Host West Indies will be looking to earn a consolation win when they take on New Zealand in the third and final game to be played at Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica on Sunday. In the 2nd T20I, New Zealand produced a clinical performance with bat and ball to clinch the T20I series. Skipper Kane Williamson will be pleased with his side’s performance and will be hoping for more of the same in this dead rubber.
On the other hand, West Indies will be looking to make amends for their poor performances and put in an improved performance in this dead rubber. Captain Nicholas Pooran will need to lead from the front with the bat for the West Indies to get a positive result out of this final game.
WEST INDIES PREVIEW
The Men in Maroon will make three changes as Akeal Hosein, Brandon King, and Alzarri Joseph would come in place of Hayden Walsh Jnr., Devon Thomas, and Odean Smith for this dead rubber. In the batting department, the side will be relying on the likes of Nicholas Pooran, Shamarh Brooks, Brandon King, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, and Rovman Powell to deliver the bulk of the runs.
In the previous match, the home side struggled to get going in their innings and could only score 125 runs in their full quota of overs. In the bowling department, the onus will be on the likes of Akeal Hosein, Romario Shepherd, Kyle Mayers, Obed McCoy, and Jason holder to provide timely breakthroughs.
NEW ZEALAND PREVIEW
The BlackCaps will be looking to maintain their standards with bat and ball in this series finale. In the batting department, the onus will be on the likes of Glenn Phillips, Martin Guptill, Daryl Mitchell, Devon Conway, and Kane Williamson to deliver the bulk of the runs.
In the previous match, Glenn Phillips was the standout performer with the bat for New Zealand and finished the innings with the top score of 76 off 41 balls with the help of four boundaries and six sixes. He was well supported by Daryl Mitchell, who smashed 48 runs off 20 balls with the help of two fours and four sixes.
In the bowling department, the side will be depending on the likes of Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Mitchell Santner, and Michael Bracewell to provide timely breakthroughs.
Off-spinner Michael Bracewell and left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner bowled well and claimed three wickets apiece.
The wicket prepared for the game is going to be excellent for batting with little assistance for the spinners. The weather forecast for Sunday’s game is going to be clear skies.
Sabina Park in Kingston in Jamaica is going to host the third and final T20I game between West Indies and New Zealand.
TOSS: TO BAT
Both sides will be looking to win the toss, bat first, and post a competitive score on the board. The previous two matches played in Jamaica have been won by the side batting first.
WEST INDIES PREDICTED PLAYING XI:
Nicholas Pooran (c) Brandon King (wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Rovman Powell, Kyle Mayers, Shamarh Brooks, Jason Holder, Romario Shepherd, Odean Smith/ Alzarri Joseph, Akeal Hosein/Hayden Walsh, Obed McCoy
NEW ZEALAND PREDICTED PLAYING XI:
Martin Guptill, Devon Conway (wk), Kane Williamson (c), Glenn Phillips, Daryl Mitchell, James Neesham, Michael Bracewell, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Trent Boult
TOP PICKS – BATTERS
He is the leading run-scorer in T20Is for New Zealand and is currently the second-highest run-getter behind Rohit Sharma. He is just 5 runs away from equalling Sharma’s record. However, this year has not been the best for the right-handed batter. Guptill is yet to score a half-century in T20Is this year.
Based on current form, New Zealand will be clear favorites to win the third and final game of the T20I series against the West Indies. With the likes of Glenn Phillips, Kane Williamson, Devon Conway, and Mitchell Santner in excellent form, the visitors will be looking to deliver another clinical performance on Sunday.
Expect New Zealand to complete a 3-0 whitewash over New Zealand in the T20I series.