The injury-plagued New Zealand punched above its weight to defeat India in the first two ODIs. The series is won by the Kiwis, but as the action moves to Mt. Maunganui, there is still a lot left on the plate. New Zealand will be eyeing a series whitewash, while India will be keen to avoid that and restore some pride. With key players set to return from injuries, your fantasy team selections will need a check.
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Kane Williamson will return to lead the side, after missing the first two matches. Ross Taylor’s stupendous form is reason enough to have him on your side. Martin Guptill and Henry Nicholls have been steady at the top. The duo present good fantasy selections for your side.
Ish Sodhi and Blair Tickner have been added to the Kiwi squad, as they continue to juggle with injuries. As such, selecting someone like Tim Southee or Hamish Bennett is fraught with risk. Go for a safe choice like the all-rounders Colin de Grandhomme or James Neesham.
India have a lot to ponder and change, as the onus is on them to stop the rut. Virat Kohli hasn’t yet fired in the series, but has been kept under leash by the Kiwi seamers. Prithvi Shaw’s quick runs at the top is a temptation to select, but longer stints aren’t his cup of tea.
Shreyas Iyer remains India’s best batsman of the series with a century and a 50+ score. His selection in your side is almost a non-brainer. Ravindra Jadeja has been brilliant in the field, while his batting is always an under-appreciated facet. Among the bowlers, Shardul Thakur looks good to surprise his selectors with wickets once again.
Fantasy Players to Watch
Shreyas Iyer has looked cool in his number four slot for India, scoring runs at ease. He already has a 100 and a 50 to his name, boosting his chances.
Henry Nicholls has made 315 runs in 10 ODI knocks as an opener and his last three scores read: 41, 78 and 55.
Ross Taylor has been exceptional this series, toying with the Indian bowlers at will. He is set to enjoy another outing against his favourite opponents.
New Zealand: 1 MartinGuptill 2 Henry Nicholls 3 Kane Williamson (C) 4 Ross Taylor 5 Tom Latham (WK) 6 Colin de Grandhomme 7 James Neesham 8 Ish Sodhi 9 Kyle Jamieson 10 Scott Kuggleijn 11 Tim Southee
India: 1 Mayank Agarwal 2 Prithvi Shaw 3 Virat Kohli (C) 4 Shreyas Iyer 5 Rishabh Pant (WK) 6 Shivam Dube 7 Ravindra Jadeja 8 Yuzvendra Chahal 9 Mohammed Shami 10 Navdeep Saini 11 Shardul Thakur
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