India opt to bat against New Zealand in final ODI

Published: Saturday, March 14, 2009, 8:27 [IST]
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India elect to bat in final ODI

Auckland: Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and decided to bat first against New Zealand in a 43 overs-a-side 5th One-dayer in Auckland.

India went in with an unchanged squad while for the hosts New Zealand, Ewen Thompson made way for Scott Styris. The fifth and final ODI of the series has been reduced to 43-overs-a-side contest. Therefore, only 3 bowlers will be able to bowl 9 overs each and 2 bowlers will be bowling 8 overs each. The power play overs are broken into 9 (compulsory), 4 and 4 overs.

India have already pocketed the series winning three out of the four matches with one being abandoned due to rain. They will be looking forward to wiping the series clean while New Zealand would be looking to salvage their pride with a consolation win and going into the Test series with a win behind their backs.

Teams :

India: Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, Rohit Sharma, Mahendra Singh Dhoni(w/c), Yusuf Pathan, Praveen Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Zaheer Khan, Munaf Patel

New Zealand: Brendon McCullum, Jesse Ryder, Ross Taylor, Martin Guptill, Peter McGlashan(w), Grant Elliott, Jacob Oram, Kyle Mills, Daniel Vettori(c), Scott Styris, Ian O"Brien


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