On Tuesday, New Zealand will look to redeem themselves in the batsman-friendly conditions of Indore.
With the one-day series already secured, the third one day might seem like a formality for team India. With the Border-Gavaskar Trophy lurking over the horizon, India must not underestimate the Kiwis. The venue for the match on Tuesday is Indore, a venue that is said to have extremely favorable batting conditions. A location that is often termed as a batting paradise, some of the best stroke makers will relish these conditions. This match has the potential to be an action-packed, high-scoring encounter and should not be missed.
A win will mean that India goes to number 1 position in the ODI rankings. The match between India and New Zealand will take place at the Holkar Stadium in Indore on Tuesday, with the series already secured by the hosts. India’s victory in the second ODI in Raipur by eight wickets secured the series for India. However, the visitors will be looking to salvage some pride with a win in the final ODI, while India will be aiming to complete a clean sweep in the series.
In the previous match in Raipur, New Zealand were bowled out for 108 runs in 34.3 overs, setting India a target of 109 runs to win. India’s Mohammed Shami was in top form, taking three wickets, while Washington Sundar and Hardik Pandya each took two wickets. India reached its target of 109 runs in 20.1 overs, with a half-century from Rohit Sharma. The final match of the series is expected to be a competitive encounter as both teams look to end the series on a high note.
The third ODI also presents an opportunity for the visiting team’s players to make an impact and regain their form. Finn Allen, who has yet to make a mark in the ODI format, and Devon Conway and Daryl Mitchell, who have been among the runs but haven’t performed well in the first two games, will look to prove their mettle and make an impression. Similarly, Henry Nicholls, who hasn’t lived up to expectations in the place of Kane Williamson, will also look to make an impact.
The upcoming T20I series also presents a good opportunity for these players to show their skills, and a good performance in the third one-dayer will help them stay in good stead ahead of the T20I series.
On the Indian side, there were suggestions for Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli to skip this game and play a Ranji fixture instead, ahead of the Test series against Australia. However, it seems this idea has not materialized. Kohli in particular will want to improve his record against left-arm spin after falling to Mitchell Santner twice in the first two games. Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav, who didn’t get an opportunity to play in Raipur, might get a chance to showcase their abilities in this match, especially with the venue being known for being a batting-friendly ground.
As New Zealand wins the toss and chooses to bowl, we can expect a run-fest as Rohit’s men take the charge.
The live news from the center is that Mohammad Shami and Siraj have been rested, and Umran Malik and Yuzvendra Chahal are set to replace the duo.
India vs New Zealand 3rd ODI Live: Playing XIs
India: Rohit Sharma(c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Ishan Kishan(w), Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Umran Malik
New Zealand: Finn Allen, Devon Conway, Henry Nicholls, Daryl Mitchell, Tom Latham(w/c), Glenn Phillips, Michael Bracewell, Mitchell Santner, Lockie Ferguson, Jacob Duffy, Blair Tickner