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India v New Zealand live & preview 2nd ODI at Delhi

India v New Zealand live & preview 2nd ODI at Delhi Photo: TT

India and New Zealand face each other in the second game of their five match ODI series at the Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi on Thursday, with the hosts holding a 1-0 advantage.

The two countries have met on two previous occasions in ODIs at the venue, with India winning each time. The overall record between the sides in ODIs is very close, with India having won 46 times to the Kiwis 41 victories, with one tie and five fixtures ending in no result due to the weather, in their previous 93 fixtures.

The last time that the sides met in a bilateral series in India, the hosts whitewashed their visitors by 5-0 in 2010. However, the Black Caps have improved massively as an ODI side since then, and are now ranked No.3 by the ICC, just above India.

If The Black Caps are to fight back from their comprehensive defeat by 6-wickets in the first ODI of the series, then they will have to buck a trend that has seen them record just a mere five ODI victories in India.

The question will be, can the Indian bowlers stifle the much vaunted New Zealand batsmen, as they did in the first fixture, where Hardik Pandya, who was making his debut collected the Man of the Match award for his three wickets.

The Indian performance was good at the HPCA Stadium, but they know that their fielding is one area that they need to Improve on, if they are to continue to apply pressure to such a strong batting line up, as that boasted by the visitors. At least two easy catches were put down in the first ODI.

If the rest of the batting can show the same level of application as Tom Latham, who carried his bat for 79 not out in Dharamsala, then the Kiwis may well battle back into the series against a relatively inexperienced Indian side.

Virat Kohli could hold the key yet again for India.

Rajeev mcallister
Sports Pundit staff writer

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