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India wins toss, bowls in 3rd ODI vs. New Zealand

January 25, 2014

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — India won the toss and sent New Zealand in to bat in Saturday’s one-day game, needing to win to keep alive the five-match series.

New Zealand leads 2-0 after winning the first match by 24 runs at Napier and the second by 15 runs, under the Duckworth-Lewis system, at Hamilton.

Both teams made one change. India named Varun Aaron in place of out-of-form paceman Ishant Sharma and New Zealand named Hamish Bennett in place of Kyle Mills.

Bennett played the most-recent of his 12 one-day internationals against Sri Lanka in 2011.

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said Aaron was over the injuries which had recently held back his career.

“He has come back after two years,” Dhoni said. “He’s worked really hard on his fitness.

“He’s known to be someone who is injury-prone but he works really had and he’s also a bowler who’s a little bit quicker than some of the rest.”

Brendon McCullum said New Zealand also would have bowled if it had won the toss, though it won the first two matches by batting first.

“We’ve played pretty well with bat in hand the last two games so we’ve got to replicate that again tonight,” he said.

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New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Jesse Ryder, Kane Williamson, Brendon McCullum (captain), Ross Taylor, Corey Anderson, Luke Ronchi, Nathan McCullum, Tim Southee, Hamish Bennett, Mitchell McClenaghan.

India: Rohit Sharma, Shikar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, Mahendra Singh Dohni (captain), Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Varun Aaron.

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