It seems all prayers have been heard by the almighty. It’s sunny out there in Southampton. New Zealand has won the most crucial toss and opted for bowl first.
Indian Skipper Virat Kohli expressed the same to bowl first if he has won the toss. India has included both spinners Ashwin and Jadeja for this ultimate game whereas the New Zealand team has no spinners in the team.
In the final playing eleven, Mohammad Siraj and Umesh Yadav couldn’t make it into the team. After considering Ishant Sharma’s consistent performance for the team India especially in overseas conditions. He has been given the opportunity. It was a little hard on Young and confident Siraj. But whatever the team management has decided is for the best of the team.
It is a really tough challenge for the Indian cricket team to face the finest Kiwi speedsters in these odd conditions.
India’s XI: R Sharma, S Gill, V Kohli, C Pujara, A Rahane, R Pant, R Jadeja, R Ashwin, J Bumrah, I Sharma, M Shami
New Zealand XI: T Latham, D Conway, K Williamson, R Taylor, H Nicholls, BJ Watling, C de Grandhomme, K Jamieson, T Southee, N Wagner, T Boult