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Toss smiles on Dhoni, decides to bat

Published: Friday, March 6, 2009, 8:04 [IST]
 
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India wins toss, elect to bat

Wellington: Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and elected to bat first in the second ODI at Christchurch on Friday.

India is confident after their batting clicked in the first ODI of the series with Virender Sehwag, Suresh Raina and skipper MS Dhoni notching half-centuries and Yuvraj Singh, Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir and Yusuf Pathan have also been striking the ball well.

India have not made any change from the side that won the 1st ODI.Delhi pacer Ishant Sharma could not make it into the playing XI.

For New Zealand, Brendon McCullum will play as a specialist batsman and Peter McGlashan will keep wickets. Neil Broom has been dropped.

Vettori realises that if India extend their lead on Friday, it would be a Herculean task for New Zealand to comeback into the five-match series.

For the record, the teams have clashed in 77 One-dayers so far, with India winning 37 and losing 35. If the predicted showers don't disrupt the proceedings on Friday, India should positively improve on their statistics.

Teams:

India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Captain), Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Yusuf Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, Praveen Kumar, Zaheer Khan and Munaf Patel.

New Zealand: Daniel Vettori (Captain), Jesse Ryder, Brendon McCullum, Martin Guptill, Ross Taylor, Grant Elliott, Jacob Oram, Kyle Mills, Iain Butler, Iain O'Brien and Peter McGlashan

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