Date: 30 November 2022
Time : 07:00 AM IST
Venue : Hagley Oval, Christchurch
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New Zealand won the first ODI to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. India came determined in the second ODI to level the scores but rain played a spoilsport and the Men in Blue’s dream to make a comeback and win the series was quashed. However, there is still a chance to make a comeback and level the series. Shikhar Dhawan-led will take nothing else than a win and so won’t New Zealand. It will be an interesting game of cricket with both teams going at full throttle.
The Hagley Oval pitch is a typical New Zealand surface with assistance for batters. As there is even bounce on the track, batters find it easy to play their shots. Meanwhile, pacers get assistance early in the innings with the breeze flowing in. Spinners don’t get much to work with. The boundaries are shorter, and the outfield is fast, all in the batters’ favour.
India played good cricket with the bat in the first ODI as Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, and Shubman Gill scored half-centuries. Washington Sudar also played a blistering knock of 37* (16). Sanju Samson (36 off 38) was also among the runs. However, the wicketkeeper batter was dropped for the second ODI to accommodate Deepak Hooda, a sixth-bowling option. With rain spoiling the game and only 12 overs of play possible, Hooda’s inclusion could not be tested. Nevertheless, the management is expected to persist with Hooda considering how India struggled for options when Tom Latham took them on in the first ODI. Dhawan and Co. will be playing the same team as the second ODI.
SportsTiger Playing XI of India
Shubman Gill, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Deepak Hooda, Washington Sundar, Deepak Chahar, Arshdeep Singh, Yuzvendra Chahal, Umran Malik
New Zealand already have a 1-0 lead in the three-match series and have no fear of losing it with the second game getting washed out. But that doesn’t mean Kane Williamson and Co. will be complacent in the final match of the series. The Kiwis have got really good batters in Kane Williamson, Devon Conway, and Tom Latham. With no Jimmy Neesham around, Daryl Mitchell will be expected to play the all-rounder’s role to perfection. Meanwhile, Henry Nicholls might or might not get the go-ahead. New Zealand have their bowling options sorted as well. Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson, and Matt Henry have been doing a decent job so far. Meanwhile, Mitchell Santner will be threatening in the middle overs as always.
SportsTiger Playing XI of New Zealand
Finn Allen, Devon Conway (wk), Kane Williamson, Tom Latham, Glenn Phillips, Daryl Mitchell, Michael Bracewell, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry
New Zealand have a more settled side as compared to India. The Kiwis won the first ODI comfortably and will be expected to take India down once again when the two teams meet on Wednesday.
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