The 3rd T20I of the five-match series between New Zealand and England will be played at the Saxton Oval in Nelson.
The match starts at 2:00 PM local time (6:30 AM IST) (1:00 AM GMT). The match will be live on Star Sports. Live streaming will be available on Hotstar.
Preview for Fantasy
With the series delicately balanced at one-each, England and New Zealand face off in the third T20I at the Saxton Oval in Nelson. While England got off to the perfect start in the first game, New Zealand bounced back in style courtesy of an all-round bowling performance, led by Mitchell Santner.
With two games already done and dusted in the tour, England will have already gotten a hang of the conditions although their youngsters are still finding their feet. Pat Brown was taken to the cleaners with the Worcestershire pacer conceding 32 runs in two overs.
Nevertheless, England has the ability to bounce back with T20 specialists in their ranks. They will have to contain the likes of Colin Munro and Martin Guptill once again with the Saxton Oval having a reputation for hosting high-scoring encounters. All in all, a highly entertaining game beckons with a crucial win on offer for both sides.
The weather in Nelson is clear for a good game of cricket. Overcast conditions are expected with a cloud cover of 94%, according to AccuWeather. While the temperature should hover around 20 degrees Celsius, humidity is also expected to increase as the game goes on.
As is the case with most grounds in New Zealand, a high-scoring match is expected with the nature of the pitch and the size of the ground taken into account. While there will be a hint of swing on offer with the new ball, batsmen should be key in deciding the outcome of the game. Spinners should also have a say as the game progresses with both teams likely to chase here upon winning the toss.
Average first innings score: 187 (Only T20I played in Nelson)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 0, Lost – 1
Injury and Availability News:
Joe Denly is ruled out of the T20 series while no injury concerns have been reported from the Kiwi camp.
Colin Munro, Martin Guptill, Tim Seifert (WK), Colin de Grandhomme, Ross Taylor, Daryl Mitchell, James Neesham, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee (C), Lockie Ferguson, Mitchell Santner.
Bench – Scott Kuggeleijn, Blair Tickner
Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, James Vince, Eoin Morgan (C), Sam Billings, Lewis Gregory, Sam Curran, Saqib Mahmood, Adil Rashid, Chris Jordan, Matthew Parkinson.
Bench – Tom Curran, Tom Banton, Matthew Parkinson
Jonny Bairstow didn’t trouble the scorers in the second game although the explosive opener has a good record in New Zealand. Although Bairstow’s T20I career average of 26 doesn’t ooze confidence, his ability to attack from ball one makes him a viable option. Pick him in your Dream11 Fantasy team for this game.
On the other hand, Martin Guptill is one of the most decorated batsmen in T20 Internationals. With two T20-I hundreds, Martin Guptill’s brute power and array of shots could see him score runs at the Saxton Oval. Although spinners haven’t enjoyed much success here, Mitchell Santner’s accuracy has served him well in the series. With six wickets in two games, Santner is surely one to watch out for in this game.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Jonny Bairstow, Martin Guptill, Eoin Morgan
Vice-Captain – Sam Curran, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues for Fantasy:
Keeper – Tim Seifert
Batsmen – Colin Munro, James Vince, Martin Guptill (VC), Jonny Bairstow (C)
All-Rounders – Sam Curran, Jimmy Neesham, Mitchell Santner
Bowlers – Saqib Mahmood, Lockie Ferguson, Chris Jordan
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues for Fantasy:
Keeper – Tim Seifert (VC)
Batsmen – Eoin Morgan (C), Jonny Bairstow, Ross Taylor, Martin Guptill
All-Rounders – Sam Curran, Mitchell Santner
Bowlers – Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson, Chris Jordan, Matthew Parkinson
Top-order batsmen are handy on such kind of a surface. The likes of Tim Seifert and Jonny Bairstow should prove to be viable punts with the duo getting off to starts without converting them into a big one this series.
Death over specialist, Chris Jordan has already accounted for five wickets so far and should be able to pick a wicket or two on Tuesday as well. It would be wise for him to pick in your Fantasy team.
New Zealand is expected to win this match.
Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.
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