What time does the 3rd ODI between India and New Zealand begin?
The Baroda all rounder's replacement Vijay Shankar is a decent cricketer but is yet to possess the X factor that Pandya has.
We can't disagree that the Bay Oval pitch on Saturday was flat, but it did get slower as the day moved on.
India, who headed into the New Zealand tour on the back of their maiden ODI and Test series win in Australia, kicked off their five-match series with a convincing eight-wicket win over the Kane Williamson-led side at McLean Park, Napier.
India captain Virat Kohli will be aiming to seal the five-match series when his team squares off against a confused New Zealand in the third ODI here Monday. "Most teams find it hard to score against them, and once we put runs on the board, batsmen have to take risks against them and that works for us", India all-rounder Kedar Jadhav had said after the second ODI.
Impressed by India's phenomenal run in the ODI series, Eastern District Police of New Zealand on Saturday showed a great gesture as the department issued a amusing statement, warning people against Indian cricket team.
One of the primary focus of Monday's encounter could be inclusion of Hardik Pandya who is coming back from provisional suspension for his loose talk on a TV chat show.
New Zealand, meanwhile, have been outclassed by the Men in Blue in all the departments in the opening two matches.
New Zealand, on the other hand, looked out of sorts in their own backyard. "Under the lights, we felt the ball came on better".
India: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Vijay Shankar, Shubman Gill, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Siraj, Khaleel Ahmed, Ravindra Jadeja, Hardik Pandya. Mitchell Santner has been brought in to replace Colin de Grandhomme for the must-win game.