The third T20I between New Zealand and India could be an indication of what is to come as it will be their last game of the format this year. With questions expected to answer in 2023. The hosts’ inability to muster any momentum while chasing a target of 192. On Sunday exposed their lack of assertiveness in the powerplay. In his last five T20Is, he has scored 40 or less in the first six overs four times, and has only hit two sixes – both from Finn Allen – despite losing more than two wickets only once.
Tim Southee is just days away from turning 34
The indications are that Martin Guptill’s time is up, with Allen locked in for the foreseeable future. But how do they get the best out of Devon Conway and Kane Williamson?
In the bowling department, Trent Boult is no longer a surefire starter; And even as he played in four of New Zealand’s last five matches, he went wicketless in the powerplay thrice. Napier’s stand-in captain Tim Southee is just days away from turning 34, with the next T20 World Cup a year and a half away. This is probably the best time for New Zealand to look ahead if things are not going their way soon.
India also needed a fresh approach with their batting
India also needed a new approach with their batting after their semi-final exit from the World Cup, but they could not do so in the 2nd T20 against New Zealand. Hopes were pinned on the opening pair of Rishabh Pant and Ishan Kishan, but Pant scored 6 runs in 13 balls, while Kishan played 31 balls for 36 runs, despite hitting 26 boundaries.