India vs New Zealand, 5th ODI

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MS Dhoni's return will bolster India's middle-order which was found wanting in the fourth ODI in the absence of Virat Kohli and a rare failure from both the openers - Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan.

If Guptill sits out the final game at Wellington, New Zealand will be trying out their third opening combo of the series.

Dhoni who is considered India's most experienced ODI player was out with a hamstring injury during the last two matches and his return couldn't have been timed better after their inexplicable collapse for 92 in Hamilton.

After taking a 3-0 lead in the series, the visitors hope to keep the margin 4-1.

"His record speaks for itself".

Dhoni's return was confirmed by assistant coach Sanjay Bangar on Saturday.

Stand-in captain Rohit had described the previous outing as "one of the worst batting performances" by the team, and he will want to lead by example by quickly getting over the disappointment on Sunday, 3 February.

It will be interesting if Mohammed Shami comes back for the final game with Bhuvneshwar Kumar getting a rest. Mohammed Shami was rested for the last game and Khaleel Ahmed could get another game. According to New Zealand Cricket Twitter account, the right-handed batsman suffered a back injury during practice ahead of the match on Saturday.

India's newest ODI debutant - Shubhman Gill and all-rounder Vijay Shankar, were seen going through the fielding drills and took some sharp catches.

Where will be the 5th ODI between India and New Zealand played?

The windy condition at Basin Reserve in Wellington could just be the shot that Trent Boult would need as he again marks his run-up. He has 16 runs from one innings and two wickets from two matches. After winning back to back three games, India lost the track in the fourth ODI when the hosts went on to clinch the game by 8 wickets.

New Zealand playing 11: Colin Munro, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Colin de Grandhomme, Todd Astle, Matt Henry, and Trent Boult.

New Zealand have an average total of 207 at this venue over the last three years, indicating that batting is not easy on the surface.

If New Zealand lose the fifth ODI, it will be their fourth successive ODI defeat at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington.

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