India will look to continue clinch the series against an under-performing New Zealand in the third game of the five-match ODI series on Monday.
India is on a four-match winning streak in One-Day Internationals (ODI) winning the final two ODIs against Australia and have won the opening two ODIs vs hosts New Zealand. The Kiwis will be raring to make an impression against the No.2-ranked ODI team in the world and keep the series alive.
The focus will not only be on India winning the series, but also on Hardik Pandya and whether or not he will immediately be included in the playing XI. Pandya was suspended after his comments on a popular TV chat show drew a lot of criticism from all quarters.
The BCCI temporarily lifted the suspension on Hardik Pandya, which paved the way for the all-rounder to make his way to New Zealand for the limited-over series.
For skipper Virat Kohli, this will be his final encounter of this tour to New Zealand, having been rested from the final two ODIs and the following Twenty20 International (T20I) series.
The Indian captain will be hoping to sign off on a high with a series-clinching win.
New Zealand, on the other hand is still to solve KUL-CHA mystry . NZ have looked clueless against India’s wrist-spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal, who have accounted for 12 of the 20 wickets to fall in the first two ODIs.
Seamers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami also have done a good job, taking crucial breakthroughs for the team.
India’s batting too has complemented the bowlers, looking rock solid in both the games with Shikhar Dhawan’s return to form lending the team the much-needed support at the top.
Batting is what’s looked short for New Zealand but they don’t have a lot of options either. Ish Sodhi and Mitchell Santner could both play as New Zealand search for the perfect combination leading up to the World Cup. Tim Southee should come into the side.
New Zealand vs India, 3rd ODI at 07:30 AM IST / 02:00 AM GMT / 03:00 PM LOCAL
Venue: Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui
It’s the same venue as that of the second ODI and the match is reportedly going to be played on the same pitch. Expect a little more help for spinners in the track, although that’s the last thing New Zealand will want to play India on. The weather is set to be fair.
Probable INDIA XI: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni(w), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami
Probable New Zealand XI: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham(w), Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Doug Bracewell,Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult