New Zealand must win first ODI, says Shane Bond

Whilst comparing both line-ups, Shane Bond was of the opinion that the two sides are pretty equal.

updated: January 17, 2014 22:57 IST
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Napier: Ahead of their five-match one-day series against the visiting Indian team, New Zealand bowling coach Shane Bond has asked his boys to rise up to the challenge of facing world's number one ODI team and put them under pressure by winning the first game here on Sunday.

"I think everyone is really excited about this tour by the Indian team. They are a fantastic unit and we are playing at home, in conditions that aren't really familiar to them. They have some ferocious batsmen so do we and both sides have good bowlers," said the former Black Caps' fast bowler.

"It will be an interesting contest and I am hoping for a fantastic ODI series followed up by an equally intriguing Test series," he added.

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