India Vs New Zealand 1st ODI match prediction: India gets geared for their next assignment, a three-match ODI series against touring New Zealand. The series opener will begin in Mumbai on October 22. The blue brigade is coming off a comprehensive ODI series win over Australia. They were dominant throughout, but rain in the last T20 kept them from extending their series-win streak. Kohli's men will eye to continue their home dominance against New Zealand as well. New Zealand hasn't been that impressive over the last few months. Having been beaten at home by South Africa in all the three formats in February this year, the black caps would now venture to take on mighty India in their own den. On their last tour of India, Kiwis couldn't manage a win in the three-match Test series. However, in ODI series, they won 2 out of 5 matches. This time around, New Zealand looks confident to leave an impression, but a loss to Board President's XI in the first practice match narrates a different story, depicting the sort of commitment, intent and form they come with. If Kiwis want to take on India, they will have to play some good cricket unlike how they did in the practice match. Both the teams will be eyeing to win India Vs New Zealand 1st ODI. If NZ loses, it would be hard for them to comeback. Kiwis' skipper Kane Williamson believes that an adaptable and flexible approach is the key to win in India. He is well aware of the challenges of their limited-over assignment kicking off in the coming few days. Indian Squad for NZ ODI Series Shikhar Dhawan, Shradul Thakur and Dinesh Kartik return to the ODI squad for the three-match series against New Zealand, commencing from Oct 22 in Mumbai. With Shikhar Dhawan returning to the fray, India would face the dilemma over choosing the second opener along with Rohit Sharma. While Shikhar Dhawan has been undergoing superb form for months now, Rahane made most of his absence in the ODI series against Australia notching four successive half-centuries in the opening slot. No. 4 conundrum remains another problem for India to be addressed. Hardik Pandya was impressive when promoted to the spot. Manish Pandey was also given a couple of chances at the spot, but missed to perform. He did well down the order. Now with Kartik's inclusion to the squad, another contender joins the mix. Reportedly reserved for Test matches only, R Ashwin and R Jadeja continue to struggle for a spot in the ODI squad. Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami also fail to retain their spots in the bowling set up. Shradul Thakur comes as a bowling option alongside Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar, Kuldeep, Axar and Chahal. Indian squad for NZ ODI series includes Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan, Hardik Pandya, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Kartik, MS Dhoni, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Kedar Jadhav, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shradul Thakur and Yuzvendra Chahal. Will India win the 1st ODI against New Zealand?