As it was in the T20Is, the ODI has effectively become a two-match series due to the rain, except that New Zealand now have a 1-0 lead and India can make the best of it. But rain threatens to spoil the game, even in Christchurch, although a short game is likely to be squeezed around the rain.
Whether it’s a full 50-50 game or less – as they attempted in the Hamilton ODI – the pressure will be on India. Not just because they are trailing, but also because they are missing first-choice players and lacked ideas while defending 306 in the series opener. India had only five bowling options at the time, and Deepak Hooda replaced Sanju Samson as the sixth bowler in the next game, where only 12.5 overs were played due to rain.
New Zealand also have an enviable 10-1 losing record at Hagley Oval in ODIs, where the chasing teams have won the last three ODIs. So, if India lose the toss for the third time in a row, they will have to score big. The question is whether they have that strength – and mindset – in the current lineup.
Like India, New Zealand is also gearing up for the 2023 ODI World Cup starting with this series. They are ranked No. 1, there are no qualification concerns for them in the Super League table, and they have not lost an ODI series at home since early 2019 when India won 4-1. .
After the washout in Hamilton, New Zealand will be eager to give some more game time to Finn Allen and Michael Bracewell, who have played most of their ODIs against lower-ranked teams in the past. Apart from Kane Williamson and Tom Latham and Dion Conway, they also have a lot of inexperience in their batting. So Allen and Glenn Phillips can use this opportunity to get some runs and make a mark before the ODI in Pakistan in January 2023.
New Zealand WLLW (Last five complete matches, most recent first)
Sanju Samson trends on social media as soon as he is out of the XI, or every time he hits a crisp boundary, as he did a few times during his 38-for-36 run in the opening game. But then it was dropped. Deepak Hooda Because India desperately needed a sixth bowler. Whoever plays on Wednesday will be in the spotlight. Samson to cement his place in the middle order to score runs and Hooda not only to score runs with the ball but also to pick up a wicket or two with his part-time off-spin.
Michael Bracewell Will return to where he gave 2 for 14 in four overs in the T20 against Pakistan last month. He came in for Adam Millen in the second ODI, and if he gets another chance in the final match, his lower-order batting could be useful for New Zealand, but his off-spin could be a problem for India. Batsmen will try on a pitch that is stroke play and fast bowler.
Hamilton hardly had any game time, and New Zealand may not feel the need to change their XI unless they want to go back to playing four-quick like they did in the Auckland ODI.
New Zealand (Probable): 1 Finn Allen, 2 Dion Conway, 3 Kane Williamson (captain), 4 Daryl Mitchell, 5 Tom Latham (wicket), 6 Glenn Phillips, 7 Mitchell Santner, 8 Michael Bracewell/Adam Millen, 9 Matt Henry, 10 Tim Southee, 11 Lockie Ferguson
Will India bring Samson back as a pure batting option, but Hooda is likely to play because of his bowling, which can be particularly useful against left-handed batsmen Conway, Latham and Mitchell Santner. . And will Kuldeep Yadav finally get a match? He was in both the T20I and ODI squads but has yet to play on the tour, and is also not in the squad for the ODI in Bangladesh next month.
India (Probable): 1 Shikhar Dhawan (captain), 2 Shubman Gill, 3 Shreyas Iyer, 4 Surya Kumar Yadav, 5 Rishabh Pant (wicket), 6 Sanju Samson/Deepak Hooda, 7 Washington Sundar, 8 Deepak Chahar, 9 Imran Malik, 10. Arsdeep Singh, 11 Yuzvendra Chahal/Kuldeep Yadav
Rain is forecast on Wednesday and if play is shortened, the toss will become important, and bowling first will be the choice again. Tickets are already sold out for the men’s second day-night ODI at Hagley Oval, where the hard pitch is expected to help the fast bowlers and batsmen.
New Zealand have not lost an ODI series at home since January 2019 and cannot afford to lose this one either. Their next ODI series is at home against Sri Lanka in late March.
“As a side, we have played some good one-day cricket for a long time. The format suits us. There are a lot of games coming up in this World Cup and we as a side and more about it. Will get it. Team.”
Senior bowler Tim Southee He is confident about the team’s preparations for next year’s ODI World Cup.
“I benefit from bowling with him because the batsmen can be deceived as the speed drops from 155 kmph to 135 kmph. We enjoy bowling with each other and off the field as well. Enjoying.”
Arsdeep Singh On the experience of bowling with fellow debutant Imran Malik in the first ODI