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Kiwis in Belated Fifth ODI Comeback

New Zealand cricket

The Kiwis have finally made a comeback in the ODI series against India, but unfortunately, they are late by at least three games. The last time they made use of the toss bias well but the fact that Trent Boult went out of his way to perform for his team to gift an eight-wicket defeat to the visitors. He took five wickets as well, stopping India at a measly 92. The rest three wickets were picked by Colin de Grandhomme. They both use seam and swing together to give India a thrashing that they were not expecting from the home team. Once their magic began, there was no way India was getting back into the game.

The hosts also managed to make some bold changes in their lineup dropping Colin Munro and promoting Henry Nicholls to open in the game. Matt Henry and Boult shared the responsibility of opening the team’s bowling attack. The team added Todd Astle to help extend their batting lineup all the way up to number 9 because of which there was no space for Tim Southee or Lockie Ferguson. The team had several problems scoring runs, and the changes seemed sensible as well. After all, suffering consistent defeat at the hands of the visitor didn’t do anything suitable for the team.

The Indian team gave some nightmares to the wagering players as they made more changes to the team after resting Virat Kohli. MS Dhoni still did not make a comeback to the team while Khaleel Ahmed took the spot of Mohammad Shami. Shubhman Gill came in to replace Kohli, and his shoes became too big to fill for the young talent. Yuz Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav continued threatening the home team with their spin attack. However, the pace attack was ordinary, except for the exceptional performance of Bhuv Kumar. The batting lineup of India was nowhere close to a threat as it was projected as Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan were the only people the bowlers seem concerned about.

It is still not sure if Dhoni plays in the next match, but Shami’s place is most likely taken. The team could be looking for more changes in their playing XI as Vijay Shankar, and Rishabh Pant is still waiting for a game.

The statistics show that of the 26 day-night matches played at Westpac, 15 were won by the team batting first. In the past five years, five out of eight matches were won by the first batters. In the last five innings, the first innings scores have gone up from 234 to 341 with four matches won by the first batters.

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