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4th ODI: India eye biggest series win on New Zealand soil

We are improving, says Santner as New Zealand look to salvage pride against India Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team Hamilton, New Zealand Jan 30, 2019, 07.50 PM (IST)

India defeated New Zealand by seven wickets in the third ODI of their ongoing five-match series and took an unassailable 3-0 lead at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui on Monday.

The two teams will again lock horns for the fourth ODI on Thursday and India will eye a 4-0 lead in the five-match series. It will be India's biggest series win (across formats) in their 52 years of touring New Zealand having first visited the country back in 1967.

Rohit Sharma, who will be leading the side after skipper Virat Kohli was given rest, will be eager to make his 200th appearance for India. 

Chasing an easy target of 244 runs, the Indian top-order batsmen produced a flawless performance in the 3rd ODI to guide their side to victory, with seven overs still left in the match.

Meanwhile, Mahendra Singh Dhoni's hamstring injury is not known but according to team sources, there is nothing much to worry about. A decision on Dhoni's availability will be taken before the toss tomorrow. 

Indian fans could also get a glimpse of the talented Shubman Gill, who displayed a spectacular show in tests against Australia, in the senior team jersey. 

Coach Ravi Shastri and Sharma might just give Gill a go in order to find a better option at No 4, where Ambati Rayudu has done a decent job so far. 

The bowling department also looks settled with Kuldeep Yadav (8 wickets in 3 games) and Yuzvendra Chahal (6 wickets in 3  games) accounting for 14 wickets so far in the series. 

Mohammed Shami, who has won back-to-back Man of the Match awards, could be given some rest as he has been playing non-stop since the start of the Australia Test series. 

In case Shami is rested, Khaleel Ahmed or Mohammed Siraj could be given another chance to stake their claim for the reserve pacer's slot available in the World Cup squad.