India will look to salvage some pride in final ODI

India will look to salvage some pride in final ODI

India will look to salvage some pride in final ODI

By / Sports News / Tuesday, 11 February 2020 06:13

India will look to salvage some pride in the third and final ODI against New Zealand at Bay Oval  on Tuesday. India began the tour with a 5-0 sweep in the T20 series, and New Zealand have hit back winning the first two ODIs.

India will be keen on experimenting with their squad. Kohli hinted at changes for the final game, which means those in the bench might be given a go.

India would expect its top order to fire to avoid a series whitewash when it clashes with a high-flying New Zealand in the third and final One-day International at Bay Oval on Tuesday.

With Rohit Sharma and ShikharDhawan missing due to injuries, ViratKohli missing out on scoring big and KL Rahul batting later in the order, India's traditional ODI strength was neutralised without New Zealand having to do any hard work. Openers Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal have shown only momentary flashes.

Rohit's absence has been a major factor in India's defeat in this series. The opener averaged 57.30 in ODI cricket in the past 12 months, having a major impact on Indian fortunes in this format.  India's previous ODI series loss in New Zealand was 4-1 on the 2014 tour.

ShreyasIyer, with a hundred and a half-century, has mirrored Ross Taylor's rich form in Hamilton and Auckland.But Iyer lacked the finishing touch as compared to Taylor's experience. He couldn't see India's chase through in Auckland like the senior Kiwi batsman did in Hamilton.

India may also look to experiment a bit before the Test series. Pant has not played limited-overs' cricket since he suffered a concussion against Australia.

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