Hardik Pandya will be making his international comeback after his infamous suspension when India play New Zealand in the third ODI at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui on Monday, January 28, 2018.

Kohli and Co. are leading the five-match series 2-0 after their comprehensive performances in both the matches. Another win on Monday would seal the deal for the Indians and give them a historic series win, which would be only their second ever in New Zealand.

This will be Kohli's last match of the series before he goes off for a much-needed rest.

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NZ v IND 3rd ODI telecast details

Star Sports 1 will broadcast NZ v IND 3rd ODI in English commentary in India while Star Sports 1 Hindi will cover the match in Hindi commentary. Sky Sports NZ is the official broadcaster in New Zealand for this series. Hotstar is going to provide the live streaming on the app and website for the premium subscribers.

Read: Star Sports, Hotstar live streaming New Zealand v India 2nd ODI at 7 AM

Blackcaps face a stiff spin challenge against India

New Zealand has been really flat and have been dominated by the visitors in both the games.

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Their struggle against good spin bowling has been clearly highlighted in these two matches, and as a unit, the blackcaps will look to improve their performance.

Having said that, captain Kane Williamson could be tempted to bring in Mitchell Santner who provides them with another spin bowler along with batting abilities.

Colin de Grandhomme is the most likely candidate to sit out if that change is conducted by the think tank. Tim Southee could come in as well after Lockie Ferguson conceded at runs at the rate of 8 runs per over on Saturday.

India on the verge of making history

Hardik Pandya has joined the squad in New Zealand and could be directly drafted into the XI. Vijay Shankar has done very little in the three games he played, so the addition of Hardik seems likely.

Other than this, there won't be any more changes as the side will look to seal the series. This will be Virat Kohli's last game in New Zealand as the skipper has been rested for the rest of the tour.

We can't disagree that the Bay Oval pitch on Saturday was flat, but it did get slower as the day moved on. The third ODI will be played on the same track, and we can't expect anything different on Monday.

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The weather should be clear, with chances of the rain according to the forecast.

Read: Video Highlights: India beat Australia by 6 wickets in 2nd ODI

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