New Zealand bat, play three spinners, Latham stresses on subtle adjustments

India had an optional training session, with Mandeep and Pandey taking first strike against Kulkarni, Pandya and Jayant. Going by the practice session, it would seem Jayant, Kulkarni and Mandeep stand a chance to play, but the proceedings in the nets aren’t always a reliable indicator.

India (probable): 1 Rohit Sharma, 2 Ajinkya Rahane/Mandeep Singh, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Manish Pandey, 5 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 6 Kedar Jadhav, 7 Hardik Pandya, 8 Axar Patel/Jayant Yadav, 9 Amit Mishra, 10 Umesh Yadav/Dhawal Kulkarni, 11 Jasprit Bumrah

BJ Watling had a long hit towards the end of New Zealand’s training. If they play him instead of Ronchi, there might be a case for slotting him at No. 5 and Anderson at No. 6, with the latter’s brief narrowed down to attacking the bowling from the start.

New Zealand (probable): 1 Martin Guptill, 2 Tom Latham, 3 Kane Williamson (capt), 4 Ross Taylor, 5 BJ Watling/Luke Ronchi (wk), 6 Corey Anderson, 7 James Neesham/Anton Devcich, 8 Mitchell Santner, 9 Tim Southee, 10 Trent Boult, 11 Matt Henry

Pitch and conditions

New Zealand opener Tom Latham insisted the Ranchi pitch was different from the one in Mohali. He said it was bare and devoid of grass. This could mean it might offer some turn.

Stats and trivia

  • Tom Latham has scored fifties in five of the six international matches (three Tests and three ODIs) he has played on this tour. It’s the most by any batsman on either side
  • New Zealand have added 50-plus runs for the ninth wicket three times in eight ODI innings in 2016. Two of those partnerships have come in this series
  • Kohli’s last two ODI innings in Ranchi have been match-winning efforts in chases. He scored 139* against Sri Lanka in November 2014 and 77* versus England in January 2013

Quotes

“We had a good debrief after the game [in Mohali]. There are a few areas we want to work on. Every game is important, but this one probably is a little more important to keep the series alive.”
New Zealand fast bowler Matt Henry highlights the importance of the fourth ODI

“In the past I have tried to play out of my skin, getting overexcited, but I’ve realised if I can time the ball, and hit the gaps and run hard, I can still get runs. I know teams want to get me out immediately, so I take my time, go with the flow and then attack at the end.”
Virat Kohli on succeeding by playing percentage cricket

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