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Martin Guptill drills down the ground
Martin Guptill drills down the ground

03 February, 2019

The ICC 2019 World Cup is exactly 116 days away.

After the award ceremony, the Indian cricket team could be heard screaming and asking one question - "How's the josh?"

Team India did have an empathic win over New Zealand as they defeated them by 35 runs in the fifth and final one day global. New Zealand have now lost each of their last four ODIs at Westpac Stadium, Wellington.

Good recovery from India to get to a respectable 252 after being 18/4. Four down, we needed someone to apply, and Rayudu and Vijay Shankar did that. Hardik once again showed what an asset he is, by some incredible hitting in the end.

India skipper Rohit Sharma on Sunday said his side wanted to test themselves in tough conditions after a crushing defeat at Hamilton.

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Then, India found a second wind, counter-attacked, and delivered the knockout blow that they never should have been allowed to unleash.

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Rayudu faced 84 deliveries to reach 44 and only 27 balls for his remaining 46 runs in an innings that included eight fours and four sixes.

Sharma said the ODI series here helped them to have a look at how the bowling combination work out without Jasprit Bumrah, who was rested for the series following the Australia tour. Bowlers got crucial breakthroughs at critical times.

Shubman Gill (7), who made is debut in the last match, failed to impress this time as Henry dismissed the promising batsman in the seventh over. Pandya was the fourth today as Jadhav and Vijay Shankar played the role of the fifth bowler. Thought 250 was a very good score on that pitch.

WELLINGTON: It seems that Hardik Pandya is on some sort of a mission to take his side home. 243 was the best total mustered by the Black Caps batsmen, and after everyone piled on the runs in the destruction of Sri Lanka, questions have now emerged over who can be relied upon against the best at the World Cup.

Despite the regular fall of wickets, Rayudu was playing sensibly at the other end but lack of support hampered India's scoring rate. Jadhav can prove to be the solution to both the problems.

- This was MS Dhoni's 335th ODI for India - the third most for any player, going past Mohammed Azharuddin's tally of 334 matches. Munro was dropped in the previous match due to his poor form through the series while Guptill himself has been short of runs lately. MS Dhoni All Set to Return, Here's a Look at India's Likely Playing XI for 5th ODI vs New Zealand. Hence, the arrival of Shami has been fantastic. Do India go batting light or India play one spinner?

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