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India takes on New Zealand in the third and final Test of the three-Test series at Holkar Stadium in Indore. Indore will be hosting its first ever Test, which will be historic, but a 3-0 whitewash by India will make it even more special. India goes into the match an assailable 2-0 lead winning the first Test at Kanpur & then winning the Kolkata Test just a few days ago. Virat Kohli and his band of men have been notching up victories in quite momentous fashion, winning India s 500th Test and its 250th Test on home soil with complete ease. Indore will also enlist-itself as India’s 22nd Test venue, which to remind you is also the city of India s first Test captain Col. CK Nayudu. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs New Zealand, 3rd Test at Indore

Kohli s track record as Indian s Test captaincy has been unblemished and he will want to keep it that way. New Zealand on the other hand, have been out batted and out bowled all through the series. The Kiwis have been troubled with injuries to their crucial players, who can anytime change the flow of the match. Tim Southee, James Neesham, Mark Craig and finally the final nail in the coffin was skipper Kane Williamson, whose absence hurt them the most at Kolkata Test. It is not that the BlackCaps haven t had individuals who stood out and resisted the Indian time and again. ALSO READ: India vs New Zealand, 3rd Test: Gautam Gambhir will play 3rd Test, confirms Virat Kohli

Indian bowlers and mainly their famed batsmen have been challenged in parts making it tough for the home time to romp past the visitors in any of the two concluded Tests. Kohli and the team management will be wanting to this time cement their Test No.1 ranking by winning the final Test at Indore, while New Zealand will be playing for their pride and honor and if not win at least draw a Test. With England nearing Indian shores, it becomes important that the players get ample ground time and do not get complacent on-bit. Even though this is a dead-rubber (kind of) both teams will be eager to outpace each other and attain a psychological high heading into the One-Day International (ODI) series.

Let us read into some of the key clashes that will decide the course of the game in the next 5 days –

Ravichandran Ashwin vs Luke Ronchi: India ace spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has been in top-notch form in Test since the Sri Lankan series last year. Under Indian sub continental conditions he becomes a wicket-taking beast, which is testimony to his wickets tally. Ashwin in this series against New Zealand is the highest wicket from both side with 14 scalps and will look to get a few handfuls more at Indore. For New Zealand Luke Ronchi has provided both resistance and aggression with the bat. Ronchi who has been good form of late was drafted into the side at Kanpur and now has become a pillar of strength. Ronchi against Ashwin has been clean and fluid with his footwork, where other batsmen were tumbling down like ninepin. Ashwin will surely want to pick up Ronchi s wicket that has eluded him in both the Tests.

Cheteshwar Pujara vs Trent Boult: India s best batsmen in the series and a tower of concentration Cheteshwar Pujara has somewhat managed to rub away any criticism which is throw at this way from the media and critics. Pujara has batted with super grit in both the match, which proved as few of the crucial knocks for India. Trent Boult, on the other hand has toiled hard and have been showered with the goods. Boult has picked up 8-wickets so far, has been quick and precise in his spell which has tightened the noose on Indian batsmen. Boult has been lucky with the type of pitched he has been provided and has made sure to use good use of it.

Wriddhiman Saha vs Mitchell Santer : India’s most technically sound player and an nuanced wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha has slowly proved himself to be the backbone of India’s late order resistance. Saha who was yet to announce himself on world stage, cracked his first-ever Test ton in West Indies and has followed them with some resilient and delight batting. For New Zealand Mitchell Santner has proved to be the bright-spot on the tour with his crafty bowling. Santner has looked dangerous and mostly projected himself as a wicket taking bowler. Santner is the third highest wicket taker in the series from both sides combined. Saha on the other hand, being a wicketkeeper has managed to read the spin well and used immaculate footwork against Santner.

Virat Kohli vs Neil Wagner: India s best batsman across format at the moment Virat Kolhi is having a decent series so far. After his multiple failures at Kanpur, Kolhi made it up with a studious knock of 45 under tough conditions and boated his team out of trouble. Kohli downfall at Kanpur was a short-ball by Neil Wagner. Wagner who would much to the batsmen s disgruntlement keeps on bowling bouncer all day long. Wagner has been a major bowling component of New Zealand in the past year or so and has the numbers to back it up. Kolhi will be varying that his form is momentous to India s success in the coming year.

Ravindra Jadeja vs Tom Latham: Ashwin s partner in crime since the pasts few series has been Ravindra Jadeja, and to everyone likes have formed a gruesome twosome. Jadeja with his dart-like bowling and an eye-line trajectory has created problems for the visitors. Jadeja generally picks up heaps of wickets in the first innings and plays a containing part in the second. Tom Latham was a revelation in the Kolkata Test for New Zealand, as he stood tall as the Alps in face of adversity. Latham ensured that his team did not give-up without a fight and lost with pride. Latham used his nibble footwork against spinners to the mark. Jadeja did control Latham at Kolkata, but Indore will be a different story all together.

(Vishal Mehra is a journalist with CricketCountry, who enjoys his weekly dose of anime, monthly viewing of sitcoms, daily playing of cricket once every few hours moon, and currently venturing into table-tennis . His twitter handle is @capturethecatch)