India eye to seal series on Dhoni's homecoming

India vs New Zealand , 4th ODI , Ranchi
India’s 7 wicket win over New Zealand at Mohali has given India a 2-1 lead ahead of 4th ODI at Jharkhand State Cricket Association Stadium,Ranchi . Now India eye a win here to seal the series at Dhoni’s hometown.

Pitch & conditions

Historically Ranchi pitch assists spin bowling but ball comes on to the bat nicely once you get set.Once a player get’s set under these conditions it is an easy ground to score runs with short boundaries.

Scoring Pattern
Only 3 One day International’s have been played at JSCA Stadium,Ranchi. Score in first inning have been (most recent first) : 286-295-155 . Which is an average of 245.

Toss bias

India have won 6/6 toss in this series. There have been jokes around about they using coin from movie Sholay or they have some trick. Whatever it is New Zealand need to find a way to win toss . 3 matches have been played at JSCA Stadium,Ranchi 2 have been won by side chasing and one ended up as no result.With the limited information we have it is clear that ground favors team chasing.

Recent records
(last five completed matches, most recent first)

India W L W W W
New Zealand L W L W L

Home Record
India have played 3 ODI’s at JSCA Stadium,Ranchi.
Won : 2
Lost : 0
No result : 1

Watch out for
MS Dhoni he may have surprised many by coming up the order at Mohali but he has expressed his freedom of rotating strike when he bat’s at no.4 and has made it clear that he will bat at no.4 at least for this series.With Dhoni coming at no.4 a big score from him at his home ground is always on the cards.

Martin Guptill he has had a quiet series with the bat till now. He has got starts but has not been able to convert those into big one’s. New Zealand want’s him to fire at Ranchi to level the series and take it to the finals. If Martin Guptill gets going he can take New Zealand to victory single handed.

Team news
BCCI has announced that there are no changes into the squad for 4 & 5 ODI and Suresh Raina ruled out due to viral fever,which means India are likely to stick with the same playing XI as Dhoni has always been doing, sticking with the winning combination.
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 & Jimmy Neesham had a good game at Mohali. Conditions in Ranchi are slightly different with pitch assisting spinners they may want to bring in Ish Sodhi at expense of any of the pacers.Their top 8 looks totally balanced and looks better than any other team in the World on paper.

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

Stats & trivia
Dhoni becomes first to score 9000+ runs at an average of 50+ .
Dhoni goes past Sachin Tendulkar’s record for most sixes by Indian in ODI’s
Virat Kohli has score 216 runs in 2 innings at JSCA and is yet to be dismissed once.
Kedar Jadhaw had 1 wicket in his 86 list A matches he played before this series now he has 6 International wickets on his name.


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