India and New Zealand will play the 5th and final ODI at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington. India currently lead the series 3-1.
New Zealand had a massive win in the last ODI as the Black Caps restored some pride after losing the opening 3 games. It was a dominant performance that was set up by superstar seamer, Trent Boult who finished with figures of 5 for 21. Boult produced swing with the ball all game and took the vital wickets of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan to topple India for 92. New Zealand also batted reasonably well as Ross Taylor and Henry Nicholls ensured that the hosts would win the game with ease.
As far as India were concerned, the loss was a massive reality check as the team had been playing exceptionally well up to that point. The batting was very disappointing and it brings back questions about the likes of Ambati Rayudu and Dinesh Kartik who both failed when required by the team. The Indian middle-order has troubled the team in the past and it seems like the problems are yet to be solved. As far as the Indian bowling was concerned, it was a decent performance by Bhuvneshwar Kumar who took 2 wickets. Unfortunately, the bowlers didn’t have much chance of success as the batters didn’t score enough runs for India.
The pitch at the Westpac Stadium is known to produce high-scoring games with New Zealand scoring 393 at this venue in 2015. Both teams have exceptional batters so we should expect plenty of runs from India and New Zealand.
I am expecting India to bounce back and win this match. India have been the dominant team all series and I think there is enough quality with the likes of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan in the team. New Zealand had a very strong game but I don’t see them competing against India on a pitch that should favour batting. In high scoring games, India tend to do well and I see that happening again.