A typical Kiwi fightback gave New Zealand a four-wicket win over India at Hamilton. It is the hosts who are in the driving seat now, as the action moves to Eden Park in Auckland. The second ODI on Saturday could well be the deciding factor in the series.
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The usual actors flourished for New Zealand in the first match. Ross Taylor, Tom Latham and Martin Guptill enjoyed success with the bat. The bowling unit couldn’t rise to the occasion, but on a tough pitch, it was on expected lines. Colin de Grandhomme didn’t have much to do, but that could change at Auckland.
Henry Nicholls and Ross Taylor remain strong picks for your fantasy side. WIth the boundaries small at Auckland, having hard hitters like James Neesham isn’t a bad option either. With Ish Sodhi out of the squad for this match, add someone like Tim Southee to your side.
The visitors enjoyed another day of top-order batting dominance. Virat Kohli played serenely for his 50, although missing out on 100 is a concern. Maybe he scores one next, so catch him in your side if you can! There were runs for KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer too – and both remain exciting choices for your side.
The Indian bowling unit disappointed, with the exception of Jasprit Bumrah. Even Bumrah had to be satisfied with a wicketless return. Kuldeep Yadav struggled against the sweep of Taylor and Latham – so he might get some rest. India still have a good bench strength with Ravindra Jadeja and Yuzvendra Chahal ready to pounce.
Fantasy Players to Watch
Tom Latham has shown that he can be a good replacement for Kane Williamson as the captain. He will once again look to be among the runs and be a difference for your side.
Shreyas Iyer has been India’s best answer to no. 4 conundrum after a long time. He has the quality and technique to make that position his own.
Ross Taylor remains New Zealand’s best hope to close out the series with a win. He can employ his sweep shot to the optimum and disrupt the spinners.
New Zealand: 1 MartinGuptill 2 Henry Nicholls 3 Tom Blundell 4 Ross Taylor 5 Tom Latham (C & WK) 6 Colin de Grandhomme 7 James Neesham 8 Mitchell Santner 9 Kyle Jamieson 10 Hamish Bennett 11 Tim Southee
India: 1 Mayank Agarwal 2 Prithvi Shaw 3 Virat Kohli (C) 4 Shreyas Iyer 5 KL Rahul (WK) 6 Shivam Dube 7 Ravindra Jadeja 8 Yuzvendra Chahal 9 Mohammed Shami 10 Jasprit Bumrah 11 Shardul Thakur
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