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5th ODI Preview: After A Humiliating Loss, Team India Look To End Tour On High

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| February 2 , 2019 , 14:32 IST

Rohit Sharma led-team India will aim to showcase a dominant performance to end the New Zealand tour on high when they face New Zealand in the final ODI on Sunday.

After registering big victories in the first three ODI matches, the Men in blue were high on confidence but the fourth ODI was just like a "reality check" for them.

India's performance was so dominant in the first three ODI's against New Zealand under skipper Kohli that people were expecting a "White-wash" but the Indian batting line-up was up for a rude shock in the 4th ODI. The visitors, who appeared invincibles so far in the series, were humiliated as they were bowled out for 92.

Going into the final ODI, the stand-in captain Rohit Sharma will feel he has a point to prove. So will the remainder of the time.

With questions being raised whether the current Indian side is not as good without Kohli and Dhoni, the visitors would hope to pull off another win to end the series on a high, and silence the critics.

The focus, once again, will be on the middle-order. In Kohli’s absence, Shubman Gill is likely to come out to bat at No. 3, even though he failed to get the meter running on debut.

The pressure will be on Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, and Ambati Rayudu, who has not been among runs in the past as the trio scored just one run among themselves in Hamilton.

MS Dhoni is fit to return for the final ODI, which means, either Karthik or Rayudu will be kept out. With Jadhav having the ability to bowl a few quick overs, India would not look to bench him.

Hardik Pandya, too, failed to turn the heat with the bat, But the allrounder brings a balance to the troubled middle-order and also has the ability to pick up wickets with the ball.

In the bowling department, India might once again look to give another test to Khaleel Ahmed, who was seen practising in the nets on Saturday along with the bowling coach Bharat Arun.

Surprisingly, Mohammed Siraj was also seen practising at the nets, indicating India might look to rest Bhuvneshwar Kumar as well to give Siraj a go at the Kiwis.

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Talking about New Zealand, Kane Williamson along with Ross Taylor will look to take the charge against the bowlers.

Martin Guptill is likely to miss the final ODI due to an injury suffered in the training, but it would mean a return for Colin Munro.

Henry Nicholls, who was tested at the opening position, scored unbeaten 30, proving he could do the job if sent in front.

In terms of bowling, the Kiwis posses one of the most attacking pace attacks with Trent Boult and Colin de Grandhomme. The duo is well known for their ability to get early breakthroughs and in death overs.