Stats Show India Favourites To Win T20I Series Against New Zealand
High-flying India will be looking to end their long stay in southern hemisphere on a high when they take on New Zealand in the the third and final T20I in Hamilton on Sunday. The stay in the southern part of world has been a memorable one for India. The visitors first won their first-ever Test and bilateral ODI series in Australia before flying to New Zealand. Continuing their red-hot form, the Men in Blue thrashed the Kiwis 4-1 in the ODI series.
New Zealand threatened to spoil India’s party by beating them in the first T20I but the tourists bounced back strongly to beat the hosts in the second T20I and draw level in the three-match series. The win was India’s first T20I win against New Zealand in New Zealand and it came after three games. With the monkey off their back now, India will be looking to make the most of it when they take on the hosts in the third and final T2oI.
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And ahead of the series-decider, India have a huge reason to feel confident while the signs are not promising for New Zealand. The visitors have never lost a T20I decider since 2015. Until 2015, India had never faced a team in a three-match T20I series. Their first three-match series was against South Africa in 2015/16 season which they had lost 2-0. Since that loss, India have 13 series with six of them going to a decider and the Men in Blue won all of them.
India’s performance in T20I deciders:
– Sri Lanka in India, 2016: India won by 9 wickets in Visakhapatnam to win series 2-1
– India in Zimbabwe, 2016: India won by 3 runs in Harare to win series 2-1
– England in India, 2017: India won by 75 runs in Bengaluru to win series 2-1
– New Zealand in India, 2017: India won by 6 runs in Thiruvananthapuram to win series 2-1
– India in South Africa, 2018: India won by 7 runs in Cape Town to win series 2-1
– India in England, 2018: India won by 7 wickets in Bristol to win series 2-1
India, however, should guard against complacency. New Zealand have a very good record in T20Is played in Hamilton, having won 6 out of the games. India, however, should take heart from the fact that the Black Caps had suffered a defeat at the Seddon Park in their last T20I assignment.
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