Team 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 pic.twitter.com/PX2BKHYnIWBCCI (@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.
England 1 Slovenia 0: Late Kane goal sends Three Lions to World Cup Jamie Smith Last updated 2 years ago 04:46 10/6/17 Getty Images England are through to the 2018 World Cup finals after a 1-0 win against Slovenia at Wembley on Thursday, Harry Kane scoring late on. Harry Kane’s injury-time goal guaranteed England’s place at the 2018 World Cup, the Tottenham striker earning a 1-0 home win against Slovenia on Thursday.Gareth Southgate’s side were already virtually assured of their place in Russia due to a five-point cushion and made certain of their progress thanks to Kane’s late impact.The in-form striker had been quiet throughout a listless Three Lions performance but nudged home Kyle Walker’s low cross to break the deadlock in the third minute of added time. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. In a largely turgid affair, England missed the suspended Dele Alli and the injured Jamie Vardy’s ability to move defenders around, with Slovenia happy to sit deep and soak up pressure.Slovenia held England to a 0-0 draw at home earlier in the group and they appeared set to do so again with few problems, Jan Oblak making relatively straightforward saves from Kane, Jordan Henderson and the lively Marcus Rashford.But there was nothing Oblak could do about Kane’s late winner, the cross from former Spurs team-mate Walker perfect for him to tap in his 14th goal of the season for club and country.There it is! The #ThreeLions have qualified for next year’s @FIFAWorldCup :+1: pic.twitter.com/SZL7QvI1WO — England (@England) October 5, 2017 Although England started reasonably well, they were perhaps lucky not to concede a penalty after nine minutes when goalkeeper Joe Hart appeared to catch Josip Ilicic near the byline.Kane scored 13 goals for club and country in September and had been given the captain’s armband by Southgate, but his first effort was easily dealt with by Oblak, before Andraz Sporar fired at Hart at the other end.Oblak was stretched for the first time after 25 minutes, the Atletico Madrid goalkeeper tipping Henderson’s low curler around his left-hand post after England cleverly worked a short free-kick.England had the ball in the net shortly before half-time thanks to Kane’s header, but Raheem Sterling was penalised for a foul and the goal was disallowed by referee Felix Zwayer.The ponderous play from the hosts did not improve after the interval, with sloppy passes regularly giving away possession, although Slovenia offered nothing on the ball themselves.When England did break threateningly after 61 minutes, Rashford’s decision to cutely chip Oblak was the wrong choice and Rajko Rotman had time to get back and clear, Bostjan Cesar then making a fine block to deny Sterling.Southgate’s men had scored late goals throughout the campaign and although there appeared little sign of one coming, they struck in stoppage-time.Oblak threw the ball to Walker in his haste to launch a counter-attack and the Manchester City full-back broke at speed, putting a fine centre on a plate for Kane to tuck in from close range.England will wrap up their campaign in Vilnius against Lithuania on Sunday, while Slovenia host a resurgent Scotland in the battle for second place. read more