New Zealand vs India: MS Dhoni & Co. chase first win of series in Wellington

Having conceded the five-match series 3-0 to New Zealand, MS Dhoni-led Indian side will play with the hope of their first victory in coloured clothing in the fifth and final ODI on Friday ahead of the two-Test series.

updated: January 30, 2014 14:15 IST
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Wellington: Their morale dented after losing the series, India would be desperate to salvage some lost pride by notching their maiden win on the tour when they take on an upbeat New Zealand side in the fifth and final ODI in Wellington on Friday. Team India have lost much in the past two weeks, in lieu of a 3-0 series loss as also the climb-down from their number one ODI ranking. (Very difficult for India to defend World Cup: Sunil Gavaskar)

The visitors lost the first ODI in Napier by 24 runs, then went down in Hamilton by 15 runs, tied the third ODI in Auckland, but lost the fourth in Hamilton by seven wickets to squander the series. (Ross Taylor reveals NZ tactic of not giving away wickets to Indian spinners)

At the Westpac Stadium on Friday, they will be playing for more than just pride. A consolation win will mean that the series will end at 3-1 rather than 4-0, the latter a very embarrassing score-line if it indeed comes to pass. Even so, victory will only restore so much respectability for the reigning world champions, considering how awfully wrong things have gone for Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his team ever since they stepped out of home in early December. (Simon Doull slams 'rigid' India's selection policy)

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