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New Zealand vs India first ODI preview

With their three-match T20I series having been badly affected by the weather, New Zealand and India will hope for better luck in their three one-day international clashes.

The ODI action begins at Eden Park in Auckland in the early hours of Friday morning, with Seddon Park in Hamilton and Christchurch’s Hagley Oval the subsequent venues.

What: New Zealand v India, first ODI
Where: Eden Park, Auckland
When: 01:30, Friday 25th November
How to watch:bet365 Sports Live Streaming
Odds: New Zealand 4/5, India 1/1

Black Caps top of the pile and have previous

New Zealand are currently the top-ranked side in ODI cricket and can also draw on the inspiration of having thumped India 3-0 on their last visit to the islands back in early 2020.

Perhaps even more concerning for India is the fact that their hosts twice chased down 300 or more to secure victory, while winning the second ODI by 22 runs.

The first ODI went the way of the hosts as, after India put 347-4 on the board, that proved not to be enough as the Black Caps romped home with 11 balls to spare - with Ross Taylor finishing 109 not out and Tom Latham blasting 69 from just 48 balls faced.

The series finale saw the tourists make 296-7, only to see their hosts again power home, this time with 17 balls remaining.

A century opening partnership got New Zealand off to a fine start, but they needed Colin de Grandhomme to belt 58 from 28 balls faced to get them over the line.

Changes afoot for New Zealand

Black Caps skipper Kane Williamson has played a mere six ODIs since leading his side to the last 50-over World Cup final and he will be eager to show some form with the next World Cup on the agenda next year.

Left-hander Tom Latham will also add some much-needed solidity to the middle-order and will also take on the wicketkeeping duties ahead of Devon Conway.

Both Trent Boult and Martin Guptill have stepped away from the international 50-over scene and while New Zealand seem to have enough cover in the batting line-up, the loss of Boult leaves a major gap.

The left-arm paceman was always capable of swinging the new ball and picking up early wickets and his absence heaps even more responsibility on Tim Southee, who is one wicket short of an ODI double-century.

Short straight boundaries at Eden Park always make things tricky for bowlers, but somewhat surprisingly spinners have been more economical in Auckland than seamers.

Black Caps left-arm tweaker Mitch Santner is not a prolific wicket-take in ODI cricket, but a career economy rate of 4.81 on home soil shows he could be a key figure against India and he is 8/1 to be top match bowler.

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India have a number of leading stars absent for this series, with none of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar or Jasprit Bumrah among their number.

Shikhar Dhawan captains the side and his opening partnership with Shubman Gill could be crucial to India’s chances of success, given that their middle-order is depleted.

However, they do have one of the rising stars of world cricket in their side, with Suryakumar Yadav having made the most of a chance to impress at a relatively late stage of his career and 8/1 to be top match batter.

He made a brilliant unbeaten 111 in the recent T20I series and was the third-highest runscorer at T20 World Cup in Australia.

However, he has yet to bet past 64 in his 12 ODI innings to date and will be eager to prove that he can deliver in 50-over cricket and, in doing so, make himself an almost certain selection for the 2023 World Cup.

Eden Park a happy hunting ground for hosts

New Zealand have won five of the last six one-day international they have played at the Auckland venue and also have the edge in previous ODI encounters with India at Eden Park.

Nine previous meetings have brought five victories for the home side and three for the tourists, while in January 2014 the two sides played out a thrilling tie.

Having made 314 from their 50 overs, the Black Caps looked to be in control as they reduced India to 146-5, before half-centuries from MS Dhoni and R Ashwin got India back in the game.

Ravi Jadeja then almost pulled off an improbable victory as he smashed 66 from 45 balls faced, taking 17 off the final over bowled by Corey Anderson.

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