India-New Zealand battle shifts to Wellington

Published: Thursday, March 5, 2009, 16:35 [IST]
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Windy Wellington awaits upbeat India

Wellington: India would be keen to carry forward the winning momentum as they take on New Zealand in the second One-day at Wellington on Friday.

Desperate to return to the fold, Ishant Sharma is making steady progress even as experts continue to caution Dhoni against straining him too much in the one-day series.

"I will be available for the second one-dayer so I think it's good for me," Ishant said before the first one-dayer. "I'm not bowling in the nets even now. Before, I couldn't even lift my shoulder but now it's getting better."

India's batting, which had come a cropper in the T20s, revved up into top gear with Virender Sehwag, Suresh Raina and skipper MS Dhoni serving notice with half centuries in the first ODI at Napier.

New Zealnad would be itching to square the series at at a ground that has been "exceptionally lucky" for them in the past.

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