Rain in the air, again, as India look to square series against dynamic New Zealand

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As it was with the T20Is the ODIs have effectively been a two match series due to rain. India leads New Zealand 1-0 at the moment and New Zealand is leading 1-0. Rain is also threatening to ruin the game in Christchurch, even though it is possible for a shorter game to be played around the showers.

India will face immense pressure, whether they play a full 50-50 or a reduced game, just like in the Hamilton ODI. They are trailing not only because they are lacking first-choice bowlers but also because they looked short on ideas while defending 306 in series opener. India had five bowling options, so Deepak Hooda was selected to replace Sanju Samson. This allowed them to have the advantage of having a sixth bowler for the next game, which was played in rain-soaked conditions.

New Zealand’s ODI win-loss record at Hagley Oval is also impressive at 10-1. The last three ODIs have been won by teams chasing. India will lose the toss if they lose it for the third consecutive time. They will need to win big. It is not clear if the current team has the firepower or the mindset to win.

New Zealand, like India is working to achieve the 2023 ODI World Cup starts with this series. They are No. They are ranked No. 1. There is no concern about them being in the Super League table. Also, they have not lost an ODI series at their home since early 2019, when India had won 4-1.

After New Zealand’s washout in Hamilton meant that Finn Allen, Michael Bracewell and others would have more time to play. Both of these men are experienced players who have played ODI cricket against lower-ranked opponents in the past. Their batting is also lacking in experience, except for Devon Conway and Tom Latham. Glenn Phillips and Allen could benefit from the chance to score some runs and get ahead of the ODIs at Pakistan in January 2023.

Guide to form

New Zealand WLLLW (Last five matches won, most recent match)

The spotlight

Sanju Samson Trends on social media immediately after he is dropped from the XI or whenever he hits a boundary. This was what happened a few times during his 36-off 38. He was then dropped. Deepak Hooda India needed a sixth spinner. The spotlight will be on the player who plays Wednesday; Samson to score runs and cement his place in the middle order, Hooda to contain runs and take a few wickets with his offspin.

Michael Bracewell He will be returning to the spot where he scored 2 for 14 in four overs last month, during a T20I against Pakistan. He Adam Milne was replaced by him in the second ODI. His lower-order batting might prove to be useful for New Zealand, but India’s batsmen will test his offspin on a pitch that supports strokeplay and fast bowlers.

Team news

Hamilton was very quiet and New Zealand did not have the opportunity to play any more than four quicks in Auckland.

New Zealand (probable): 1 Finn Allen, 2 Devon Conway, 3 Kane Williamson (capt), 4 Daryl Mitchell, 5 Tom Latham (wk), 6 Glenn Phillips, 7 Mitchell Santner, 8 Michael Bracewell/Adam Milne, 9 Matt Henry, 10 Tim Southee, 11 Lockie Ferguson

India will bring back Samson to batting, but Hooda is likely playing because of his bowling. This could prove handy against left-hand bats Conway, Latham, and Mitchell Santner. Will Kuldeep Yadav finally play? He He was part of both the T20I ODI squads, but has not yet played on the tour.

India (probable): 1 Shikhar Dhawan (capt), 2 Shubman Gill, 3 Shreyas Iyer, 4 Suryakumar Yadav, 5 Rishabh Pant (wk), 6 Sanju Samson/Deepak Hooda, 7 Washington Sundar, 8 Deepak Chahar, 9 Umran Malik, 10 Arshdeep Singh, 11 Yuzvendra Chahal/Kuldeep Yadav

Pitch and conditions

Showers are expected for Wednesday. If the game is cut short, the toss could prove crucial. In such cases, bowling first again will be the best option. Tickets are now sold out for the Hagley Oval’s second-day men’s ODI. Here, the hard pitch is expected help quick bowlers and batters.

Stats and trivia

  • New Zealand hasn’t lost an international series at home since January 2019, so they won’t be losing this one. They will host Sri Lanka at the end in March for their next ODI series.
  • Shikhar Dhawan is India’s top scorer in the 2019 ODI World Cup scored 1267 runs at 45.25 and struck at 83.02. Shubman Gil, his opening partner, has 658 run total since then, with an average of 73.11 runs and a strike rate of 102.97%.
  • Yuzvendra Chahal is India’s most successful ODI wicket taker This year, the average was 27.09 and the tally stood at 21.
  • Quotes

    “We’ve played some good one-day cricket as a team for quite a while. It suits us. There are many games that can be played to get there. World Cup and we’ll learn more about the side and team.”

    Senior bowler Tim Southee The team is optimistic about their preparations for the ODI World Cup next year

    He is a great bowler and I am able to benefit from his partnership because batters can be fooled by the slow pace dropping from 155kph up to 135kph. We enjoy bowling together and on the field.
    Arshdeep Singh On his first ODI bowling experience with Umran Malik (a fellow debutant).

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