India Cricket hopes for series win

India Cricket hopes for series win

The India Cricket and New Zealand Cricket squared off their first two T20I games for this series. They are now on their way to close their three-game series, where both teams are hopeful for a win in this series. During their first match, New Zealand took the victory, India on the other hand is lucky that they were able to win their second game. What made India eager to win this series is the fact that they can retain their number one ranking if they win this game. The 3rd T20 match between India and New Zealand will be on February 1, 2023, at 9:00 PM (GMT+8), as India host this game.

When talking about the T20 matches these two teams played, they already played 24 T20I matches. From those 24 matches, it was India who have a very slight advantage, winning 13 matches of those 24. New Zealand on the other hand won 10 matches, while the remaining one ended in draw. However, in their history, India Cricket team already played a total of 197 matches, where they won to 128. On the other hand, New Zealand Cricket already played 183 T20 games, but only won to 96. This only proves that these two teams already know how they can win a T20 match.

India Cricket Team

T20: India Cricket Team

Despite having a low scoring game during the second T20 match, where both teams did not actually did well, India are lucky to take home the victory. During that match, India made a strange decision, using seven bowlers on that match. On their second T20 meeting, the struggles of India’s batters are visible, despite casing the target of 100 runs. In fact, this squad lost their key batsmen while chasing their target. Luckily, their bowlers are doing well in that game, which is their key to win on their second meeting. For this game, they are hoping to finally pick-up themselves and play the way they used to play. In that way, they stand a chance for a series win.

Efforts from Arshdeep Singh helped India a lot, as he was the most successful and the highest run-scorer on that match. However, Yadav, Hooda, Sundar, and Pandya just picked one wicket each. This is the main reason why they were struggling in their two previous matches.

New Zealand Cricket Team

T20: New Zealand Cricket Team
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From their previous T20 matches, New Zealand are actually doing well, winning their first T20, and almost winning the second. However, on the second match, they have failed to score the way they did on their last match. They just scored 99 runs in 20 overs, a record which is not positive for them. Just like their opponent, their bowlers have performed well, but they used eight bowlers. This is a decision as strange as the decision of the India Cricket team. Those eight bowlers leaked the target of 100 runs, having just one call remaining. Considering their performance in the first two matches, they stand a strong chance of winning this game.

Micthell Santner leads New Zealand with just 19 runs, facing 23 balls, and smashing just one boundary. Bracewell, and Chapman also chipped in for New Zealand, having 14 runs respectively.


Match Winner: New Zealand (2.80)
Toss Winner: India (1.95)

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