We are just hours away from the India vs New Zealand 3rd ODI in the ongoing New Zealand’s tour of India 2017. The game is scheduled to be held at the Green Park in Kanpur tomorrow. It will also be the first time that Green Park will be hosting a day-night encounter. With the series levelled at 1-1, the decider is expected to be a mouth-watering contest but India as always will start as the overwhelming favourites to seal yet another series in their home conditions.
New Zealand will definitely give its best to win their maiden series in India but it will be a difficult prospect for the visitors given India are invincible in their home conditions. They are expected to retain the same playing XI and if the pitch assists the spinners then Ish Sodhi might be an option for the visitors.
Now let us look at New Zealand’s Predicted XI for tomorrow’s decider at Kanpur
He is a sensational limited overs batsman but hasn’t got going in the series so far. He has the ability to clear the ropes with utmost comfort and can score runs at an exceptional pace. He is a real asset to the Black Caps limited overs team and will look to get some runs behind his back ahead of the T20I series.
Munro has failed to get going in the tournament so far but given his attacking prowess, he has to be given a longer run at the top of the order to prove himself. He has failed to read the slower deliveries from both the pacers and was dismissed the similar way on both occasions.
One of the modern day greats, Kane Williamson has been a prolific run scorer for New Zealand across all 3 formats of the game but in this particular series Williamson has failed to put up a notable performance and have been dismissed quite cheaply on both occasions. While it was Kuldeep Yadav who dismissed him with a flighted delivery in the opening ODI, it was Bumrah who cramped him for room with a terrific inswinger in the 2nd ODI.
Over the years Taylor has transformed into one of the main players for New Zealand and on his day he has the ability to decimate any bowling attack. He played a match-winning knock in the 1st ODI and shared a brilliant partnership with Tom Latham to ensure the Kiwis chased the total of 281 with relative comfort in the end.
Latham has been a reliable player for the Kiwis and even after a change in his batting order the southpaw has continued to impress. He scored a match-winning century in the opening ODI and shared a sensational stand with Ross Taylor. He has looked in great touch and has paced his innings to perfection. He is a reliable player and will look to impress in the deciding ODI which might help the Kiwis seal their maiden series on Indian soil.
The southpaw scored a useful 42 the other day and looked good during his brief stay. He struck some gorgeous shots but just when he was flexing his muscles he gave away his wicket. He has impressed in patches but must improve on his consistency to remain a permanent fixture in the New Zealand side.
Colin de Grandhomme
The all-rounder has been an impressive addition to the New Zealand squad. He looked in ominous touch during the previous ODI and gave the much-needed impetus to the New Zealand innings with a breezy innings of 42 of 41 deliveries which included some delightful shots. He is a useful medium pacer also and bagged the prized wicket of Virat Kohli.
The left-arm spinner has been impressive and hasn’t given too many runs in the series so far. Hardik Pandya who is known to strike big especially against the spinners hasn’t quite come good and despite hitting him for a few sixes, Santner has been getting the upper-hand. He is also an able batsman and can contribute to the team’s cause lower down the order
Southee has been an experienced campaigner for the Black Caps and have been impressive in the series so far. He has gone for some streaky boundaries but has been bowling with venom. Southee conceded 60 runs in his 9 overs in the previous ODI but didn’t bowl that badly. He has the ability to move the ball both ways and he has been exactly doing that over the past few years. He will definitely look to get New Zealand off to a good start with the ball in the deciding ODI. Southee can also hit the big shots and has cleared the ropes on a number of occasions.
Milne was the standout bowler for the Kiwis in the previous ODI finishing with impressive figures of 1/21 in 8 overs. He bowled in the perfect area and the Indian batsmen found it tough to negotiate with his pace, bounce and swing. He was the best among the lot in the previous ODI and if the visitors harbours hope of winning their first-ever series in India Milne has to come good.
The left-arm seamer has been an asset to the New Zealand team over the years but hasn’t been at his best in the series. On occasions, he has missed his line and has gone for runs. He is an exceptional bowler and will definitely look to come good in the series decider tomorrow.