After losing 5 games in a row in the T20I series against India, New Zealand pulled off a surprise in the first ODI as they came out on top much to visitors’ annoyance. Thanks to Ross Taylor’s match-winning ton that helped the team take a 1-0 lead in the three-match ODI series.
Despite scoring a humongous total of 347, India failed to defend the target as they lacked the killer instinct to keep the Kiwis in check. The riveting action shifts to the second ODI which is scheduled to be played at Eden Park, Auckland on February 8, Saturday.
New Zealand are just a win away from winning the series. But, they still have a lot of catching up to do to work on some areas to post a threat to India. They last won a series against India in January 2014, defeating them 4-0 in a five-match series at home.
India are favourites to level the series
For Virat Kohli-led team, it is do-or-die match as they will be determined to bounce back from the four-wicket defeat at Seddon Park, Hamilton. They still have all the advantages heading into Eden Park and are favourites to level the series.
India’s huge concern will be in the bowling unit, which has been a tad expensive in recent times. However, it is worth applauding that they hold all the aces in pulling the game back in the death overs.
According to the meteorological department, the weather is expected to be clear at Eden Park for the match day. The 10% chances of rain are negligible and there will be no interruptions. Needless to say, with 64% high humidity, there is a massive chance of dew in the night.