The Indian squad, captained by Shikhar Dhawan, will square off against the New Zealand team at Eden Park on Friday, November 25, following a commanding 1-0 victory in the T20I series. The sides will be eager to get the series off to a fast start because it will offer them a significant edge. India won the T20I series by a score of 1-0, and they hope to achieve the same outcome in the ODI format. On the other hand, New Zealand will want to win the ODI series and bring the series back to balance.
The New Zealand team has also gained momentum with the return of captain Kane Williamson, who missed the third T20I at Napier for medical reasons. The Kiwis will benefit from his reliable presence on the field.
Shikhar Dhawan will also make a comeback for India, serving not just as captain but also as an opener. As India prepares for the journey to the ODI World Cup later in the year, the left-hander will be desperate to win the ODI series and keep his name on the team’s squad. For the Indian team, this series is crucial in preparation for the ODI World Cup 2023.
In this year, Shikhar Dhawan has been in exceptional form this season, scoring 567 runs in 16 games at an average of 40.50, which places him first among the team’s leading run scorers.
With 530 runs in 9 matches at an average of 75.72 and a strike rate of 107.50, Shubman Gill is the second-highest run-scorer. Iyer has hit 486 runs at an average of 60.75 and a strike rate of 95.48.
Stalwart Martin Guptill has scored more runs for his squad this year than any other player. Despite having 419 runs this year in 12 matches at an average of 34.91, Guptill has sadly been left off the team and released from the central contract.
Starter Allen, who played with a strike rate of 93.05 and scored 308 runs in 8 games in 2022, is the third-best batter in the league. Tom Lathem, a left-handed batter, is the league’s second-best batter with 413 runs scored in 12 games this season with a strike rate of 92.39.
Indian bowling has been impressive in the previous matches and in ODIs spinner Yuzi Chahal has been the leading wicket-taker with 21 wickets in 11 ODIs. Arshdeep has shown class in T20Is and in One Day’s also he has been a quality pacer.
Southee is an accomplished bowler for the Kiwi team and he is a big match player. However, with 17 wickets in 7 games, Henry is the team’s best bowler in 2022.
The bowler to watch out for in the ODI lineup against India is spin all-arounder Mitchell Santner. He took 11 wickets in 9 games.
The third and final T20 game of this tour ended in a tie using the DLS system. At 75/4 in nine overs, Hardik Pandya and Deepak Hooda were at the wicket. Rain delayed play. In the Powerplay, New Zealand made an early impact by reducing India to 26/3 in the opening four overs. Ishan Kishan (10) and Rishab Pant (11) left the field first.
Mohammad Siraj bowled brilliantly earlier in the game to record the best statistics of his career, 4/17. (4). Arshdeep Singh took four wickets in the match. In contrast, the opening pair of Devon Conway (59), and Glenn Phillips (54), put up a commanding 86-run third-wicket stand to help New Zealand reach 130-2 in the 16th over. However, the blackcaps dropped nine runs for 30 runs after that, going out 160 runs short of their 20-over quota.
NZ vs IND 1st ODI: Predicted Playing XI
India: Shikhar Dhawan (c), Shubman Gill, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Deepak Hooda, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Arshdeep Singh, Umran Malik
New Zealand: Tom Latham, Finn Allen, Kane Williamson (c), Devon Conway, Daryl Mitchell, Michael Bracewell, Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson