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The conch was blown at the Green Park in Kanpur as the Indian squad made their way out to the middle on the eve of the third and Cricket Betting Tips Free final One-Day International on Saturday (October 28) with an audience comprising, largely of policemen, who were supposed to be on duty. But like in any other part of the country, a close glimpse of their cricketing heroes trumped all else as Kanpur braced itself to host its first day-night ODI.
It has been an unfamiliar script for India who have had little trouble in brushing opponents aside lately. Sri Lanka were beaten in their own backyard rather convincingly, as were a touring Australia, who offered little resistance. New Zealand, though, were quick to pay heed to their captain's call of adaptation,Cricket Betting Tips and rather quickly at that, to alter the course of the series to force it to a decider. That, with a chance of creating history.
New Zealand have never beaten India in a bilateral ODI series in India. They had come close last year, where once again the last game of the five-match series in Vishakhapatnam would determine the winner. But in quite the anti-climatic finish, Cricket Match Betting Tips the visitors folded abjectly for a mere 79 as India handed them a 190-run thumping.
It could be a similar end to the series, but rest assured it won't be without a fight from the visitors who engaged in pre-match preparations under the morning sun, Cricket Betting Tips Free while India chose the afternoon one. Kanpur's wicket does not traditionally offer pace or bounce as a result of the soil found in this part of the country. Yet, given the climatic conditions that differ vastly from Pune or Mumbai, and the winter chill just setting in, the pacers might be able to extract some swing early on.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar's variations in Pune were instrumental in him pegging New Zealand back. He couldn't extract swing off the surface, so he channelled his efforts towards hitting the good areas and he finished with a Man of the Match performance in India's six-wicket win. Cricket Match Betting Tips Free The conditions in Kanpur will assist swing, which could be a plus not just for Bhuvneshwar, but also the New Zealand opening pair of Tim Southee and Trent Boult. It could just as well come down to who starts better that dictates the fortune of the match.
In the last ODI that was played here in 2015, Kanpur saw two of its highest one-day totals scaled on the same day where South Africa just about managed to pull off a five-run win after setting India 304. AB de Villiers's unbeaten 104 was trumped by Rohit Sharma's 150, but it wasn't enough to take India over the line. It was a slow surface even then, Free Cricket Betting Tips but adaptability was key - something which New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson had spoken of prior to the start of the three-match series.
It has been a check in the box for New Zealand on that front, who have done most things right; even coming out on top in some severe conditions in Mumbai. Cbtf Cricket It was their inability to start off well with the bat that cost them the game in Pune as their pacers didn't have enough to defend.
Come Sunday, though, it's not a new challenge for New Zealand having been in a similar situation before. But it is a chance for them to change the outcome of that challenge and give the 39,255-capacity stadium a game to remember. As for India, another series, and another chance to finish on a high to maintain their stellar home run.Cbtf
When: India vs New Zealand, 3rd ODI, October 29, 13:30 IST, 08:00 GMT
Where: Green Park, Kanpur
What to expect: Another sunny day in Kanpur is on the cards. The pleasant conditions in the city could be a relief for the teams. There were negligible amounts of green on the wicket that is touted to be played on tomorrow. Dew will be another factor that will come into play which could determine what teams choose to do at the toss.
India are not expected to make any changes to their line-up, including retaining Dinesh Karthik at No.4. Karthik scored his highest score against New Zealand after a crafty knock of an unbeaten 64 should see him retain that spot, for now.
New Zealand would be tempted to bring in legspinner Sodhi into their eleven, who spent a while bowling in the nets. The absence of green on the wicket too could be tempting, replacing Adam Milne. However, like Tim Southee said, the conditions and wicket will determine how they go about the series finale.
Did you know?
This is the first day-night ODI at Green Park in Kanpur which has previously hosted 14 ODIs. India has won seven out of their last nine matches at this venue.
Virat Kohli needs 35 more runs to better his tally of 1381 runs in 2011 - the most by him in a year in ODI cricket.
Kane Williamson averages 30.36 from 12 innings in ODIs in India and has gone past 50 only once.
Jasprit Bumrah needs one more wicket to become the second fastest Indian bowler to take 50 ODI wickets after Ajit Agarkar (23 ODIs).
What they said:
"Training today was nice; Match Winner Tips it wasn't too hot. We know that coming to India, the heat is always a challenge. What we experienced in Mumbai was something some of the players never experienced before...the humidity and the amount of fluids lost. Pune was relatively nice. Different again here. I guess we'll have to see what the surface offers tomorrow and try and adapt as quick as possible." - Tim Southee
"Captain and coach will decide what to do in the team meeting and form the strategy accordingly. The conditions will be cold here,Cricket Betting Tips Free a bit different (to Mumbai and Pune). Yes, the ball will swing in these conditions but only after seeing the pitch will we decide what to do." - Bhuvneshwar Kumar
India (From): Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, MS Dhoni(w), Kedar Jadhav, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Manish Pandey, Ajinkya Rahane
New Zealand (From): Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham(w), Henry Nicholls, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Adam Milne, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Tom Bruce, Ish Sodhi, George Worker, Glenn Phillips, Matt Henry