Two games, two defeats! This is how ugly the series looks right now for the hosts, New Zealand, who will look to make a roaring come back tomorrow when they play their mighty visitors, India, in the third ODI at the Bay Oval. New Zealand hasn’t always been a happy hunting ground for India. None would have expected such a rousing show from the Indians at New Zealand’s own backyard. Forget winning, India were bound to struggle on New Zealand’s not so spin friendly wickets. But it has all changed somehow. India’s spin twins find themselves dominating the New Zealanders, while the Indian batting lineup looks almost unscathed from New Zealand’s bowling attack. Come Monday afternoon in Mount Maunganui and New Zealand will expect to resume normalcy at least. The onus will be on the New Zealand openers to get the Black Caps off to a good start. Once that is done, half of the game, we all know, will belong to New Zealand then. India need not do anything out of the box now, but with Kohli rested from the next game, they too will have to step up their game a bit.
Injuries: Though their spirits look a little damaged now, no players have been reported injured thus far for the hosts.
Doubt: Barring their skipper Williamson, everyone looks to be a doubt for New Zealand considering their performances.
Questionable: Matt Henry’s exclusion now doesn’t look much justified. But with Lockie Ferguson being the better of the lot, he still is expected to remain sidelined.
Expected Changes: Tim Southee’s exclusion came more as a surprise. But with the balance Colin de Grandhomme offers New Zealand, they are expected to turn up unchanged tomorrow.
Injuries: India don’t have any injuries but this will be Virat Kohli’s last game of the tour.
Doubt: Hardik Pandya has joined the squad and will be available for selection for tomorrow’s game.
Questionable: In case Hardik Pandya starts, it will be Vijay Shankar making way for the veteran.
Expected Changes: Even though Hardik Pandya has joined the squad, he is not likely to join the playing11 as India are expected to field the same combination again.
Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Tom Latham (WK), Kane Williamson (C), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, Doug Bracewell, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson/Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Ish Sodhi
Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, MS Dhoni (WK), Virat Kohli (C), Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammad Shami
Tomorrow is not expected to be a big player day. The match is expected to be won by New Zealand and for that to happen, it will take quite something from the New Zealand top order. Keeping that in mind, we’ve gone for Munro, Guptill, and Williamson. With the ball, it will be no surprise to see Shami and Kuldeep Yadav wreck the damage again. Moreover, with the bat, Rohit Sharma is expected to outshine everyone else, while Ambati Rayudu is a gamble to keep the credits in check. Please, do keep a check on the final team news before making your final NZ vs IND Halaplay Prediction. Our predictions are based on analysis and are more or less expected to succeed.