Date & Time: Tuesday, February 11, 07:30 IST
Venue: Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui, New Zealand
A Clean sweep looms over India as New Zealand boast the return of Williamson.
New Zealand have been comprehensive in the ODI series though they had to battle against their injury woes. However, their confidence will be bloated with the return of their skipper Kane Williamson. With the extra confidence in form of Williamson, New Zealand will eye for a series white wash. The batting did the work in the first ODI and in the 2nd ODI it was the bowling that won the series for New Zealand. New Zealand have a poor record at this venue in ODIs, in the 8 matches that they have played here they have lost five and won three.
India chase a consolatory win and escape from a white wash. It was way back that India faced a white wash in ODIs, which was against South Africa in 2006. India’s batting failed miserably in the 2nd ODI chasing 274. India will be happy by the fact that in both the matches they have played at Bay Oval they have tasted success.
Mark Chapman is expected to make way for Kane Williamson who will be available for selection. India might rest a few of their players like Bumrah and Shami as the test series is up ahead
New Zealand probable XI: Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wk), Tom Blundell, Jimmy Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Tim Southee, Kyle Jamieson, Hamish Bennett.
India Probable XI: Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal, Virat Kohli (c), Shreyas Iyer, Lokesh Rahul (wk), Kedar Jadhav/Manish Pandey, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bumrah/Thakur/Shami.
The conditions are expected to be sunny and pleasant in Mount Maunganui with temperature around 25 degrees to start in the noon. Generally it has been an average scoring ground with 1st innings score of 277, but the last time these two teams played, NZ were packed off for 243. Any score of over 250 has not been chased at this venue in ODIs. The pacers have been the more successful ones at Bay Oval with 90 wickets with balls/wicket ratio of 35.8 against the spinners who have bagged 32 wickets with balls/wicket ratio of 56.2.
Shreyas Iyer has been the best batsmen among the Indian players scoring a century and a half century in both the matches. Iyer seems to have cemented that number 4 spot in both the formats of limited over game. He will be one of the hot picks in the fantasy team because of his consistency in scoring runs as well as points. In this tour he has a PPM of 106.5 and has been a part of the dream team both the matches.
NZ legend just continues to be on peak, it has been a sensational few years in ODI for Ross Taylor. He is yet to be dismissed this series with 182 runs to his name and he is also the highest run scorer this series in ODI. Undeniably he is one of the must-have players in the fantasy team especially with the points he has scored in this series. He has an average PPM of 119.0 in two matches and he has been in the dream team in both the matches.
The tall fast bowler impressed everyone in his debut match. He picked up two wickets in the 2nd ODI and for his performance he was awarded with the player of the match title.
Even after having a successful T20 series, the left arm spinner didn’t stop. His bowling had been his primary weapon in the T20 series, but he displayed why he is one of the premier lower middle order all-rounder. He hasn’t made it to the dream team but still he is one of the must-have players in the fantasy team