India vs. New Zealand: Fifth ODI Preview
India vs. New Zealand: Fifth ODI Preview

After winning the first three matches of the series convincingly, the Indians suffered a horror show with the bat in the fourth game as they were dismissed for only 92 runs in the first innings. Trent Boult was the wrecker-in-chief at Hamilton as he bowled ten consecutive overs and troubled the Indians with his swinging in-swingers and variations in pace.

However, with a drop-in pitch being used for the next game, chances that bowlers will have a huge say in the game is less. With short boundaries and with the pitch likely to have variable bounce, teams should be eyeing for a score above 310 if they bat first. The highest total recorded at the ground is 393 runs, which the Kiwis scored against Windies in the World Cup four years ago.

For India, stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma will be eager to end the ODI tour on a high and inspire his troops to a dominating win, while the home team will want to continue their form from the last game and end with the series reading 2-3.

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Wicket-keeper: Dinesh Karthik (8 credits)

With uncertainty around Dhoni's participation in the match - he missed the last two ODIs due to injury, the safest option for this spot is Karthik, who was dismissed for a duck in the last game. However, the keeper has made it a habit of staying till the very end ever since his comeback into the national team, and ensured he got the job done

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