A comprehensive win in Delhi has given India a deserved lead int he 3 match T20 series against New Zealand and the men in blue will be aiming to seal the series in Rajkot on Saturday.
It was an apt result at Kotla that saw both India winning for the first time against New Zealand and the end of a fighting career of Ashish Nehra. The veteran pacer got a magnificent send off and now the team will have to focus on the bigger project, that is to win the series.
India are expected to go with five bowlers as Virat Kohli emphasized on having five specialist bowlers in the T20 format. So there may be an opportunity for Mohammad Siraj as Nehra has retired now. Otherwise the team will be pretty much the same.
The Blackcaps need some better display in all departments. They missed many crucial catches in the last evening that eventually has haunted them. NZ may give Glenn Phillips a game instead of Bruce while the rest of the team should be the same.
The equation is simple for Indians, win the match and win the series, while the visitors will be trying to bounce back from their misery in the last match. India have a sublime batting line up and Boult and others will definitely have to play in their optimum to halt the on slot.
Williamson accused the catch misses in the last matches and that will be another test for them as Rajkot also promises dew at night. And another thing Kiwis have to deal with is the spinner duo of India, who imposed on the Kiwi batsmen last match.
India: Virat Kohli (capt), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Shreyas Iyer, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Axar Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal
New Zealand: Kane Williamson (capt), Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Colin Munro, Glenn Phillips, Henry Nicholls, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Trent Boult
The match will be telecast live on Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD along with Hindi channels from 19.00 IST on Saturday.