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07-Dec-2010 08:50:00 GMT
India v New Zealand, 4th ODI, Bangalore

India Elect to Bowl Against New Zealand in 4th ODI

Bangalore: India's stand-in-skipper Gautam Gambhir won the toss and elected to bowl against New Zealand in the fourth ODI of 5-match series at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.

India have made three changes with Parthiv Patel coming in for Wridhiman Saha, while Saurabh Tiwary has made into the playing eleven in place of Ravinder Jadeja and Praveen Kumar will replace Munaf Patel, who has minor niggle.

An unassailable lead in hand, the rampaging Indian team will now push for a series whitewash in the inconsequential match of the five-match rubber on Tuesday.

Gautam Gambhir has led from the front with back-to-back centuries to inflict one of the worst series defeats on the visitors in the two countries' bilateral history which dates back to 1975-76.

The second string team's exemplary performance in the absence of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh has also given a boost to the side's World Cup aspirations.

The young players such as Virat Kohli, Murali Vijay and Saurabh Tiwary have made an impact and would have impressed regular captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni just a couple of months ahead of the World Cup being hosted in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

The Indian bowling has been spearheaded well by senior pacer Zaheer Khan along with the spinners. Young off-spinner R Ashwin has, in fact, managed to make quite an impact but he has to be more economical in the middle overs.

The Kiwis, on the other hand, have been struggling and skipper Daniel Vettori has to do a lot of head-scratching to find a way out of the slump that has gripped the team after a fighting performance in the Test series.

Vettori and his men would be desperate to regain confidence which has been dented severely by three defeats on the trot.

The key to it is a solid batting performance and the visitors will look towards Martin Guptill and Brendon McCullum to give them the rare crackling start. Ross Taylor and Scott Styris can consolidate from there on.

Kiwi new ball bowlers Kyle Mills and Andy McKay and one-change pacer James Franklin have the ability to disturb any combination along with Vettori but the quartet has so far struggled on pitches which have always been a batsman's delight.

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