After a brilliant performance in the 2nd ODI at Mount Maunganui on Saturday, India will be aiming to steal the series tomorrow as they face the New Zealanders for the third time.
As this will be the last match for Captain Kohli before he flies back to India, he will be willing to leave no loose ends.
On the other hand, New Zealand will try to keep themselves alive in the series as this will a do or die match for them.
What to expect?
The pitch at Bay Oval was a paradise for batting, and there will be no change expected on Monday as well.
There will be a little more help for the spinners thus aiding team India.
The weather is expected to be cloudy, but there are no predictions for the rain.
After a successful series against Sri Lanka, things are not going well for New Zealand.
The 2nd ODI against India saw the top order collapse again. When we talk about the middle order, it was also unsuccessful in the last two ODIs except for Kane Williamson who played an excellent knock in the 1st ODI.
Doug Bracewell’s will keep his place in the playing eleven after his half-century in the last game, while Colin de Grandhomme’s flop show as an all-rounder may bring Santner back to the team. Also, considering the pitch conditions, Ish Sodhi will retain his spot as well.
Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (C), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Doug Bracewell, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult, Ish Sodhi
After winning the first two ODIs, India is unlikely to make any changes in the playing eleven.
Shikhar Dhawan is looking in a great form and will be looking to continue the momentum in this game also.
There are doubts about Rayudu’s spot as he was unable to carry forward the momentum in the second ODI. Other than this, India will likely be the same side and will go all guns blazing at the New Zealand team to secure the series tomorrow.
When we talk about the Bowlers, they have proved themselves in both the ODIs. The spinners, Kuldeep and Chahal, are also performing well.
Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ambati Rayudu/ Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni (WK), Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal