We witnessed Very high scoring games when New Zealand played against Srilanka at home earlier this year. They won all the limited over games. But now they have to play against world number 1 team ODI’s , India. Even after clean sweeping the Srilanka, New Zealand start as firm underdogs against India, Such is the quality of Indian side. India are coming after registering one of their memorable moments in cricketing history. They have won both ODI and test series against Australia in Australia.
Can India do what they did in Australia?
ODI series between India and New Zealand will start on 23rd January. India will play 5 ODI’s and 3 t20’s on part of this tour. Napier will host the first ODI. India are playing with the same squad. Chahal is likely to be preferred to be in playing eleven after picking up 6 for in Last ODI, against Australia. We can expect very high scoring games after seeing how the pitches behaved in series between New Zealand and India. New Zealand felt hard to defending some high scores against Srilanka. It will be much harder because India are much more comfortable chasing scores. Dhoni once again proved that he can still finish games. He was moved to number 4 slot against Australia in last ODI. But team management is not likely to repeat same. His batting order will be purely circumstantial.
All the players in Indian squad has no serious threats to their places. But Dhawan has to be careful, his highest score is 35 in his last 9 games.
Lots of banter was seen on Australian tour,. But new Zealand tour started in completely different way. Virat Kohli and his counterpart Kane Williamson have exchanged mutual admiration in prematch Conference.
Match will be telecasted in Starsports 1HD from 730 am ISt.
- Virat Kohli to score a century.
- Expect more than 560 runs in the game.