Guptill and Munro will open, says Williamson

Mumbai: New Zealand captain Kane Williamson confirmed that a new opening pair, the left-right combination of Colin Munro and Martin Guptill, will open the innings for the first time in a ODI on Sunday.

The first of the three-match series will be New Zealand’s first ODI at the Wankhede Stadium. In India, New Zealand has played 32 ODIs and won seven and lost 24. There was no result in one match at Chepauk in October 2003.

“The opening batters for tomorrow are (Martin) Guptill and (Colin) Munro. They are two good ball strikers, exciting top order players and it will be nice to see them get under way tomorrow,” said Williamson.


On the warm-up games and preparation: Yes, they were a couple of good headouts for us after a bit of a break from international cricket. So it was nice to get back together and start acclimatising as best we can, in terms of humidity. But they count for a small amount, they are (for) preparation, (which is) important; we will put our best foot forward coming into the first game and play our best cricket.”

About the middle order with Tom Latham scoring runs and keeping wicket: We have got a relatively new middle order. Some guys were here on the ‘A’ tour and experienced these conditions for a while, coming into the series, which is always good. There are a number of areas you look at coming into the series, but that’s not sort of a specific one. Tom (Latham) will bat in the middle order, he had some good time in the middle in the last couple of warm-up games and he will obviously keep (wicket).

On the surface: It looks like a fairly good surface. Generally, wickets at the Wankhede are good and we will expect something similar.

India’s impressive ODI record at home: (They are) a very hard team to beat. We know that at home in particular, they are the strongest team in the world. There are no illusions that we need to come out and play our best cricket.

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