Team India win look to sieze yet another bilateral ODI series at home as they set foot on the Green Park Stadium in Kanpur on Sunday while the Kiwis will be eyeing to create history by registering their first ever bilateral ODI series win in India. The hosts are already high on confidence after a strong comeback in the 2nd ODI following a shocking defeat by 7 wickets in the 1st match of the series. The visitors however are a side that can never be written off no matter the context and the match situation.
The hosts will rely on their strong batting line up to take the team to a commanding position and be it batting first or second, Virat Kohli and Co will not mind as long as their bowling line up manages to put up a good show. The key for the team batting first would be to stitch together good partnerships in the middle without losing wickets to allow themselves to have a go at the back end of the innings while the team bowling first would look to pick wickets in the middle overs and restrict the opponent side to an easily chasable target. India will rely heavily on their spinners Yuzuvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav and Axar Patel to take wickets in the middle and with their pace duo of Bhubaneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah who have been doing well both with the new ball and at the death, they certainly look like the better side on paper. India’s issues in batting order seem to have been resolved to a great extent with the top 3 amongst the runs and Dinesh Karthik performing well at the number 4 position living up to the expectations of his captain so far. Hardik Pandya and MS Dhoni have also had success in the recently concluded series against Australia and seem to be carrying out the job of finishing the innings quite ably.
The Blackcaps on the other hand will have to figure out what is best for them as their opening combination of Martin Guptill and Colin Munro hasn’t produced the desired results. Their middle order batsmen have largely been put under pressure by the young Indian spinners and except for Latham and Taylor, none of the rest of the batting line up hasn’t looked particularly comfortable again spin and it is one of the areas New Zealand will have to do some homework on before stepping out on the field on Sunday. Their bowling combination however looks to be settled with Trent Boult and Tim Southee picking wickets with the new ball and also during the middle overs and Mitchell Santner who has been highly economical with his left arm spin in both matches played do far.