Rohit Sharma Opts To Bat Against New Zealand In..

Rohit Sharma Opts To Bat Against New Zealand In..

Rohit Sharma Opts To Bat Against New Zealand In..

Kedar Jadhav also played a useful contribution of 34 runs, while Hardi Pandya's late cameo of 45 runs in 22 balls saw India surpass the 250-run mark.

Prior to that, he not only held an outstanding batting average of 106.80 in eight ODIs, in which he led India, but his win ratio also was 87.5 percent.

While New Zealand may have to change the winning combination if Guptill is not match-fit, India may have to bench Shubman Gill, who made his global debut in the fourth ODI, as Dhoni, who missed the third and fourth ODI, is set to return. Trent Boult dismissed him of a short ball in Hamilton, and it was but obvious that the all-rounder was tryiing to get his backfoot play in place in the company of batting coach Sanjay Bangar.

The Indian middle order crumbled in the absence of both Virat Kohli and legendary wicket-keeper for India, Dhoni. Dhoni's calmness in anchoring the innings will be priceless.

It was India's second ODI defeat this year as it had previously succeeded on five occasions out of six in 2019.

Finally New Zealand managed to break the shackles against India at Hamilton on January 31 after five straight losses. However, Dhoni's return may see Shubman Gill getting benched a game after he made his global debut. A fit again Mahendra Singh Dhoni was back in the team in place of Dinesh Karthik while Mohammad Shami and Shankar replaced Khaleel Ahmed and Kuldeep Yadav.

Stand-in skipper Rohit has already described the collapse in the last match as "one of the worst batting performance" by the team and he would like to lead by example by quickly getting over the disappointment with another fiery opening stand with Dhawan on Sunday. Having returned from provisional suspension post his loose talk on a TV chat show, Hardik Pandya gave ample display of his importance in the ODI team and he will look to continue to deliver. Opener Henry Nicholls, who replaced Colin Munro in the fourth ODI, made an unbeaten 30 to provide solidity at the top, while Ross Taylor looked in good touch en route his 93 and 37 not out in the last two innings.

With the ball holding in the surface Colin Munro, back for the injured Martin Guptill in the only change from Hamilton, was tasked with applying the brakes in a 10-over spell of 0-47.

New Zealand, on the other hand, will once again rely on their bowling attack.

New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (captain), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wicket-keeper), Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson, Henry Nicholls, James Neesham, Matt Henry.

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