ello and welcome to Sportstar’s Live coverage of the IND vs NZ 1st ODI at the Eden Park in Auckland. Stay tuned as we get you all the latest updates.

Dhawan, Gill open innings

Shikhar Dhawan and Shubman Gill are in the middle and it will be Tim Southee with the new ball to Dhawan. Here we go!

Shikhar Dhawan at toss

“It’s an amazing place, I enjoy playing over here. No issues batting first, I would have bowled first. I feel the wicket is a bit sticky but the sun is out and it should dry out soon. With this team, we have played a few series earlier as well. It’s a good opportunity for all the youngsters to perform and show their talents. We are very fortunate that we’ve got Indians all over the world and they keep supporting us, we are grateful for it. We’ve got two debutants – Arshdeep Singh and Umran Malik.”

New Zealand Playing XI

New Zealand Playing XI: Finn Allen, Devon Conway, Kane Williamson(c), Tom Latham(w), Daryl Mitchell, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Adam Milne, Matt Henry, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson

India Playing XI

India Playing XI: Shikhar Dhawan(c), Shubman Gill, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant(w), Sanju Samson, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Umran Malik, Arshdeep Singh, Yuzvendra Chahal

Debut for Umran Malik and Arshdeep Singh

Jammu and Kashmir speedster Umran Malik makes his debut along with Arshdeep Singh

Toss Update

New Zealand wins toss, opts to bowl first

Pitch Report by Murali Karthik & Anjum Chopra

“It’s beautiful day here in Auckland. It’s a drop-in surface. It’s been under covers for more than a day. We see an even covering of grass. The surface might dry up as the game progresses. There’s something in it for the seamers. Average score is 250. India will be tempted to chase but it’s about countering the swing.”

New Zealand Probable Playing XI

New Zealand Probable XI: Finn Allen, Devon Conway, Kane Williamson (C), Daryl Mitchell, Tom Latham (wk), Glenn Phillips, Michael Bracewell, Mitchell Santner, Adam Milne, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson

India Probable Playing XI

India Probable XI: Shikhar Dhawan (C), Shubman Gill, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Deepak Hooda, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Umran Malik, Arshdeep Singh, Yuzvendra Chahal

Shikhar Dhawan ahead of India’s match

“We guys have been performing well for a period of time. At the same time, talking about myself, I have to keep performing. I know till the time I perform, it would be good for me. It keeps me on my toes and keeps me hungry.”

Gill as opener

Shubman Gill has shown his prowess as an ODI opener in a dozen games he has played so far — he has an average of 57-plus and a strike rate of 100-plus.

Who will be India’s openers?

Dhawan will be close to 38 during next year’s World Cup. He has scored nearly 1,000 runs in ODIs in the last two years. This is the only international format he plays. Since T20 has more precedence, his appearances for India have been pretty sporadic. To put things in perspective, both Kohli and Rohit have played one-third of the number of ODIs that Dhawan played as they concentrated more on Tests and T20Is.

India begins preparations for 2023 World Cup

After a long and eventful T20 ride, the Indian team will get a welcome respite and grapple with the needs of a different format for the next week. The three-match ODI series against New Zealand which begins on Friday will mark the start of preparations for next year’s World Cup.

New Zealand squad

Finn Allen, Devon Conway(w), Kane Williamson(c), Glenn Phillips, Daryl Mitchell, Michael Bracewell, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Lockie Ferguson, Tim Southee, Adam Milne, Matt Henry, Tom Latham

India Squad for New Zeakand ODIs

Shikhar Dhawan(c), Shubman Gill, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Sanju Samson(w), Deepak Hooda, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Umran Malik, Arshdeep Singh, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Rishabh Pant

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