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3rd T20I – NEW ZEALAND VS WEST INDIES – FANTASY PREVIEW

The washout game on New Year Day sets the third and last T20 International match as a decider which schedule to play in Mount Maunganui on Wednesday. The home side New Zealand won the first game comfortably while the second game was washout due to rain. Therefore, Black Caps leads a three match 1-0, the visitors West Indies has a chance to share a glory by winning the last game. Third T20I match between New Zealand vs West Indies schedule to start at 7 PM Local | 11:30 AM IST on Wednesday, 3rd January 2018.

 

NEW ZEALAND :

The regular captain of Black Caps Kane Williamson was returned to the side in the last game. The most promising speedster in the team Trent Boult set to return to the XI after rested for first two matches. The explosive batsman Colin Munro’s back-to-back firing half-centuries were highlights of New Zealand batting performances in the series. After showcase his batting skills in domestic matches in early part of December, Colin Munro continued the same in One-day International series too. Now, he carry forward a stunning form into his favorite T20 format. First he struck 53 off 37 balls in the first game of this T20I series. Then, he came with an explosive knock of 66 runs off just 23 balls in the last game which ended in no result. He is in prime form and that may come into play once again in the series and if that happens, he will finish the series with a hat-trick of half-centuries. The experienced opening batsman Martin Guptill yet to play a come back knock since his return to the side from injuries. Guptill had played a handy knocks for Auckland Aces in Super Smash matches, but he managed to score only single-digit scores in first two matches of the series. As we all know, Guptill is quite dangerous batsman who can create records at any match. So, chances are high for him to shine in this game.

The young and talented wicket-keeper batsman Glenn Phillips moved down to no. 4 due to the arrival of captain Williamson. Phillips won the man of the match reward in the first game for his efforts of 55 runs off 40 balls, 3 catches and stumping. He started well in that rain affected match on New Year day, but departed for 10 off 5 balls. Hopefully, Phillips will play a good knock in this last game and will give you a valuable fantasy points. Kane Williamson struggles a bit to score a big innings in recent months. On this home tour, Williamson managed to score 1, 43 and 54 runs in tests, 38 runs in the first ODI and 17* in the last T20I game. He is one of the best batsman of this era and he is a position to prove that point in this game. Back-to-back poor batting performances may make Tom Bruce’s place doubtful for this crucial match. He scored a total of 5 runs in last two matches. But as there no back-up batsman in the squad, Bruce may retains his place in the XI. It was not a great start on debut for Anaru Kitchen, but he will get another chance in the playing XI. He could possibly give you a decent fantasy points with his batting and part-time bowling skills.

Left-arm spin all-rounder Mitchell Santner always stand and shows a handy performances for the team. In the first game, Santner helped the side with a sensible quick knock of 23 off just 11 balls and also claimed 1 for 21 in his 4 overs spell. He is one of the important player in the team and will give most valuable fantasy points. The other spinner Ish Sodhi also bowls a decent spells for Black Caps. He conceded 30 runs in 4 overs and has taken a wicket of Andre Fletcher in the first game. The newcomer Seth Rance was very impressive with a spell of 3 for 30 on his debut. He deserves a chance in the playing XI and he will get it. Doug Bracewell might be a player who makes a way for Trent Boult in this game. Trent Boult and Tim Southee are New Zealand’s best bowlers and the combo will put West Indies under fire on Wednesday night.

 

WEST INDIES :

Seven losses, one draw in practice game and one no result (T20I) later, the battered West Indies have a chance to end tour with a win on their favorite format of T20. Gayle storm hasn’t arrive in New Zealand yet, also the performance of others also not up to the mark in the first game. West Indies bowlers shown a good comeback after Munro’s fire-power in the last game, but the rain god washed out West Indies chances. The most wanted T20 batsman in the world, Chris Gayle has a final chance to his fans happy on the tour. He didn’t carry forward the form which he had during the BPL tournament, last month. But there is hope for run fest from him on this final game. On the absence of other explosive batsman Evin Lewis, the wicket keeper Chadwick Walton accompanies Gayle to open the innings. Walton was managed to score only 9 runs in the first game. He will be in the XI for this last game and there will no surprises if he scored a half-century or more.

The hard-hitting Andre Fletcher batted at no. 3 in the first game, hopefully, he will keep that same position on Wednesday too. Fletcher had a good form during the first half of BPL, but failed to impress in the second half of the tournament. He managed to score 25-balls 27 runs in the first game, 50/50 chances for him to shine in this game. Shai Hope’s mysterious tour continues in the T20 format too. The talented batsman yet to score a half-century on the tour in across formats. After given so many chances, West Indies management dropped Jason Mohammed for Shimron Hetmyer in the last game. As that game was abandoned, Hetmyer will retains the place in the XI to showcase what he has on the store. He is just 21-years old and yet to score a run in his T20 career. There is no clue why West Indies not included the all-rounder Rayad Emrit in the squad for first two matches. His T20 records proves the value of him in the format. Hopefully, he will make a debut by replacing Rovman Powell in the XI on Wednesday.

The skipper Carlos Brathwaite has a huge role to play in this crucial do or die game. He contributed well with both bat and bowl in the first game. He scored 21 runs with a bat and also claimed 2 wickets with a ball. The worrying part was that he used to concede lot of runs in his spell. In the last game, he conceded 21 runs in just 1 over. The off-spinner Ashley Nurse is a decent contributor who picks wickets in almost every match and scores quick-runs at end overs of the batting innings. Nurse has picked a wicket each in both matches and also scored 20 off 9 balls in the first game. The leg-spinner Samuel Badree had a good time with a bowl in the first game. He picked 1 for 22 runs in 4 overs spell and also picked 1 for 23 in 3 overs in the last game. His overs will be crucial in a power-play overs. Sheldon Cottrell replaced Jerome Taylor in the last game. But, Taylor has an opportunity to be back in the XI by replacing out of form Kesrick Williams for this game. Cottrell was slightly expensive in the last game, but he is expected to take more than one wicket in this game. He picked 73 wickets in his 51 T20 matches, those experiences will help him to shine. Jerome Taylor shined with both bat and bowl in the first game. First he picked 2 for 41 in 4 overs, that was expensive spell but he equaled that with his quick knock of 20 off 10 balls later in the day. He may pick 2 more wickets once he get a place in the XI on Wednesday.

 

KEY PLAYERS :

NEW ZEALAND :

  • Kane Williamson
  • Martin Guptill
  • Colin Munro
  • Glenn Phillips
  • Mitchell Santner
  • Trent Boult
  • Seth Rance
  • Tim Southee

 

WEST INDIES :

  • Andre Fletcher
  • Chris Gayle
  • Chadwick Walton
  • Carlos Brathwaite
  • Ashley Nurse
  • Samuel Badree
  • Sheldon Cottrell

 

POSSIBLE LINEUPS :

NEW ZEALAND :

1. Martin Guptill, 2. Colin Munro, 3. Glenn Phillips, 4. Kane Williamson, 5. Tom Bruce, 6. Mitchell Santner, 7. Anaru Kitchen, 8. Tim Southee, 9. Ish Sodhi, 10. Trent Boult, 11. Doug Bracewell / Seth Rance.

WEST INDIES :

1. Chadwick Walton, 2. Chris Gayle, 3. Andre Fletcher, 4. Shai Hope, 5. Shimron Hetmyer, 6. Carlos Brathwaite, 7. Rovman Powell / Rayad Emrit, 8. Ashley Nurse, 9. Jerome Taylor / Kesrick Williams, 10. Samuel Badree, 11. Sheldon Cottrell.

 

 

 

Anand Thiyagarajan

Cricket is what everyone loves. If you’re ready to play fantasy cricket but don’t know how to analyze players, consider his Articles as the foundation of your fantasy teams. Anand is a cricket blogger and fantasy cricket lover.

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