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Tuesday, November 30, 2010



After losing last test match  and first  ODI Kiwis must be hungry to win at any cost but problem with them is that their star players are plagued with injuries and that makes them vulnerable. Daryl Tuffey already withdrawn from the series and flying back home due to bicep strain. Captain Vettori and Brendon McCullum having sour backs. Ross Taylor looked in discomfort and used runner in last match. Jesse Ryder already departed for home before the start of the series. So there is plenty of problems for Kiwi side. If we look at India squad they also have rested their star players for this series, so competition is even between both teams but after victory in first ODI, Indian team looks much more confident and at advantage.

Tomorrow's contest will be crucial for both the teams as  Team India will try  to strengthen their position in the series by winning it and Kiwis will try to come-back in the series to add some spice to the competition. Tomorrow if Vettori and Brendon McCullum play in the match then that will give great chance to Kiwis to win the match because  the experience of both these players will boost the confidence of entire team Andy Mckay will also play crucial role in tomorrow's encounter because of his good from with ball. On the other side India will try to negate the importance of these players by performing better than Guwahati where  they were not able to play their full quota of 50 overs as they got all-out in 49th over itself. I hope Team India don't repeat this mistake. I also hope Indians don't get complacent because of win in last match and lose the match because of over-confidence. It will also be a crucial match for Yuvraj Singh to further strengthen his place in the side because Team India needs player like Yuvraj Singh who can change the course of the match within over or two. Keeping World-Cup in the mind, it is also important that Yuvraj remains fit and get into his top form as quickly as possible because apart from his batting abilities, he is also handy with the ball on sub-continent pitches and that gives the flexibility to the captain to go in with additional batsman or bowler.

Toss will also play crucial role at Jaipur because it will be day-night affair and team which win the toss will choose to ball first because of dew factor during this time of the year in this part of the country. Dew will  give certain advantage to the batting team under lights as ball will not grip the surface and spinners will also not able to hold the wet ball. So if India have to win then  first of all Gambhir will  have to be lucky with the toss because Indians rely heavily on their spinners at home. Lastly I must mention about Virat Kohli, all eyes will be on him tomorrow to see whether he will be able to score 3rd consecutive hundred or not. A rare feat to achieve in ODIs, pressure will be immense on Kohli tomorrow and if he scores century tomorrow then he will establish himself in this Indian team permanently. I think he has class in him to do so.

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