It will be a stern test for the New Zealand side in Kanpur on Sunday when they take on India in the final ODI of the series. It’s 1-1 up to now and the hosts will be eyeing a series win in Kanpur.
Dhawan back in team and back among runs
India will be eyeing to maintain their winning squad as the replacement player Axar Patel did well last time around.
For the Kiwis, a lot of shuffling is not required, but they may be tempted to keep the same eleven.
India turned the tables in Pune after a defeat in Mumbai. Now the decider will obviously favor the home side as they are a better side on paper. But the Kiwis have shown that they have enough firepower to match with the men in blue and they will need a better display all round.
India’s bowling has been quite spot on with Bhuvi and Axar both starring last match and managing to keep the Kiwi batsmen quiet, while Shikhar Dhawan and Dinesh Karthik both fired with the bat. Kanpur will host it’s first day night match and with November approaching, dew factor will certainly play a part in this match.
Boult will be key for the visitors
The visitors should look to execute better with their batting. Both Ross Taylor and Tom Latham fired in Mumbai and they will need similar like that again on Sunday. It so far has been an even tour for them but it all can go very wrong in the big tie, at least the history says so as the Kiwis have lost all three deciders in India in the past, the last of them was last year.
Probable Line Up:
India: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (Capt.), Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Axar Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah
NZ: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (Capt.), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Adam Milne, Tim Southee, Trent Boult
- Kohli is 83 runs away from scoring 9000 runs. He will be the 6th Indian to do so after Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, Mohammad Azharuddin and MS Dhoni.
- Even if India win the series, India can’t regain the top spot in ODI rankings.
- India lost a series at home most recently in 2015 against South Africa.
The match will be broadcast live on Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 Hindi along with the HD channels from 13.30 IST on Sunday.