New pair in Black Caps

New pair in Black Caps

New pair in Black Caps

The fact that the Kiwis have always been the side to give the best of the teams a run for their money in their own den.

With no Virat Kohli in the side, a lot changes for the visitors.

Let's have a look at the predicted playing XI of both teams. The addition of Jimmy Neesham would strengthen their batting.

The average score at the venue in the last five games is 282 and the pitch seems to be the featherbed for the batsmen. After they won the toss and made a decision to field - hoping for some dew to help their chase later - Kane Williamson announced that Munro had been dropped and Henry Nicholls was set to move up the order. The 3 PM start will lead to the temperatures hovering around 20-25 Degrees Celsius during the match. Jimmy Neesham and Todd Astle are back in place of Ish Sodhi and Doug Bracewell. Henry Nicholls to begin proceedings for the hosts. India were clinical in their bowling and never allowed the New Zealand batters to run away with the match.

India are definitely going to experiment in this match.

As far as Playing XI is concerned, Mahendra Singh Dhoni-who missed the third ODI due to a hamstring injury-is most likely to make a return being seen training in the nets earlier today.

The Black Caps, who have struggled against India in all the departments in the first three ODIs, will look to avoid some embarrassment by clinching the remaining matches of the series. Jadhav, on the other hand, has played every game since Australia ODIs. Kohli has been rested for the remainder of the tour.

"Shubman Gill replaces Kohli, Khaleel Ahmed replaces Shami".

While Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar have given the team a great start in the power play overs and have at least picked two wickets, wrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal have been right on the money. All this while, he scored 534 runs at 106.8, with two centuries.

Mitchell and Tickner have been rewarded for their good performances in New Zealand's domestic T20 league - the Super Smash. Colin de Grandhomme came back too. There are just seven games remaining for us before we play our first World Cup game. The team management will also be keen to test his batting by shuffling the batting order in the near future.

Little wonder then that since 2013, Rohit has posted the highest individual ODI score by an Indian, with his double centuries in 2013, 2014 and 2017 being the world record for the year as well.

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