New Zealand will be smarting from back-to-back Super Overs that ended in losses against India. The hosts were supposed to win them hands down, so the reverse is more than damning. As the final match of the series is played at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui, it is the New Zealand side. which continue to be under pressure.
India have already shown that they aren’t going to let their intensity down. However, keep an eye on the Indian side, as the visitors might rotate a few players.
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Two losses in the same fashion has put New Zealand under some pressure. The Kiwis will hope that Colin Munro continues to be dominant at the top. He has great memories of the venue and will be a good choice for your side. Williamson might not play again, which means another promotion up the order for Tim Seifert.
Among others, Ish Sodhi is having a fruitful series and could be a good pick. Mitchell Santner has been exceptional in the field, but his bowling remains low-key. Tim Southee will lead the side once again and could relish the chance.
Rohit Sharma sat out the fourth T20I and he could be back in the side at the expense of Virat Kohli. With experimentation around the corner, selecting Rohit and Kohli for your fantasy side could be a risk.
Bowling has been really good for India in the series. Even Shardul Thakur has impressed, although his ER remains worryingly high. Navdeep Saini has been very good too, while Jasprit Bumrah might take some rest with Mohammad Shami slotting back in.
Fantasy Players to Watch
Colin Munro has been scoring consistently in this season. At this venue, Munro has 2×100 and 1×50 in five T20Is, at an average of 61.40 and SR of 193.
Tim Seifert relishes playing at the top, and the fourth T20I showed just that. The Kiwi ‘keeper could look to be back among the runs.
Shardul Thakur has picked up crucial wickets for India, although leaking runs at a heavy rate. His choice could be a surprise, but worth looking into.
New Zealand: 1 MartinGuptill 2 Colin Munro 3 Tim Seifert (WK) 4 Ross Taylor 5 Tom Bruce 6 Daryl Mitchell 7 Mitchell Santner 8 Ish Sodhi 9 Tim Southee (C) 10 Blair Tickner 11 Scott Kuggleijn
India: 1 Rohit Sharma (C) 2 Sanju Samson 3 Shreyas Iyer 4 Manish Pandey 5 Rishabh Pant (WK) 6 Shivam Dube 7 Washington Sundar 8 Kuldeep Yadav 9 Mohammed Shami 10 Navdeep Saini 11 Shardul Thakur
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