High-Flying India is in New Zealand for their challenge. After scripting history in the longest format of the game by 2-1 victory and clinching the first ever bilateral ODI series by 2-1, the Men in Blue are high on confidence.
India skipper Virat Kohli, who bagged top three honours at ICC events on Tuesday, would be looking to register another feat as it has been almost 10 years since India last registered a series win in New Zealand. In their last outing in 2014, the visitors faced a 0-4 drubbing in the limited overs series. However, with the likes of Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, MS Dhoni and Ambati Rayudu in the batting line up and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal in the bowling ranks, team India has a fair opportunity to improve the records.
The hosts, however, look equally strong after clean-sweeping Sri Lanka by 3-0. Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, Martin Guptill, and Kane Williamson are in optimum form and centuries from each of them in the recently concluded series proves that India’s road will not be that easy. New Zealand posted three 300-plus totals in the series and with Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult and Tim Southee in the bowling rank a cracking high-voltage series is certain.
Both the sides will lock horns in the first of the five matches series tomorrow morning.
Where – McLean Park, Napier
When – January 23, Wednesday at 07:30 AM IST
The first ODI between New Zealand and India will be McLean Park ‘s first international hosting after almost two summers as the ground lost their international status in February 2017. The surface is expected to be a bit harder and 300+ will be a part score at this venue.
India Playing 11: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (c), Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (wk), Dinesh Karthik, R Jadeja, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, M Shami, K Khaleel Ahmed/Yuzvendra Chahal
Doubt: Kedar Jadghav, V Shankar
India Squad: Virat Kohli (C), MS Dhoni (WK), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), Ambati Rayudu, KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah, Khaleel Ahmed, Dinesh Karthik, Mohammed Shami
New Zealand Playing11: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Henry Nicholls, Ross Taylor, Kane Williamson (c), Tom Latham, Colin de Grandhomme, M Santner, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult, Tim Southee,
Doubt: Lockie Ferguson
New Zealand Squad: Kane Williamson(c), Tim Southee, Colin Munro, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Colin de Grandhomme, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Ross Taylor
Fantasy picks from India –
Top order- Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and V Kohli will be of utmost importance for bulk scoring
MS Dhoni, who was the player of the series in Australia, has truck three consecutive fifties and is in sublime form
Bhuvaneshwar and M Shami will be responsible for early breakthroughs through their swing abilities
Fantasy picks from New Zealand-
Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, Martin Guptill, and Kane Williamson all were handy in posting 300+ totals thrice against Sri Lanka. They will be once again responsible for repeating something similar
Ish Sodhi and Lockie Ferguson were the leading wicket-takers in the recently concluded series
Trent Boult and Tim Southee will be effective with the new ball
Make IND vs NZ Dream11 Team as per your discretion from the squad listed above and team news.