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Match – India Vs New Zealand 1st One-Day International Match
When – Wednesday, 18th January 2023
Where – Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Hyderabad
Toss Time – 1 PM Local and Indian Standard Time (IST), 7.30 AM GMT
Match Timings – 1.30 PM IST and Local, 8 AM GMT
TV Channel – Star Sports India Networks.
Live Streaming – Dinsey+ Hotstar
The track for the first one-day international match between India and New Zealand is said to be a batting friendly one.
But the team who bats second has the most chance of winning this match. So, the toss also holds the key in this 1st one-day international match.
The weather report is good in Hyderabad for the 1st one-day international match between India and New Zealand.
Rohit Sharma(c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Hardik Pandya(vc), Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj and Umran Malik.
Team India has the momentum that they have gained for another home series win against Sri Lanka.
The men in blue side gave a clinical performance in the 3rd and the final ODI at Thiruvananthapuram and registered an ODI win of 317 runs which is their biggest win in terms of runs.
Now the home side needs to carry this form along in the ODI series against New Zealand.
The Kiwis will be without their regular ODI skipper Kane Williamson in this ODI series. Still, they have a good team to challenge India. The home side will need their batters to fire.
Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill and Virat Kohli are in good nick. Shreyas Iyer too has been in decent form so far. King Kohli was the man of the series in the recently concluded ODI series against Sri Lanka.
While Shubman Gill smashed his maiden ODI ton in the last match of the series against the Lankan Tigers. The middle order needs to come good as New Zealand have quality bowlers like Ish Sodhi and Mitchell Santner.
Hardik Pandya and Washington Sundar hold the key for the Blues in the middle order.
India can also pick KS Bharat as their keeper batter for this series. KS Bharat will bat in the middle order if India sticks with Rohit and Shubman Gill as the openers.
The Blues can even go with Ishan Kishan as well. But his style isn't suited for the middle-order position. So the team can hand KS Bharat his debut match in the 1st ODI.
Shardul Thakur will add depth to the batting in the absence of Axar Patel and India also has Washington Sundar. Kuldeep Yadav would retain his place with Mohammed Shami, Umran Malik and Mohammed Siraj.
The bowlers too have been in great form, especially Siraj and Umran. They were fantastic against Sri Lanka. India will want them to continue that form in the ODI series against The Kiwis as well.
Finn Allen, Devon Conway, Henry Nicholls, Tom Latham(wk and captain), Glenn Philips, Daryl Mitchell, Mitchell Santner, Lockie Ferguson, Doug Bracewell, Ish Sodhi and Blair Tickner.
The Kiwis will be without their regular limited overs skipper Kane Williamson and also without Tim Southee and Trent Boult.
The side looks inexperienced without Williamson, Southee and Boult. However, they are quality players from the Black Caps side.
Some of the NZ players played the IPL as well and they have an idea about the conditions in India.
The Kiwis won the ODI series against Pakistan and drew the two-match Test series before that. They also won the ODI series against India when the team toured the Kiwi nation after the T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia.
The recent result would boost their confidence for this series which will start on Wednesday i.e. Jan 18 at Hyderabad.
Devon Conway, Mitchell Santner, Lockie Ferguson, Ish Sodhi and Daryl Mitchell are the ones who have played the IPL and they also have tricks to play in the Indian conditions.
Conway and Skipper Latham hold the key for New Zealand with the bat in the absence of Kane Williamson. Glenn Philips who played a vital knock against Pakistan in the 3rd ODI is the player to watch out for from the Kiwi team.
Lockie Ferguson, Mitchell Santner and Ish Sodi will be the key players from the Kiwis side. Fergusson will also operate with the new ball and he needs to get in-form players like Rohit and Gill early.
While Sodhi and Santner will bowl in the middle overs. They need to control the run flow against hard hitters like Hardik Pandya, Shreyas and Sundar. Overall this series will be a great challenge for both teams.
Batters – Tom Latham, Shreyas Iyer and Shubman Gill
Bowlers – Mohammed Siraj, Lockie Ferguson and Umran Malik
All-rounders – Washington Sundar and Mitchell Santner
Wicket-keeper – Glenn Philips
Vice-captain – Daryl Mitchell
Captain – Virat Kohli