New Delhi, February 5
New Zealand won the toss and opted to bowl against a new-look India opening partnership in the first one-day international in Hamilton on Wednesday.
New Zealand are looking to bounce back from a 5-0 whitewash in the Twenty 20 series and stand-in captain Tom Latham said his bowlers were keen to attack. “I think history suggests that chasing is the easier option here and with a short boundary on one side hopefully later on it will be hard to defend,” he said.
Latham is replacing regular skipper Kane Williamson, who will miss at least two of the three ODIs with a shoulder injury. Tom Blundell has been given his ODI debut in Williamson’s number three slot in the batting line-up. India have called up one-day international newcomers Mayank Agarwal and Prithvi Shaw to open the batting