India won the toss and decided to bat first against New Zealand in the fifth and final One-Day International (ODI) at the Westpac Stadium, Wellington.
Here is what the captains said:
“We are looking to bat first. Seems a good pitch, might have some moisture but we want to test ourselves in such situations. After the humiliating looss the other day, we want to put up a bigger show. We have three changes. MS Dhoni for DK, Shami for Khaleel and Vijay Shankar for Kuldeep. We had a few training sessions and it’s not like the guys haven’t been in such situations earlier. If we had got about 180-200 last game, things would have been different. We admit we made mistakes and boys are determined. ”
“We were looking to have a bowl first, to take a bit out of it from the surface if possible. Obviously, it’s a good surface prepared for two games. We have just 1 change – Munro in for Guptill who is injured. There could be some shape early on and we need to capitalize on that.”
Team India’s middle-order will have one more chance to impress in the testing conditions of New Zealand. After not getting much of a chance in the first three games, the likes of Kedar Jadhav, Ambati Rayudu and Dinesh Karthik had an opportunity to impress the team-management in the fourth ODI after a rare failure from the top-order. However, all the three batsmen failed as India were all out for a humiliating 92.
The game will also be chance for India to show that the big defeat in the previous game was just one bad day at office. New Zealand on the other hand will be keen to build on the win. While not much is at stake in the fifth ODI but a win in this game will do both the teams’ confidence a world of good ahead of the upcoming T20I series.
As far as the team combination is concerned, both the teams will have to make at least one change. While New Zealand will have to bring in another player to replace their injured opener Martin Guptill, some player will have to make way in the Indian team for the fit again MS Dhoni.
Rohit Sharma(c), Shikhar Dhawan, Shubman Gill, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni(w), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Vijay Shankar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal
Henry Nicholls, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham(w), James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Colin de Grandhomme, Todd Astle, Matt Henry, Trent Boult