After winning the first ODI in impressive fashion, New Zealand were brought back to earth by India in the 2nd ODI. With the decider taking place today, this is the 3rd time these two have locked horns for a decider (1995, 1999, 2016).
After the penultimate training session, Kiwi pacer Tim Southee has admitted that India will forever be a tough place to win for them: “We had a good day’s training (today), was nice yesterday where we freshened up and got away from everything on an extra free day.Obviously coming into a series decider in India is pretty exciting. There was an air of excitement around the guys today at training. We’ve freshened up after the day off yesterday. The series is on the line tomorrow. That’s what we play for. It’ll be nice to seal the series here. But India are a tough team in their own conditions as they have shown that over a while. It’s very tough to win over here. They are obviously are playing very well at the moment. A lot of sides have come to India and walked away empty handed. We did that last year. Hopefully we won’t this year”.
Southee added, “We know that coming to India, the heat is always a challenge. What we experienced in Mumbai was something some of the players never experienced before…the humidity and the amount of fluids lost. Pune was relatively nice. It’s different again here”.
Speaking about the decoder. Southee said, “I guess we’ll have to see what the surface offers tomorrow and try and adapt as quick as possible. Obviously it’s a different ground and it offers different challenges, so if we can adapt to that quickly and see what is working then it’ll help us go a long way. As I said, a lot of good sides have come here and haven’t been able to move India over, so it’ll be very satisfying if we could tomorrow.”
The match will take place in Kanpur on Sunday (October 29).