Till now India and New Zealand have met 101 times in ODIs. Among it, India won 51 matches, while New Zealand won 44 of them. Looking into the past records shows, that it has been a close face-off always.
India Tour of New Zealand 2019
India will be playing a five-match ODI series followed by a three-match T20Is during this tour with the hosts. The first ODI begins tomorrow (23 Jan 19) in McLean Park, Napier. New Zealand has recently performed extremely well everywhere with an almost unbeaten run at home. On the other hand, India was a team to beat, despite few hiccups in the batting order. India has recently created history by winning the bilateral ODI series in both South Africa and Australia.
Based on the above scenarios, this ODI series is going to be a battle royale between the two nations. It is certain that the Cricket fans will have some fascinating matches to watch out for in this ODI series. With the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 around the corner, this series gives both the teams an opportunity to finalize their respective teams ahead of the final showdown.
India would be tempted to continue the same combination as in Melbourne after a brilliant chase by Dhoni and Jadhav. However, this may not be the case with Kuldeep Yadav, who has not been left out for a long time. Yuzvendra Chahal’s unbelievable six-wicket haul makes him untouchable. Shubman Gill will have to wait for his much-anticipated debut during this series.
Possible Playing XI:
After a break from the Sri Lankan ODI series, Tom Latham returns to slot number 5, pushing Henry Nicholls to number 6. Also, the comeback of Colin de Grandhomme and Mitchell Santner is going to be another big challenge as both will be fighting for a single slot. The pace attack should see Boult, Southee, Ferguson and Ish Sodhi, who had a productive series against Sri Lanka lately.
Possible Playing XI:
Kane Williamson (C), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (WK), Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Colin Munro, Martin Guptill, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult, and Ish Sodhi.