After winning the toss, Team India set themselves the challenge of defending a total after fine half-centuries from Rohit Sharma, Shikar Dhawan, along with valuable contributions from Dhoni, Kohli, Rayudu, and Kedar Jadhav helped India post a total over 324/4 from 50 overs.
India remained unchanged, which meant Vijay Shankar and Kedar Jadhav were expected to combine to fill the fifth bowler spot.
New Zealand made two changes. In what could be an ominous sign for him, Tim Southee was the fast bowler given the boot as New Zealand strengthened their lower middle order by introducing Colin de Grondhomme there. Southee has not had a great time of it since the last World Cup, which was the last time the white ball swung traditionally for a considerable period of time. The other change was wristspinner Ish Sodhi replacing fignerspinner Mitchell Santner.
India 1 Rohit Sharma, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Virat Kohli (capt.), 4 Ambati Rayudu, 5 Kedar Jadhav, 6 MS Dhoni (wk), 7 Vijay Shankar, 8 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 9 Kuldeep Yadav, 10 Mohammed Shami, 11 Yuzvendra Chahal
New Zealand 1 Martin Guptill, 2 Colin Munro, 3 Kane Williamson (capt.), 4 Ross Taylor, 5 Tom Latham (wk), 6 Henry Nicholls, 7 Colin de Grondhomme, 8 Doug Bracewell, 9 Lockie Ferguson, 10 Ish Sodhi, 11 Trent Boult