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MS Dhoni is set to return for India

Higher the rise, the harder the fall they say. India would certainly nod in agreement after they were brought crashing down to earth in Hamilton. A moving ball, a fired up Trent Boult and the absence of Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni all had its impact as India, having already sealed the series with three straight wins in the first three ODIs, were bundled out for 92 - their lowest ODI score since 2010 - and succumbed to an eight-wicket defeat.

Smarting from the humbling defeat - Rohit Sharma, the stand-in captain, terming it one of the worst performances with the bat - India will be gunning for course correction now at Wellington. They will be aware of their weakness against the moving ball. Apart from the collapse in Hamilton, India have come up a cropper when they have had to face conditions that favour swing - Dharamsala 2017 v Sri Lanka, Dhaka 2016 v Pakistan, Oval 2017 v Pakistan. The last three ODIs at Wellington, however, have shown that the batsmen can breathe a little more easily here.

India will also have Dhoni fit and available for the final ODI, adding more steel and experience to their batting order. They will also back their top order to shrug off the one-game slump and come good.

For New Zealand, it will be a matter to giving the scoreline a lot more respectability with another win. There are doubts over the availability of Martin Guptill, who injured his back in practice, and they will most likely try out another new opening combination in Henry Nicholls and Colin Munro.

Kane Williamson has looked a shadow of himself after the 64 he made in the first game, and his lack of flow makes the already wobbly top order weaker. However, with Ross Taylor in great form, New Zealand will look for someone to bat long and alongside the middle order stalwart to ease their woes. Their bowlers too should be far more enthusiastic after their performance in the last game, and will gun for an encore.

When: New Zealand vs India, 5th ODI, Feb 03, 03:00 PM local time, 7:30 AM IST

Where: Westpac Stadium, Wellington

What to expect: A full game, with some help for the faster bowlers. Don't expect the batsmen to buckle as easily though

Team News:

India: MS Dhoni should slot back into the middle order which means one of Shubman Gill or Dinesh Karthik go back to the bench.

Probable XI: Rohit Sharma (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Shubman Gill/Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal

New Zealand: Martin Guptill looks likely to miss out, which means Colin Munro slots back in beside Nicholls. They could also look at including an extra pacer in place of either Santner or Astle.

Probable XI: Henry Nicholls, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wk), James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Todd Astle/Doug Bracewell/Tim Southee, Matt Henry, Trent Boult

Stats and Trivia

New Zealand have lost their last three ODIs at the Westpac Stadium - against Australia in 2016, against South Africa in 2017 and against England in 2018.

Kane Williamson is the leading run-getter in ODIs at this venue with 434 runs at 72.33. Ross Taylor averages 73.00 here while Guptill's average reads 50.25.

Tim Southee is the leading wicket taker at thie venue with 25 wickets from nine ODIs at 17.92 including his career best of 7/33.

If Rohit Sharma fails to score a century in the fifth ODI, it will be first time he will be finishing a series without a three-figure score since the home series against New Zealand in 2016.

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