Sunday, November 28, 2010

First ODI between India and NZ

New Zealand Cricket Match
Inexperienced Indian ODI Team full of youngsters is going to play against New Zealand at Guwahati in the first match of the 5 ODI series. This series is also considered as the litmus-test for Indian ODI team's young guns before the world cup in sub-continent earlier next year. Gautam Gambhir is Captain for this series against New Zealand and all eyes are on Yuvraj singh as he is going through bad form for sometime now.

Big names of Indian Cricket Team like  Sachin Tendulkar, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Virender Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh and Zaheer Khan have been rested for this series because of India playing lot of Cricket before the world cup. Wriddhiman Saha is going to keep wickets instead of Mahindra Singh Dhoni and many are considering him part of the team for the world cup if he performs well.

New Zealand side needs even more practice in sub-continent conditions as world cup is just few months away and they had humiliating defeat of 0-4 against Bangladesh before they came for the Test Series and 5 ODI matches in India. Because of early sunrise in Guwahati match may start an hour earlier than regular time for the matches during the rest of the series.

Indian Squad: G. Gambhir (captain), R. Ashwin, R. Jadeja, Virat Kohli, A. Nehra, Munaf Patel, Yusuf Pathan, S. Raina, Wriddhiman Saha, S. Sreesanth, S. Tiwary, M. Vijay, Vinay Kumar and Yuvraj Singh. Coach: Gary Kirsten.

New Zealand Squad: D. Vettori (captain), G. Elliott, J. Franklin, M. Guptill, G. Hopkins, J. How, Brendon McCullum, Nathan McCullum, A. McKay, K. Mills, T. Southee, S. Styris, R. Taylor, D. Tuffey and K. Williamson. Coach: Mark Greatbatch.

Umpires for the match: Nigel Llong and Shahvir Tarapore
Third Umpire: Sanjay Hazare
Match Referee: Roshan Mahanama. Match starts at 8.30 a.m.


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