- India have a great record at Bay Oval against New Zealand and they have never lost a game in this ground
- Lokesh Rahul has been in good form with the bat on this tour and he can win the game easily for the Indian side
- New Zealand’s batting is over dependent on Ross Taylor and other batsmen have been inconsistent in this series.
After suffering a whitewash in the T20 series New Zealand has bounced back to win the 3-match ODI series 2-0 with one game to go. For the Indian team the two ODIs have all been about missed opportunities. They have let the games slip from their hands after being in dominating positions. If it was their bowlers that let them down in the first game their top order failed to contribute in the last game resulting in the side’s loss. With only one game to go the side would like to win it to restore pride and confidence ahead of the Test series.
The Kiwis on the other hand have grabbed opportunities thrown at them in both the games and have emerged winners. Ross Taylor has been the start performer for the side in both the games and has already scored close to 200 runs without being dismissed. But the side has been too dependent on one player in both the games which is a worrying factor. They have a poor record against the Indians at the Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui and have never won a game against them. This is something the side would look to change in the upcoming game.
Tom Latham who is leading the side in absence of injured Kane Williamson would be happy to have won the series in two straight games. While the side did have their share of problems in both the games the skipper would anyways take the wins. He would want his team to go for the kill in the next game and whitewash the Indian team.
Martin Guptill and Henry Nicholls have provided good starts to the side and they will look to repeat it in the next game. New Zealand’s batting has been a Ross Taylor show this series and he will look to carry on with the same form in the next game. Tom Blundell, Latham and James Neesham add strength to their batting and with Colin de Grandhomme down the order they have good firepower toward the end.
New Zealand’s bowling hasn’t been all that good this series. Tim Southee did well in the last game but Hamish Bennett has gone for runs. Kyle Jamieson and Colin de Grandhomme picked wickets in the last game but they didn’t start their spells convincingly. Neesham has looked good and the skipper would expect his bowlers to bowl tighter lines against the strong batting line-up that Indians have.
Martin Guptill, Ross Taylor and James Neesham are the three players that can turn it around for the side in the game.
Expected Playing XI :
Tom Latham (c & wk), Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Tom Blundell, Ross Taylor, Mark Chapman, James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Hamish Bennett
Virat Kohli would be upset with the performance of his side in both the games. More than the game loses the fact that they threw away both the games would be hurting the skipper most. As they go into the last game Kohli would want his players to play to the best of their potential and salvage some pride with a win.
Without Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan the top order looks in bad shape. Virat would want Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal to offer them a good start. His personal form hasn’t been up to his standards and he will look to do well in the next game. Lokesh Rahul and Shreyas Iyer have done well in the series. With Kedar Jadhav and Ravindra Jadeja in the side they bat deep.
Their bowlers haven’t looked at their best in the two games. In the last game they allowed New Zealand to escape from a tight corner. Jasprit Bumrah and Yuzvendra Chahal have bowled well but rest of the bowlers have not just been able to bowl in the right areas. The side will need good show with the ball from Navdeep Saini and Shradul Thakur in the next game.
Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah and Ravindra Jadeja will be the players to watch out for India in the next game.
Expected Playing XI:
Virat Kohli (c), Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal, Shreyas Iyer, Lokesh Rahul (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah
With the weather predictions good and this being the end of the season in New Zealand the track at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui is expected to be a good surface to bat on. The side that wins the toss would choose to bat first on this surface and aim at putting up a big score on the board.
PITCH AND WEATHER CONDITIONS
It will be a good batting surface at the Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui and we expect the ball to come on to the bat nicely. In the games played at this ground we have witnessed several high scoring encounters. Fast bowlers do get their initial bargain from the surface but by and large this is a batting surface. The smaller size of the ground doesn’t offer much for the spinners here.
The weather conditions would be perfect at Mount Maunganui on 11th of February. The skies would be clear and the temperature would be around the 23℃ at the start of the game. There would be 62% humidity and 10% precipitation during the game.
Indian team has lost both the games so far which has come as a surprise for the fans after the strong show they put up during the T20 series. But the side has better batting and bowling resources and we believe on a good batting track in the next game they would start slightly ahead of the New Zealanders.
Despite the two wins the Kiwi side hasn’t really played like a strong unit. It has been individual brilliance of Ross Taylor and few others that have taken them over the finishing line in the two games. The hosts are without some of their big names and this will give the Indian side upper hand going into the next game.