ODI series preview: India v New Zealand

The five-match ODI series between India and New Zealand will likely be a closer affair than the Test series, mainly because neither Ravis are playing.

Ashwin and Jadeja have been rested for the first three matches, and could be for the whole series, after they played a large role in the Test whitewash.

But The Black Caps cannot relax, as equally dangerous spinner Amit Mishra is in the side, while all-rounder Jasprit Bumrah will look to continue his excellent international career start.

MS Dhoni takes over the reins as skipper, while Virat Kohli is on hand to pile on the runs, with Ajinkya Rahane and Suresh Raina also returning after being rested for the ODIs in Zimbabwe in June.

Paceman Mohammed Shami has also been rested here, while Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shikhar Dhawan, and KL Rahul are all injured.

The Black Caps will use all-rounder Corey Anderson as a pure batsman in order to preserve his recovering back, leaving Jimmy Neesham to be the all-rounder proper.

The Kiwis had little clue how to play against India in the Tests, but are a far more experienced side in the shorter formats in India, given their players' IPL experience.

But they will need for the likes of Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor, both of whom were poor with the bat, to find their feet in coloured gear.

Last Five Head-To-Head Results

2014 fifth ODI: New Zealand won by 87 runs in Wellington
2014 Fourth ODI: New Zealand won by seven wicket Hamilton
2014 third ODI: Match tied in Auckland
2014 Second ODI: New Zealand won by 15 runs in Hamilton 
2014 First ODI: New Zealand won by 24 runs in Napier

Squads

India: MS Dhoni (capt), Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Manish Pandey, Suresh Raina, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Jayant Yadav, Amit Mishra, Jasprit Bumrah, Dhawal Kulkarni, Umesh Yadav, Mandeep Singh, Kedar Jadhav

New Zealand: Kane Williamson(c), Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Anton Devcich, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, James Neesham, Luke Ronchi, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, BJ Watling,

Fixtures

First ODI: 16 October in Dharamsala
Second ODI: 20 October in Delhi
Third ODI: 23 October in Mohali
Fourth ODI: 26 October in Ranchi
Fifth ODI: 29 October in Visakhapatnam

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