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India vs New Zealand, 3rd ODI weather report: Heavy rain expected at Hagley Oval | Cricket

Trailing 1-0, India will face New Zealand in the third and final ODI on Wednesday, at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch. The visitors go looking for a win and end the series as a draw. The hosts started the series with a seven-wicket win in the first match of the news, chasing a target of 307 runs, thanks to some fine batting from Tom Latham and Kane Williamson. Latham hit an unbeaten run of 145 runs off 104 balls and Williamson hit an unbeaten run of 94 runs off 98 deliveries, taking the hosts to 309 for three in 47.1 overs.

Meanwhile, the second ODI was washed out by rain. The visitors will try to win the third ODI and end this run as a 1-1 draw. The focus will be on the Indian bowlers, who underperformed in the first ODI. Meanwhile, fans will also be hoping for the inclusion of Sanju Samson, who was benched for the second ODI.

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Dhawan and Co. hope for clear weather, otherwise the series will be secured by Williamson and Co. The focus will be on the weather gods, with the MET department predicting heavy rainfall with high humidity levels above 88 percent. Temperatures are expected to drop below 10 degrees Celsius as the race progresses. A minimum of 20 overs must be completed for both sides to officially constitute an ODI match and DLS could play a big part in the result.

“High clouds, then showers develop from noon, possibly heavy. Westerly winds become fresh to the south in the afternoon, strong around Banks Peninsula,” the MET department forecast for Wednesday.

With Indian bowlers underperforming in the first ODI, Dhawan will be hoping for a better display. Meanwhile, Arshdeep Singh also had special praise for fellow debutant Umran Malik. Also, New Zealand has not lost an ODI series at home since January 2019 and hopes to win the upcoming game.


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