Kane Williamson (Left) and Ross Taylor will be key to New Zealand's success with the bat    Getty Images
Kane Williamson (Left) and Ross Taylor will be key to New Zealand’s success with the bat Getty Images

New Zealand pulled off a thrilling six-run win against India in the second One-Day International (ODI) at Delhi and levelled the five-match series at 1-1. As we move on to the third ODI at Mohali, both India and New Zealand will want to win this match and take a lead in the series at this crucial juncture. New Zealand were brilliantly led by Kane Williamson in the second ODI, who not just led his side brilliantly, but also scored a superb 118 to help his side post a competitive total on the board. Williamson has made as many as three changes in the previous match, which gave a bit of depth to batting but bowling still looked delicate. FULL Cricket Scorecard, India vs New Zealand, 3rd ODI at Mohali

New Zealand may be tempted to make a change or two even in this match, but would not want to change a lot as they would not want to disturb their winning combination. Ahead of the crucial third ODI, here is the likely XI that the Black Caps may field.

Top-order: Martin Guptill s place in the team seems to be in serious jeopardy after ordinary performances in this tour so far. After a miserable Test series, Guptill has managed scores of 12 and 0 so far in the two ODIs. What could perhaps save him is the fact that his scores in the last six innings prior to the series read 59, 31, 90, 82, 11 and 102. New Zealand will hope that this will be short-lived phase where Guptill is not in form and will fire from this game onwards. His partner Tom Latham however has notched up 125 runs in two innings so far and is one of the men in form for New Zealand. Latham carried his bat throughout the innings in the first game and scored a run-a-ball 46 in the second match as well. At No. 3 will be skipper Williamson, he was dismissed cheaply in the first game, but came back strongly in the second one, notching up his eighth ODI ton. Barring Latham and Williamson, New Zealand failed to get any sort of support from their teammates. In the pursuit of some quick runs, Williamson played a rash short to get out, with just a little over seven overs left in the match. Nevertheless, Williamson is perhaps the most important batsman in the New Zealand line-up. India vs New Zealand 3rd ODI: Preview

Middle-order: Ross Taylor has scores of 0 and 21 in this series till now and it is right to say that he has not lived up to the expectations on this tour. Taylor is New Zealand s most senior player in the current lot and it is high time he delivers. Despite being in poor form on this tour, Taylor remains an integral part of the New Zealand batting order. Once he fires, New Zealand are sure to get a daunting target or chase down any total with minimal fuss. Corey Anderson has been playing solely as a batsman in the series so far. He has been in and out of international cricket over the last year and a half and is perhaps to get back to his very best. With BJ Watling in the squad, he should be given a go ahead of Corey Anderson. Watling also played all the three Tests and is well accustomed to the Indian conditions than Anderson by now. It has been a while since Watling played an ODI for New Zealand, but it might be worth giving him a go in this match. However, if New Zealand insist on playing a fast bowling all-rounder, they have Jimmy Neesham on the bench as well.

Luke Ronchi will come in next. Ronchi came into bat in the 11th over of the match in the first ODI, but did very little to help his team s cause. He came in with a little under 10 overs to go in the second game and yet again failed to have any sort of impact. He is without a shadow of a doubt an able wicketkeeper for the Kiwis, but New Zealand need a cameo from him, coming at No. 6. Pushing him to No. 5 might help him get his eye in before he goes berserk like we have seen him in the past. READ: India vs New Zealand, 3rd ODI at Mohali: Likely XI for MS Dhoni and co.

Bowlers and all-rounders: Mitchell Santner has been impressive throughout the tour with the ball and also scored an excellent fifty in the Test series. While his primary role will be to provide New Zealabd with those crucial breakthroughs whilst keeping the runs down, Santner will have to do his bit with the bat when his chance arrives. A quick-fire 20 or 25 while batting at No. 7 may help his team a lot. Also, if he is batting with any top-order batsman, he must be able to rotate the strike as well. The same can be said about Anton Devcich, who was played for the first time on this tour in the second ODI. Devcich has always opened the batting for New Zealand in ODIs, but found himself in a peculiar position , batting at No. 8 for in the previous encounter. He could not complete his quota of 10 overs in the previous match as a result of which Guptill had to bowl that one over for him. His inclusion gives a new dimension to the New Zealand team and if he is fit to play, he should start this match as well. If New Zealand decide to drop him, they have leg-spinner Ish Sodhi, who is more than capable enough to fill in Devcich s shoes. READ: India vs New Zealand, 3rd ODI: Key battles for high-voltage encounter

New Zealand are unlikely to mess with their fast bowlers, after they put up an impressive show in the second ODI. Matt Henry, Trent Boult and Tim Southee shared six wickets between them and gave away 128 runs at an economy of 4.37. Boult was the most impressive of the lot, finishing with 2 for 25 in his 10 overs, which included two back-to-back maidens as well. They are most likely to have the support of Devcich and Santner as well. Southee along with being a good bowler, can be handy with the bat lower down the order as it was evident from his 45-ball 55 in the first match at Dharamsala.

New Zealand likely XI for 2nd ODI vs India: Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Corey Anderson/BJ Watling, Luke Ronchi (wk), Mitchell Santner, Anton Devcich/Ish Sodhi, Matt Henry, Tim Southee, Trent Boult

(Pramod Ananth is a reporter at CricketCountry.com. He is a sports enthusiast and a keen observer of cricket, the contests, and its personalities. When not tracking cricket, he follows the world s soccer leagues and is somewhat partial towards Liverpool. His Twitter handle is @pramz)