India completely dominated over the hosts New Zealand in the ODIs format. The India wrist-spinner has picked up almost two wickets per match in his brief T20I career so far, and his two four-wicket hauls in the ODI series win will give the hosts plenty to ponder as they seek to overcome their shortcomings against his wily ways.
Although they pulled one back, skipper Kane Williamson will be disappointed with his side's performance in the ODI series. Sky Sports NZ will telecast the match live in New Zealand.
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The Kiwi stalwart will have his task cut out against Kuldeep Yadav who was in excellent form in the ODI series. There aren't too many global matches left before the World Cup in June; apart from the three T20Is now, India have only two more T20Is and five ODIs against Australia at home. In the series in New Zealand, she scored her fourth ODI century and an unbeaten 90 in the first two matches respectively to grab top spot in the ICC ODI Rankings for Women's batters.
Meanwhile, New Zealand will be missing one of the prolific scorers in T20Is, Martin Guptill as the opener has been ruled out of the upcoming series with an injury. What Rohit Sharma is to India, Colin Munro is to New Zealand. Tim Seifert will be donning the wicket-keeping gloves in the Kane Williamson led side. However, Mithali will continue to be in focus and it would be interesting to see what role she plays with the bat in the first match, especially after she was earlier criticised for the team's slow strike-rate. Spin-bowling allrounder Anna Peterson, who was the Player of the Match in the third and last ODI on February 1, has been named Bezuidenhout's replacement, and will join the squad in Auckland on Thursday. In the absence of regular captain Virat Kohli, India's top-order is likely to be bolstered by the presence of wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant.