Both teams eye 2-1 lead at Mohali

Preview by : Himanshu Chandnani
India vs New Zealand , 3rd ODI , Mohali
New Zealand’s six-run win over India at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Thursday has set the five-match series up nicely heading into Sunday’s third ODI in Mohali.

Pitch & Conditions

Historically Mohali pitch has been a very good one for the batsmen after the first 10 overs with the new ball swinging a bit. It is one of those pitch where you can trust the bounce and hit through the line.Weather is going to be hot and sunny with no chances of any rain interruptions


Scoring pattern
6 matches have been played at Mohali since 2011 WC score in first innings has been (most recent first) : 303-257-298-260-275-351 . Which is an average of 291.


Toss bias
Winning a toss is very crucial as it gives  captain a chance to assist conditions and take full advantage of the conditions with dew around most of the captains like to chase first.
There is no toss bias at Mohali as the most recently concluded IPL which was clearly dominated by the side chasing ended up winning games, had 3 games played at Mohali which were won by side batting first and last 3/3 ODI’s have been won by side chasing so there is no conclusion to this.The team who play’s better ends up winning games at Mohali.


Recent records

India L W W W W (last five completed matches, most recent first)
New Zealand W L W L W


Home record
India have played 13 ODI’s at Mohali.
Won : 8
Lost : 5


Watch out for
Jasprit Bumrah young 22 year old pacer from Ahmadabad known for his unorthodox bowling action has already made a mark in International cricket with his brilliant death bowling abilities which were on show in previous ODI at Kotla. He has taken 14 wickets from 6 ODI’s played at an economy of 3.36 runs per over. India needs him to fire at Mohali to make a comeback in the 5 match ODI series.

Trent Boult after being rested for first ODI at Dharamsala he made a match winning comeback at Kotla with figures of 25 for 2 in 10 overs that he bowled and picked up a crucial wicket of Hardik Pandya when India was cruising towards victory with 11 required of 9 deliveries. Boult is an asset to New Zealand cricket and can shaken up any batting line up on his day.


Team news
Suresh Raina who was about to make a comeback in ODI cricket has been ruled out of 3rd ODI as well as he is recovering from viral fever which means India will go in with the same team and Kedar Jadhaw will get another game for sure who has been brilliant in the first two games with both bat and ball.

Probable XI : 1 Rohit Sharma, 2 Ajinkya Rahane, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Manish Pandey, 5 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 6 Kedar Jadhaw, 7 Hardik Pandya, 8 Axar Patel, 9 Amit Mishra, 10 Jasprit Bumrah, 11 Umesh Yadav

New Zealand
Ross Taylor struggling for form is biggest concern for New Zealand team with first ball duck at Dharamsala and 42 ball 21 at Kotla New Zealand may replace him for Watling or Neesham who was dropped for Anton Devcich in previous game rest whole team is well balanced.

Probable XI : 1 Martin Guptill, 2 Tom Latham, 3 Kane Williamson, 4 Ross Taylor/Ben Watling/Jimmy Neesham , 5 Corey Anderson, 6 Luke Ronchi, 7 Anton Devcich , 8 Mitchell Santner, 9 Tim Southee, 10 Trent Boult, 11 Matt Henry

Stats & trivia
Ms Dhoni needs 22 runs to reach 9000 runs in ODI cricket
Ms Dhoni averages 55.20 with bat at Mohali
Kedar Jadhaw had only 1 List A wicket before start of this series now he has 3 International wickets in his bag.


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