New Zealand vs West Indies, 3rd T20 Match Prediction2020-12-01
Bay Oval, Tauranga, New Zealand
Can spirited Kiwis whitewash the series?
We predict New Zealand will win this match.
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The third and final game of the three-match T-20 series between New Zealand and West Indies will be played at Bay Oval. New Zealand has played an outstanding cricket to win the first two games of the series and win the series with one game to spare. In the last game, batting first, Kiwis scored a big total of 238 and later restrict Windies to score of just 166. Kiwis batsman, J Phillips was sensational in batting; he scored 46 balls century, fastest T20I century by a Kiwis batsman. Kiwis have outplayed opponent in all the three departments and they will be aiming to carry on the momentum and whitewash the series. On the other hand, Windies despite a very good T20I side and a defending T20I champion, their record in recent times are not great. Likewise, in the ongoing series, Windies bowling attack looked very ordinary and as a result, Kiwis batsmen scored heavily. Windies batsmen got a good start but they failed to carry on and collectively as a team they failed miserably. With nothing to lose, Kieron Pollard and co would look to play fearless cricket and avoid a whitewash.
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New Zealand would be very content following their performance in the last two games and winning the series. The result of this match won't matter much, New Zealand is likely to make a few experiments and give a chance to other guys in playing eleven. Skipper Tim Southee has already been rested for the final game and all-rounder M Santner will lead a team. Kyle Jemison and Ross Taylor are likely to be rested. Mark Chapman, Doug Bracewell and Scot Kuggeleijn will join the T20 squad for last game. In batting, Kiwis star T20I batsman M Guptill has been quite so far and hence big inning is on the card. Once he gets going, it will be very difficult to stop the run flow. Debutant D Conway carrying on his good domestic form in the international game; scored 29 balls 41 in the first game and 37 balls 65 in the second game. He is making a big statement in the absence of senior member and he will be hoping to carry on the good form.
In the last match, Glenn Phillips played a handsome knock of 51 balls 108 and register a fastest T20 century by a Kiwis batsman. The onus will be on him again in the last match of the series. On the bowling front, Lockie Ferguson was outstanding in previous games; he picked 6 wickets in the series and was also a man of the match in the first game for his five-wickets haul. Doug Bracewell and H Bennett are likely to be other pacers in the final game.
Key Players – Martin Guptill, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner
Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert, Devon Conway, Daryl Mitchell, Glenn Phillips, Hamish Bennett, Martin Guptill, Lockie Ferguson, Scott Kuggeleijn, Ish Sodhi, James Neesham
West Indies would be very disappointed after losing a last two-game and series already. Windies bowler failed to make an impact in the earlier games and that cost Windies a series. In the first game, despite Windies scored 175 runs in 16 overs game, their bowlers failed to depend. Likewise, on the batting-friendly pitch at Bay oval, Kiwis batsmen took on Windies bowlers and score a mammoth target of 238. Chasing such a huge target is always difficult on any track. In batting, not a single Windies batsmen were able to cross 30’s and in the end, lost a match by 72 runs. In last and crucial game of the series, Widnes will be playing for pride and they will leave no stone unturned. In batting, the onus will be on A Fletcher and B King to provide a solid opening stand. In the middle-overs, there is a huge expectation from the left-handed young duo of S Hetmyer and N Pooran. Both have proved that they can be a match-winner and hence contribution at no 3 & 4 will be very vital.
The biggest positive for Windies is a good form of Skipper Kieron Pollard and he has proved time after time what damage he can do in death overs. He is a Windies prime player and can single-handedly wins a game for his side. Bowling unit comprising of Sheldon Cottrell, Kesrick Williams and Oshane Thomas need to be very disciplined and smarter in death bowling. They need to rectify the mistakes made in the last two games. Keemo Paul and K Williams went for plenty and they to be economical.
Key Players: K Pollard, N Pooran, S Cottrell
Kieron Pollard, Brandon King, Nicholas Pooran, Oshane Thomas, Romario Shepherd, ADS Fletcher, Hayden Walsh, Rovman Powell, Kyle Mayers, Sheldon Cottrell, Fabian Allen
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||16||0 mm.||1.62 k/h||From: NNW||100%|
|03h||17||1.65 mm.||2.3 k/h||From: NE||100%|
|06h||17||0.61 mm.||4.21 k/h||From: NNE||92%|
|09h||17||1.21 mm.||3.69 k/h||From: N||99%|
|12h||16||0.39 mm.||1.61 k/h||From: WNW||85%|
|15h||16||0.18 mm.||1.5 k/h||From: WNW||100%|
|18h||16||0.85 mm.||1.71 k/h||From: SSW||100%|
|21h||16||0.60 mm.||3.59 k/h||From: S||100%|
Weather in Mount Maunganui for the third T20I looks cloudy and there is a forecast for rain meaning there could be an interruption in the third T20. The temperature should be around 18 degrees Celsius. Fast bowlers took more wickets at Bay Oval than spinners. 150+ have been scored at this venue in all the last 7 T20I so we expect it to be another high scoring game. 243 is the highest T20I score at this venue.
The 3rd T20I of the series will be played at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui.
The team batting first have won all the seven T20Is at Bay Oval. Records are strongly in favour of batting first team and hence we expect both the team would be looking to bat first.
Kiwis did an outstanding job in winning a last two game and series. Kiwis batting order looks very balanced and they also got depth and variety in their rank. On the other hand, Windies lack firepower in the top-order batting and pace attack looks very ordinary. Hence, we expect that New Zealand will keep the momentum and make it 3-0.
We predict New Zealand will win this match.
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