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NZ v India 3rd ODI Preview: Chance for Kiwis to return white wash favour as India consider changes


India white-washed New Zealand 5-0 in the T20I series. With the home team 2-0 up with one match to go, now is their opportunity to return the favour.

Venue - Bay Oval at Mount Maunganui

Start on/at - Tuesday, Feb 11, 02:00 AM GMT | 03:00 PM LOCAL | 07:30 AM IST

Head to Head record in ODIs -  New Zealand: 48  India: 55  Tied: 1 No Result: 5

Weather - Sunny, 24°C, Precipitation: 10%, Humidity: 61%, Wind: 19 km/h

Good record for India at Bay Oval

The final match of the T20I series will be played at the Bay Oval at Mount Maunganui. The stadium is open on all sides and hence, wind plays a big role here. The last game that was played at this venue was the final T20I between India and New Zealand on February 2, when India managed 163 runs and won the game by 7 runs, courtesy of a Kiwi batting collapse.

Due to the wind, the things which might seem inconsequential on most grounds, become quite essential here. Choosing the end to bowl from or targeting a particular side of the park will be major factors in determining the winner.

The ODI stats at this ground show no real advantage in batting or bowling first. Out of the 9 ODIs played at the venue, the team batting first has won 5 while the team batting second has won 4.

It is a fairly high-scoring ground with an average score of 277 by the team batting first. Both the last two ODIs played at this venue have been between New Zealand and India and the latter have won convincingly both times.

Opportunities galore by India

"We could consider changes in the final game, since we have nothing to lose now. We'll play expressive cricket and not worry too much about the result. It's upto the individuals to fight till the end," Virat Kohli said in the post-match presentation of the second ODI. With the series being already lost, it is understandable for the Indian skipper to say that.

The question is, in whose place does he bring in those on the bench? The most logical choice would be to bring in Manish Pandey in place of Kedar Jadhav. Pandey has been good in the recent opportunities he has got and has a role to play in India's scheme of things for the upcoming T20 World Cup. Hence, it will be a good option to give him a game.

Rishabh Pant, who has been warming the benches throughout the series, should get a game as well. The team can rest KL Rahul, who has had his plate full throughout the tour.

Following a rotation policy, India is likely to bring in Mohammed Shami in place of Jasprit Bumrah. Both the pacers will be monitored very closely with respect to their workload, with them set to bowl a lot of overs in the Test series.

Merit in Williamson playing a dead rubber?

Kane Williamson was expected to be fit in time for the final ODI. But, with the series having already been decided, it makes little sense for the skipper to risk his shoulder. The all-important Test series is lined up and Williamson will be better off to sit out this game as well.

One change which is likely is Tim Southee. Southee was not fully fit in the last match and it would be tough for him to be back on the park. With both Mitchell Santner and Scott Kuggeleijn also down due to illness, New Zealand have added Ish Sodhi to their squad and he likely to be a part of the starting XI.

If fit, Mitchell Santner will be back. Otherwise, Blair Tickner will come in for Mark Chapman.

Chance for Kiwis to return the favour

India whitewashed New Zealand 5-0 in the T20I series. With the home team 2-0 up with one match to go, now is their opportunity to return the favour.

With not much relevance attached to ODI cricket at this point in time, India would be looking to dish out opportunities to their players on the bench, despite the threat of a white wash and New Zealand will look to capitalise.

Here's a look at the probable playing XI of both teams:

New Zealand - Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Tom Blundell, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (c & wk), Blair Tickner/Mitchell Santner, James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Kyle Jamieson, Ish Sodhi, Hamish Bennett 

India - Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal, Virat Kohli (c), Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Shami

This is where you can catch all the live action across the globe:

India & Subcontinent: Star Sports, Hotstar

New Zealand: SKY Sport NZ

UK: Sky Sports Cricket

Australia: Fox Sports

South Africa: SuperSport

Canada: ATN Cricket Plus (Asian Television Network), CBN

USA: Willow TV, Hotstar

Malaysia: Astro Cricket HD

Middle East and North Africa (MENA): OSN Sports Cricket HD

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