New Zealand vs India, 4th ODI: Preview and predicted playing XI


India, who have already secured the ongoing five-match series against New Zealand, will aim to continue their winning momentum when they take on the hosts in the fourth ODI at the Seddon Park, Hamilton on Thursday.

Not since Queen teamed up with David Bowie has the New Zealand public heard so much about the adversity that comes from being under pressure. "For the New Zealand series, we are looking at him as the reserve opener behind Shikhar (Dhawan) and Rohit (Sharma)", Prasad said. Mohammed Shami has been a revelation as he has grabbed the second bowler spot with both hands and is really coming good for India before the World Cup. Billed as one for the future, many experts have found a striking similarity in the 19-year-old Gill's strokes with the ones that Kohli plays effortlessly. Rohit Sharma will lead the team in his absence. After facing a suspension from the team management, Hardik Pandya returned to cricket picking up two wickets and also took a stunning catch at midwicket. Dinesh Karthik might have to sit out and make way for MS Dhoni. "It's quite an experienced unit and if you see the top six players, they have all been there from 2013 Champions Trophy (in England)", said a visibly satisfied Sridhar. Both of them are likely to play in the playing XI.

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The experience and performance of the bowling unit are two things in the team's set-up that have made a huge difference, suggests the fielding coach. The addition of Jimmy Neesham would strengthen their batting. Jimmy Neesham and Todd Astle are back in place of Ish Sodhi and Doug Bracewell.

Probable XI: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wk), Henry Nicholls, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee/Todd Astle, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult. In a parallel world, the match today would have invited doughballs for eyes after India gained an unassailable 3-0 lead, but look at us today: we're on our couch, cuddling in that reject blanket in the living room and swiping away at the Cricbuzz app just as our family hates us for choosing cricket over morning jog yet another day.