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Toss Winner - New Zealand won the toss and chose to bowl first
New Zealand beat India by 5 wickets
New Zealand will be looking to affect a whitewash against India by winning the 3rd and final ODI of the series
New Zealand to win this game!
Tournament: New Zealand vs India 2020 | Format: ODI | Venue: Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui, New Zealand | Toss: To BatBet Now
New Zealand showed their class at home again and defeated India in the 2nd ODI in Auckland by 22 runs. Having already won the first match, the Kiwis have thus taken the 3-match series 2-0. It was a complete team performance where, despite being pegged back at times, they clawed their way back into the game and went on to clinch it.
India, meanwhile, continues to struggle to perform as a unit in ODIs. Their batting order lacks bite and the lack of form of captain Virat Kohli is now clearly hurting them. New Zealand will now be looking to affect a whitewash by winning the 3rd and final ODI of the series on February 11 and erase the memories of the T20I series. India, meanwhile, will be hoping to salvage some pride.
New Zealand should be proud of what they have achieved in this ODI series so far. They were without their star batsman Kane Williamson and their lead bowler Trent Boult. Yet, they have found a way to win matches even from difficult situations. Ross Taylor has been a superstar for the team - he scored an unbeaten hundred in the first ODI and followed it with a match-changing 73* in the second game.
Opener Martin Guptill (79) too found his form and Henry Nicholls has been a solid opening partner for him. With the likes of Tom Latham, James Neesham and Colin de Grandhomme waiting down the order, New Zealand's batting looks imposing. The team's bowling did well in the last match despite not having lead spinner Mitchell Santner in the ranks.
Hamish Bennett and Tim Southee did an excellent job and debutant Kyle Jamieson was an absolute revelation with his seam and swing. Even Colin de Grandhomme and James Neesham did an excellent supporting role. It would now be interesting to see how this bowling unit performs in the last game.
Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Tom Blundell, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (c & wk), Mark Chapman, James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Hamish Bennett
Tom Latham, Mitchell Santner, Henry Nicholls, Hamish Bennett, Colin de Grandhomme, Martin Guptill, KS Williamson, Ross Taylor, James Neesham, TG Southee, Kyle Jamieson
Team India has been disappointing in this series so far. They can't seem to get their batting and bowling order settled and always look scratchy all the way through. New openers Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal have clearly failed to make most of the chances they got. They will get another shot in the last game and the team management will hope they make an impact.
Captain Virat Kohli's failures on this tour have now become a worry. He hasn't looked at his best and is getting out after settling in for a bit. This is hurting the team big time. Another major concern is the performance of Kedar Jadhav. He had the perfect chance to play a match-winning role for the team but gave it away after eating up plenty of balls. His role needs to be questioned as he is being persisted with over the talented and young Manish Pandey. The only shining light for India was Shreyas Iyer at No.4 who scored another fluent fifty. India's bowling was better this time and the likes of Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Navdeep Saini and Yuzvendra Chahal all impressed in parts.
However, their lead bowler, Jasprit Bumrah, had another poor game where he conceded 64 runs for no wicket. Since his return from injury, Bumrah has constantly given away runs and not looked his same incisive self. This is a big concern for the team management and might affect their chances in the final ODI too.
Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal, Virat Kohli (c), Shreyas Iyer, Lokesh Rahul (wk), Manish Pandey, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah
YS Chahal, Shreyas Iyer, Lokesh Rahul, Manish Pandey, SN Thakur, Ravindra Jadeja, JJ Bumrah, NA Saini, Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw, Virat Kohli
The pitch at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui is expected to be a batting beauty with plenty of runs on offer. The ball should come on nicely to the bat and batsmen will make merry. Seam bowlers will enjoy little periods of help if they can utilize their variety. The weather for the match day is expected to be sunny and pleasant.
Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui is a high-scoring venue that has seen 4 totals of 300-plus in 9 ODIs. The highest total achieved here is 371-7 by New Zealand against Sri Lanka in 2019. We can expect another high-scoring encounter in the 3rd ODI between New Zealand and India with the team batting first looking to target a total of around 300-320.
The team winning the toss is likely to bat first as this will be a good surface to make a big total and put pressure on the opposition.
New Zealand has now beaten India in 3 straight ODIs. In this series, particularly, they have looked really good as a cohesive unit and have outperformed India in all departments. The last victory would have given them plenty of confidence and it should only make them stronger. They will certainly enjoy the home advantage as well and would be eager to affect a clean sweep.
India, meanwhile, is likely to experiment again with their lineup and this can affect them adversely. They will try hard but New Zealand looks very strong at the moment and India looks too scratchy and unsure. Expect New Zealand to win the 3rd ODI and clinch the series 3-0.
New Zealand to win this game!
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