Injury-hit NZ look to restore normalcy against depleted India

Match details
Seddon Park, Hamilton
February 5, Wednesday; 07:30 IST

The main picture

An out-of-sorts, injury-hit New Zealand face an equally depleted albeit in-form India in the first ODI of a three-match series that is devoid of much of a context. However, the Blackcaps find themselves in an unfamiliar rut after eight straight losses across formats, and their response to the T20I series whitewash will shape the result of the ODI series.

Captain Kane Williamson, who sat out the final two T20Is with a shoulder injury, will miss the first two ODIs, with left-hand batsman Mark Chapman named as his replacement and batsman-wicketkeeper Tom Latham named the stand-in captain. New Zealand’s batting line-up had already been lightweight and with Williamson, who often controls the tempo of an ODI innings, missing, the onus is on senior players Henry Nicholls, Colin de Grandhomme and Latham himself to replicate Williamson in pacing the innings but be clear with their roles in the batting line-up.

Grandhomme, who bowled in only one T20I, will shoulder greater responsibility with the ball in ODI cricket. He is, along with Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi and Mitchell Santner, are the experienced members of the bowling attack missing the injured Trent Boult and Lockie Ferguson but likely to feature uncapped Kyle Jamieson, who, at 203cm, is the tallest New Zealand cricketer.

With opening batsmen Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan missing through injury, India captain Virat Kohli confirmed Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal will be the two openers. Both are acclimatised to the New Zealand conditions having been part of the India A squad and go into the ODI series starting tomorrow having made a few rund in the three unofficial ODIs against New Zealand A.

Kohli has also confirmed that KL Rahul will continue to bat in the middle order and keep wickets. Considering Rahul is one of India’s in-form batsmen along with Shreyas Iyer and Manish Pandey, the Indian middle order, for a change, is where the engine room of the batting lies. And so, the middle phase and death overs of the innings could be crucial to the outcome of the match.

India have the stronger of the two bowling attacks, with Mohammed Shami likely to return to the playing 11 after sitting out the final two T20Is. Jasprit Bumrah is a certainty, too, with Shardul Thakur and Navdeep Saini in a two-way battle for the third fast bowler’s slot. Ravindra Jadeja is likely to be the all-rounder, with Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal vying for the solitary specialist spinner’s slot.

Seddon Park Hamilton pitch report and weather forecast

The pitch used for the T20 International played here offered considerable spin and that match was played in the evening, after the sun had set. If the same pitch were to be used, spinners will expect to get help from the surface, which remains good for batting. Also, the relatively shorter boundaries make Seddon Park a high-scoring venue.

India vs New Zealand 1st ODI playing 11

Possible New Zealand playing 11: 1 Tom Latham (c & wk), 2 Martin Guptill, 3 Henry Nichollas, 4 Mark Chapman, 5 Ross Taylor, 6 Colin de Grandhomme, 7 James Neesham, 8 Mitchell Santner, 9 Tim Southee, 10 Kyle Jamieson, 11 Ish Sodhi

Possible India playing 11: 1 Virat Kohli (c), 2 Prithvi Shaw, 3 Mayank Agarwal, 4 KL Rahul (wk), 5 Manish Pandey, 6 Shreyas Iyer, 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 Yuzvendra Chahal, 9 Mohammed Shami, 10 Navdeep Saini, 11 Jasprit Bumrah

India vs New Zealand 1st ODI telecast channel

The first One-Day International between India and New Zealand will be telecast on the Star Sports network and streamed live on Hotstar. The match can also be viewed on DD National.