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30.01.2019 04:37

Preview: India look to continue their dominance over Kiwis in Hamilton

India travel to Hamilton with an unassailable 3-0 lead over New Zealand in the ODI series. The hosts have been outplayed in every aspect of the game and will be desperate for their first win in the series at Seddon Park on Thursday.

The Men in Blue have won an ODI series in New Zealand after a decade thanks to efficient and professional displays out in the middle. With three wins on the trot, India will aim to inflict more damage in the fourth ODI on a sluggish Kiwi side whose sole motive will be redemption in the remaining matches in the series.

Rohit Sharma has been named as captain with Virat Kohli being rested for the remainder of the New Zealand tour. Shikhar Dhawan has been consistent at the top in the series, raking up two fifty plus scores in three matches. He will be looking to score his first century this time around, while promising youngster Shubhman Gill might be introduced at the number three spot with Ambati Rayudu and MS Dhoni expected to take on the onus of the middle order. Kedar Jadhav and Hardik Pandya are India’s only genuine all-round options.

Two Man of the Match performances from Mohammed Shami in the series has put him on course to be India’s frontline pacer and he will be complemented by left-arm seamer Khaleel Ahmed. Spin duo Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav have kept the Kiwi batsmen in check and they will be looking to continue their fine form.  

Meanwhile, the hosts have been struggling to put their best foot forward against the Men in Blue. Their bowlers have failed to bowl the Indian batsmen out on three separate occasions with Trent Boult being their performer with ball in hand. Openers Colin Munro and Martin Guptill will hope to make up for their shortcomings in the previous matches, while skipper Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor need to lead from the front. All-rounder Jimmy Neesham has also been roped in to strengthen their batting.


LAST ENCOUNTERS

The Men in Blue put up another dominant show at the Bay Oval as the Kiwis were unsuccessful in their attempt to avoid an embarrassing series defeat at home.

India

Opponent

Result

Margin

New Zealand

Won

8 wickets

New Zealand

Won

90 runs

New Zealand

Won

7 wickets

Australia

Won

6 wickets

Australia

Lost

34 runs


New Zealand

Opponent

Result

Margin

India

Lost

8 wickets

India

Lost

90 runs

India

Lost

7 wickets

Sri Lanka

Won

21 runs

Sri Lanka

Won

45 runs


PROBABLE XI

Kohli has been rested for the last two matches and Rohit will be captaining the side in his absence. Gill might make his debut while Dhoni returns to the team after missing the third ODI due to injury. Khaleel is expected to make his way into the side in place of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and he will lead the pace attack with Shami, whereas Chahal and Kuldeep retain their spots as two specialist spinners. The hosts, on the other hand, will be looking to bring in Neesham in place of Mitchell Santner and veteran pacer Tim Southee in place of Lockie Ferguson.


Words: Ritvik Mawkin

Images: PA