India having snatched a thrilling tie from the jaws of defeat in the third ODI wil look to build on their momentum and aim for their first win of the tour in order to keep the series alive when they take on New Zealand in the fourth ODI, at Hamilton on Tuesday.

As things stand hosts leads the series 2-0 in favour after defeating India in the first two ODIs in Napier (by 24 runs) and Hamilton (by 15 runs), while the third ODI at Auckland finished in a scintillating last-ball tie on Saturday.

This one-day series has been one of the most exciting in recent ears.  The series has been well contested with New Zealand and India pushing each other to the edge in every game. India fought back and very nearly managed to win in the last game, but once again, their top order let them down.

It was the trio of MS Dhoni, R Ashwin, and Ravindra Jadeja  who helped India out of trouble in the third ODI and India will be hoping for more contribution from their famed top order.

New Zealand, on the other hand, continues to impress as a unit, and Corey Anderson and Co. turns up and plays their part almost every single time. The balance of the side is good, and the morale appears to be on the up. To top it up they are playing in home condtion.  If the Black Caps can continue with the consistency they have shown so far in the series, they should wrap up the series in Hamilton. The one thing they need to watch out is that in all three innings their lower middle-order batsmen have let the team down. Hence if they can find some calmness and serenity; especially in the latter part of the innings India will find very hard to turn things around.

The sides have already played one game in Hamilton, and on the basis of that match the pitch is likely to be quite low, slow and docile. Batting first will be the best approach, and with no rain to worry about, teams can relax and focus on simply getting ahead of the game.

India, apart from levelling the series, will also be eyeing to regain their No. 1 ranking in ODIs. Rankings in the short form of the game might not matter much, but for the World Cup champions, it certainly carries some weight.

Key players

New Zealand

Brendon McCullum as captain may have been impressive in this series, but his batting efforts have been a huge let down for the Kiwis. He’s scored-card in the last two ODIs reads two zeros and the Kiwi skipper will not want a dip in form especially with Test series around the corner. But, if the former wicket-keepr finds his mojo back Indian fielders will be in for a leather hunt.

India

Ravindra Jadeja is man of the moment ofr India. His effort of 66 not out with the bat and two for 47 with the ball in the third ODI will almost certainly motivate him to do more of the same.

Probable XI:

New Zealand

JD RyderMJ GuptillKS WilliamsonLRPL TaylorBrendon McCullum*, Corey AndersonL Ronchi†, NL McCullumTim SoutheeMJ McClenaghan, Hamish Bennettn.

India

Shikhar DhawanRG Sharma,  V KohliAM Rahane, Suresh Raina,Mahendra Singh Dhoni*†, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Mohammed Shami,  B KumarVR Aaron.

Where:  Seddon Park, Hamilton

When: Tuesday, Jan. 28

Start time: 06:30 a.m. IST

Weather: Hamilton has the all-clear skies for Tuesday. It will be relatively mild with temperatures of around 23 degrees Celsius but no rain is expected.

  • SHARE

    Related Posts

    Mohammad Hafeez Reported For Suspect Bowling Action Again

    Pakistan allrounder Mohammad Hafeez has been reported for a suspect bowling action once again. The off-spinner was reported for a suspect action by match officials...

    Here’s The Daily Sports Round Up From Around The Globe On 19th October, 2017

    Here is Sportzwiki’s daily news round-up, featuring top sports news from around the world, on 19th October 2017. Here’s all the news from sporting...

    David Warner Reveals Why He Asked Rohit Sharma To Talk English

    Three years after being involved in a heated exchange with Rohit Sharma, Australia's star David Warner has revealed why he told the India opener to...

    SA vs BAN 2nd ODI: Every Team Lacks An AB de Villiers: Mashrafe Mortaza

    If Bangladesh were hoping for a respite in the third One-Day International against South Africa on Wednesday (October 18) after being thoroughly outplayed in the...

    South Africa Vs Bangladesh 2017: AB De Villiers Is A Destroyer – Mashrafe Mortaza

    Doubting champions is never the sensible thing to do especially in a sport like cricket, which thrives on the brilliance of champions. One such...