With series already done and dusted, hosts New Zealand will now try to salvage some pride at home when they take on an upbeat India in the 4th ODI on Thursday at Hamilton. From here, New Zealand will be happy to take a 3-2 series result, but even that will take a bit more than their best it seems. India have outclassed the Black Caps in all aspects. It has been the same story throughout the three games so far. New Zealand’s batting crumple against India’s bowling, while New Zealand’s bowling looks toothless against the Indian batting lineup. There have been signs of improvement in New Zealand’s camp, but they’ve been too insignificant to affect the result. A lot does change with Virat Kohli rested for the next two ODIs, but New Zealand will be very well aware of the threat India pose even without him. New Zealand too have named an entirely new look squad for the next game with Jimmy Neesham and Todd Astle added to the squad. The hosts will start afresh and will hope the freshness brings in the winning momentum they so desperately need ahead of the all important World Cup 2019 months later.
Injuries: Injuries haven’t been reported, but Tim Southee is expected to continue his absence from the Playing11.
Doubt: Tim Southee’s shoes have been tough to fill so far. Come Thursday and New Zealand may try Matt Henry finally.
Questionable: Colin de Grandhomme is someone New Zealand desperately need but have failed to find him in the best of form. Will they persist with him remains to be a doubt for everyone alike.
Expected Changes: Jimmy Neesham is a sure shot starter tomorrow with either of Todd Astle or Matt Henry starting ahead of Doug Bracewell.
Injuries: Virat Kohli has been rested and will not be a part of the squad tomorrow. Kuldeep Yadav and Mohammad Shami may also get rested tomorrow.
Doubt: Will India go for Khalil Ahmed or Mohammad Siraj or will both start together remains to be a doubt.
Questionable: MS Dhoni is expected to return leaving Dinesh Karthik, Ambati Rayudu, and Kedar Jadhav in a three way tussle for two spots.
Expected Changes: Shubman Gill is the direct swap for Virat Kohli. While we also expect Ravindra Jadeja to come in for Kuldeep Yadav.
Colin Munro, Martin Guptill, Tom Katha (WK), Kane Williamson (C), Ross Taylor, Jimmy Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Todd Astle, Lockie Ferguson/Matt Henry, Trent Boult
Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma (C), MS Dhoni (WK), Shubman Gill, Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik/Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja/Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshvar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammad Siraj, Khaleel Ahmed
Talking a little about how exactly things stand for New Zealand, Kane Williamson is the only batsman who has managed to churn out some runs so far. Ross Taylor too made a shining 90 to give New Zealand some hope but he looked rusty all along. Shubman Gill is one very rare talent and is likely to steal the centre stage once the curtains are drawn off him at the international level. Jimmy Neesham was performing consistently but the responsibility he plays in the New Zealand squad became too much for him lately. He is back in the squad and will be rearing to have a go at the Indians. He is our pick for the Captain’s role given New Zealand’s submissive batting and his own bowling form.