New Zealand win the toss, India to bat

March 8th, 2009 - 8:52 am ICT by IANS  

Christchurch, March 6 (IANS) New Zealand’s stand-in captain Brendon McCullum won the toss and decided to put India in to bat in the third One-Day International (ODI) at the AMI Stadium here Sunday.
While India retained the side that played in the first two ODIs at Napier and Wellington, New Zealand are playing without their captain Daniel Vettori, who has flown to Auckland where wife Mary is due to give birth to the couple’s first child. He has been replaced by off-spinner Jeetan Patel. Medium-pacer Tim Southee returns to the side after missing the seecond ODI, replacing Iain O’Brien.

India lead the five-match series 1-0 having out played the hosts in the first match at Napier by 53 runs in a rain-curtailed 28-over game Tuesday. The second match was rained off Friday after India batted for 28.4 overs.

New Zealand are in a must-win situation as a loss for them here would mean India cannot lose the series.

The teams:

India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain and wicketkeeper), Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Yusuf Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Praveen Kumar, Munaf Patel. 12th man: Rohit Sharma.

New Zealand: Brendon McCullum (Captain), Jesse Ryder, Martin Guptill, Ross Taylor, Grant Elliott, Jacob Oram, Peter McGlashan (wicketkeeper), Kyle Mills, Tim Southee, Ian Butler and Jeetan Patel. 12th man: Neil Broom

Umpires: Rudi Koertzen and Gary Baxter. Third umpire: Evan Watkin.

Match referee: Ranjan Madugalle.

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