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Friday, December 3, 2010


When India and New Zealand take the field on 4th December at Baroda, both will be keen to win this game and give more than 100% for it. For India it will be important to wrap up the series at Baroda and look to experiment in next 2 games and for Kiwis it is a do or die situation if they lose here then this will be another humiliating loss after Bangaldesh series and I am pretty sure Kiwis don't want to lose 3rd ODI and wants to remain in hunt to win the series. So exciting contest in offering at Baroda and high quality cricket will be certainty in tomorrow's game.
India is bolstered in bowling front with the return of Zaheer Khan but still India have to play with all the concentration in this game because after two losses Kiwis will not give an inch. For Kiwis it is important that they get into the match with full strength team which means return of Brendon McCullum at the top which will give them solidity in top order. We all saw  Jamie How struggling against new ball in both the matches. Guptill is in good form but Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson have to play big innings if New Zealand wants to win this match. Styris has proved his importance in middle-order with fine run a ball half century in last match.
For India Gambhir is in supreme form now after brilliant century in last match and regained his touch. Virat Kohli is also consistent with his scoring but problem for India is Murali Vijay who is clearly struggling in ODIs.  Scoring runs in IPL or Champions League is completely different from scoring runs in International matches and as early he and  Chairman of selectors understand this, that will be beneficial to Team India hence drop Vijay from the ODIs. India will go into tomorrow's encounter with sky high confidence but they have to remember that Kiwis are capable enough to beat them so better not be complacent in the field and wrap up the series at Baroda itself.

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