New Zealand vs India, 2020: 3rd ODI – Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update

New Zealand vs India, 2020: 3rd ODI – Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update

We might witness a high-scoring contest in Mount Maunganui.

Tom Latham and Virat Kohli
Tom Latham and Virat Kohli. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Match Details:

The third and last match of the three-match ODI series between New Zealand and India will be played on 11 February at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui.

The scheduled timing of the match is 3:00 P.M. local (2:00 A.M. GMT) (7:30 A.M. IST). The match will be live broadcast on Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 1 Hindi and Star Sports 1 HD Hindi. You can also watch this match on Hotstar via live streaming.

Match Preview for Dream11 Fantasy:

India haven’t been at their best against New Zealand in ODI cricket of late. The Men in Blue have not won against the Black Caps in the last five ODIs including the warm-up match in the World Cup. Now, Kohli and co. have lost the three-match series against a second-string Kiwi side, irrespective of the result in the last game in Mount Maunganui. In the post-match presentation of the second game, the Indian skipper Virat Kohli hinted that India could try other players in the third match.

The hosts have clicked as a unit in this series – something, they failed to do in the T20I series. New Zealand will be boosted by the presence of Kane Williamson in the third match and would try to clean sweep the series. However, that will be a tough task as India would be charged up to taste a victory. The Kiwis don’t have a great record at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui. The Black Caps have not won any ODI match at the game venue against all the teams except for Sri Lanka. The Kane Williamson-led side also lost two games against India in the previous series last year.

Weather Report:

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.

Pitch Condition/Report:

The pitch in the last T20I at the same ground was on the slower side. However, the deck of Bay Oval is generally batting friendly. We might witness a high-scoring contest in Mount Maunganui.

Average first innings score: 296 (last five ODI matches)

Record of chasing teams: Matches – 5, Won — 2, Lost — 3 (last five ODI matches)

Injury and Availability News:

Kane Williamson was ruled out of the first two ODIs due to shoulder-injury and is expected to play the last ODI. 

Mitchell Santner and Tim Southee are battling gastro and are doubtful for the game

Scott Kuggleijn has been suffering from viral fever

Ish Sodhi and Blair Tickner have been drafted into the squad for this game

Probable Playing XI:

New Zealand

Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson (C), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (WK), James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner/Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee/Blair Tickner, Hamish Bennett, Kyle Jamieson.

Bench: Mark Chapman, Tom Blundell, Mitchell Santner/Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee/Blair Tickner, Scott Kuggleijn


Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal, Virat Kohli (C), Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (WK), Manish Pandey, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Shami/Jasprit Bumrah.

Bench: Shivam Dube, Mohammed Shami/Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Kedar Jadhav

Top Picks:

New Zealand –

Ross Taylor has held the fort for his team in both matches. Whilst his quick hundred thumped New Zealand to victory in Hamilton, it was his sensible inning which helped his side to achieve a respectable total. The veteran batsman has a great record at the match venue, and it would be risky to drop him from your fantasy team for small-leagues.

Performance of Ross Taylor in Bay Oval in ODIs:

Innings: 6, Runs: 330, Average: 55, S/R: 90.16, 50s: 04

Performance of Martin Guptill in Bay Oval in ODIs:

Martin Guptill scored 79 runs at his home ground in the previous match and would be high on confidence now. The opening batsman is the leading run-scorer in Bay Oval in ODIs and is a popular pick in Dream11 now.

Innings: 8, Runs: 347, Average: 43.37, S/R: 79.04, 50s/100s: 1/2

Kane Williamson who is expected to be back for the last ODI is a good batsman to bank on. The Kiwi skipper is a consistent batsman, thus, becomes a top pick for this game. Kyle Jamieson who was quite impressive on his ODI debut is a value pick for your fantasy side.

India –

The ever-consistent Virat Kohli has not scored an ODI century for quite some time. Although the game is a dead-rubber, the right-handed batsman would eager to finish the series on a high. In India’s previous series in New Zealand scored 43 and 60 runs in two innings in Bay Oval. A big knock off Kohli’s bat might be around the corner. KL Rahul has been in good in recent times. Even though he failed in the second ODI, we recommend you to select in him your fantasy team, particularly if India bat first.

The leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal snared three scalps in Auckland and his selection percentage in Dream11 for this game is higher than it was in the last match. Chahal has picked up four wickets on this ground and would look to carry on from where he left. Ravindra Jadeja and Shreyas Iyer have been mighty imposing and are pretty safe picks for small-leagues.

Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:

Captain Options – Virat Kohli, Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson

Vice-Captain Options – KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal and Ross Taylor

Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:

Keeper – KL Rahul (VC)

Batters – Virat Kohli, Ross Taylor (C), Kane Williamson, Shreyas Iyer and Prithvi Shaw

All-Rounders – James Neesham and Mitchell Santner

Bowlers – Yuzvendra Chahal, Kyle Jamieson and Navdeep Saini

Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:

Keeper – KL Rahul, Tom Latham

Batters – Virat Kohli (C), Kane Williamson (VC), Martin Guptill and Mayank Agarwal

All-Rounders – Ravindra Jadeja and Mitchell Santner

Bowlers – Yuzvendra Chahal, Kyle Jamieson and Navdeep Saini

Expert Advice:

Since 2019, teams have scored more than 290 on five instances, including four 300+ scores in eight innings. As mentioned in the pitch report, the deck in Bay Oval are generally batting-friendly. Thus, we advise you to pick at least six top-six batsmen in Dream11 for this game. The top-order batters could have good outings; thus, it won’t be a bad idea to pick at least one opener from both sides.

Also, consider picking strike bowlers who have the knack of scalping wickets.

Probable Winners:

We predict India to win this game and finish the series by 1-2.

*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.