Frustrated by the fickle climate, a determined Indian group would pray for a rain-free closing ODI towards New Zealand in its bid to complete on an excellent keel in a sequence that neither had context nor any main takeaways.
There is forecast of scattered showers in Christchurch and nothing could be extra irritating than taking part in a sequence the place the Gen-Next of Indian cricket hardly obtained any recreation time to indicate their prowess.
Out of 5 white-ball video games that additionally consists of three-match T20I sequence, two matches (one T20I and one ODI) didn’t yield any end result and one recreation (T20I) was curtailed considerably and led to a tie on account of Duckworth-Lewis methodology.
With the sequence in line, Shikhar Dhawan and his males would goal to place up an impactful efficiency on the picturesque Hagley Oval floor, which has historically helped the seam bowlers and has a median rating within the 230 vary prior to now few years.
The Indian batting in first Powerplay (first 10 overs) has been a lot talked about and regardless that skipper Dhawan has been a prolific ODI opener over time, even he understands that to safe his place for the subsequent World Cup, his strategy wants a sea change.
His younger opening accomplice Shubman Gill, nonetheless, has proven extra intent in shot choice with scores of fifty and 45 not out within the two video games.
So has Indian cricket’s present blue-eyed boy Suryakumar Yadav, whose three sixes in a brief 12.5 overs of play on the Seddon Park, did ship the Indian supporters into raptures.
But the larger problem for Indian batting line-up shall be to place up an above par rating towards New Zealand on a floor the place swing bowlers have dominated the roost prior to now few ODI video games.
And for that, not simply the openers or Surya however the likes of Rishabh Pant additionally must step up and be counted.
Rishabh’s ODI document is fairly spectacular however at the moment, the runs have dried up because the tour of England (primarily in 20 over cricket) and he’s one participant, who wants to fireside to be able to be certain that Indian middle-order seems to be aggressive towards a high quality Black Caps assault.
Rishabh’s presence and lack of bowling choices among the many specialist batters additionally successfully imply that Sanju Samson has to as soon as once more sit out, just like the final recreation the place Deepak Hooda, due to his all-round expertise, was most well-liked over the immensely fashionable cricketer from Kerala.
Since the final match was a wash-out, will probably be fascinating if interim head coach VVS Laxman decides to shuffle with the taking part in XI, particularly the bowling assault the place Kuldeep Yadav is but to get a chance.
But to go away out both Yuzvendra Chahal or Washington Sundar shall be doing them a disservice.
Shardul Thakur appeared pedestrian within the opening ODI in Auckland and, in all probability, Arshdeep Singh, Deepak Chahar and the fiery Umran Malik will proceed to steer the tempo assault.
For the New Zealand pacers Matt Henry, Tim Southee and Lockie Ferguson, there couldn’t be a greater venue to take advantage of the frailties in India’s batting to the fullest.
Similarly, the Indian bowling assault would get a conducive bowling observe to ask some probing inquiries to the likes of Tom Latham and Kane Williamson, who’ve proved to be the thorn in flesh over the last recreation.
India: Shikhar Dhawan (captain), Shubman Gill, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Sanju Samson (wk), Deepak Hooda, Washington Sundar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Deepak Chahar, Arshdeep Singh, Shardul Thakur and Umran Malik.
New Zealand: Kane Williamson (captain), Finn Allen, Devin Conway, Tom Latham, Daryl Mitchell, Glenn Phillips, Michael Bracewell, Tim Southee, Matt Henry, Adam Milne, Jimmy Neesham, Mitchell Santner and Lockie Ferguson.
Match Starts: 7 am IST.