Team India practices hard ahead of Wellington ODI against New Zealand

Team India practices hard ahead of Wellington ODI against New Zealand

Team India practices hard ahead of Wellington ODI against New Zealand

India's newest ODI debutant - Shubhman Gill and all-rounder Vijay Shankar, were seen going through the fielding drills and took some sharp catches.

- Yuzvendra Chahal picked up nine wickets in the series - the joint second most for a spinner in an ODI series in New Zealand against New Zealand.

It was then left to Vijay Shankar and Ambati Rayudu to rescue India and Hardik Pandya, who was suspended for a few matches post the Koffee with Karan controversy, powered India past the 250-run mark.

"The partnership from Rayudu and Shankar was crucial". India might not expect pitches that offer that much assistance to seamers in the World Cup, but you never know with the English pitches. New Zealand eventually ended with 217 in 44.1 overs despite Matt Henry's unbeaten 17 off 9 in the final overs. As it turns out, he was not out - the ball would have gone over the stumps, but he decided not to review, leaving another rebuild for Kane Williamson to lead. "4-1 is a great achievement". Both would hope they are as sharp with the bat and the ball in the fifth ODI. India's decision to add depth in the batting also allowed them to play Pandya at No. 8 - he hammered 45 off 22 balls - and Bhuvneshwar Kumar at No. 9. He has 16 runs from one innings and two wickets from two matches.

The first of three T20 matches between New Zealand and India is in Wellington on Wednesday. He has not been helped by coming to the wickets in tricky situations, but his scoring has been uncharacteristically slow, and it hasn't taken magical bowling to dismiss him like it usually does.

The wicket has firmly put India in command of the game as New Zealand are now reeling 176 for 7 while chasing 253. "We just lost wickets at the wrong time", he said.

The Kiwi captain conceded that his side failed to soak in the pressure throughout the series. Captain Kane Williamson might not look into any further changes in the side after their resounding win in Hamilton. We obviously had a conversation and Ross has been batting absolutely beautifully so it's actually hard when you realise you make a mistake through our communication but unfortunately it's one of those things and you do need to move on.

"We wanted to test ourselves". Rayudu at the other end began to play his strokes and hammered Colin de Grandhomme for two consecutive boundaries to bring up his 10th ODI fifty.

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