India vs New Zealand 3rd ODI Match Prediction: The 3rd ODI match between India vs New Zealand will be played on 29 October 2017 at the ODI Green Park, Kanpur. The 3-match ODI series is currently level 1-1 and this is a series decider game. The first ODI was a reality check for the Indians. Off late the taste of win had become so common that we had started taking things for granted. The shock loss was a kind of an eye-opener and also a kind of reality check for the Indians.
When the Kiwis arrived in India, it was expected from our side to steamroll them with utmost disdain. But a loss by 6 wickets have kept our sky-high ambitions at the check and we will have to be a bit more practical in the series.
In the first match, our batting failed except for one man Kohli. The batting especially the middle order looks a bit vulnerable. There isn’t much experience over there and most of these are IPL performers who haven’t yet seen the international arena. The quality and the will to sustain 50 overs seems missing and the likes of Rahane and Pandey have to take more responsibilities.
The role of Dhoni becomes really crucial since he has now the responsibility to anchor the innings. For the bowling, the absence of Ashwin and Jadeja did hurt India. India wasn’t able to take wickets in the middle overs and also failed to keep the scoring in check.
Cahal and Kuldeep Yadav have to be a bit more innovative and look for ways to get batsmen out in the middle overs. The pacers too need to get their act in the place and early wickets are the need of the hour. The good form of Hardik Pandya would be brought a sigh of Relief for Kohli and the team management.
For NewZealand, these are happy times. They came in as the complete underdog and now are 1-0 up. They would like for the momentum to continue and would like to seal the series with a win in Pune. Their batting and bowling both looked good.
The bowlers kept the Indian batsmen in check and the batsmen scored freely against the Indian bowlers. Their only concern may well be the 5th bowler and the opening pair. They would like to bring in Ish Sodhi to exploit the Pune pitch better. But the thought of tinkering with the winning combination is also not a good option.
India vs New Zealand 3rd ODI Match Prediction
For the match in Kanpur, India is favourites. One-off match can’t hide the vast difference between the two teams and especially after defeating BlackCaps in the 2nd ODI. My pick is that India wins the series in Kanpur.