New Zealand vs India 1st Test preview: Hosts confident of upsetting MS Dhoni and Co.

After routing India in the ODI series, New Zealand team is all set to maintain momentum against MS Dhoni and world No. 2 side in the 2-Tests as well.

updated: February 05, 2014 19:29 IST
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Auckland: New Zealand are quietly confident of being able to exploit the green state of the Eden Park wicket and upset India in the first Test starting in Auckland on Thursday.

A combination of a bowler-friendly pitch and the success of the same XI, who won back-to-back Tests in similar conditions against the West Indies in December, meant the selection was a no brainer for captain Brendon McCullum. (Also read: India's No. 2 Test ranking under threat)

"It's a bit of both. It's a nice luxury to be able to continue with the same team, and obviously the pitch as well," he said Wednesday.

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