India opt to bat first in 5th New Zealand ODI


Visakhapatnam (India) (AFP)

India's captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and chose to bat in the fifth and final one-day international against New Zealand in Visakhapatnam on Saturday.

With the series tied at 2-2, the hosts have made two changes to their starting lineup from their previous loss in Ranchi on Wednesday.

Debutant off-spinner Jayant Yadav and medium-pacer Jasprit Bumrah will replace Dhawal Kulkarni and Hardik Pandya.

The Kane Williamson-led New Zealand, who are eyeing their first ODI series victory in India, have made just one change with batsman Corey Anderson replacing Anton Devcich.


India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Jasprit Bumrah, Axar Patel, Amit Mishra, Jayant Yadav, Umesh Yadav

New Zealand: Kane Williamson (captain), Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Ross Taylor, James Neesham, Corey Anderson, BJ Watling, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Ish Sodhi

Umpires: CK Nandan (IND) and Bruce Oxenford (AUS)

TV umpire: Chettithody Shamshuddin (IND)

Match referee: Richie Richardson (WIS)

Reserve umpire: Nitin Menon (IND)