New Zealand vs. India, 5th ODI: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview

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New Zealand vs. India, 5th ODI: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview
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India have just pride to play for heading into the fifth and final one-day international after being thoroughly outclassed by hosts New Zealand in the first four games of the series.

What: New Zealand vs. India, fifth ODI

Venue: Westpac Stadium, Wellington

When: Friday, 31 January

Start time: 1am GMT / 2pm local

Live on: Sky Sports NZ / Sky Sports 1 / Sony Six

Weather: According to Accuweather, it should be fine in Wellington, if a little chilly in the evening. Temperatures will range from 14c to 19C.

 

Overview

It may be a year away, but New Zealand have used this series against India to put down a serious marker for their 2015 World Cup ambitions.

The Kiwis look a serious proposition on home turf and have now beaten England, South Africa and India in one-day series in the past year.

A combination of explosive batting combined with solid, if unspectacular, bowling has given the the Black Caps a 3-0 lead against MS Dhoni's men, and they'll be hopeful that the same recipe will cook up another win in Wellington.

Top-order runs have been the key ingredient for New Zealand with the third wicket not falling until the total had passed 150 in all four ODIs. The runs have been spread around too with Jessie Ryder the only top-order batsman yet to pass fifty in the series.

Ross Taylor, Martin Guptill, Corey Anderson and Brendon McCullum have all shown just how dangerous they can be, especially against an attack lacking genuine pace or big spin. Despite Anderson's absence the New Zealander's had plenty in hand en route to their latest seven-wicket triumph in Hamilton.

It will be a case of more of the same for the men in black. 

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Mahendra Singh Dhoni and the Indian selectors have much more to think about. Despite flashes of excellence from a potentially exciting batting line-up, worries remain at the top of the order. Shikhar Dhawan's struggles resulted in him being rested for the last match. Only once during this series has the opening pair conjoured up a fifty partnership.

Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja both looked in fine touch in the latter stages of the Indian innings in Hamilton, and runs really shouldn't be a problem for the Indians, provided they can get a half decent start.

Of far more concern for the tourists is an anaemic bowling attack. The age-old problem of a lack of real pace has been evident again with the Kiwis feasting on a diet of largely unthreatening military-medium bowling.

With 10 wickets in the series, Mohammed Shami has been India's most dangerous bowler, but he's not been cheap, with his overs going at 7.5 runs per over. Fellow seamers Varun Aaron and Ishant Sharma have been even more expensive, providing Dhoni with a major headache at the start of the innings.

The spin pair of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja have provided a modicum of control but haven't looked particularly threatening.

It looks like the onus will be on India's batsmen if the visitors are to rescue anything from what has been a highly disappointing tour to date.

 

Key Players

New Zealand

The big hitting quartet of Guptill, McCullum, Anderson and Taylor have hogged the headlines, but Kane Williams' more understated role shouldn't be overlooked.

The 23-year-old has passed fifty in all four matches this series, providing a solid platform for his more explosive teammates.

If he does it again, New Zealand's dangerous strikers could again post a big score.

 

India

The Indians need some runs at the top of the order, but whether they persevere with the Kohli experiment remains to be seen. Wherever he bats, they'll be hoping that the 25-year-old can recapture the form that saw him score 201 runs in the first two matches of the series.

If not, it will be left to Dhoni and a procession of all-rounders to build the innings.

 

Squads

New Zealand

BB McCullum*, CJ Anderson, HK Bennett, MJ Guptill, MJ McClenaghan, NL McCullum, KD Mills, JDS Neesham, L Ronchi†, JD Ryder, TG Southee, LRPL Taylor, KS Williamson

 

India

MS Dhoni*†, VR Aaron, R Ashwin, STR Binny, S Dhawan, RA Jadeja, V Kohli, B Kumar, A Mishra, Mohammed Shami, IC Pandey, AM Rahane, SK Raina, AT Rayudu, I Sharma, RG Sharma

 

Stats and squads from ESPNCricinfo.com.

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