Following their series-levelling win in Wellington, home side New Zealand will aim to go 2-1 up in the series while England will also aim for the same when the two teams meet in the third T20I at Saxton Oval, Nelson.
In the second T20I, New Zealand rode on the combined brilliance to defeat the visitors. After being asked to bat first, contributions from almost every batsman saw Kiwis put up 176 on the board.
James Neesham played a pivotal role in NZ’s putting up the defendable total with his innings of 42 off 22. With the ball, their quicks picked up early wickets before Mitchell Santner stuttered the chase. Ish Sodhi picked two crucial wickets of opener Dawid Malan and Sam Billings. Favourites to chase down the total, England were dismissed on 155 in 19.5 overs.
Since both the teams didn’t have much time to practice before the third game, it is likely that both will go in with the same combination.
The conditions aren’t known much. In the only T20I played player here in 2017, New Zealand scored 187/7 in 20 overs. West Indies failed to chase the target and were dismissed for 140 in 19 overs.
Injury update and availability –
All the players are available for selection. As announced, Joe Denly will not be part of the T20I series. England are hoping that he is fit for the Test series.
The match will start at 6:30 AM.
Here is the likely playing XI of both the teams –
New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Tim Seifert, Colin de Grandhomme, Ross Taylor, Daryl Mitchell, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson
England: Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan, James Vince, Eoin Morgan, Sam Billings, Sam Curran, Lewis Gregory, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Saqib Mahmood, Patrick Brown
My Dream11 team for Eng vs NZ 3rd T20I –