IND Vs NZ Match Preview: The Indian team has taken an unbeatable lead by winning two matches and now it will try to clean sweep the third match.
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When the Indian cricket team lands at the Holkar Stadium in Indore on Tuesday, it will try to beat New Zealand in the third match as well and win the three-match ODI series 3-0. This will be the second consecutive ODI series in which Team India will win with this score line. Before this series, India defeated Sri Lanka 3-0 in the ODI series. There is no lack of confidence in Team India winning the first two matches of the current series. Yes, the team management would like the middle order of the team to show better performance.
Team India has already won the series and that is why India can make some changes in its bowling in this match. Opener Shubman Gill is in excellent form. He scored a double century in the first match and played an innings of 40 runs in the second low-scoring match. Captain Rohit Sharma has also started well and he would like to convert it into a big score.
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These players will have to show their strength
The Indian team will be well aware that despite having an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series, only Gill and Rohit have been able to score runs so far. It is also a fact that other batsmen have not got enough opportunities, so players like Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya and Suryakumar Yadav will have a good chance of batting practice in match conditions.
What will Kohli do?
Virat Kohli is again having trouble playing left arm spinners. This charismatic batsman has been consistently dismissed by Mitchell Santner. Kohli, who scored three centuries in four innings before the ODI series against New Zealand, was dismissed cheaply in the last two ODIs as the New Zealand left-arm spinner exposed his weakness. When the World Cup is to be held this year, when will Kohli want to overcome this weakness of his as soon as possible.
In the absence of Shreyas Iyer, good innings were expected from Suryakumar but this batsman, who made a splash in T20, failed in the first match of the series. Hardik is also not able to contribute enough in the middle order. India also have to play T20 series against New Zealand this weekend and after that they will play series against Australia next month and in such a situation, the team management can rest some players and give Rajat Patidar a chance to make his debut. Patidar has impressed with his performance at the domestic level.
Umran-Chahal will get a chance!
Changes can also be made in the bowling department and fast bowler Umran Malik and leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal can be kept in the team. Indian bowlers gave New Zealand a chance to score more than 300 runs after taking New Zealand out for 131 for six in the first ODI but they did well in the second match in Raipur. Mohammed Siraj, Mohammed Shami and Hardik have done well so far while the spinners have also played their part well.
New Zealand will save shame
New Zealand will try their best to prevent India from cleansweeping by winning this match and would also like to boost their morale before the T20 series. New Zealand is missing former captain Kane Williamson in batting. New Zealand’s top six batsmen have scored 40 or more runs on only seven occasions in the last 30 innings. So far only Michael Bracewell has been able to make an impact in their batting order. Apart from him, Santner also batted well in the first match in Hyderabad. The pitch of Holkar Stadium is considered favorable for the batsmen and here the bowlers will have to work hard to curb the batsmen.
The team is as follows:
India: Rohit Sharma (captain), Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan (wicketkeeper), Virat Kohli, Rajat Patidar, Suryakumar Yadav, KS Bharat (wicketkeeper), Hardik Pandya (vice-captain), Washington Sundar, Shahbaz Ahmed, Shardul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj and Umran Malik.
New Zealand: Tom Latham (c), Finn Allen, Michael Bracewell, Mark Chapman, Devon Conway, Jacob Duffy, Lockie Ferguson, Daryl Mitchell, Henry Nicholls, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Henry Shipley, Ish Sodhi, Blair Tickner.