New Zealand to exploit Indian 'weakness'

New Zealand defeated India in the first ODI at Napier. The hosts though have lost Adam Milne to a strained abdominal muscle which will keep the talented pacer out for the duration of the series.

updated: January 21, 2014 10:25 IST
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Wellington: New Zealand's joy at exposing a weakness in the Indian armour and beating the top one-day team was tempered Tuesday with the loss of their new strike weapon for the rest of the series.

India's failure to handle short-pitched pace bowling played a large part in their 24-run loss in the opening match of the five ODI series played in Napier on Sunday. (Highlights from Napier ODI | Pics)

But the downside for New Zealand was the loss of rising express bowler Adam Milne with team physiotherapist Paul Close saying on Tuesday that he required a six-week rehabilitation period for a strained abdominal muscle.

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