India up against Kiwis in tri-series opener

Published: Monday, August 9, 2010, 15:42 [IST]
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India take on NZ in tri-series opener

Team India will be charged up to kick off against the New Zealand side in the tri-series opener on Tuesday.

Dhoni and his team will be without the services of Sachin Tendulkar, Harbhajan Singh, Gautam Gambhir and Zaheer Khan but the bowling will be boosted with the return of left-arm seamer Ashish Nehra and Praveen Kumar.

Spinner Pragyan Ohja after a ordinary start in the recently concluded Test series will be charged up for the shorter format of the game after finishing on a high note in the final Test match at Colombo.

With 11 members in the squad less than 25 years old, Dhoni has a young squad to look at but the youngsters have played plenty of cricket in Sri Lanka and are familiar with the Dambulla pitch as well.

Yuvraj Singh who has been recalled in the ODI side failed to shine in the first Test match where India lost. He will be keen to put some runs behind his back and prove his mettle ahead of the World Cup next year.

The Kiwi side lead by Ross Taylor are a depleted side as well. They are also without their key players including Daniel Vettori, Brendon McCullum and Jesse Ryder. The absence of these match-winners mean they will face a tough ask against the hosts Sri Lankans and the Indians who have had quite an experience till date.

But the Kiwis has few positives coming into the tri-series, they have had two convincing warm-up wins in Sri Lanka already and they will be looking out to make the most of the tour ahead of the World Cup next year to be held in the sub-continent.

The Kiwis will be heavily relying on their experienced all-rounder Jacob Oram, vice-captain Kyle Mills and Scott Styris for inspiration.


India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt & wk), Virender Sehwag, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh, Ravindra Jadeja, Dinesh Karthik, R Ashwin, Praveen Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Abhimanyu Mithun, Ashish Nehra, Pragyan Ojha, Saurabh Tiwary.

New Zealand: Ross Taylor (capt), Kyle Mills (vice-capt), Grant Elliott, Martin Guptill, Gareth Hopkins (wk), Nathan McCullum, Andy McKay, Jacob Oram, Jeetan Patel, Peter Ingram, Tim Southee, Scott Styris, Daryl Tuffey, BJ Watling, Kane Williamson.


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