Toss New Zealand chose to bowl vs India
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson chose to bowl in Auckland’s first ODI. On a return field with unique, short boundaries, the hosts went in with four team players: Tim Southee, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson and Adam Milne. It was a slightly different balance for New Zealand with James Neesham having a minus.
“Every game is an opportunity to build the side,” Williamson said at the coin toss, as the teams begin their build-up for the 2023 ODI World Cup, which is less than 12 months away.
“I would have liked to bowl first as the wicket is a bit sticky,” said India’s substitute Shikhar Dhawan, “but no problems batting first.”
The series is part of the World Cup Super League. While India has automatically qualified for the World Cup as the hosts, New Zealand is doing well with 11 wins from 15 games.
New Zealand: 1 Finn Allen, 2 Devon Conway, 3 Kane Williamson (capt), 4 Tom Latham (wk), 5 Daryl Mitchell, 6 Glenn Phillips, 7 Mitchell Santner, 8 Tim Southee, 9 Matt Henry, 10 Adam Milne, 11 Lockie Ferguson
India: 1 Shikhar Dhawan (capt), 2 Shubman Gill, 3 Shreyas Iyer, 4 Suryakumar Yadav, 5 Rishabh Pant (wk), 6 Sanju Samson, 7 Washington Sundar, 8 Shardul Thakur, 9 Arshdeep Singh, 10 Umran Malik, 11 Yuzvendra Chahal