Though India has lost the three-match ODI series to New Zealand after defeats in the first two matches; they have to avoid a whitewash when the two teams meet in the third match at the Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui.
The Indian team has been accused of taking the ODI series lightly after their 5-0 T20I series win over the hosts and have been outplayed in the first two matches. First giving away 347 runs in the first match and then failing to chase 273 runs thanks to a failure in the middle order.
With the third ODI match set to be played on February 11 at the Bay Oval, Team COC presents to you the Predicted Playing XI for the Indian team.
Not many changes are to be expected in the top order of the Indian team as Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, and KL Rahul are likely to retain their places at the top 5 spots in the batting order. Agarwal and Shaw are due for a big one and Agarwal’s form with the bat is becoming a worry ahead of the 2-match Test series.
Virat Kohli has made only 2 centuries in his last 21 one-day matches and is due for a big one, while Iyer and KL Rahul have shown what confidence in players can do in form of some good runs in the middle order.
Indian team management may give a chance to Rishabh Pant in place of Kedar Jadhav as the finisher, given Jadhav has not been asked to come onto bowl in either of the two matches and his batting has left many questions.
In the bowling department, Jasprit Bumrah may be rested for the third match as the series has already been decided. Shardul Thakur, Navdeep Saini, and Mohammad Shami might helm the fast bowling duties, while Jadeja and Chahal, who did well in the second match, are expected to continue as the spinners.
COC Predicted Team India Playing XI for third ODI:
Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw, Virat Kohli (C), Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant (WK), Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shardul Thakur, Navdeep Saini, Mohammad Shami