Venue: Bay Oval, Mount Manganui
Date: Jan. 28, 2019 & Time: (15:00)
India took a 2-0 lead and have an opportunity on Monday to wrap series against New Zealand. If India managed to win, it will be their third series win away from home. Earlier, India won the Test and one day series against Australia. The workload management program of Board of Control of Cricket in India will give Virat Kohli a break. The Indian Skipper will fly back home after the third one day match for a well-deserved break. Kohli finishes his job down under on a high after the test and ODI triumphs in Australia. He is looking forward to sealing the five-match ODI series against New Zealand on Monday. The returning back of Hardik Panday from provisional suspension is of primary focus. BCCI suspended him owing to his loose talk on a national TV talk show. Indian Captain admitted that the presence of Pandya lends solidity and balance to the team. The Baroda all-rounder Vijay Shankar replaced him for last two ODI matches. Shankar is a decent cricketer, he bowls for only two overs in second ODI. Pandya is smarter than him and has ability to bat at middle order under pressure situations. The seamers have done their assignment well. Muhammad Shami and Bhuveshwar Omar get vital breakthrough for the team. The spinner duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav snared 12 of 20 wickets in two ODI games. Shikhar Dhawan scored 75 runs in first ODI and 66 runs in the second. He lend the side the much needed support at the top. Rohit Sharma entertained the fans with 87 runs stand with partner Dhawan. India need to finalise their middle order before the ICC World Cup 2019.