About the Match
After a series win against West Indies, the Kiwis are all set to host India in a 5-match ODI series that will be followed by 2 Test matches; the series starts on Jan 19th with the first ODI being played at the McLean Park, Napier. Coming at the back of a successful series against West Indies, New Zealand is charged up with some brilliant performances with both bat and ball; India on the other hand lost the series against South Africa on their recent tour and will be enthusiastic about doing well in this series against the Kiwis.
The team has been exuberant with their recent series win at home against the West Indies, wherein the ODI series was drawn and the Test and T20 series was convincingly won by the players. The composition of the team remains mostly the same with the exception of Colin Munro, who will be missing this one whereas Tim Southee, the fast bowler makes an entry into the squad after recovering from a recent toe injury. Players like Corey Anderson, Brendon McCullum, Luke Ronchi and Jesse Ryder have been performing well with the bat and the recent series saw Anderson breaking Afridi’s record of the fastest century. The bowlers too were superb with their disciplined attack and players like Nathan McCullum, James Neesham, Adam Milne, McClenaghan and Tim Southee will definitely give a hard time to the Indian batsmen here. The team shows a lot of promise and with a good start to the year, they will be eager to continue on their winning momentum.
After their recent series defeat against South Africa away from home, the team earned a lot of criticism for their dismal performance; this tour will be challenging for the team as most of the younger players are new to international cricket and they will need to prove themselves here under the leadership of Dhoni. The young brigade of Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Shikhar Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane will have to build the foundation of the innings and perform well with the bat; bowlers like Ishant Sharma, Ashwin, Amit Mishra, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammad Shami and Jadeja, who have been successful at home, will need to repeat their brilliance here and give support to the batsmen. The youngsters should take this as a good opportunity to shine and prove their abilities; Varun Aaron, Stuart Binny and Ishwar Pandey have been included in the squad and will be eager to perform well for the team. The team needs to adjust quickly to the conditions and bring out their best on the field.
The Kiwis had a comfortable series against West Indies and most of their players are at the top of their game; India on the other hand has to overcome its doubts of playing well overseas and the players will need to put their best foot forward in these conditions here. While New Zealand does have the home advantage, India has many one-day specialists who can turn around the match in their favor; though the match will be a close contest, India looks confident of a win in the first match.
India, 1.57 @ Bet365