The Black Caps have already taken a 2-0 lead with a solitary match remaining on Tuesday, February 11 at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui. New Zealand would dearly love to win this series 3-0 and gain a measure of revenge after losing the T20 series 5-0. Knowing Virat Kohli, India will not be taking things easily just because they have lost two matches. They would instead be fighting for some momentum ahead of the test matches as well. New Zealand’s batsmen Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Ross Taylor, and Henry Nicholls have been in pretty good touch. Kiwi bowlers Kyle Jamison, Hamish Bennett, Tim Southee, and Colin de Grandhomme were quite consistent as well. India’s new-look opening pair has not been able to make as much of an impact as they would have liked. Shreyas Iyer and Lokesh Rahul have been brilliant on this tour. India may bring back Mohammed Shami, resting Jasprit Bumrah, who hasn’t looked at his best thus far.
Two impressive wins in two matches would have raised the confidence of the New Zealand side. They were in winning positions in at least three of the T20 matches as well and so would be happy to get the job done in the ODIs. India’s new-look opening pair has not been able to make as much of an impact as they would have liked. Virat Kohli is also going through a lean phase, by his standards, and that has meant the middle-order being put under a lot more pressure. The weather forecast for Bay Oval is excellent. We can expect a clear and sunny day with no real chance of rain to cause interruptions. The team that wins the toss is going to want to bat first and it seems like another high-scoring match.
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