Dhoni boost for India seeking an improved batting show

India vs New Zealand 5th ODI preview: Who will Dhoni replace in playing 11

He has got that calm demeanour in the middle-order.

"Yes, he is fit and will be playing the fifth ODI", Bangar told reporters on the eve of the game. India, led by Rohit Sharma in the absence of Virat Kohli, were dismissed for just 92 runs.

India now leads the 5-match series 3-1 but will still look to get the momentum back to their side after sustaining a humiliating 8-wicket loss in the penultimate ODI match.

The 5th ODI between India and New Zealand will be played at Westpac Stadium, Wellington and it will start from 7:30 am India time. Shubman Gill will also look to impress after his underperformance at Hamilton.

Rohit Sharma (C), Shikhar Dhawan, Shubman Gill, Ambati Rayadu, MS Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, K Khaleel Ahmed, and Yuzvendra Chahal.

With the three-match T20I series ahead and also the World Cup round the corner, India will have to address this weakness to ensure that their much-vaunted batting doesn't crumble on an odd day when the conditions aid swing bowling in England.

Stand-in captain Rohit Sharma hopes to bounce back from the embarrassing defeat in the final ODI encounter in Wellington on Sunday.

Having returned from provisional suspension post his controversial appearance on a television show, Hardik Pandya has provided reminders of his importance in the ODI team and he will look to continue to deliver.

With Martin Guptill being an uncertainty, Colin Munro will get another look in as New Zealand looks to get their opening combinations right for the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup.

New Zealand Cricket later released a statement, saying that Guptill would be reassessed in the morning before deciding on his availability for the last ODI.

However, the hosts will be without opener Martin Guptill after the 32-year-old tweaked his back during practice which could see a return to the top of the order for Colin Munro - who was dropped from the fourth ODI. In the bowling department, Boult has swung his way with a five-wicket haul while Grandhomme seemed to have regained confidence with his three-wicket haul in the last match.

Colin Munro, Henry Nicholls (wk), Kane Williamson (C), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Colin de Grandhomme, Todd Astle, Matt Henry, and Trent Boult.

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