The Bangalore Test between India and New Zealand will be settled pretty much by two factors: how well the Kiwi batsmen face the Indian spinners, and also how much the weather plays spoilsport, considering rain is forecast to be around for the coming days.
The Second and Final Test between India and New Zealand will begin tomorrow at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. India will be eyeing a 2-0 cleansweep in the series having embarrassed the Kiwis in the Hyderabad Test with a big innings victory.
When a Test match ends in four days in spite of the fact that wet weather has caused significant interruptions in the game, you can wonder the kind of domination the victorious side has had against their opponents.
When the Indian team takes the field for the first Test against New Zealand at Hyderabad on Thursday, there will be a sense of hollowness among the fans. After all, this will be the first match India will be playing following the retirement of Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman.
The First Test between hosts India and New Zealand gets underway tomorrow at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Uppal, Hyderabad. There is no contest between the two sides as India have been a former No.1 Test Team while New Zealand have been struggling abroad.
Sent in to bat by the West Indies, and sitting comfortably at 151/3 at tea, New Zealand recklessly crumbled to 260 all out. The hosts then played out the required five overs to be 11 for no loss at stumps.
Little went right for New Zealand at Antigua as they succumbed to yet another defeat in the series against West Indies. And from the evidence on display, it seems not much is likely to change at Sabina Park, Jamaica as well.