The final match of the India-New Zealand ODI series will take place at the Holkar Stadium in Indore on Tuesday, January 24th. With the series already sealed, the Indian team will aim to secure a whitewash victory over the Kiwis. This would mark their second straight ODI series whitewash this month, having previously defeated Sri Lanka 3-0.
The Indian team management may also consider making changes to their lineup, giving some of their bench players a chance to gain experience ahead of the 50-over World Cup later this year.
On the other hand, the New Zealand team has shown flashes of their potential throughout the series, but have come up short in crucial moments. They will be looking to improve their bowling performance, with senior bowlers Mitchell Santner and Lockie Ferguson leading the charge. Both teams will be looking to carry momentum into the T20I series that follows.
The Holkar Stadium is known for its batting-friendly pitch, and it is expected that the same will be the case for this match. Historically, the average first-innings score on this wicket is 314 runs in its last three ODIs, while the success rate for chasing teams is 40%. Spinners may be particularly useful during the mid-overs, while fast bowlers may receive some assistance during the latter half of the game.
The probable playing XI for the New Zealand team includes Finn Allen, Devon Conway, Henry Nicholls, Daryl Mitchell, Tom Latham, Michael Bracewell, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Henry Shipley/Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson and Blair Tickner.
For India, the probable playing XI includes Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Siraj, Arshdeep Singh and Kuldeep Yadav.
With both teams looking to put on a strong performance, it promises to be an exciting match.