Team India rebounded from losing their first international game of the year in the first T20I last Friday in Ranchi by barely edging out the victory in what turned out to be a low-scoring thriller in the second T20I played in Lucknow. The final Twenty20 International will be played on February 1 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad with the three-match series tied at one all.
Hardik Pandya, captain of team India for the series, expressed his dissatisfaction with the pitches during both T20Is because they turned square for the spinners throughout the duration of the match as he laboured to reach the meagre target of 99 runs on the penultimate delivery of the game. Read More: India beat New Zealand by Six Wickets in a low-scoring thriller match
In contrast, New Zealand has performed admirably in the T20I series despite losing the previous ODI series to the hosts 0-3. They now have a fantastic chance to defeat India and become just the third team, after Australia and the West Indies, to do so in the previous eight years in a home T20I series.
Narendra Modi Stadium Pitch Report
While Ahmedabad is undoubtedly a high-scoring venue, the pitch here has the propensity to stay low and slow for the first half of the game before easing out for the batters in the second half. Given this location’s relatively larger boundary dimensions, pacers have fared better than spinners there, especially with variations and the strategic use of shorter deliveries. Overall, batters will likely have the advantage thanks to the recent pitch and the new ball’s decent surface carry. However, later in the evening, dew will play a role.
Motera Cricket Stadium T20I Stats
|Total Matches Played||6|
|Batting 1st Won||3|
|Batting 2nd Won||3|
|Average Score in 1st Batting||174|
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