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Focus on Hardik's inclusion as India look to seal ODI series


MOUNT MAUNGANUI: A well-merited ruin coming up, India captain Virat Kohli can be aiming to seal the five-match series when his group squares off in opposition to a confused New Zealand in the third ODI right here Monday.

The Indian captain has been given a ruin as a part of BCCI's workload control programme and he would make sure that he finishes his assignment Down Under on a top after the maiden Test and ODI victories in Australia.

An unassailable Three-Zero lead would be a becoming revenge to India's abject Zero-Four humiliation right through the 2014 limited-overs series.

One of the principle focal point of Monday's stumble upon might be inclusion of Indian cricket's newest enfant horrible Hardik Pandya, who is coming back from provisional suspension for his free talk on a TV chat show.

Pandya's presence lends solidity and steadiness to the side, and the skipper has over and over again admitted it.

The Baroda all-rounder's alternative Vijay Shankar is a tight cricketer but is but to possess the X issue that Pandya has.

That Shankar used to be given best two overs in the second ODI is an example that he is nonetheless no longer ready to shoulder additional duty.

Pandya is a few clicks faster than Shankar whose bowling in the three ODIs that he has played has no longer been penetrative.

Pandya too can bat at No. 6 if state of affairs arises and his busy method in batting too can get the scoreboard ticking in the center overs because the skipper desires.

Otherwise, Indian group does not require much tinkering.

New Zealand, however, have seemed clueless in opposition to India's wrist-spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal, who accounted for 12 of the 20 wickets in the closing two ODIs.

Kuldeep has seemed probably the most menacing as he claimed two four-wicket hauls in the first two ODIs, whilst Chahal returned with two wickets on both the suits.

Seamers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami even have finished their job effectively, getting crucial breakthroughs for the group.

India's batting too has complemented the bowlers, looking rock solid in both the video games with Shikhar Dhawan's go back to shape lending the group the much-needed beef up on the top.

After scoring an unbeaten 75 in the first ODI, he cracked a 67-ball 66 in the second game.

Vice-captain Rohit Sharma, who had flopped in the first ODI, too entertained the spectators right here with a strokeful 87 en course his 14th century stand with opening spouse Dhawan.

Skipper Kohli additionally seemed in excellent nick in both the suits, whilst Ambati Rayudu looked as if it would have discovered his mojo again with a 49-ball 47 on Saturday.

An ageless Mahendra Singh Dhoni too persevered his rampaging run with but every other unbeaten 33-ball 48 to take India across the 300-mark, whilst Kedar Jadhav has additionally grabbed the role of a finisher with both fingers.

While the batting seemed in place, there is a slight worry about the visitors' 5th bowler's slot the place Pandya would possibly are compatible in.

India are but to finalise their middle-order ahead of the World Cup.

Once Kohli takes a ruin following the third ODI, Dinesh Karthik would possibly get a place to spice up the middle-order in the skipper's absence.

The group control may additionally bring to mind handing an India debut to the very talented Shubman Gill.

For the Black Caps, captain Kane Williamson, who had top-scored in the first ODI, seemed excellent right through his brief stay in the second ODI, whilst all-rounder Doug Bracewell attempted to take the sport right down to the twine with a 46-ball 57 but none of the different batsmen may convert their begins.

"There're two video games in a row now the place we have now no longer had regulate at any degree, but we need to take small steps,'' Williamson stated.


"Some of the dismissals have been a result of us going too hard maybe. If you will have wickets in hand, you by no means know. But we did not have wickets in hand. Those are the teachings that we need to take ahead."


SQUADS

India: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Vijay Shankar, Shubman Gill, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Siraj, Khaleel Ahmed, Ravindra Jadeja, Hardik Pandya


New Zealand: Kane Williamson (captain), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Martin Guptill, Colin de Grandhomme, Trent Boult, Henry Nicholls, Doug Bracewell, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Colin Munro, Ish Sodhi, Micthell Santner, Tim Southee


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