The first ODI was a game to two players. Shubman Gill with his double century and Michael Bracewell with his 140 were alone in fighting towards victory. The pitch was taking turn and but those two managed to keep themselves going strong throughout the game.
Date: January 21st 2023
Time: 1:30 PM IST
The weather at Raipur is a touch cooler and dew is likely to play a huge role with dry weather likely.
The Raipur track is expected to be flat and really good to bat on.
Played- 114 | India -56 | New Zealand – 50 | No Result- 7 | Tie- 1
Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Shardul Thakur, Washington Sundar, Kuldeep Yadav, Umran Malik, Mohammad Siraj
Devon Conway, Finn Allen, Henry Nicholls, Tom Latham, Glenn Phillips, Daryl Mitchell, Mitch Santner, Mitchell Bracewell, Adam Milne, Lockie Ferguson, Jacob Duffy
Through the last games Rohit Sharma has consistently been getting starts. He looks fluent early on but has struggled to convert his innings into a big score. In his prime, Rohit Sharma however was famous for his conversion rate and with starts coming a big score should be on the way soon.
Without Kane Williamson New Zealand may find it tougher to handle the spin threat that shows up in India. After Williamson, Devon Conway is one of the best at facing spin and without Williamson, Conway will have to play really well to ensure New Zealand to remain competitive.
New Zealand won the only ODI in the last season against a depleted Indian side. India this time around are closer to full-strength and that should make them feel more comfortable.