed miserably but the fact remains, if New Zealand had not smashed those 27 runs in the last over, the match would have been a nail-biter.
While in the second match, India held their nerves at Lucknow to win the match with a ball to spare and kept the series alive. They won the match by six wickets. The Kiwis put up a stiff fight but ended up losing the match. It is likely to be possible that India will make some changes to their playing XI.
Prithvi Shaw is likely to get a chance in the final T20 match as neither Shubman Gill nor Ishan Kishan could provide anything special to the team. The management might stick to Ishan Kishan for the left-right combination. On no.3 Rajat Patidar is likely to get a chance in the series as he had a good Indian T20 League 2022 season.
Middle Order and All-rounders:
In the middle order, the right-handed batter Suryakumar Yadav will be seen providing his services again for the team. Indian skipper and allrounder Hardik Pandya might come to bat at the no.5 position.
On no.6 another all-rounder Deepak Hooda will come to bat, however, he hasn’t provided anything special to the team in this series. Washington Sundar, who did very well in the first match as he smashed a brilliant half-century and also took 2 wickets, will be there.
Arshdeep Singh could be rested as he was pretty expensive in the first match, however, he bowled two overs in the second match and picked 2 wickets. If that happens, Umran Malik stands a good chance of getting a game again in the series.
India’s spinning department did pretty well in both matches so Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal might be there in the third match also. Shivam Mavi might get another chance in the final match of the series.
India's possible playing XI:
Prithvi Shaw, Ishan Kishan (WK), Rajat Patidar, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya (C), Deepak Hooda, Washington Sundar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Umran Malik, Shivam Mavi