New Zealand hold the aces heading into the second one-day international against India. The Black Caps managed an impressive 24-run victory in the first game and hold a 1-0 series lead.
What: New Zealand vs. India, second ODI
Venue: Seddon Park, Hamilton
When: Wednesday, Jan. 22
Start time: 1 a.m. GMT/2 p.m. local time
Live on: Sky Sport NZ, Sky Sports 3 UK
Weather: From the weather desk of Accuweather, the news is not good. Rain, drizzle and cool temperatures are forecast for most of the day. If a game happens at all, it's likely to be shortened.
With their tails up and a couple of good individual performances under their belts, New Zealand will definitely feel they have the edge over India heading into the second ODI.
Right from the start of the first game, the Black Caps went out all guns blazing. The bowlers exploited the use of bouncers to target India, and although Virat Kohli still managed a hundred, New Zealand's relentless approach earned them a win.
Napier ODI stats: Kohli becomes fastest to reach 18 ODI tons, in 119 innings. Previous best: Ganguly (174 innings) http://t.co/RMuDqASik8— CricketNDTV (@CricketNDTV) January 19, 2014
India have now won just one out of their last five ODIs, while New Zealand have lost two. Momentum is a phrase that's bandied about a lot when it comes to limited-overs cricket, but it surely does count for something, especially when the games come together thick and fast.
The hosts have that right now and it is up to them to use that to their advantage. New Zealand lack standout stars—in comparison to India, at least—so it's important for every single member of the team to play their part, just like they did in Napier.
The weather will play a big role in the approach of both teams and it will be crucial to keep an eye on it at the toss. It's all set up for another exciting prospect of pace barrages and India's approach to it. If the first game was anything to go by, it certainly will be another tough contest.
For India, there is extra motivation to walk away with a win. If they lose the second ODI, they will be knocked off the No. 1 spot in one-day cricket for the time being, with Australia taking over.
Kane Williamson's effort of 71 off 88 was one of the key knocks of New Zealand's innings. He stabilised the batting after the top order collapsed.
It's that kind of terrier-like attitude which can help New Zealand get over the line.
With his four for 55 in the first ODI, although expensive, Mohammed Shami showed that he is growing as a bowler. With a little bit of TLC, he could certainly be the leader of India's attack.
Support from his fellow bowlers will be crucial in keeping the run rate down as Shami can do what he does best: take wickets.
Martin Guptill, Jesse Ryder, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Brendon McCullum (c), Corey Anderson, Luke Ronchi(w), Nathan McCullum, Tim Southee, Kyle Mills, Mitchell McClenaghan, James Neesham, Hamish Bennett
Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni(w/c), Ajinkya Rahane, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Stuart Binny, Ishwar Pandey, Varun Aaron, Ambati Rayudu, Amit Mishra
Squads and statistics via Cricinfo