The New Zealand pace spearhead Tim Southee said that India is loaded with world-class players and his team will need to be at their best to win the impending game. The first two games in Auckland has been in favour of the visiting side. India leads the five-match series by 2-0.
Virat Kohli & Co. are now two games ahead in the series and now need one more to win their first away series of the year. The third T20I game will take place in Hamilton on Wednesday, Jan 29.
The Kiwi pacer believes that the hosts have learned from the first two defeats and will definitely deliver better to win the third game at Seddon Park.
Talking about the change of venue, Southee said they will observe the surface in Hamilton and then plan their strategy for the third T20I. Whereas, he also highlighted the fielding errors that the team has made in the first two games.
“Change of venue, we need to win this game. I think the guys would have learned from the first two games. we have to wait and see how the surface is like and then we will decide what we need to do. We pride ourselves as a New Zealand cricket side. Our fielding has been off for the first couple of games, it is an attitude thing and we will look to improve it,” said Southee.
Tim Southee pats Shreyas Iyer’s back, said that he played with freedom:
Over the last few games, India’s middle-order batting has been in some kind of form. The opening batsman, KL Rahul and then Shreyas Iyer, who comes in at number five has been the key player in the run chase.
In the T20I opener, Rahul scored stunning 27-ball 56 runs while Iyer’s blistering 58* edged India past the target score of 204 runs. Iyer sailed India home in style as he stroke the slower ball by Southee over the mid-wicket for a six.
Whereas, in the second game once again, the two took charge of chasing the target as Rohit Sharma and skipper Virat Kohli were taken down by Southee early on.
Talking about Iyer’s game in the two games, Southee said that the right-hander has had a good start in the game.
According to him, Iyer played with freedom in both fixtures. The Kiwi pacer praised the Indian team, saying that they have world-class players and the Black Caps have to give their best to win the 3rd game.
“You have initial plans for the guys you haven’t seen much. He (Iyer) has come in and has played with freedom. He has had a great start to series, the whole India side has quality. We know that we need to be on top of our game,” Southee told reporters ahead of the third T20I.
“India have played well. They are a great side, they have world-class players. We were outplayed in the second game, it is always tough when you play against India. We know that we need to be at our best to defeat them,” he added.
While India has taken a 2-0 in the series, it would be interesting to witness the two teams going head-on in the 3rd game. It will be an important game for both teams in a nutshell.