New Zealand v India 5th ODI Tips, Predictions and Preview - Blacks Caps bid to repeat win

Henry Nicholls

It took three comprehensive losses and a series defeat for New Zealand to turn up against India, and the 5th and final ODI takes place at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington on Sunday.

A swinging pitch in Hamilton brought the best out of Trent Boult, as the Kiwis ran riot against a changed Indian XI. 

The Kiwis will look to continue their form and make it a respectable 3-2, building confidence in the ODI World Cup year. India will hope to brush the loss aside as a one-off day and get back to winning ways.

New Zealand


To go with Boult’s match-winning spell, New Zealand had a new-look opening pair in Hamilton. Henry Nicholls is set to continue in his new avatar, as the Kiwis pray for Martin Guptill (47 runs, SR 106.81) to get back to form.

The pitch and conditions will once again be at the forefront of things, as Boult (nine wickets, ER 3.91) looks to lead the attack once again. Interestingly, before that five-wicket haul in the third match, the Kiwis looked down and out with their bowling attack.

India


India missed the presence of their regular captain Virat Kohli, although it was the swinging ball that determined their fortunes. Stand-in captain Rohit Sharma (167 runs, SR 75.90) will look to revive the fortunes of his side, ahead of the upcoming T20I series.

Mohammed Shami (seven wickets, ER 4.90) was missed at the top in the third ODI, while it is the spinners Kuldeep Yadav (eight) and Yuzvendra Chahal (six) leading the tally for the visitors. Even in the loss in Hamilton, the silver lining for India was the improved form of Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

Match Up


There won’t be any doubt that the pitch will be in question, but the Kiwis will want their batsmen to pick up some runs. A low-scoring match wouldn’t meet their needs, as they look to get their top-order back in order in the World Cup year.

For India, the usual questions remain unanswered – number four position, middle-order batsmen performance and the role of Ambati Rayudu.

History & Statistics


  • New Zealand have lost their last three ODIs at this venue, but have won 16 of their 28 ODIs overall.
  • New Zealand have won their last ODI against India in Wellington in 2014.
  • India have won 17 of their last 23 bilateral ODIs away from home (W17, L6).
  • India have won 13 of their last 18 ODIs played in South Africa, England, New Zealand and Australia.
  • India have won seven of their last eight ODIs under Rohit Sharma’s captaincy.

Key Players


Nicholls looked solid at the top of the order, much better than what Munro had to offer this series. He could do with another good knock as an opener.

A lot of debate around the Indian team revolves around the spot of Rayudu. His presence in the playing XI could be determined by how well he gets his act together.

Prediction


India will look to settle their middle-order concerns with another run for Shubman Gill and a possible return for MS Dhoni. New Zealand have concerns of their own at the top of the order, but the confidence booster from Hamilton could just boost their chances.

Tips


Back India to have the highest opening partnership @ $1.80 (Neds).

Back Nicholls to score a 50 @ $3.75 (Ladbrokes).

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