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After coming into the series with an 3-8 record against the Kiwis in the shortest format, the Indians have reduced the deficit to stand at 6-8 before the match at Wellington. Two more wins would allow them to tie the head-to-head.
Shivam Dube has failed to live up to expectations with the bat and with the ball. He might make way for someone like Pant, who would provide more batting pedigree.
The Westpac Stadium isn't as high-scoring as Auckland and Seddon Park, meaning that a tighter contest between bat and ball could be on the cards.
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31 Jan, 12:30 PM IST
Sky Stadium, Wellington
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The pitch is also a drop-in strip, meaning that it hasn't been a bowling paradise by any stretch of the imagination. However, recently, it has slightly been on the slower side, although New Zealand rattled away to 219 against India at the same venue last year.
As expected, lots of wind is predicted in Wellington on Friday. But, due to the Westpac Stadium not being as open a venue as the Basin Reserve, wind might not play a huge role.
With the series done and dusted after a rather manic encounter at Seddon Park, both sides could use the remaining fixtures to test out their bench strength and see how their fringe players respond. In that regard, India seem to boast more riches, considering they've traveled with 16 players, of which only 11 have featured so far. Thus, the contest at the Westpac Stadium could see the likes of Navdeep Saini, Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson in action while the experienced stars such as Jasprit Bumrah and Rohit Sharma might be accorded a rest, in light of the impending ODI and Test series.
New Zealand, on the other hand, could call upon Daryl Mitchell and Tom Bruce into the starting line-up, considering they also have more than a few flaws to iron out before the T20 World Cup at the end of the year.
Yet, even though quite a few changes are being projected for the game on the 31st, one can expect the intensity to not cease, especially as India look to strengthen their T20I credentials and New Zealand look to restore some pride.