Rain has been an uninvited guest throughout this bilateral series between India and New Zealand. The three-match T20 series ended up with India winning 1-0 as the other two matches were affected by rain, one being no result and the other being a tie (DLS method).
The ODI series also got hampered due to rain, and it currently stands at 1-0 in favour of New Zealand after the 2nd match got washed out. As we move into the final encounter of the series, New Zealand would look to pull out a whitewash whilst India would be eyeing a win to level the series.
This ODI series marked the beginning of India’s preparation for the upcoming World cup. Though many players have not performed up to the mark, a few have left no stone unturned to make an impact in the mind of the selectors.
The likes of Shubman Gill and Shreyas Iyer have put on a great display with the bat. The last ODI is another chance for them to show why they deserve a place in India’s squad in the format.
To win the final ODI and level the series, India’s bowling unit also needs to step up.
The batsmen have been impressive and a similar performance is expected from them.
New Zealand wouldn’t mind a washout in the final encounter as well since they’re currently leading the series one-nil. However, the Kiwis have all the potential to win the final ODI and perform a whitewash over the Indian side.
The second ODI got washed out after just 12 overs being bowled, which saw Matt Henry bowling a lethal spell. The Kiwis have their fast bowling lineup in tune even in the absence of veteran Trent Boult, as Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson, and Matt Henry have stood up as and when required.
There is little to worry about for New Zealand as their XI looks solid with all the spots filled with talent and potential. Another great batting display is expected from the skipper and his men, as they eye a win in the final game.
Christchurch Oval is another batting-friendly ground with an even bounce on the pitch and a racing outfield.
The fast bowlers, however, might get some assistance in the initial overs, with the breeze flowing in from all directions.
A total of 15 ODI matches have been played at the venue, out of which 8 have been won by the team batting first. The average first-inning score stands at a decent 258.
Probable Playing XI
India: Shikhar Dhawan, Shubman Gill, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda/ Sanju Samson, Washington Sundar, Deepak Chahar Umran Malik, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Arshdeep Singh.
New Zealand: Finn Allen, Devon Conway, Kane Williamson, Daryl Mitchell, Tom Latham, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Michael Bracewell, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry.
Must-Have Fantasy Picks
Shubman Gill: Gill scored steady 50 runs in 65 balls in the first ODI, and was stranded at 45* in the second as the rain interrupted. A big knock awaits the young man. This is a big opportunity for Shubman to make a mark and solidify his position as India’s third opener in the format.
Tom Latham: The gloveman played an extraordinary inning in the first game and took his team over the line. Even after shifting to the middle order, Latham has been the architect of his team’s victory on many occasions. New Zealand’s hopes of winning the series rely a lot on the middle-order batsman.
Umran Malik: Young, passionate and furious Umran is probably among the fastest bowlers in the world at the moment. After an impressive debut, it’s time for him to continue his form and showcase his talent yet again on the big stage.
Tim Southee: Southee has been the backbone of the side for many years now, and his role has increased massively after his counterpart Trent Boult has been left out of the national contract. He successfully acclaimed the milestone of 200 ODI wickets in the first match.
The right-arm pacer shall play an important role if New Zealand goes on to win this match and the series.
Dream11 Team for NZ vs IND 3rd ODI Match
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We expect New Zealand to put on another great display and seal the series with a win. A close encounter is on the cards as we believe the Indian team shall also put up a fight.