The Indian team led by Virat Kohli will look to maintain their winning run when they take on hosts New Zealand in the first match of the five-ODI series at the McLean Park in Napier on Wednesday.
India are brimming with confidence after a convincing series win, both in Tests and ODI, against Australia in their own backyard. However, the tourists have won only 10 out of 35 ODIs against the Kiwis in their home turf, which also includes a 0-4 thrashing in 2014.
The Indian team boasts of a strong batting lineup with the likes of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan and an in-form Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Openers Rohit and Dhawan are once again expected to give a fine start looking at their recent form, nothing looks difficult for the duo.
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Also, Kohli, as usual, is in his peak and would once again be the main strength of the Indian batting line-up. The Indian run-machine had scored a century in his previous outing at this venue during their last tour here in 2014.
Coming to New Zealand, Ross Taylor, who recently played a key role in their whitewash of Sri Lanka, will be the man to look out for. Taylor amassed 281 runs against the Lankans, which included couple of fifties and a century in three games.
Henry Nicholls, who smashed an unbeaten 124 in the final affair against the islanders, will try to replicate his show against the No. 2 ranked India.
The New Zealand batting line-up also has some other big guns like Martin Guptill, Colin Munro and skipper Kane Williamson. Kane has been the most consistent performer for the home side while Munro carries the ability to swiftly change gears depending upon the situation.
What time does the 1st ODI between India vs New Zealand start?
1st ODI starts at 7.30AM IST on January 23, Wednesday at the McLean Park is a sports ground in Napier.
What TV channel and live stream is the 1st ODI between India and New Zealand Live Streaming on?
Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD in English commentary and Star Sports 3 and Star Sports 3 HD in Hindi Commentary. Hotstar, JioTV and Airtel TV will live stream India vs New Zealand match.
Where will the 1st ODI between India and New Zealand be played?
The 1st ODI between India and New Zealand will be played at the McLean Park in Napier from 7.30AM IST.
Where can I watch the India vs New Zealand 1st ODI live?
The match will be shown in Star Sports network and can also be streamed on hotstar.com.
Where can I check the online live updates of the India vs New Zealand 1st ODI?
You can follow our ball-by-ball-updates of the match between India vs New Zealand from our live blog on indiatoday.in/sports.
What are the squads for the 1st ODI between India and New Zealand?
India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (Captain), MS Dhoni (wicket-keeper), Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Vijay Shankar, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ambati Rayudu, Shubman Gill, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, K. Khaleel Ahmed
New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (captain), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wicket-keeper), Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson, Henry Nicholls, Doug Bracewell, Matt Henry.