The 3rd ODI between India and New Zealand is set to take place at the Bay Oval. New Zealand must win this match to remain in the series as India currently lead by the score of 2-0. India won the previous ODI by 90 runs.
It was a dominant batting display by India as they scored over 300 runs in their innings. Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan both batting exceptionally well as they had an opening partnership of approximately 150 runs. MS Dhoni also looks in very good form as he played a rapid inning near the end to boost India’s total. New Zealand bowled quite poorly as the likes of Ferguson, Sodhi and Bolt all conceded too many runs.
As far as New Zealand’s batting was concerned, it was a very disappointing performance. The top batters all had starts but failed to convert them into big scores which could have kept New Zealand in the contest. Taylor, Williamson and Guptill will all need to improve as the trio of experienced players all failed in the last game. The Indian bowlers all bowled very well as they were led by Kuldeep Yadav who took 4 important wickets. The New Zealand batters are struggling to pick the Indian spinners which is making life tough.
The pitch for this match is expected to turn as it is the second game to be played on this surface. These conditions should favour India as they have a very strong unit of spin bowlers.
All in all, I am going to pick India to win this. This series hasfavouredd India greatly and the visitors seem to be a much stronger side when compared to the host nation. Having already won 2 games with ease, I see India making the series score 3-0 after this game.