The fifth and the final ODI of the series between India and New Zealand will be played at Chennai. India has won all the four games that they have played so far and will look to make it five in a row. A thoroughly demoralised Kiwi side will now have to ensure that they come back strongly to finish with at least one win on the tour.
The Bangalore game would have been heart-breaking for the Kiwis. They had scored a 315/7 in 50 overs, a very difficult total to chase and the Indians on the mat thanks to an early four wickets. The rescue act came from Yusuf Pathan and his blitzkrieg of a century propped the Indians up.
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It is very evident that the New Zealand side would be heart-broken after the loss. It is 12 ODIs since they last won a game and it couldn’t have been set up better for them in the Bangalore ODI. Unfortunately for them, they will need to reconvene their resources and try and get something under their belt. Obviously, some complacency from the cock-a-hoop Indian side won’t do much harm to the side.
India v New Zealand, 5th ODI at Chennai Timings:
The game will be a day-night game and will begin from 2.30 pm IST or 0900 hours GMT.
While the M Chidambaram stadium in Chennai – also called the Chepauk – has been one of the better grounds in India, the one main source of worry for the teams playing here has always been the rains. According to weather experts, rain will play a part in the game but it remains to be seen whether the game will get underway.
Rather surprisingly no ODI has been played here since 2007 when the last two games were matches between Asia XI and Africa XI – which were accorded the status of ODI for unfathomable reasons. Off the three games played here before these two, India lost one and the other two were abandoned.
It does not look like either team will want to change the teams but that will be for different reasons.
India will want to allow the players like Yusuf Pathan and Saurabh Tiwary more chances down the order to stake a claim for the World Cup squad while New Zealand will know that given they could win the game and that India got out of the jail, it will not do them well to change things around.
Parthiv Patel did good job opening for the side in his first game in six years, while Rohit Sharma also had a good comeback. Unfortunately for him, his problems with concentration failed him again as he was dismissed in his 40s.
It was the bowling which could have been some kind of a concern for the side given that it was the first time in the series that the Indian bowling was attacked and they wilted. One of Zaheer Khan or Ashish Nehra may be afforded a break and Vinay Kumar may come into the side.
For New Zealand, it was a good show for almost 90% of the game before a freak of an innings took the game away. They will want to allow another chance to the players, though, Jamie How needs to start proving his worth to the team soon.