Indian Cricket team arrived in New Zealand to face in-form and power hitting New Zealand team on their rugby fields. MS Dhoni is backing up his bowler while he himself has not been up to the expectations. New Zealand pitches are not going to help Indian seamers a lot, they gonna bang balls on the wicket hard to keep and edge over Kiwis.
Despite India's disastrous South Africa tour bookmakers are backing India in their favourite format of the game.
At home New Zealand levelled ODI series with West Indies and won T20 series. Their morale is high, Jesse Ryder is back with all his blazing guns and he is the one India should be wary of.
Virat Kohli is in excellent form and the young gun seems to be enjoying foreign tours. He will play key role in Indian batting line up. Flamboyant Jesse Ryder can single handedly take away any match with his heavy bat. In-form and playing in his country he could prove to be pain in neck for India's ordinary bowling attack. MS Dhoni hasn't fired in South Africa and if he doesn't score well in this series then he will face the wrath of over a billion Cricket fanatics.
19 January 2014 @ 01:00 GMT/14:00 NZ/ 06:30 IST
McLean Park, Napier
Napier pitch is notoriously a batting and high scoring pitch. 5 years ago England and New Zealand tied a score of 340. When it comes to batting power, India has an edge over New Zealand.
Toss might not play a very important role as the pitch doesn't deteriorate much. With a high scoring pitch Dhoni would love to chase and so would New Zealand. With Dhoni's luck of winning tosses it seems it's going to be a run chase for India.
It's going to be a glorious Sunny day with 29 degree temperature.
New Zealand: BB McCullum (c), CJ Anderson, MJ Guptill, MJ McClenaghan, NL McCullum, KD Mills, AF Milne, JDS Neesham, L Ronchi (wk), JD Ryder, TG Southee, LRPL Taylor, KS Williamson
India squad: MS Dhoni (c & wk), VR Aaron, R Ashwin, STR Binny, S Dhawan, RA Jadeja, V Kohli, B Kumar, A Mishra, Mohammed Shami, IC Pandey, AM Rahane, SK Raina, AT Rayudu, I Sharma, RG Sharma
It has been quite a dull period for blue cap fans since India's miserable performance in South Africa. They will love to see their men in blue overpower underdogs in their favourite form of Cricket.
India to win.