New Zealand vs India, 5th ODI: Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update
MS Dhoni has been declared fit to play this game while the Kiwis have an injury concern.
Updated - Feb 2, 2019 2:09 pm
India and New Zealand will lock horns for one final time in this five-match ODI series. After a drubbing in Hamilton, the visitors must be gutted and will be looking to make a stunning comeback to end the series on a high. The Kiwis, on the other hand, registered a much-needed win after going down meekly in the first three matches of the series and they will be surely high on the confidence.
But the hosts have been jolted with an injury to Martin Guptill who has aggravated his lower back during the fielding session on Saturday. Colin Munro has been recalled to the side who played a Super Smash game and will join the team on the match day. MS Dhoni has been declared fit for this match and will slot back into the XI straightaway now in place of either Dinesh Karthik or Ambati Rayudu.
The fifth and final game of the 5-match ODI series between New Zealand and India will be hosted by the Westpac Stadium in Wellington.
The match starts at 3:00 PM local time (2:00 AM GMT) (7:30 AM IST).
The game will be live on Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 1 Hindi and Star Sports 1 Hindi HD in India. (Live streaming in Hotstar)
Last five completed ODI matches:
New Zealand: W, L, L, L, W.
India: L, W, W, W, W.
Unpredictable track. Either remains flat throughout the game or stays slow.
Average 1st innings score: 304 (Last five ODI matches)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 1, Lost – 4 (Last five ODI matches)
Probable Playing XI:
Martin Guptill/Colin Munro, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson(C), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (WK), James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Todd Astle, Tim Southee, Trent Boult.
Bench –Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson.
Note: Martin Guptill is doubtful for this game. He could be replaced by Colin Munro.
Rohit Sharma (C), Shikhar Dhawan, Shubman Gill, Ambati Rayudu/Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni (WK), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Siraj, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal.
Bench –Ravindra Jadeja, K Khaleel Ahmed, Mohammed Shami, Vijay Shankar.
Note: Mohammed Siraj could get his first game on the tour. One of Karthik and Rayudu could be dropped as MS Dhoni has been declared fit.
Colin Munro was playing Super Smash in Auckland on Saturday. He will join the squad as cover for Martin Guptill.
Rohit Sharma scored a century in each of the previous ten ODI series/tournaments he played. He has two fifties to his name in this series but no century yet.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Rohit Sharma, Ross Taylor and Trent Boult are the ideal options for the captain and vice-captain. Hardik Pandya, Shikhar Dhawan and Kedar Jadhav are the other alternative options. Even the likes of Kuldeep Yadav and Kane Williamson could turn out to be the surprise picks.
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Tom Latham
Batsmen – Rohit Sharma (C), Shikhar Dhawan, Shubman Gill, Ross Taylor (VC), Henry Nicholls
All-Rounders – Hardik Pandya, James Neesham
Bowlers – Kuldeep Yadav, Trent Boult, Todd Astle.
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Grand/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Tom Latham
Batsmen – Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan (C), Kane Williamson (VC), Ross Taylor
All-Rounders – Hardik Pandya, Colin de Grandhomme
Bowlers – Mohammad Siraj, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Todd Astle.
It is advised not to pick players who could be dropped and rested among Indians. The likes of Rohit, Dhawan, Gill, Pandya, Kedar, Kuldeep and Chahal are only ones who seem to be sure of featuring in the ODI.
Team India is expected to come back strongly and seal the series by 4-1.