A total of 30 overs were bowled by spinners in both matches, the most by spinners in T20Is, as the second match saw a spin fest in Lucknow, with Team India securing a six-wicket victory against New Zealand. The series is now level at (1-1), the action will now shift to the third and final match on Wednesday, February 01, 2023 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
Talking more about the Lucknow encounter, the Kiwis batted first and put up only 100 on the board in their allotted 20 overs. Barring Shivam Mavi, all the other six Indian bowlers were between the wickets on the surface. In reply, the Kiwis managed to drag out the struggle till the final over as the hosts also struggled against the spin bowling. Suryakumar Yadav kept his cool to remain unbeaten on 26 and level the series for his team.
Shubman will be worried about the T20 form of the opening pair of Gill and Ishan Kishan, especially with another player Prithvi Shaw warming the bench in the first two games. For the tourists, Finn Allen has failed to live up to expectations and will be hoping for a good score in the final game.
The stage is set for Hardik Pandya and Mitchell Santner’s team to win the decider and seal the series at the spectacular Ahmedabad cricket stadium. The home team will be looking to claim a win before facing Australia in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, while the Kiwis return home.
IND vs NZ: T20 Records:-
Talking about the matches, both the teams have faced each other in 24 T20 Internationals so far, with India winning on 13 occasions and New Zealand on 10 occasions. One game ended in a tie. In India, the two have met each other in ten matches, with the home team winning six times and the Kiwis winning 4 times.