New Zealand vs India: 3 Changes New Zealand can make for NZ vs IND 3rd T20I

Updated on: Nov 21, 2022 6:11 pm IST

  • NZ 3 changes for NZ vs IND 3rd T20I

    New Zealand vs India: New Zealand succumbed to a 65-run loss to India in the 2nd T20I held in Mount Maunganui. With the 1st T20I ruled out due to rain, this 3rd and final T20I has become a do-or-die match for New Zealand. They would want to win this match to at least draw this series. Keeping that in mind, let’s see the possible changes New Zealand is going to make for this encounter.

    1. Chapman to replace Williamson

    New Zealand captain Kane Williamson has confirmed his unavailability for the 3rd T20I. He has a pre-confirmed medical appointment and won’t be able to take part in the upcoming 3rd T20I against India. New Zealand has called in Mark Chapman as the replacement for Williamson. He will replace his captain in the XI.

    “Kane’s been trying to get this booked in for a while now, but unfortunately it hasn’t been able to fit into our schedule. The health and well-being of our players and staff is paramount, and we look forward to seeing him in Auckland” said New Zealand head coach Stead.

    2.  Southee to lead the side

    With Williamson unavailable for the 3rd T20I, New Zealand Head coach Gary Stead has confirmed that Tim Southee would lead New Zealand in the third T20I. He also confirmed that Williamson is expected to rejoin the team ahead of the three-ODI series that begins on Friday. Southee has led New Zealand multiple times in T20Is in the absence of Williamson.

    3. Michael Bracewell to play

    The absence of Williamson will weaken the Kiwi batting unit a little bit. To add extra cushion to their batting, Kiwis could bring in Michael Bracewell into the XI in place of Lockie Ferguson or Adam Milen, both of whom were expensive in the last match. Michael Bracewell is a handy batsman and is a good enough bowler to replace any of Ferguson or Milne.

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