India Tour of New Zealand 2022: New Zealand vs India – 3rd T20I Preview and Updates

The hosts will be looking to even the series after a thrashing in the second T20I at Mount Maunganui. After winning the toss, it was a no-brainer to bat first at the Bay Oval.

Williamson chose to bowl against an aggressive Indian batting lineup at a venue where a team had only once successfully chased down a total.

Suryakumar Yadav, India’s superhero, demonstrated why he is a class apart by batting on a difficult pitch. He was the only batsman on either team who appeared to be at ease with his strokes.

There is everything to play for as both teams travel to Napier. With a win at McLean Park, India can seal the series 2-0, while the hosts can level the series. A batting-friendly pitch and short square boundaries promise a high-scoring contest between two strong batting teams.

The 3rd T20I between New Zealand vs India will take place on November 22, 2022 at McLean Park, Napier.

Match Details to Note

Match: New Zealand vs India, 3rd T20I, India Tour of New Zealand 2022

Date: November 22, 2022 (Tuesday)                                              

Time: 12:00 PM IST

Venue: McLean Park, Napier

New Zealand vs India

New Zealand vs India

New Zealand (Match Odds – 1.80):


The Blackcaps aren’t used to being thrashed like this at home. Chasing a 192-run target at the Bay Oval was not going to be easy. However, New Zealand’s demise was unlike that of a T20 World Cup semi-finalist.

The hosts’ top scorer was Kane Williamson, who hit 61 off 52 balls but had no impact on the innings. Given the captain’s recent form, it is bad news for the Blackcaps if Williamson is the top team batsman in a T20I match.

New Zealand is a strong team that knows how to recover. They’ve done this before. Finn Allen, Devon Conway, and Glenn Phillips have the potential to change the game for New Zealand.

Daryl Mitchell and James Neesham in the lower middle order will also be crucial to New Zealand’s comeback.

India’s spinners are capable of posing a difficult challenge to the hosts, and they cannot afford to be unprepared. Tim Southee picked up a hat trick in the previous game and will be an important bowler on the powerplay.

India’s top order includes some attacking batters, so it will be up to Southee to provide early breakthroughs and put India under pressure.

Full Squad:

Kane Williamson (C), Michael Bracewell, Daryl Mitchell, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Finn Allen, Devon Conway, Glenn Phillips, Lockie Ferguson, Adam Milne, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Blair Tickner

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Players to watch out for:

Devon Conway

The left-handed keeper-batter has started well in each of his last three T20Is, but he needs to step up and deliver in this game with Kane Williamson out injured.

Glenn Phillips

The 25-year-old is a naturally aggressive player, and India will want to get rid of him early. In T20Is, he has two centuries.

Tim Southee

In this format, the experienced right-arm swing bowler rarely goes wicketless. He completed his second T20I hat-trick on Sunday and will be pumped for this match in Napier.

Possible Playing XI:

Finn Allen, Devon Conway (wk), Kane Williamson (c), Glenn Phillips, Daryl Mitchell, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Adam Milne, Lockie Ferguson

India (Match Odds – 2.00):


India began their tour of New Zealand with a new captain, a new playing XI, and complete dominance over the regular NZ T20I side. Hardik and company can’t get any better than this. While Suryakumar Yadav maintained his form, some of the returnees made their presence felt.

Washington Sundar, who was expensive in his two overs, took the crucial wicket of Devon Conway, breaking a 56-run second-wicket stand. Deepak Hooda finished with bowling figures of 4 for 10 from 2.5 Overs after being dismissed for a duck on the first delivery at number 6.

Yuzvendra Chahal also took advantage of the pitch, and despite being hit for a six, he returned the next ball with a wicket. In their most recent match, India checked all the boxes.

And they are all set to win their second T20I series in a row in New Zealand. Given the pitch conditions and boundary size, pacers from both teams will look to bowl back-of-the-hand deliveries.

Bhuvi’s lack of speed may actually work in India’s favor this time. Pant will be eager to get some runs after failing to get going in the previous game. With Pandya and Hooda at the bottom of the order, India should finish high.

Full Squad:

Hardik Pandya (c), Shubman Gill, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Deepak Hooda, Washington Sundar, Rishabh Pant, Ishan Kishan, Sanju Samson, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Arshdeep Singh, Umran Malik

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Players to watch out for:

Suryakumar Yadav

With Virat Kohli out of the lineup for this series, Yadav was promoted to third in the order and responded with his second highest T20I score on Sunday.

Hardik Pandya

The captain is an excellent batter and bowler, as well as an inspiring leader. He chose not to bowl in the second game of the series, but he should enjoy the weather in Napier.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar

The right-arm quick bowler has a wealth of experience and appears to be improving his accuracy. In 2022, he bowled seven maiden overs in this format.

Possible Playing XI:

Ishan Kishan, Rishabh Pant (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Sanju Samson, Deepak Hooda, Hardik Pandya (c), Washington Sundar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Arshdeep Singh, Umran Malik, Yuzvendra Chahal

New Zealand vs India Top Team Batsmen

Devon Conway, Daryl Mitchell, and Glenn Phillips are our top New Zealand batters. Despite being dismissed in the 20s in each of his last three T20I innings, Conway is the favorite with bookmakers. Mitchell had an outstanding 2021 T20 World Cup and has been in superb form this year across all formats.

Our batting picks for India are Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, and Ishan Kishan. Yadav hit his 100th T20I four of 2022 on Sunday, and the bookmakers expect him to deliver in the series finale. Kishan put up 36 runs at the top of the order at the Bay Oval.

New Zealand vs India Top Team Bowlers

Our bowling picks for New Zealand are Lockie Ferguson, Tim Southee, and Adam Milne. Southee has 132 T20I wickets to his name, and the bookmakers expect him to add to that total in this game. Milne was not selected for the T20 World Cup, but he should benefit from the overhead conditions in this match.

Arshdeep Singh, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and Yuzvendra Chahal have been chosen as India’s top bowlers. SIngh did not take a wicket on Sunday, but he has a very impressive T20I record and is the favorite to be India’s top wicket taker. In the second game of the series, Chahal took 2-26 from four overs.

New Zealand vs India Head to Head

India has a one-match lead in the overall head-to-head series, but they have a very strong recent record against New Zealand. Only one of the last ten T20Is between the two teams has been won by India.

New Zealand vs India Head to Head Stats in T20s

  Matches Played NZ Won IND Won Tie NR
Overall 22 9 10 2 1
Last 5 5 0 4 0 1

New Zealand vs India Toss Prediction

The toss will not be as important as it was in the previous match. This ground has only hosted 5 T20Is. Three of them had outcomes that favored the team batting second. Teams batting first have won 11 of the 16 domestic T20s matches.

New Zealand vs India Pitch Report

The third and final Twenty20 International between New Zealand and India will be played at McLean Park in Napier. The pitch is known for being batting-friendly, with short square boundaries.

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The pitch is good for batting and slows down as the game progresses. In a T20I match, however, the pitch condition may not change significantly. On match day in Napier, scattered thunderstorms are expected, with a high of 25 degrees Celsius.

New Zealand vs India Prediction

This will be a high-scoring match between two quality sides at one of New Zealand’s most batting-friendly venues. It’s difficult to pick a winner between these two. The hosts would have a slight advantage to begin with because they have a strong lineup and are familiar with the conditions. The home team has many game-changing players who can lead the comeback, making them the favorites in our match prediction. Check out the odds at Cricbaba!

New Zealand is the favourite to beat India at the odds of 1.80.

New Zealand vs India Most Recommended Player for Bet:

Glenn Phillips was New Zealand’s most impressive batter during the T20 World Cup, and in his brief innings on Sunday, he timed the ball very well. As their leading run scorer in this T20I, he is well worth backing.

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