Feb 6, 2014
India and New Zealand take on each other in the first Test at Eden Park, Auckland. India would be eyeing redemption after the humiliating 0-4 defeat in the One-Day Internationals (ODIs). New Zealand would want to assert their dominance at home against an Indian unit that is still finding its feet.
There’s a forecast of rain in Auckland and the overcast conditions could make a huge difference. Moreover, the drop-in pitches could have uneven bounce initially — assisting the pacers. After the initial two days, the conditions might ease up for batting. Not to forget that coach Mike Hesson is still eager to test the Indians with short balls.
India have a challenge ahead of them and it would be interesting to see how they live up to it. The last time around, in 2009, they defeated a weaker Kiwi team 1-0 in tests but this time, it’s not a walkover. June 2011 was the last time the Indians won an away Test match. It’s time Dhoni and his team sets the record straight away before it becomes a psychological scar.
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