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With the series in the bag, New Zealand will look to test some of their bench strength while West Indies will aim to salvage some pride by notching up at least one win to prevent the humiliation of a whitewash.

While Martin Guptill got a good start, Devon Conway steadied things and went berserk in the end with his unbeaten 65 while Glenn Phillips hit the ball in every area of the park with his match-winning century.

Once again, the bowlers failed to perform as Keemo Paul conceded a whopping 64 runs and Oshane Thomas gave away 44 runs in his 4 overs.

Team News

The hosts can try out bowling all-rounder Daryl Mitchell and rest Jimmy Neesham. It will be interesting to see how Mitchell Santner captains the side as the team management believes in him captaining the side in the long run.

Windies can take in right-arm leggie, Hayden Walsh instead of Paul. Walsh is a wicket-taking bowler and can single-handedly slow down New Zealand's flourish at the death. Romario Shepherd, a good all-rounder is also sitting on the bench.

Pitch and Conditions

The match will be played in the same stadium. Batsmen who take their time and bat for a long duration will reap the dividends. Another high-scoring game can be expected. Pacers will get the most out of the surface if they bowl full length-deliveries while spinners will have to vary their pace to succeed and make use of the turn.

Probable Playing XI

New Zealand: Tim Seifert (WK), Martin Guptill, Devon Conway, Glenn Philips, Ross Taylor, Jimmy Neesham/ Daryll Mitchell, Mitchell Santner(C). Kyle Jamieson, Lockie Ferguson, Tim Southee/ Hamish Bennett, Ish Sodhi.

West Indies: Andre Fletcher, Brandon King, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran (WK), Kyle Mayers, Kieron Pollard (C), Keemo Paul/Hayden Walsh, Sheldon Cottrell, Hayden Walsh, Oshane Thomas, Kesrick Williams.

Key Battles

Glenn Phillips vs Oshane Thomas

Phillips is in great touch while Thomas is equally capable of dismissing the dangerman early  New Zealand
Phillips is in great touch while Thomas is equally capable of dismissing the dangerman early

Philips outplayed the Windies with his scintillating knock of 108 and also bagged the man of the match award for his batting heroics. He scored his runs quickly with eight hits above the fence. He was particularly severe against Paul controlling him with his attacking shots.

Thomas managed to take only one wicket in the last game. The right-armer must use his bouncers and yorkers more often if he wants to keep Phillips silent.  He can exploit the limited swing available with his menacing action that generates extra pace.

Shimron Hetmyer vs Ish Sodhi

Sodhi is one of the cleverest customers around while Hetmyer needs to redeem himself after a miserable showing with the bat in the last game  New Zealand
Sodhi is one of the cleverest customers around while Hetmyer needs to redeem himself after a miserable showing with the bat in the last game

Chasing a huge target of 239 to win, Hetmyer's approach was baffling, to say the least as he could score only 25 runs off 32 balls before Sodhi dismissed him. He needs to play with a lot of freedom and a clear mindset to make the most of his destructive ability.

Sodhi made a successful comeback to the side with a neat spell of 26 runs in his four overs. He is a wicked leggie blessed with a lot of flair. He can create a big impact if he hits the right lengths. He is an integral part of the playing XI with his wicket-taking ability.

Prediction

With the series coming to an end, West Indies will look to end on a high while New Zealand will aim to keep their perfect record intact. The visitors need to improve their fielding after a couple of spills in the last match.

Cricwizz predicts New Zealand to win the match and clinch the series 3-0.