Dhoni opts to bowl with an unchanged squad, 3 changes in NZ line up | Sportzwiki

Dhoni opts to bowl with an unchanged squad, 3 changes in NZ line up

Change of venue had no impact on the change of result of the toss as once again Kane Williamson lost the toss and was forced to bowl first by M.S. Dhoni. On a dry surface at Feroz Shah Kotla, keeping the dew factor in mind Dhoni decided to bowl first so as to glean the benefits later in the game. As expected, Dhoni did not tinker with the playing XI of last game whereas Kane Williamson forced 3 changes in the squad with Boult and Henry making a comeback in the squad after being rested for the first ODI. Anton Devcich, who has been a bench warmer till now was given a  chance for the first time on the tour.

Here is what captain said at the toss:

Dhoni: “We’ll bowl. They have reduced the grass so it may slow down. If there is no variable bounce, we’ll be happy. Dew will make it easier. NZ is a dangerous side. Important to respect the opposition. Have to start from scratch in the shorter formats. Would be much lesser in pace. Last game, the ball came on nicely. Bowlers will have to adapt to the length as this is a wicket with less bounce.

Williamson: “Looks a dry surface, hope to make good use with the bat up front and get a competitive total. Short straight boundaries here so we’ll look to get the partnerships early. Have to adapt with the ball if the dew comes in. First things first, have to get to a good start. Openers, the top order need to assess. Tough to say as it looks like a dry surface. 3 changes – Boult, Henry, and Devcich come in. Bracewell, Neesham and Sodhi miss out.”

India Playing XI: Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni(w/c), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Amit Mishra, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah.

New Zealand Playing XI: Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Anton Devcich, Corey Anderson, Luke Ronchi(w), Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Matt Henry, Trent Boult.

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