New Zealand’s Test series at home to India continues on Friday in Wellington, with the Black Caps ahead 1-0 after their win by 40 runs in Auckland.
Venue: Basin Reserve, Wellington
Date: Friday February 14-18
Start time: 22:00 GMT (Feb. 13)
Live on: Sky Sport NZ, Sky Sports 3 (UK)
Weather: According to AccuWeather, Wellington should be largely sunny with some clouds around over the weekend and possible showers on Sunday.
This Test series draws to a conclusion, and it promises to be an exciting game as India look to force the victory that would bring them a tie in the series.
Never particularly good playing away from home, India maintained the poor run of form that has seen them not win a Test series outside their home country since 2011 in the West Indies.
Corey Anderson also continued his encouraging start to international cricket with 77 as New Zealand racked up their total at a rate of 4.13 runs per over.
For the visitors, Ishant Sharma led the bowling effort with 6-134, but their batting fell away as India were bowled out for just 202.
New Zealand could have forced the follow-on but chose not to, and they were then blown away for just 105 in their second innings, with Ross Taylor their leading batsman with 41.
That left India a target of 407 to win, and things looked bad for the Black Caps as Shikhar Dhawan scored 115 for the visitors, who were making good progress towards victory.
However, New Zealand managed to hold their nerve and eventually bowl India out for 366 to win by 40 runs, with Boult, Southee and Wagner once again among the wickets.
Ahead of this match, there has been some controversy for the hosts, who have dropped Jesse Ryder and Doug Bracewell from their squad after a night out before the match in Auckland.
It promises to be a tight game, with India keen to fight back and tie the series and New Zealand determined to hold on to what would be a superb win on home turf.
New Zealand (from): Brendon McCullum (capt.), Peter Fulton, Hamish Rutherford, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Corey Anderson, BJ Watling, Tom Latham, Jimmy Neesham, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult.
India (from): Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt.), Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravindra Jadeja, Zaheer Khan, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Ambati Rayudu, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Wriddhiman Saha, Ishwar Pandey
With 224 in the first innings, New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum is a man in form with the bat in his hand.
The Black Caps’ skipper will want to continue his good run, and he will also be crucial as a leader if his team are to secure a famous series victory over India.
Last time out, Ishant Sharma took nine wickets in the match and exploited helpful conditions for bowling.
He will once again be one of India’s biggest threats with the ball, and New Zealand will need to find a way to combat him if he is to be neutralised.
*Note that all information has been taken from ESPN Cricinfo, unless otherwise stated.
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