India vs New Zealand fourth ODI preview

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Shubman Gill staring at International debut, NZ name squad changes in their fight for pride

-Amandeep

At the start of the series, not many had expected what has happened in the series. The series has been settled in the first 3 matches as India winning all three of them without any hiccups. NZ were barely able to put up a fight in any of the matches. Before this series, the hosts had just lost just 2 matches at home since 2015.

Match: India vs New Zealand- Fourth ODI
Date and Time: January 31, 2019 (Thursday) at 7:30 AM (IST)
Venue: Seddon Park, Hamilton

The touring side seems settled and would not be worried even a little bit about the fact that they are resting the world number 1 batsman. They have checked all boxes as their pacers have performed well in spite of Bumrah’s absence, the spin twin of Kuldeep-Chahal has been unplayable as usual. The top order has scored well and the middle order have driven India home on all three occasions. The one thought they would have at the back of their mind is that their batting has not been tested as they have chased easy targets. The one time they batted first, they could not capitalise on the good start.

The one prospect India would be looking forward to check out is in the form of Shubman Gill. After an exceptional U-19 world cup outing, the youngster shone with the bat in the Ranji circle. He averages over 60 in List A games.

The Kiwis however, have seemed rusty in the series. Barring Ross Taylor, none of the batsmen have been able to make an impact. Even Kane Williamson has not even able to live by his standards. Ross Taylor has been the only one who has proved himself against the spin duo by playing with an open stance to counter them. Trent Boult has been the only bowler who would give them any kind of confidence. None of the other bowlers have done well in the series. This remaining two matched are a matter of pride for the blackcaps. They have named replacements in the squad with the leg-spinning allrounder Nath Astle and seam-bowling allrounder Jimmy Neesham replacing the misfiring pair of Ish Sodhi and Doug Bracewell. The Kiwis would be looking to make amends in the final two ODIs.

Approaching milestones:

  • Rohit Sharma will be playing his 200th ODI and only two players have aggregated more than his 7799 in 199 ODIs. Virat Kohli (8767) and AB de Villiers (8520)
  • This will also be Rohit’s first captaincy stint in SENA countries.
  • Trent Boult needs 3 wickets to become the second bowler after Daniel Vettori to take 100 wickets for NZ in ODIs played in New Zealand.

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