India is on the verge of a historic series win in New Zealand, as they are ready to take on the hosts in the all-crucial ODI at Bay Oval on January 28. Any slip-up in the third match will cost the hosts, New Zealand, the five-match ODI series on Monday. As for India, the Men in Blue will look forward to seizing every moment in the game to gain an unassailable lead.
India won the first two ODIs comprehensively. The first match at Napier saw Mohammed Shami be a wrecker-in-chief for the Kiwis, something which Kuldeep Yadav was in the second ODI. The batting has largely remained untested against the strong Kiwi bowling attack, and that’s the concern skipper Virat Kohli would be looking to address in the third match. India vs New Zealand 3rd ODI 2019, Mount Maunganui Weather Report: Know What Forecast Has in Store for IND vs NZ Match at Bay Oval.
Given how Virat Kohli fancies changing lineups frequently it will not be a surprise if he pulls out another surprise from his hat for the third ODI. Hardik Pandya is available for selection, and it will be interesting to see if he is drafted into the Indian team instantaneously.
Pandya’s replacement in the team, Vijay Shankar, has had an opportunity to prove his worth in the previous two ODIs. Will he be given any other chance in Mount Maunganui will be an intriguing selection choice for the Indian think-tank. IND vs NZ 3rd ODI 2019 Preview: Confident India Aim to Seal ODI Series Against New Zealand.
The rest of the team picks for itself as they would not want to tinker with the winning combinations from the previous two matches. Here’s the possible XI that Virat Kohli could field in the third match at Bay Oval.
India’s Likely XI for 3rd ODI against New Zealand: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma (vc), Virat Kohli (c), Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and Mohammed Shami.
India is 2-0 up in the five-match ODI series. With less than 24 hours to go, it will be interesting to see if India registers another victory against the Blackcaps in their backyard, and win the series eventually. The last time India visited India, they were blanked 4-0 in the 5-match series.
Will India be able to exact revenge or not, will be an exciting watch for the fans. Stay tuned with LatestLY for all the latest updates about India vs New Zealand Series 2019!