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New Zealand call up Sodhi, Tickner for third ODI against India
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New Zealand call up Sodhi, Tickner for third ODI against India

New Zealand have recalled Ish Sodhi and Blair Tickner to boost their illness-marred squad for the final ODI of the three-match series against India.

Tim Southee, Mitchell Santner and Scott Kuggeleijn are all struggling with various illnesses, putting doubts over their participation in Tuesday's contest.

Despite being unfit, Southee still managed to play the second ODI for New Zealand since the hosts had exhausted their back-up resources owing to injury woes. The veteran seamer delivered a terrific match-winning spell that included the prized scalp of Virat Kohli before leaving the field halfway through India's chase.

Both Sodhi and Tickner were busy in New Zealand A's second unofficial Test against India A but have been withdrawn from the match to take part in the senior squad's training session on the eve of the third ODI.

Sodhi had played in the home team's win in the series opener at Hamilton where he claimed the wicket of Kohli but could only bowl four overs as India racked up a daunting total almost touching the 350-run mark. Tickner's last appearance for New Zealand was during their T20I series whitewash at the hands of India last month.

New Zealand currently boast an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series heading into the last fixture. Although stand-in skipper Tom Latham has done a marvellous job leading the team across these two games, the Black Caps would be hoping regular captain Kane Williamson recovers in time for the 50-over clash.