It would be a thrilling final at Thiruvananthapuram as the visitors have won the second T20I of three match series to level it by 1-1. New Zealand won the match by 40 runs as almost every Indian batsmen failed to bat well while chasing a huge target. Colin Munro’s second T20I century helped the visitors to build a huge score of 196 runs in 20 overs. It was India’s 6th defeat (out of 7) against New Zealand in T20Is.
Virat Kohli and co will be looking for another series win by winning the 3rd T20I match of the series. Mohammed Siraj made his debut in the last match but he failed to impress the selectors as he conceded 50+ runs from his 4 overs. But still the talented bowler managed to take the wicket of one of the best Batsman in the world at the moment, Kane Williamson. Except Dhoni and Kohli, no other batsman looked in good touch in the second T20I match on November 4.
Here we are listing the playing eleven which India can field in the third and last T20I of the series.
1. Rohit Sharma
The inform batsman scored 80 runs in the first T20Is but he failed to score some runs in the second T20I while chasing a huge target. He could score only 5 runs in the last match he will be looking to make amends in the series decider at Thiruvananthapuram.
2. Shikhar Dhawan
He and Rohit Sharma was the main reason of India’s victory in the first match as both of them scored 80 runs with a better strike rate. But in the second game, he was castled by Trent Boult for just 1 run. He failed to give a good start in the last match but will be looking for a good opening partnership in the series decider.
3. Virat Kohli
If all the other 10 batsmen failed to score runs, this guy will lonely score a hundred. The world’s best batsman once again showed his class in the second T20I match while chasing a huge target under pressure. He did not get any support from other Indian batsmen so that he had to go for blind hits to win the match. He scored 65 runs in the last match.
4. Shreyas Iyer
After the early wickets of Indian openers in the last T20I, this young player could play a good innings of 23 runs. He didn’t a get a chance to bat in the first match of the series but still impressed everyone with his innings in the second T20I.
5. Dinesh Karthik
After watching the failures of Indian batsmen in the second game, the team management will be definitely looking to bolster the batting by including the in form batsman Dinesh Karthik in the playing eleven. He played brilliantly in the ODI series.
6. MS Dhoni
The former Indian skipper and the best finisher of the game has once again faced the trolls from his haters after his slow knock when India needed 12 runs per over in the second game. He scored his first 17 runs by facing 20 balls that was the main turning point of the match. But still the champion batsman managed to score 49 runs from 37 balls in the end. We hope the selectors will send him at no.4 position.
7. Hardik Pandya
The future finisher of Indian team after MS Dhoni is continuing his poor form in T20I format. He failed with boththe bat and ball in the last game against New Zealand. He could score just 1 runs and also conceded 14 runs from his 1 over.
8. Kuldeep Yadav
After the poor bowling and batting from Axar Patel, the team management will be looking to pick Kuldeep Yadav for the series decider. Axar Patel conceded 39 runs from his 3 overs in the second game of the series.
9. Bhuvneshwar Kumar
One of the best bowlers in the world at the moment was outstanding in the last high scoring game on November 4. While other bowlers were conceding 10 runs per over, he managed to control the batsman with his deliveries. He conceded just 29 runs from his 4 overs.
10. Yuzvendra Chahal
The leg spinner was costly in the second game against New Zealand as he conceded 36 runs from his 4 overs. But he gave a much needed break through by ending the 105 run partnership between the centurion Colin Munro and Martin Guptill.
11. Jasprit Bumrah
East or west, this guy is the best in the world when it comes to death bowling. The no.1 T20I bowlers in the world once again proved why he is the number 1 bowler at the moment. He gave just 23 runs off his 4 overs in the second game.