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That New Zealand are ranked one place higher than India in the ODI rankings had no bearing at Dharamsala when the Kiwis found themselves tottering at 65 for seven, only to be rescued by Tim Southee’s pyrotechnics and Tom Latham’s resistance. India have been on a roll since the tour began and Kotla that trend is most likely to continue. The Kotla track will not offer Hardik Pandya the assistance the Baroda pacer enjoyed on his debut, but that will not lessen Kane Williamson-led side’s battle at this historic venue.
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At the Kotla India have won 12 ODI and lost only five while New Zealand have lost their previous two encounters here. Ross Taylor has three ducks to his name in the tour and has failed to register a score of over 50 so far. That makes them vulnerable and Martin Guptill’s patchy form up the order continues to be a headache for the Mike Hesson-coached team. Luke Ronchi scored a breezy hundred during a warm-up game here and the slowness of the track is likely to assist NZ’s slow bowlers. These factors and playing to their potential is what Williamson can hope from his team to be able to compete with India. The hosts, on the other hand, will be content to continue their experiment with the fringe players.
Venue: Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
Start date: October 20, 2016
Time: 13:30 IST
Weather: Expected to be sunny with maximum temperature at 36 degree Celsius
As alluded before, Ross Taylor recent string of failures might prompt the management to give him rest and draft in middle-order batsman Henry Nicholls. At the top Guptill could also replaced with reserve opener Anton Devcich. Trent Boult and Matt Henry are unlikely to feature given they are given a break owing to the heavy workload during the Test series. Ronchi could be bumped up the order just to unsettle India’s plans
Probable XI: 1. Tom Latham 2. Martin Guptill/Anton Devcich 3. Kane Williamson (capt) 4. Ross Taylor/Henry Nicholls 5. Corey Anderson 6. Luke Ronchi 7. Jimmy Neesham 8. Mitchell Santner 9. Doug Bracewell, 10. Tim Southee 11. Ish Sodhi
The big news from the Indian camp is that Suresh Raina is still recovering from viral fever and even though he had a net session on Tuesday, he will not feature in the final XI and that in essence will mean India will go in to the second ODI unchanged.
Probable XI: 1 Rohit Sharma, 2. Ajinkya Rahane 3. Virat Kohli 4. Manish Pandey 5, MS Dhoni (capt/wk) 6. Kedar Jadhav 7. Hardik Pandya 8. Axar Patel 9. Amit Mishra 10. Jasprit Bumrah 11. Umesh Yadav