New Zealand vs India 3rd ODI Preview: Team India Seek to Avoid Whitewash

The Indian team led by Virat Kohli lost the three-match ODI series against New Zealand after being beaten by 22 runs in the second ODI in Auckland. Chasing 274, India were all-out for 251 after Navdeep Saini and Ravindra Jadeja’s efforts were not enough to see India home. The win in Auckland sealed New Zealand’s first ODI series win against India since 2013-14. India vs New Zealand 2020 ODI series is now in its last leg with the New Zealand vs India 3rd ODI to be played at Mount Maunganui on Tuesday, February 11.

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Having lost the series, the New Zealand vs India 3rd ODI is more like a formality for India, but on hindsight, India has to look back at the mistakes they have made in the series. It was their bowlers who were too expensive in the first match, while in the second match, the batsmen did not do the job for the team. Also, Virat Kohli not being in form in the absence of senior players Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan has also hurt the team’s chances. Thus if we do a team analysis of the Indian team ahead of the third ODI, Kohli’s return to form is a must for India and also going in with an extra batsman in Manish Pandey in place of Kedar Jadhav, who has not performed at all in the series. Kohli also hinted in the post-match presentation in the 3rd ODI that India might make some changes in their playing XI in the last game.

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While, Manish Pandey should be given a game, the Indian spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal should be given another game. Either of Pandey or Kuldeep can be replaced by Jadhav. With Shardul Thakur and Navdeep Saini both contributing with the bat and ball in the last game, both are expected to be a part of the Indian playing XI. 

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While, India is struggling to find an ideal combination, there is good news for the Kiwis as far as India vs new Zealand 2020 3rd ODI team predictions are concerned. Kane Williamson is available for selection for the Kiwis in the New Zealand vs India 3rd ODI. Williamson missed the first two games due to shoulder injury. The Kiwis though have their share of problems as well. Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee are doubtful for the game after suffering from stomach upset. Meanwhile, all-rounder Scott Kuggleijn has been suffering from viral fever. Ish Sodhi and Blair Tickner have been recalled into the side for this particular game and both are expected to be in the New Zealand playing XI.

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As far as the New Zealand vs India 3rd ODI predicted Playing XI is concerned, while either of Pandey or Kuldeep is expected to replace Jadhav in the Indian playing XI, Ish Sodhi, Blair Tickner and Kane Williamson might feature in the New Zealand playing XI. Also, the New Zealand vs India 3rd ODI Predictions, are heavily bent on the Kiwis bagging another win and in the process complete a series whitewash.

The New Zealand vs India 3rd ODI will be played at Mount Maunganui where India won the fifth T20I to whitewash the Kiwis. The Kiwis now have a chance to return the favor at the same venue. The temperature at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui, during the match time, is expected to range between 19℃ to 23℃. The weather will be sunny during the day time and we should expect a complete match. 296 is the average score of the team batting first at this venue. Importantly, the team chasing has lost three of the last five games at this venue. The India vs New Zealand last 10 ODI results, however, show a different stat. India have won six of their last 10 ODI games against the Kiwis.

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Meanwhile, here are some key stats ahead of New Zealand vs India 3rd ODI

1) New Zealand have now won 24, lost 14, Tied 1, with 2 No Results in the 41 matches against India in New Zealand

2) New Zealand vs India Head to Head (Total Matches Played 109)

    Matches Won by India- 55, Matches won by NZ-48. 

3) India have won both their ODIs played at the Bay Oval against New Zealand. 

4) Virat Kohli averages 62.22 in 25 matches against New Zealand. 

5) Tim Southee is on 142 ODI caps. One more will make him on level terms with Martin Crowe’s 143 international caps for NZ.

New Zealand vs India 3rd ODI Squads 


Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal, Virat Kohli(c), Shreyas Iyer, Lokesh Rahul(w), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Manish Pandey, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Shivam Dube

New Zealand 

Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Tom Blundell, Tom Latham(w), James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mark Chapman, Tim Southee, Kyle Jamieson, Hamish Bennett, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Blair Tickner, Scott Kuggeleijn

New Zealand vs India 3rd ODI Predictions

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