Having secured a thrilling victory in the first Test, New Zealand will aim to make it 2-0 when they will meet India for the second Test in Wellington on Friday.
The Black Caps, who won the preceding five-match one-day international series 4-0, secured a heart-stopping 40-run victory in the opening Test in Auckland to claim 1-0 lead in the series and will be now looking to press home their advantage to further improve a terrifically consistent and gratifying summer of cricket.
India, on the other hand, will aim to snap their nightmarish losing streak and salvage some pride at the end of disastrous tour.
|What: India vs New Zealand 2nd Test||When: Feb 14-18, 2014|
|Time: 11:00 local | 22:00 GMT | 03:00 PKT||Venue: Basin Reserve, Wellington|
|Live Streaming: Sky Sports 2|
The defeat at Auckland extended India’s winless streak in overseas Tests to 14 matches and now nothing less than a win could save their world. No 2 Test ranking. India’s last overseas Test series victory came against West Indies in 2011.
New Zealand innovatively exploited the conditions and dominated almost eight sessions in Auckland before losing the ground and then bouncing back in a dramatic fashion to secure an incredible win.
Skipper Brendon McCullum was the catalyst of New Zealand victory in the series-opener as he notched up a magnificent double-century to help the home side manage a colossal total of 503. New Zealand seamers continued to thwart the Indian batsmen with short-length deliveries and skittled out the tourists out for 202.
New Zealand, after opting not to impose follow-on, failed to replicate their first innings show and witnessed a horrific collapse to capitulate for 105 in the second dig. India, in quest of 407-run target, rode on Shikhar Dhawan’s century to set the tone of a competitive chase but Black Caps seam trio Neil Wagner, Tim Southee and Trent Boult delivered catastrophic spells to take the match away from tourists.
New Zealand have shown a greater level of maturity in the recent months following years of agonizing decline, during which During these years New Zealand groomed their youngblood players
Black Caps, who win two home Tests against West Indies in December last year, have only once won four Tests in a row in their Test history. On the previous occasion in 2005, their two victorious came against Zimbabwe, but it is a chance for them to replicate the feat against a top-level opposition.
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Having notched a glorious 224 in their first Test, Brendon McCullum would be in the spotlight again in Wellington. He is 91 short of becoming only the fourth New Zealand batsman to complete 5000 Test runs.
Ishant Sharma capitalized the helpful conditions in Auckland to beg nine wickets in the match and he will be again India’s trump card in Wellington.
New Zealand’s most reliable batsman at No. 4, Ross Taylor, will miss the second Test to be with her heavily pregnant wife. He will be replaced by uncapped 21-year-old batsman Tom Latham. If hosts decide to play an extra seamer on the green pitch, Jimmy Neesham would also be handed out his maiden Test cap.
India are unlikely to make any change in the squad. Ravindra Jadeja`s excellent fielding and belligerent batting approach still keeping him ahead of Ravichanran Ashwin.
Brendon McCullum (Captain), Corey Anderson, Kane Williamson, Peter Fulton, Trent Boult, Hamish Rutherford, James Neesham, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Tom Latham, BJ Watling (wk).
India: MS Dhoni (Captain/Wicketkeeper), Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Mohammad Shami, Umesh Yadav, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ambati Rayudu, Ishwar Pandey.