The bets are set, and the Kiwis need to get their game to the next level to beat India in the third ODI. All eyes are set on Ed Hawkins who will give the home team a chance to show a better performance at the Bay Oval when the two teams meet on Tuesday.
The skilled, organized and aggressive Kiwis are yet to be seen, as the guests are taking on the home team rather too easily. The first match led to an eight-wicket crushing defeat followed by a 90 run disappointment in the second ODI.
What is confusing cricket fans around the globe is that Kiwis can do much better than this. They have played well against spin attacks before, but India’s Umesh Yadav looks like a mystery they can’t solve yet. The problem is with the team set up as well. With their wicket-taking bowler Matt Henry coming in, the team will have to compromise on the skills of Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson or an all-rounder.
For India, it looks like a comfortable series win. Rohit Sharma is doing wonders in the match, and with skipper Virat Kohli’s absence in the last two matches, he will be leading the team. Dhawan, Rayudu, Dhoni have made runs for India while Umesh Yadav has done exceptionally well with the ball. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammad Shami are putting up a good bowling attack with the new ball while Kuldeep Yadav is doing well to back them up. Bay Oval hosts back-to-back matches so the wicket is expected to be slow. The problem with both teams is that they are great chasers and don’t hold a marvelous record in batting first. If the Kiwis take the home team advantage and work on the pitch, they could drift the odds with India at 1.64 and New Zealand at 2.52