Indore: New Zealand’s top-order have failed miserably in each of the first two ODIs of the three-match series which will be their biggest concern when they take on India in the 3rd and final ODI of this bilateral series at the Holkar Stadium in Indore.

Even though New Zealand came close to India’s target of 349 in the series opener in Hyderabad, it is pertinent to note that the Kiwis had lost their first six wickets at the score of 131 and if it hadn’t been for the partnership between Michael Bracewell and Mitchell Santner, it would have been an embarrassing defeat for the BlackCaps, much like the second ODI in Raipur where they didn’t stitch any substantial partnership and were eventually bowled out for 108 after being asked to bat first by India.

Given that fact that the final ODI is in Indore which is a batter’s paradise, New Zealand would want to get a good start from their top-order. Tom Latham himself would be looking for a big score in the final ODI and given his superb record against India, he would be eager to finish the series on a high. Finn Allen too hasn’t yet taken the series by storm but has the potential, as he has shown time and again, to play a world-class innings.

Their pace bowling without two of their most reliable pacers over the years Trent Boult and Tim Southee has looked a touch weak especially with the new ball as the Indian openers Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill have particularly liked the ball coming on to their bat. 

As far as India are concerned, the list of concerns is less and positives a lot more with the series already in the kitty. Suryakumar Yadav, who hasn’t sealed his place in the Playing 11 in this format, would get a guaranteed chance in this match to prove his worth and he would want to gran this opportunity with both hands especially with the likes of KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer set to return in the forthcoming series. If India win not only will they complete a clean sweep but will also get to the number 1 rankings in this format in the World Cup year.

Squads:

India: Rohit Sharma (captain), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Ishan Kishan (wicketkeeper), Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Srikar Bharat, Shahbaz Ahmed, Rajat Patidar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Umran Malik

New Zealand: Finn Allen, Devon Conway, Henry Nicholls, Daryl Mitchell, Tom Latham (captain & wicketkeeper), Glenn Phillips, Michael Bracewell, Mitchell Santner, Henry Shipley, Lockie Ferguson, Blair Tickner

When will the IND vs NZ 3rd ODI be played?
The third IND vs NZ ODI is scheduled to be played on January 24 (Tuesday).

Where will the IND vs NZ 3rd ODI be played?
The third IND vs NZ ODI will be played at the Holkar Stadium, Indore.

At what time will the IND vs NZ 3rd ODI begin?
The first ball of the IND vs NZ 3rd ODI will be bowled at 01:30 pm (IST). Toss will happen at 01:00 pm (IST). Fans can catch IND vs NZ Score Live and all ball-by-ball updates on ABP Live. 

Where to watch IND vs NZ ODI Live?
Fans in India will be able to watch IND vs NZ 3rd ODI LIVE on Television only on the Star Sports Network.

Where is IND vs NZ Live Streaming available? 
Fans can Live Stream the IND vs NZ 3rd ODI Live only on the Disney+Hotstar App and website.



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