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Chahal to Santner, OUT! Santner goes for lofted shot but Kohli takes his catch in the deep mid-wicket to end the New Zealand innings on 295. And with this India has won the game by a margin of 90 runs and sweeps the series 3-0! Back-to-back whitewashed for India as it beat Sri Lanka 3-0 as well.
Santner is between India and win here. Kuldeep comes to bowl and Santner welcomes him with a SIX! Santner goes for an aerial route to send ball over long-on for a maximum. A dot ball follow. Kuldeep to Santner, FOUR! he swings hard and gets a leading edge as the ball races away to third man. A dot ball follows before Santner smokes the fifth for another four. 15 came from this over.
Chahal bowls his seventh over. Starts with two dot balls. Santner takes a single off the third ball. Chahal to Duffy, OUT! slider came in for the batter and goes quick off the pitch straight onto the pads. It is plumb out but Duffy wants to review this one however the referral do not change the outcome. New Zealand nine down after 40 overs.
Kuldeep Yadav continues. He starts with three dots deliveries. Kuldeep to Ferguson, flighted ball coming in for right-hander and Ferguson glances it to fine leg. Kuldeep to Ferguson, OUT! one-handed blinder from Rohit! brilliant catch by the captain himself to send Ferguson. New Zealand eight down. Only two runs and a wicket from this over.
Chahal comes into the attack for Sundar. Rohit wants to finish this off quickly. Chahal starts with a flighted delivery going down the leg and Ferguson steers it past fine leg for a single. Quiet over as four single came in the last four balls, Five came from this over as New Zealand needs 109 off 72.
Kuldeep resumes. Single to start off. WICKET!! traps Bracewell perfectly with a ball outside leg, the batter comes down the track but misses, Kishan completes the stumping this time! Just five off that over and a wicket
Rohit asks Sundar to bowl, Bracewell follows the pitch of the ball and smokes it for a maximum over long on. Short delivery and Santner slaps it for a four through the cover region. Single and Santner retains strike. 12 from that over
Kuldeep back into the attack, starts off with three wides down the leg side. Nine runs came off that over
Umran resumes, starts off with a wide down the leg side. Bracewell pulls a short ball behind square for a FOUR. Bracewell gets another FOUR with yet another pull shot ff a short delivery. Dot to finish. Nine off that over
Hardik continues form the other end. Slow, short and on the pads, Santner smokes it to a SIX. Good short ball to end the over. Seven came off that
Umran is brought back in, replaces Shardul. The youngster continues to breach the 145 Kmph mark. Two singles off the first three balls. WICKET!! HUGE BREAKTHROUGH FOR INDIA AS CONWAY DEPARTS, he could’ve hit the shortish ball anywhere but places it straight to the Indian captain. Santner comes in at eight. Dot to finish. Two runs and a huge wicket in that over
Hardik is brought back, replaces Sundar. He bowls a short slower one and Conway slaps it away for a FOUR through the mid wicket region. Short and wide yet again and Bracewell capitalises, dispatches it for a FOUR. 11 from the over
Shardul continues from the other end. Very good over, just five from it.
Sundar is back into the attack, replaces Umran. Starts off quicker through the air, deceives Conway as it takes the edge but falls short of the backward point. A SIX and a FOUR as he continues to put pressure on the bowler. Single to conclude the over. 12 from that over
Shardul continues. Starts off with a dot and a single to follow. WICKET!! Shardul cramps Phillips for space and the batter edges it straight to Virat who grabs it without trouble, ‘Lord’ Thakur strikes again! Bracewell comes into the middle. Yet another mishit but it is in no man’s land. Just one run and a wicket from that over
Umran resumes. Two singles off the first two deliveries. Umran using the variations to perfection, mixes short and full length deliveries to keep the batters on their feet. Gill does well on the boundary to save a certain four, two from the final ball. Six runs came off that over
Change in bowling, Shardul Thakur comes into the attack. And takes a wicket off the first ball! A well-pointed bouncer goes past Mitchell’s gloves. He reviews this one but the UltraEdge shows a clear spike as Mitchell departs for 24. Shardul to Latham, OUT! this is brilliant. He bowls a knuckle full-toss ball which tempted Latham to play his shot and Hardik Pandya was well ready at mid-off to complete the catch. Two-in-two for Shardul. Conway ends the over with two consecutive fours.
Umran Malik continues. Four singles from the first four balls. Malik to Conway, FOUR! drives the fuller-length ball over covers. Nine off the over as New Zealand looks quite comfortable now.
Yuzvendra Chahal continues. Chahal to Conway, SIX! timing! it went to the second tier as he picks the leg-break and register it over mid-wicket. Chahal to Conway, SIX! What a way to reach a century! even better timing and it is a bigger six. 15 came from the over.
Change in the bowling. Umran comes back into the attack for Kuldeep. He starts with a short ball which Conway punches for a single. Michell returns the strike back to Conway. Umran to Conway, SIX! it came off a sweet spot and the ball goes straight to the crowd for a maximum. Nine came from this over.
No signs of a pace attack yet as Chahal bowls his fourth over. Mitchell starts with a FOUR! with a pull shot. Two singles in the rest five balls. Five came from it. New Zealand went past 150 in this over.
Kuldeep continues. Michell takes a single off the first ball. Kuldeep to Conway, SIX! great connection this time as Conway picked the line quite early and steps up to hit the pitched-up ball over long-on. Two singles to end the over as nine came from this one.
Yuzvendra Chahal to bowl his third over. Chahal to Conway, FOUR! reverse sweep which went past Umran, who was at the backward point for a boundary. Two singles follow as six runs came from it.
Kuldeep bowls his fourth over. Kuldeep to Conway, FOUR! fuller and to the middle as Conway sweeps this one past a short fine leg for a boundary to start the over. Come back from Kuldeep as he gives only a single from the rest of the over. Six came from it.
Spin twin continues as Chahal resumes after the drinks break. Six runs came from the over.
Kuldeep continues. Kuldeep starts with a flat one and Conway pushes it to deep mid-wicket for a couple of runs to start the over. Conway takes a single off the next ball as Mitchell takes the strike. Three singles came in the last four balls as six runs came from it.
Yuzvendra Chahal is introduced on the other end, he replaces Sundar. Mitchell gets off the mark with a FOUR via reverse sweep. Ishan kishan misses a stumping chance!! Conway was beaten with a lofted delivery but Kishan fumbles as the batter gets a reprieve. Six from that over
Kuldeep continues. Brace off the first ball. Sweeps the second for a FOUR using the depth of the crease. WICKET! Kuldeep strikes, kept the ball full and it crashes onto his pads. Nicholls reviews it. That’s three reds and Nicholls has to depart. Dary Mitchell comes out to the middle at number 4. Single to finish that over. Nine runs and a wicket off that over
Sundar continues on the other side. Dot first up. It has been 18 balls since the last boundary and the pressure keeps mounting on the Kiwis. Just as we speak, Sundar pitches it up, to the pads and Conway slaps it for a SIX to bring up his half century. Nine from that over
Kuldeep Yadav is into the attack now. Starts off with a dot. Five singles off the over. Tight
Washington is back into the attack, replaces Shardul. Starts off with a wide down the leg. Conway comes down the track and attacks against the spin but misses timing and settles for a single. Single to finish off the over. Six came off that over
Umran to Nicholls, on the slot, Nicholls swings and misses. Wide outside off and short, Nicholls places the ball perfectly for a FOUR. Umran opts to bowl a same delivery but with a hint of swing, Conway misses this time. Single to finish the over. Five from the over
Shardul to Conway, single off the first delivery. Fine over just five from it
Umran Malik is brought into the attack. Starts of with an inswinger, Conway attempts to drive but edges it for a single. Keeps it short, Conway checks his shot and misses it because of the extra pace that this pitch offers. Umran bowls a fuller length ball but Conway hits it straight above Umran’s head. Wide outside off and Conway slashes it for a maximum. 12 runs off the over
Thakur resumes. Pitched it full and Nicholls follows the Conway route as he scoops it this time for a SIX over fine leg. Attacks on the pads and Nicholls collects a single. Shardul bowls a bit to short and Conway dances down the track and slaps it for a FOUR. Short delivery, Conway tries to hook it but misses. 12 from the over
Hardik resumes. Hint of outswing, Nicholls drives towards extra cover but goes straight to the fielder. Nicholls steals a single after hitting it straight to Rohit. WIDE down the legside. Good comeback from Hardik, cramps Conway for space and forces him to opt for defense. SIX! Length was right but Conway picks it up early and slaps it over md-wicket. Dot to end the over Eight off it
Shardul Thakur is into the attack now, replaces Sundar. Starts off with a dot. Cheeky from Nicholls, Thakur offers width and Nicholls kneels and scoops it for a SIX. FOUR to follow and this time the ball travels through the square leg. Single off the last ball. 14 from that over
Hardik continues. Pitched up and width offered, Nicholls comes down the track but it takes an edge to clear the infield for a brace. Wide outside off again, Nicholls edges it but it falls short of Ishan Kishan. Nicholls’ struggle continues as Hardik bowls four dots on the trot. Make it five. Just two form the over
Sundar resumes. Slightly pitched up and Conway comes down the track and hits it for a FOUR over mid on. Another FOUR as Conway chips this over the mid-wicket, length ball and it got the deserved treatment. Dot to complete the over Eight runs from that over
Hardik continues. Single first up and followed by a dot. Down the leg and Nicholls capitalises as he just helps it to the boundary for a FOUR. Five runs off that over
Washington Sundar is brought into the attack. Aggressive move from the Indian skipper but it is a familiar territory for Sundar. Starts off with a dot followed by a single. Tidy over, just two from it.
Hardik to start the prceedings. Starts off with a dot. WICKET STRAIGHTAWAY! Finn Allen’s stumps are rattled! Played on. Huge breakthrough for the Indians. WIDE down the leg but Ishan Kishan saves it from running towards the boundary. WIDE down the legside yet again. Dot to finish the over. Five runs and a wicket from that over
Finn Allen and Devon Conway will open for New Zealand while Hardik Pandya will start the proceedings for India.
New Zealand has a daunting target of 386 to chase. Whichever team wins this tie will also top the ICC ODI rankings, making this match all the more interesting. While NZ chasing this in 50 overs seems far fetched, the short boundaries coupled with dew in the evening will play a major role in deciding the outcome of this match.
- 385 is the 12th-highest total by India in One-Day Internationals.
- India has crossed the 370-run mark for the third time in the last five innings.
- Rohit and Shubman Gill scored 212 for the opening wicket and it is the fifth-biggest opening partnership for India in one-dayers.
Lockie Ferguson, to bowl the last over of the innings. Only three singles came from the first five balls as both Umran Malik and Kuldeep Yadav could not do much. Ferguson to Yadav, out! Kuldeep is run out as he was trying to steal a run off the last bowl but Latham receives the ball and throws it back to Ferguson, who runs Kuldeep out in the last ball of the innings. India finishes with 385/9 after 50 overs and it will be an uphill task for New Zealand to chase this target but looking at the pitch, anything can happen in this chase.
Jacob Duffy to bowl his last over. Duffy to Hardik, SIX! this is a good comeback from India led by Hardik here. Poor ball from Duffy, a full toss and Hardik hits hard enough for it to go past the fielder over deep point. Hardik takes two from the next ball to complete his well-deserved fifty! Hardik hits four off the third ball before giving his wicket on the fourth ball. He tries to loft the ball but Conway catches at long-on. Hardik departs on 54. 15 came from this over. Jacob Duffy ended with the figures of 10-0-100-3! 100 runs given in 10 overs,
Blair Ticker to bowl his last over. Hardik welcomes him with a SIX! he pulls the slower ball over deep mid-wicket for a maximum. Three singles from the next three balls. Tickner to Thakur, SIX! poor delivery, slower and short length ball and Thakur timed it well to pull it over deep backward square leg. Already 15 came from this over with one ball to spare. Tickner to Thakur, OUT! desperate attempt by Thakur as he went across and tries to scoop it like Surya but misses it as the ball went high and Latham catches it. Seven down.
Lockie Ferguson comes into the attack. Ferguson to Thakur, FOUR! he finds the gap to register it to a short fine leg for a boundary. A wide follows. Four from the last three balls as 10 came from this over.
Change in the bowling, Duffy replaces Santner. Hardik welcomes him with a smoking SIX! He stands way too deep and slaps the short ball with a flat bat for a maximum. Only Hardik can do this. Two singles to follow as Hardik will retain his strike back. Duffy to Pandya, FOUR! he swung hard the slower ball and it races away for a boundary at deep mid-wicket. Duffy to Hardik, oh what a shot, a straight drive to watch all day but Daryl Mitchell dives on the way to stop the ball and save three runs. Duffy to Thakur, FOUR! this is good over for India as Thakur ends the over with 17 runs.
Blair Ticker resumes. Four runs came from his over via four singles.
Santner continues. Only two singles came from his over. Pressure is building up and India does not has a wicket in its hands. Both Pandya and Thakur need to be extra careful if India has to cross 350 now. Brilliant comeback from the blackcaps.
Change from both ends as Blair Tickner comes into the attack. He replaces Duffy. Tickner to Sundar, OUT! brilliant bowling change by Latham yet again. Blair bowls a short of a length ball outside off and Sundar could not resist but slices it, but the ball takes an outside edge and goes straight towards Daryl Mitchell. Shardul walks in at number eight and gets off the mark with a single. Ticker to Thakur, FOUR! wow, Sharul leans and drives the length ball, outside off over covers which races away for a boundary. Seven along with a wicket came from this over.
Another bowling change as Santner comes in for Ferguson. A quiet over as three singles came from this. India 312 for five after 42 and both the batters will need to accelerate if India wants to get near 400.
Jacob Duffy bowls his 8th over. He starts with a short ball and Pandya pulls it for a single. Duffy to Sundar, FOUR! driven over mid-off. He takes a single off the next ball to give the strike back to Hardik. Duffy to Pandya, FOUR! second boundary off this over as India takes 11 runs from it.
Ferguson continues from the other end. Two dot deliveries to start the over. Four singles came in the last four balls. India two short of 300 after 40 overs.
Jacob Duffy continues. Only one single from the first three balls. Duffy to Suryakumar, OUT! he tries to flick it over mid-on but could not generates enough power as Devon Conway completes a good catch to send the dangerous-looking SKY. India is getting off the track now. Only two runs and a wicket came from this over.
Lockie Ferguson comes into the attack for Michael Bracewell. brilliant over at the crucial stage as he only gives a single off it. New Zealand is creating pressure on the middle order of India.
Duffy continues from the other end. Breakthrough for New Zealand as Kohli departs for just 36 runs. Kohli was trying to chip the outside-off delivery over mid-off but Finn Allen catches it as India loses its fourth wicket. Kohli, who looked good till now misjudged the delivery and as a result, gave his wicket away. Duffy to Suryakumar, SIX! trademark pick-up shot to register the fifth ball into the crowds for the second maximum. Seven off the over along with Kohli’s wicket.
Bracewell bowls his sixth over. Good five deliveries as only five singles came from it. Bracewell to Surakumar, SIX! Surya hits the first boundary of this innings as 11 runs came from this over.
Jacob Duffy comes into the attack after a break. Duffy to Kishan, oh god run out! A mix-up in the middle as Kishan first called for a single and then denies but Kohli reached his end by then and Henry Nicholls shows the presence of mind and runs out in the non-striker end. The referral shows Kohli reached the crease first and as a result, Kishan has to go out. An unfortunate turn of events for Kishan as India was three down for 268. Duffy to Kohli, FOUR! some relief as this ball races away for a boundary off the pads, the umpires give it a boundary as Kohli has an inside edge here. Six along with a wicket from this over as India is 273 for three.
Bracewell continues from the other. Bracewell mixes up his lengths and gave only three singles in the first four balls. Bracewell to Kishan, FOUR! too full and wide as Kishan pounces on it to slam it over covers for a boundary. Seven came from this over.
Santner resumes. Kohli takes a single from the first ball. Santner to Kishan, SIX! smoking hit as Kishan slogsweeps the outside off delivery over mid-wicket for a maximum. Good comeback from Santner as he gave only two singles off the last four balls.
Change in the bowling as Bracewell comes into the attack for Tickner. Only four from this over too as India crosses the 250-run mark. The flow of runs has significantly dropped as both openers fall after scoring centuries, both Kishan and Kohli look settled now and they should now look to attack if India wants to go past 400.
Santner bowls his 7th over. Just four singles came from the over. India nears 250-run mark.
Tickner continues. Back-to-back boundaries from Kohli! First one came from a shortish delivery and the next came via a straight drive. 12 runs of the over
Santner resumes as he replaces Bracewell. Kohli came in and its Santner on the other end straight away. In the last two matches Santner has claimed Kohli’s wicket twice, giving away just three runs in seven deliveries. Just one run off this over
Tickner resumes. Gill rotates strike off the first ball with a single. Dot to follow. Half tracker and Gill latches on to it and dispatches it over the boundary line for a SIX. WICKET! Gill gets geedy and tries to hook a short one but miscues it straight to Conway. ISHAN KISHAN COMES IN AT 4.
Bracewell into the attack. WICKET! Rohit swings and misses, you miss I hit kind of delivery that as Bracewell kept it simple and bowled straight on to the stumps. The Indian skipper falls for a well made 101 off 85 balls. VIRAT KOHLI COMES IN AT 3. Qucikly off the mark as he gets a single. Kohli takes the ariel route as he comes down the track and smokes it straight to a six. 10 runs and a wicket in that over
Tickner replaces Feguson. Single off the third ball and ROHIT GETS TO HIS CENURY!! AFTER THREE LONG YEARS. The 100 comes in just 83 deliveries. GILL ALSO GETS TO HIS 100 in the same over as the ball takes an edge and goes past the slip cordon for a FOUR! Seven off the over
Bracewell resumes. Gill pushes the first ball for a single. Single for Rohit and he his ever so close to the three digit mark. Gill meanwhile is also batting on 98. Single to finish the over, Rohit on 99 and will retain strike. Six runs off it
Ferguson continues as Rohit(94) is just a big hit away from century. Rohit choses aggression as he comes down the wicket but edges it, no run. Ferguson cramps Gill for space, Gill throws his bat at it, inside edge and it runs away for a FOUR! Single off the final delivery. Six runs off the over
Michael Bracewell replaces Mitchell. Rohit is chasing the three digit score that has eluded him for three years! He starts off with a single. Full and wide this time and Gill slaps it over extra covers. This time Bracewell choses to bowl near Gill’s body line but he smokes it with a slog sweep for a SIX. Single off the next ball. Rohit finishes off with a single and will retain strike. 13 runs came from the over
Ferguson replaces Santner on the other end. Starts off with a couple of dot balls. Gill steals a single on the third ball. Ferguson keeps it a bit wide and Rohit drives through the covers but Henry Nicholls dives to save a certain four. Good over, just two off it.
Mitchell resumes on the other end. Gill rotates strike quickly. Slightly short this time and Rohit just flat bats it over long-on for a SIX. Dot and a single to follow. Another big over as Rohit finishes with a FOUR, Mitchell offered width and Rohit cuts it towards short fine. 13 runs off it
Santner continues. Opens with a ball into the pads as Gill guides it to the legside for a single. Tidy over as just three runs came off it
Mitchell to Gill, outside off and Gill flicks it to the leg side, what should’ve been a couple of runs is now four thanks to Conway’s misfield. Outside off yet again but this time the ball eludes both Rohit’s bat and Latham’s glove and runs away for a FOUR. 11 runs off the over
Play resumes and Santner continues. Gill starts off with drive towards long off for a single. WIDE, hint of turn as Santner tossed it up but the ball goes too wide outside off. Four runs off the over
Mitchell continues. On the pads first up and Rohit just flicks it through the mid-wicket for a FOUR. WIDE down the legside but Latham collects it. Seven coming off the over. DRINKS
Santner resumes. Bit of pace and Gill cuts it late for a four! Single to follow. Santer to Gill and it’s a SIX as he chips it over covers. The Indian batters are making use of the short boundaries to full use! 12 runs off the over
Daryl Mitchell replaces Tickner. New Zealand is desparate for a wicket as Gill and Rohit continue to frustrate. Cheeky from Rohit as he sweeps it away for a FOUR! Consecutive fours! Mitchell kept it low and on the pads but Rohit flicked it through the legside. Make it three! Width offered just a little and Rohit pushes it towards point for a boundary. 14 runs off the over
Santner back into the attack. Rohit welcomes Santner with a six, slightly full and Rohit dances down the track and hits it straight! Brings up his half century as well. Short and Rohit dispatches it into the top tier! SIX over the mid wicket! 13 runs off the over
Tickner continues. Gill starts off with a single. On the pads and he flicks it away for a single. 100 up for India. Just four off the over
Mitchell Santner into the attack now. Slightly full and Gill guides it through the covers and brings up his half-century in style with a boundary! Seven off the over
Tickner resumes. Two dots to start. Rohit takes a single off the third delivery. Ticker bowls to the pads and Gill glances it on the leg side as the ball brushes past Latham’s glove. Short of a length and Gill punches it for two runs. Eight runs off the over
Duffy comes in again to replace Ferguson. Opens with a dot. Half tracker and Rohit pulls it away as he picks the length early, FOUR. That is monsterous! Duffy continues to bowl short of the length and Rohit blasts it into the second tier. Dot to follow. Duffy tries a cutter but Rohit comes down the track and lofts it over long off. Single off the last delivery. 17 runs off the over
Tickner to continue. Rohit starts off with a single. Five dots on the trot. Tidy over, just one off it
Ferguson continues. Gill times it to perfection with a straight drive and the ball races away for a boundary. Dot to follow. Four yet again, Gill continues his fine form. Full toss and Gill capitalises, beautiful drive through the covers. SIX! Wide and short and Gill pounces on it! Carnage! FOUR yet again! This is turning out to be a run fest. 22 off the over
Blair Tickner replaces Duffy. Gill on strike. Gill greets Tickner with a slap through the covers and picks two. FOUR! Width on offer and Gill hits it though the line and the ball races towards the cover boundary. Gill picks a single off the next ball. Slightly full and Rohit tries a lofted drive but takes an outside edge and goes for a FOUR! 11 runs off the over
Ferguson continues from the other end. Swing and a miss as Rohit tries to latch on to a length ball from Lockie. Rohit yet again tries to go across the line and misses it, four dots so far. Make it five. And that is a maiden over!
Duffy bowls a bit too short and Gill pounces on it as he hooks it to SIX. On the pads and Gill rotates strike. Another SIX and this time its the skipper, back of the length and Rohit lashes it over covers. Single off the last ball and Rohit retains strike. 14 off the over.
Ferguson resumes. No width on offer and he starts off with two dots. Concedes a wide as the ball goes down the leg side, soft appeal from the bowler but the umpire is unmoved. Right on the pads and it is a leading edge but falls safely. Gill finally rotates strike as he pushes one to mid-on. A hint of movement from Ferguson, Rohit swings and misses. Just 2 off the over.
Duffy resumes. FOUR, full and wide and Rohit does well to just guide it through the covers. A dot to follow. FOUR yet again, Duffy tries to wrap Rohit on the pads but the Indian skipper counters it with a beautiful shot through mid-wicket. Eight off the over.
Shubman Gill on strike and Lockie Ferguson in from the other end. Ferguson maintains a tight length and starts off with two dots. Ferguson to Gill and it is edged, races towards the boundary. Three dots to follow. Four off the over.
Jacob Duffy with the new ball. Starts off with a wide. Three dots to follow as Rohit Sharma takes things slow, checking his shots. Rohit off the mark as he takes the ariel route off a length ball, 2 runs off it. Three from the over.
India has played five ODIs at the Holkar stadium and has won all five. Its highest score here is 418/5 in 2011 when Virender Sehwag scored a brilliant 219 against West Indies!
Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill will open for India and either of Lockie Ferguson or Jacob Duffy could start the proceedings for New Zealand in bowling.
- Average first innings total - 307
- Average second innings total - 262
- Highest score chased - 294/5 (Ind against Aus)
Playing XI: Finn Allen, Devon Conway, Henry Nicholls, Daryl Mitchell, Tom Latham(wk/c), Michael Bracewell, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Lockie Ferguson, Jacob Duffy, Blair Tickner.
Playing XI: Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Ishan Kishan (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Shahbaz Ahmed/Washington Sundar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Umran Malik, Shardul Thakur.
Rohit spins the coin and Latham says heads, it is head indeed as New Zealand wins the toss and chooses to bowl first.
- Jacob Duffy comes in for Henry Shipley for New Zealand.
- Yuzvendra Chahal and Umran Malik comes in for Mohammed Shami and Mohammad Siraj.
Ajit Agarkar and Danny Morrison: “Not the biggest stadiums going around. 60-61m on the sides, 69m straight and just 54 behind the stumps. It is going to be tough for the bowlers.”
India’s highest score in ODI - 418 came on this same venue in 2011 against West Indies.
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- Wicketkeeper: Tom Latham
- Batters:, Virat Kohli, Shubman Gill, Rohit Sharma
- All-rounders: Mitchell Santner, Michael Bracewell, Hardik Pandya
- Bowlers: Mohammed Siraj, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Lockie Ferguson
- Team Composition: NZ 7:5 IND Credits Left: 8.0
- India Predicted XI: Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Ishan Kishan (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Shahbaz Ahmed/Washington Sundar, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Umran Malik/Shardul Thakur.
- New Zealand Predicted XI: Finn Allen, Devon Conway, Henry Nicholls, Daryl Mitchell, Tom Latham(wk/c), Michael Bracewell, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Lockie Ferguson, Henry Shipley/Jacob Duffy, Blair Tickner/Doug Bracewell.
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When: Tuesday, January 24 at 1:30 PM IST
Where: Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore
- India: Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan (wk), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, KS Bharat (wk), Hardik Pandya (vc), Rajat Patidar, Washington Sundar, Shahbaz Ahmed, Shardul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Umran Malik.
- New Zealand: Finn Allen, Devon Conway, Henry Nicholls, Daryl Mitchell, Tom Latham(wk/c), Michael Bracewell, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson, Blair Tickner, Jacob Duffy, Doug Bracewell, Mark Chapman, Henry Shipley
Bowler’s envy, batter’s paradise.
That’s the reputation the Holkar Stadium has built for itself over the last decade, thanks to a short outfield and a flatbed for most of the international games it has hosted. An ODI double hundred and the joint-fastest T20I hundred hammered over here is a testimony to it.
No wonder then that India head coach Rahul Dravid - in a jovial mood on his return to the city of his birth - joked ahead of India’s third ODI against New Zealand that the bowlers want to run away from the stadium.
With the series sealed, both the top orders will be eager to make the most of tailormade conditions for the willow-wielders. While the Black Caps will be desperate to show their mettle and prove their worth in Kane Williamson’s absence, India will hope that captain Rohit Sharma continues his good work from Raipur three nights earlier.
Rohit was into his elements during a quickfire fifty on Saturday.
Having notched up the joint-fastest T20I hundred at the same venue in 2017, the veteran will be eager to mark the 10th anniversary of his elevation as a regular India opener (he had opened thrice in South Africa in January 2011) with a triple-digit score.
It will be interesting to see if India tests its bench strength in the dead rubber. While allrounder Hardik Pandya and pacer Mohammed Siraj are likely to be rested, the locals will hope that hometown hero Rajat Patidar makes his India debut.
While Patidar is unlikely to make his debut, one local will definitely be on the field right through the game. Umpire Nitin Menon will officiate on the ground for the first time in an international on his home turf.
- Amol Karhadkar