New Zealand vs India – 1st One-Day International Preview & Prediction

AT A GLANCE

When is New Zealand vs India taking place? Wednesday, 23th January, 02:00

Where New Zealand vs India taking place? Napier

What is the expected weather for New Zealand vs India? 24-26c with sunshine forecast and no rain

What channel is New Zealand vs India on? The match will be shown live on Sky Sports Cricket

Where can I stream New Zealand vs India? New Zealand vs India will be streamed live on Sky Go

Are tickets still available for New Zealand vs India? https://premier.ticketek.co.nz/shows/show.aspx?sh=EWBR0000018TP

LAST MEETING
India beat New Zealand by 4 wickets

THE TEAM NEWS

NEW ZEALAND

Captain: Kane Williamson

  • New Zealand are coming off a 3-0 whitewash in the ODI series against Sri Lanka so they come into this series with India with good confidence against the team which is one place above them in the ICC ODI Rankings in second place.
  • They have recalled all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme, wicket-keeper batsman Tom Latham and spinner Mitchell Santner to their squad with the first two being rested for the Sri Lanka series and Santner comes back into the fold after almost a year out with a knee injury.
  • De Grandhomme will be motivated to perform after all-rounders Bracewell, Neesham and Kuggeleijn all did well against Sri Lanka and pushed their claims ahead of the World Cup later this year.

INDIA

Captain: Virat Kohli

  • India fought back from one down in the three-match ODI series with Australia to win the remaining two matches and pick up a superb series win that will give them big confidence coming into this clash with New Zealand.
  • After heroic performances by both Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, it was time for MS Dhoni to be the matchwinner in the third and final ODI, and his form in particular with the bat was sensational as the top order continued to produce the goods without relying on their questionable lower order.
  • Yuzvindra Chahal will surely keep his place in the team after taking six wickets as he replaced Kuldeep Yadav in that final match with Australia, and there is every chance they name an unchanged line-up for this opening match in Napier.

THE PREDICTION

This series has all the hallmarks of a classic with both teams in fine form right now and among the best one-day teams in the world. New Zealand will want to put a marker down at home and continue their fine form, although this will be a major step in class for them after easing to victory over Sri Lanka. India have had to play somewhere close to their best and that will have sharpened them up for this series. With the pitch likely to suit batsmen, this could be a shootout, and India will fancy their chances with their bowling attack just giving them the edge.