After making a strong comeback in the 2nd One Day International at Pune, Team India will look to seal the series on Sunday 29th October 2017 at Green Park in Kanpur.
India bowled well in the last match, Bhuvi, Bumrah, Hardik, Chahal and Axar Patel were successful in restricting the New Zealand team for just 230 runs at Pune.
New Zealand, on the other hand, will aim to win their first series on the Indian soil. The Kiwis haven’t won a series in India, after winning the 1st ODI; they aimed to win the 2nd. d
Due to poor batting they couldn’t win the 2nd One Day International.
The Kiwis will look to repair their mistakes in the 3rd and final One Day International at Kanpur on Sunday.
Their batsmen should step up, especially the openers. Martin Guptill and Colin Munro didn’t bat well in both the ODIs. Now in the series decider, they would want to bat well and give their team a good start.
Kane Williamson too would be hoping to have a better show after he failed in the last two One Day Internationals. Williamson has not scored in double digits. He had scored 3 and 6 in the first two ODI matches.
India too has opening woes, even though Shikhar Dhawan batted well in the 2nd One Day International at Pune but his partner has not performed well. Rohit Sharma has not batted well in the first games, now with series at stake, India and Kohli want a good show from Rohit Sharma.
Rohit has scores of 20 and 7 in the ODI series so far. He should make it up by scoring a big hundred otherwise Ajinkya Rahane is waiting to replace him in the 50 over format.
After playing well in the Pune ODI, Dhawan will want to keep his form going at Kanpur too. He played well for his 68 runs but he should also look to finish the game as he did in the 1st ODI against Sri Lanka last month.
Opening partnership is the key for India and New Zealand, both the teams would want to sort this issue out before Sunday.
Kohli scored a magnificent 121 at Mumbai, but in Pune, he failed to take his team home. He would like to stay there until the end like he did in Mumbai. Kohli’s form is crucial for India at Kanpur.
Kedar Jhadav was ignored on his home ground, Hardik Pandya was sent ahead of him. This is mainly because he has not used his opportunities. If this continues then Kedar may be axed from the team soon. To cement his place in the team he should perform well in whatever circumstances that arrive.
Dinesh Karthik played well in both the ODIs; he is the new number 4 batsman for India. After trying Pandya many times India may have found new batsmen at number 4. He needs to be consistent to seal that number 4 spot. If he doesn’t then their many players ready to replace Karthik for the number 4 batting position.
Hardik Pandya should be more sensible like Karthik and Dhoni. He wasn’t in the last two ODI matches. He can be the finisher that India has been looking after Dhoni’s new role.
MSD has been the guide to this Indian batting line up. He has guided India to many victories. He should stick to that role, it will be good for him as well as for the team.
New Zealand lower order was exposed on Wednesday, Henry and Grandhomme played well but they needed to stay till the 50 overs.
These two can be the finishers for New Zealand; they should aim to play the 50 overs. Otherwise, it will be difficult for them to post a good total on the board.
Mitch Santner can be the good all-rounder for the Kiwis, he showed in the 2nd ODI. The Kiwi needs a good all-rounder after Corney Anderson. Mitchell Santner can be the one who can do it for them.
The bowling attack of both the teams is top class. For the Blackcaps, Southee and Boult have been sensational and for India Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah have been too good.
Even though Trent Boult was wicketless in the previous match, he can’t be taken lightly. Boult is still an asset for the New Zealand team. Indian batsmen shouldn’t forget what he did to them in Mumbai.
The spin bowling of India is much better than the New Zealand’s. For the visitors Mitch Santner is fighting an alone battle with spin bowling, Milne hasn’t been the threat. They should try some other bowling option than Milne.
Axar Patel and Yuzvendra Chahal played well in Pune, they should keep that going in the last and final ODI of the series.
India and New Zealand will play their first match at Green Park Stadium in Kanpur.
Likely Playing XI for India –
Team India will go with the same winning combination at Kanpur. Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Manish Pandey/Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav/Axar Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah.
The Likely playing eleven of the New Zealand team –
The Kiwis too will want to play with the same playing XI. Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Colin De Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Adam Milne, Trent Boult, Todd Astle, Tim Southee and Tom Latham.
Will New Zealand will be successful in winning the series in India? Or will Kohli and his men will deny them the victory?
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