NZ vs IND 1st ODI Dream11 Prediction: Following top-notch exhibitions in the lately concluded 5-match T20Is, the Indian cricket team would be aiming to whitewash the hosts in the one-dayers, starting from the game at Hamilton. Led by Virat Kohli, the Men in Blue would be looking to settle the scores for the defeat at the hands of Kiwis in the semi-final of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Although Rohit Sharma won’t be there in the squad, the Indian contingent looks potent to dominate Latham & Co in the opening encounter.
Meanwhile, Kane Williamson would be missing out on the first couple of matches due to the shoulder injury sustained in the third T20I and as a result, wicket-keeper Tom Latham would be donning the skipper’s cap for the initial matches. The Kiwis would simply be wishing to avoid a series defeat at the hands of tourists. A victory at Seddon Park would not just give them a lead in the 3-match ODIs, but also boost their self-confidence for the remaining tour against Kohli’s men.
Date: February 5, Wednesday.
Time: 7:30 AM IST.
Venue: Seddon Park, Hamilton.
head to Head in ODIs
Matches Played: 107
India: 55 Wins
New Zealand: 46 Wins
No result: 5
The toss winning team should look to bowl first on this occasion. In ODIs, 23 out of 36 matches played at this venue have been won by the team bowling first. Not a high scoring venue, the wicket at Seddon park has 233 as the average 1st innings total. With the overcast conditions and showers in the innings, one could expect 250-260 as a par total for the forthcoming duel.
With Rohit Sharma nowhere in the picture, Prithvi Shaw is likely to get the nod in the ODIs considering he scored a 150 in the practice one-dayers against New Zealand XI. Mayank Agarwal, who came in as a replacement for Sharma would be hoping to go berserk from the very moment in the middle.
Lokesh Rahul is enjoying a dream run at the moment and is likely to don the role of a middle-order batsman, with additional responsibilities as a wicket-keeper for the ODIs.
Skipper Virat Kohli was on a rampage in the home series against West Indies and Australia wherein he notched a string of half-centuries to his name. In case the trio topples, the onus would on Shreyas Iyer and Manish Pandey for getting the team to a safe total.
The duo was in a fine nick in the T20s against New Zealand and would be anticipated to anchor the innings whilst going berserk on occasionally. Not to mention, Kedar Jadhav would make his way into the team and as he is an experienced campaigner, his presence could at least keep the scoreboard ticking for the Men in Blue at Seddon Park.
In the bowling department, yorker specialist Jasprit Bumrah was among the top performers for India in the last couple of T20Is and will be expected to rack up match-winning numbers alongside swing sensation Mohammed Shami.
Navdeep Saini holds immense pace and could pose a threat amidst the swing and seam conditions. Ravindra Jadeja can bat and bowl decently and with spinner Yuzvendra Chahal would look to trouble the Kiwis in the middle-overs.
Virat Kohli (c), KL Rahul (wk), Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Prithvi Shaw, Navdeep Saini, Mayank Agarwal.
Martin Guptill and stand-in skipper Tom Latham were in a good nick in the domestic one-dayers and would be expected to put a decent start to the Kiwi total. Guptill, in particular, would be expected to better his numbers considering he holds immense big-hitting prowess.
Ross Taylor would hold the key for New Zealand in case the openers fail to come up with an impressive show. Taylor averages 42.14 in 32 ODIs played against the Men In Blue and has notched 2 hundred and 7 fifties to date.
All-rounders James Neesham and Colin de Grandhomme can be a menace with their destruction laying potency and once set, the duo could snatch the game away from the hands of Kohli’s men.
Bowling wise, Tim Southee and Hamish Benett would be expected to grapple the early dismissals for the Kiwis in the much-coveted encounter. With the pacers competing in the home conditions, one could bank on them to put up impressive numbers.
Leggie Ish Sodhi was in a terrific form in the freshly finished T20Is and along with fellow spinner, Mitchell Santner could be a vital cog in the middle-overs.
Hamish Bennett, Colin de Grandhomme, Martin Guptill, Kyle Jamieson, Tom Latham (c & wk), James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Mark Chapman.
Captain & Vice-captain picks
Captain: V Kohli, R Taylor, S Iyer
Vice-captain: Rahul, M Guptill, P Shaw
NZ vs IND 1st ODI Dream11 Team
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