Team India sweats it out in Wellington ahead of 5th ODI against New Zealand

first_imgTeam India stand-in captain Rohit Sharma and all-rounder Hardik Pandya were among the players who hit the nets at the Wellington cricket stadium on Saturday, ahead of the fifth and final one-day international against New Zealand.The final match is also going to be a dead rubber as India had already won the five-match series 3-0 after outplaying New Zealand by eight wickets in the first match, by 90 runs in the second and by seven wickets in the third.Young fast bowlers Khaleel Ahmed and Mohammed Siraj were also seen at the nets having a conversation with bowling coach Bharat Arun while Vijay Shankar and Shubman Gill enjoyed fielding drills and took some sharp catches as well.All set for the 5th and final ODIWhat’s your prediction for tomorrow’s game?#NZvIND (@BCCI) February 2, 2019Rohit’s team will be looking to right the wrong in the final match and end the series on a high after a disappointing performance in the last game in Hamilton.New Zealand finally found conditions to its liking in the fourth game at Seddon Park where the hot conditions made the ball swing, and in the absence of Virat Kohli, who was rested, and MS Dhoni, who has a hamstring strain, bowled out India for 92 in 30.5 overs with Trent Boult picking up 5 wickets for 21 runs.The Blackcaps then reached 93 for 2 in only 14.4 overs, concluding the match before the scheduled dinner break.The hosts meanwhile, suffered a blow on Saturday as opener Martin Guptill suffered a lower back injury while fielding and remains doubtful for the final match.advertisementNew Zealand cricket team revealed the news on its Twitter handle and also announced that Colin Munro will come back into the squad.”Martin Guptill is in doubt for tomorrow’s fifth ODI against India after aggravating his lower back while fielding this afternoon. He’s been assessed by team physio Vijay Vallabh and will be reassessed tomorrow morning. Colin Munro will rejoin the ODI squad tomorrow morning,” the Blackcaps posted on Twitter.Guptill has been woefully out of form in this series having scored just 47 runs in the four matches so far at an average of 11.75 with 15 being his highest score.Munro has fared even worse with 46 runs in three ODIs at 15.33. As a result, he was dropped from the team for the fourth ODI.Henry Nicholls was promoted to the opener’s position in Munro’s absence and he made an unbeaten 30 off 42 balls in Hamilton.But with Guptill doubtful for the final match, Munro is most likely to come back in the side and open the innings along with Nicholls.last_img

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