Published: Sun, February 03, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Team India practices hard ahead of Wellington ODI against New Zealand

Team India practices hard ahead of Wellington ODI against New Zealand

On a high after comprehensively winning the penultimate fourth one-day worldwide (ODI), New Zealand, despite losing the series, will hope to end the five-match rubber on a high when they take on India in the final match at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington on Sunday. With the return of MS Dhoni and Mohammed Shami, India will look to end the series on a high note. Trent Boult dismissed him of a short ball in Hamilton, and it was but obvious that the all-rounder was tryiing to get his backfoot play in place in the company of batting coach Sanjay Bangar.

The 5th ODI between India and New Zealand match will be played in Wellington.

The 37-year-old won the man of the series award in the recent three-match ODI series against Australia after scoring three fifties.

Prior to that, he not only held an outstanding batting average of 106.80 in eight ODIs, in which he led India, but his win ratio also was 87.5 percent.

The last ODI between them will begin at 07:30 am Indian Standard Time (IST) at Wellington on Sunday.

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After taking a 3-0 lead in the series, the visitors hope to keep the margin 4-1.

Defending a small total of 92 runs, India scalped just two New Zealand wickets as the hosts reached the target with around 35 overs still left in the match.

The Hamilton match was another reminder as Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav and Dinesh Karthik failed to prove that they can stand up and be counted if Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan fail on a given day, especially with Kohli also not around.

New Zealand: Kane Williamson (c), Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham (wk), Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, and Ross Taylor. In the bowling department, Boult has swung his way with a five-wicket haul while Grandhomme seemed to have regained confidence with his three-wicket haul in the last match.

Match Starts at 7:30 am.

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