1st ODI: High-octane tie on cards as confident India take on New Zealand

News Agencies | First published: 15 October 2016, 14:32 IST
MS Dhoni
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Brimming with confidence after a clean-sweep in the Test series, India would look to carry on their dominance over New Zealand in the shorter format when the two teams lock horns in the first ODI of the five-match rubber at the HPCA stadium on 16 October.

After registering a 3-0 triumph over of New Zealand in the Test series that propelled Virat Kohli's men to the numero uno spot in the ICC rankings, the focus now shifts to ODI cricket.

The talismanic Mahendra Singh Dhoni will take over the mantle of captaincy from Kohli in the limited overs format.

With Kohli delivering as skipper in the Test series, the pressure will be high on Dhoni as India need to beat New Zealand by a 4-1 margin to claim the third spot in the ICC ODI rankings.

The Kiwis are currently ranked third with 113 points, while India are at fourth with 110. Going into the series, India will start overwhelming favourites with the statistics clearly stacked against the visitors.

New Zealand have never won a bilateral ODI series in India, having lost all four previous such rubber. While in multi-team events, New Zealand's record on Indian soil is 18-11, the bigger picture is that the Kiwis have never won a bilateral ODI series in India.

New Zealand lost all the four previous series played between the two teams -- in 1988, 1995, 1999 and 2010. In fact, in the last series in 2010, India, which missed a few regular players and were led by Gautam Gambhir whitewashed New Zealand 5-0.