New Zealand Cricket team will have to bounce back in the third ODI against Indian National Cricket team to save the five-match series at the Bay Oval. Meanwhile, Virat Kohli & Co lead the series 2-0 following their 90-run win in the second game.
Previously, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan added 154 runs for the first wicket to set the tone. The Black Caps then led a fightback picking consecutive wickets before MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav added 35 runs in the last two overs to propel India to 324 runs.
Hosts New Zealand will have a lot of task at their hand before going out for the third ODI. The batsmen have struggled badly in the series against the Indian spinners and will have to take more responsibility to post runs on the board. The bowlers will also have to step up and pick wickets with the new ball to keep the Indian batsmen in check.
Here is the predicted XI for New Zealand against Indian National Cricket team for the third ODI at the Bay Oval:
The openers have failed to rise upto the occasion reason why New Zealand’s batting have looked too petty. Martin Guptill needs to take a step forward and do the job for a side in the series-deciding clash.
Colin Munro has failed to put runs on the board try to be over-aggressive. The southpaw needs to get his eye in and will have to capitalise the starts if New Zealand wants to save this ODI series.
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Skipper Kane Williamson is the main man behind New Zealand’s consistent performance over the years. He has held the batting unit and will have to deliver once again after failing in the second fixture.
Ross Taylor came in this series on the back of some massive scores. However, he has looked totally out of socks against Indian spinners in the first two games. The veteran batsman will have to bat till the end if the Kiwis wants to put big totals.
Tom Latham got his eye in the last outing, but Kuldeep Yadav’s brilliance got him out. The southpaw needs to cash in on the starts and puts his side in a strong position.
Henry Nicholls had an outstanding 2018 scoring tons of runs for New Zealand. However, he has suddenly lost the excellent touch in the ongoing series against India. The middle-order bat needs to bat long and tackle Indian spinners smartly.
The all-rounder played a quickfire knock of 57 runs at the dying moments of the game but couldn’t help his side chase down the target with no help from the top-order. He will have to continue doing his job and pick wickets early on to keep the Indian batsmen on a check.
Tim Southee will slot in place Colin de Grandhomme, who failed to make a mark after getting an opportunity in the second ODI. Southee has tons of experience behind his back and needs to use this and help his side return to winning ways.
Ish Sodhi came into the playing XI for the second game against Indian National Cricket team. However, he failed to make a mark as he returned with no wickets to his name. Sodhi will have to pick wickets in the middle-order if New Zealand wants to contain the Indian batters.
Lockie Ferguson has been among the wickets; however, he has gone for plenty. He will have to bowl tight line and length to contain the top-class Indian National Cricket team batsmen.
Trent Boult has been among the wickets but will have to pick wickets with the new ball. The left-arm fast bowler has done the job for New Zealand over the years and will have to step up to save the series.