The Green Park will host its first ever ODI under lights and the groundsmen have been strictly instructed not to discuss the nature of the pitch with anyone after the Pandurang Salgoankar-case. The spinners bounced back well after an off-day in Mumbai.
While skipper Virat Kohli and former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni tried snooker, chinaman spinner Kuldeep Yadav had a go at air hockey.
The onus this time was on the in-form Virat Kohli-led side to bounce back from a rare defeat in Mumbai, and the manner in which India squared the series in Pune amid a pitch-tampering controversy showed exactly why they have become vanquishers of late across all formats.More news: Pasadena police provide details on dispute between Houston Astros managers, hotel guests
Dinesh Karthik has made good on his opportunity to cement his place in the Indian side with a match-winning half-century in the second ODI. Shikhar Dhawan getting a fiftyplus score after six innings was also good news for India.
Shami was part of the Australia series but played only one match in Bengaluru.
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In bowling, the Blackcaps will hope experienced pacers Tim Southee and Trent Boult to provide their side with early breakthroughs. India also lost the T20 worldwide played against England here in January this year.
The series is now level at 1-1, with the New Zealand taking lead in the initial match and the hosts levelling things in the second. In fact, the last time India were cornered by a team - home or away - was back in October when New Zealand and India were locked 2-2 in the ODIs. Obviously, we feel freshened up after the day off (on Friday). I guess it'll be nice to seal the series here.
"India are a tough team in their own conditions as they have shown that over a while". We know that coming to India, the heat is always a challenge. "Pune was relatively nice", Southee concluded.More news: 8 feared dead after helicopter crashes into sea