But to bring out some positives from the previous two encounters, India did not win either of their matches easily. New Zealand defeated India by 24 runs and 15 runs in the first and second ODI respectively. Had the Indian batsmen put up a braver face in the second ODI, they could have won the game and levelled the series.
On the bowling front, India Mohammed Shami has been the pick of the bowlers claiming seven wickets in the previous two ODIs, but has not been ably supported by the rest of the Indian bowlers. Ishant Sharma and Bhuvnesh Kumar have only picked up four wickets between them in the series.
With cricket being a team game, one cannot depend on Kohli alone in the batting department and Shami in the bowling department to deliver, for they might also have an off-day. Players such as Rohit Sharma, Dhawan, Ishant Sharma, Raina need to show their class today, for their failure might mean, yet another series loss abroad.
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