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

THE FACTS

When is New Zealand vs India taking place? Wednesday 5th February, 2020 – 02:00 (UK)

Where is New Zealand vs India taking place? Seddon Park, Hamilton

What is the expected weather for New Zealand vs India? 23c in mostly sunny skies

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

Where can I stream New Zealand vs India? The match can be streamed live using the SkyGo app

Where can I get tickets for New Zealand vs India? Ticket details for this match can be found here!

LAST MEETING
New Zealand beat India by 18 runs

THE TEAM NEWS

NEW ZEALAND

  • New Zealand have it all to do in the 50-over format of the game as they bid to overcome a 5-0 series whitewash against India in their T20 series but the Indians will prove a difficult proposition.
  • The Blackcaps were dominated on the whole but did show some glimpses of what they are capable of during the T20 series, although there will be a lot of pressure on Tim Southee to lead the bowling attack with Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson and Matt Henry all out as Scott Kuggeleijn, Hamish Bennett and Kyle Jamieson are named in their place.
  • Jamieson will be hoping to make his debut during this series but the Blackcaps will only have Ish Sodhi available for this first match before being released to feature for New Zealand A in their second first-class match against India A .

INDIA

  • India were superb during the T20 series with New Zealand and will be delighted with the 5-0 scoreline during those matches after they came out on top despite opting to rotate their side in the latter part of the series.
  • The Indians have suffered a huge blow ahead of this series after Rohit Sharma suffered a calf injury during the fifth and final T20 match and it is sufficient enough to end his tour with the Test series also out of the question following that injury.
  • Sharma joins Shikhar Dhawan on the sidelines with India now missing two of their key players with Mayank Agarwal named as Sharma’s replacement for the ODI series and he will hope make his debut in this contest.

THE PREDICTION

New Zealand will rely on the majority of the players that featured in the T20 series whitewash against India as they come up against the same opposition in the 50-over format of the game. The World Cup runners-up will be playing their first ODI since their defeat in that final to England last year but this looks like a tough ask for them. They have some big injury problems to deal with and despite India also missing a few key players, they look better equipped to handle those problems as they showed during the T20 series and they should be able to continue where they left off in the first ODI.

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