India is all set to play third game of the series against New Zealand at Mohali in Chandigarh. The series stands level at one all with this game is certainly to be a riveting contest given the first two games played at Dharamsala and Delhi.
The men in blue suffered their first loss of the series as New Zealand clinched a close win by six runs at Delhi. The BlackCaps batted well solely due to splendid century scored by Kane Williamson and a good innings by opener Tom Latham. Amit Mishra and Jaspreet Bumrah picked three wickets apiece.
India struggled from the outset in the chase as they slumped to 73 for 4 in the middle overs of the innings.MS Dhoni and Kedhar Jadhav did well to stabilize the Indian innings but gave their wickets away at crucial moments to see New Zealand be in a pole position for majority of the game. Hardik Pandya scored 36 runs to see India close to the target but efforts seemed to be temporary renaissance as the visitors picked up last three wickets to clinch a six run win at Delhi. The side has suffered from criticisms that it relies heavily on the shoulders of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli to win game for them in one day cricket. The need of the hour is guys like MS Dhoni and Ajinkya Rahane to produce better display with the bat in order to provide support to the likes of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma at the top order.
India will remain unchanged for the game to be played on Sunday. The Kiwis feel be relieved to have got a win under their belt due to special performances by Captain Kane Williamson and fast bowler Trent Boult. Williamson struggled with hot and humid conditions to score a superb hundred while opening bowling pair in Southee and Boult did the trick with the ball to eke out their first win on the tour. New Zealand will also go in with the same eleven as bowlers have done a commendable job on the tour.
Possible XI: Rohit Sharma, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Amit Mishra, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Jaspreet Bumrah, Umesh Yadav.
Possible XI: Martin Guptill, Mitchell Santner, Anton Devcich, Tim Southee, Matt Henry, Trent Boult, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Corey Anderson, Luke Ronchi (wk).