The India vs New Zealand 1st ODI match of the 3-match series will be played at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on January 18. Both teams are entering this ODI series having won their previous assignments. India defeated Sri Lanka 3-0 in the home ODI series while New Zealand is coming after defeating Pakistan 2-1 in their backyard.
The 3-match ODI series between India and New Zealand is expected to be a cracker even though the Kiwis are without some of their top players. If India wins the series, it will help them go up in the ICC ODI team’s ranking table. A series victory for the Kiwis will see them solidify their spot at the top of the rankings.
India vs New Zealand 1st ODI: Expected Pitch Condition in Hyderabad
The venue for the 1st ODI to be played between India and New Zealand is Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad. Traditionally, the pitch offers little to no help to the bowlers and is generally considered a batting paradise. We can expect a lot of variation from the bowlers to contain the batters on this pitch. On average, teams batting first score 277 on this ground while teams chasing have an average score of 250.
In the last 6 ODIs, teams batting first have won 3 matches while the remaining matches have been won by teams chasing. Dew is expected in the late evening so the captain winning the toss might opt to chase in the first ODI.
India vs New Zealand Full ODI Squads
India: Rohit Sharma (C), Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, KS Bharat (wk), Hardik Pandya (VC), Washington Sundar, Shahbaz Ahmed, Shardul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohd. Shami, Mohd. Siraj, Umran Malik
New Zealand: Tom Latham (c), Finn Allen, Doug Bracewell, Michael Bracewell, Mark Chapman, Devon Conway, Jacob Duffy, Lockie Ferguson, Daryl Mitchell, Henry Nicholls, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Henry Shipley, Ish Sodhi, Blair Tickner
India vs New Zealand 1st ODI: Expected Playing 11
India: Rohit Sharma (C), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya (VC), Washington Sundar, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammad Shami, Mohammad Siraj, Umran Malik
New Zealand: Tom Latham (c), Finn Allen, Doug Bracewell, Michael Bracewell, Devon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Daryl Mitchell, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Blair Tickner
India vs New Zealand 1st ODI: Dream 11 and Fantasy Team
Rohit Sharma (Bat), Virat Kohli (Bat & Capt), Shreyas Iyer (Bat), Tom Latham (Wk), Fin Allen (Bat), Devon Conway (Bat), Michael Bracewell (All), Ish Sodhi (Bowl), Mohammad Siraj (Bowl), Kuldeep Yadav (Bowl), Blair Tickner (Bowl).