The Men in Blue might have completed a clean sweep over New Zealand in the five-match T20I series but they were far from being impressive in the ongoing ODI series. New Zealand took a dominant 2-0 lead in the three-match ODI series and are just a win away from completing a whitewash against India.
India’s record against New Zealand in the last five ODIs has been pathetic as they lost all five games.
However, Virat Kohli and Co. will look to avoid humiliation by giving everything in the third and final ODI match which is scheduled to be played at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui on February 11 (Tuesday).
After losing the ODI series, Virat Kohli at the post-match presentation said that India could give a chance to other players for the dead-rubber.
Meanwhile, New Zealand will be inspired by the return of Kane Williamson in the third ODI who was ruled out of the first two ODIs due to a shoulder injury. The experienced batsman Ross Taylor, who has been in the scintillating form will look to end the series on a high.
Black Caps have a poor record at Bay Oval:
Kiwis don’t have a good record at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui as they have not won an ODI match at the venue against all the teams except for Sri Lanka. It should be noted that the Williamson-led team surrendered at the hands of India in two games at the same venue last year.
It has been a long time since India captain Kohli scored an ODI century and he would be looking forward to ending the series on a good note.
Further, Shreyas Iyer, who is in a rich vein of form will look add more runs to his name.
The weather will be sunny throughout the match day and the fans should expect a complete game.
The temperature at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui during the match time is likely to range between 19℃ to 23℃.