Virat Kohli contemplates changes for third and final ODI at Bay Oval

India have lost the series

Virat Kohli India vs Australia 2013

India's XI for Tuesday's third and final ODI against New Zealand at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui will likely feature changes.

Defeats in the first ODI at Seddon Park in Hamilton and second Eden Park in Auckland have seen India slip to an insurmountable series deficit. Here's a look at our betting tips for this match.

All-rounder Shivam Dube, batsman Manish Pandey and wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant are in the squad, but have not been in the XI for this series.

“We could definitely consider it. We're going to talk about it. We have nothing to lose now so we can really go out there and play the expressive cricket we are known to play and not worry too much about the results. We might look to give a few guys chances in the next game and to make sure that we still have a very good game of cricket,” said captain Virat Kohli.

Kohli hailed a near match-winning partnership between all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja and tail-ender Navdeep Saini at Eden Park. Jadeja's 55 and Saini's 45, though, were not enough for India to achieve a series-squaring win.

Kohli on Saini

“It's up to the individuals. Honestly we didn't send any message to Jadeja and Saini. They just took control of the situation. We actually wanted guys to figure out what needs to be done in a particular situation themselves, because when you send messages from the outside, it's not really what your instinct is telling you to do. So they followed their instinct,” he added.

“I think Saini in particular was brilliant. We didn't realise how good he can be with the bat and the fight he showed is a great sign for this team. If people in the lower order can show that kind of fight then it obviously gives more confidence to the middle order and top order to play in a positive manner from the first ball.”

New Zealand will welcome the return of captain Kane Williamson for the third ODI. He was sidelined by injury for the first two matches of the series. Seamer Tim Southee captained the XI in Williamson's absence.

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