Hardik Pandya India Captain
Would have liked to win the game by playing the full overs, but it is what it is. At some point, I felt attack is the best defence on this wicket. We know the kind of bowling attacks they have, it was very important to get those 10-15 runs extra even though we lost a couple of wickets. A game like this could have given us an opportunity to test some of the players, but having said weather is something we cannot control.
Tim Southee New Zealand Captain
It was disappointing even with the bat. We spoke about getting out there and and giving everything we could, take early wickets. We knew if we can get those wickets, anything could happen, but unfortunately the weather came in. You don’t know until both sides batted on it, would have been an interesting game but hasn’t gone the full tilt. Little bit of uncertainty around the scoreboard whether it was a tie when the rain came in. Could have gone either way, the way we attacked with the ball and to put them under pressure was pleasing. Nice to be back in some ODI cricket against a quality side like India. Hoping for a good crowd in Auckland.
New Zealand vs India Cricket Highlights today. 3rd T20, McLean Park, Napier, Tuesday 22-11-2022, India tour to New Zealand.
Suryakumar Yadav is man of the series
Really happy with the way things have gone till now, would have loved a full game here but as Siraj said the weather is not in our hands. The pressure is always there and at the same time I’m enjoying my batting, just going there and expressing myself. Not carrying any baggage out there. The intent and approach will remain the same. We can just go out and express ourselves, would have loved a full game, but that’s fine.
Mohammad Siraj is man of the match
he wicket wasn’t easy to bat and I was prepared to bowl hard lengths which gave me the rewards. I prepared myself to bowl hard lengths and had so much practice during World Cup and I just executed my plans. I always keep it simple. Just bowl the hard lengths. The weather is not in our hands, happy with the series win.
We wanted to bowl first anyway, so we got what we wanted. I think the pitch will remain the same for the entire 40 overs, but with the grass on it, there could be some lateral movement for our pacers. We do keep the dimensions in mind, but we do have the skill-set in our bowling line-up. We can’t think too much about the conditions – One change, Harshal comes in place of Washington Sundar.
We will bat. Looks like a pitch where we can put the runs on the board. We can’t really control the weather, but the history of this ground suggests good batting conditions. Our bowling the other night wasn’t the best, but credit to SKY. Mark Chapman comes in straightaway. You look back at places where we can improve as a team.
New Zealand won the TOSS and chose bat first
The match starts at 7.30pm local time, Cloudy evening, without the threat of rain. Another high-scoring affair on one of the better batting surfaces in the country, with some rain around. The last T20I at McLean Park was washed out, and scores batting first have functuated in the four completed games. The highest of those was England’s 241 in 2019.
Kane Williamson misses this game due to a ‘pre-arranged medical appointment’. Mark Chapman has been called up to the squad and is likely to replace the skipper in the XI.
For all of the focus on Suryakumar Yadav, India could yet throw New Zealand a curveball by giving him a rest and playing Sanju Samson in the last game of the series.
With very little context to the format currently and an unassailable lead in tow, India could also look to give the young and strapping Umran Malik an opportunity in place of one of Arshdeep Singh and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who featured all through the T20 World Cup.
New Zealand Expected Line-up
Finn Allen, Devon Conway(w), Mark Chapman, Glenn Phillips, Daryl Mitchell, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Adam Milne, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee(c), Lockie Ferguson
India Expected Line-up
Ishan Kishan, Rishabh Pant(w), Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Hardik Pandya(c), Deepak Hooda, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Arshdeep Singh, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal