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Time Kiwis match India’s batting

Indian batsmen have slowly got the measure of the conditions and New Zealand will have to play out of their skin to beat India, writes Sourav Ganguly.

india Updated: Mar 07, 2009 00:46 IST

India batted well in a rain-affected match in Wellington. Sehwag, once again, gave India a flying start, but he must be thinking of converting his 50s and 60s into hundreds more consistently, for his conversion rate isn't as great in ODIs as it's in Test matches. Sachin also got some runs in the ODIs after sometime. He was a bit tentative to start with, but soon turned it around with his experience.

Indian batsmen have slowly got the measure of the conditions and New Zealand will have to play out of their skin to beat India. The wickets are seaming much less this time around and if the Kiwis don't match the batting strength of their counterparts, the series will go only one way. I think the hosts need to leave a bit more juice in the wicket as their only chance to beat India lies in bowling them out cheaply.

Ishant again missed the action due to a shoulder injury. He is a young lad with lot of playing years ahead of him; hopefully the support staff will not rush him early into this one-day series. There are still three Test matches to be played, and they should monitor him carefully and bring him back only when he is completely fit and pain free.

New Zealand is a lovely place to tour, especially for Indians as they can roam around freely without any restrictions and security hindrances.

Coming to security, questions are being raised in this regard, which is quite understandable, but India is a much more secure country than Pakistan and the players need not worry about it. I am sure the Indian government will provide adequate security to the players like they did to the English team last December.

As for Pakistan, It will be in everyone's interest, including that of Pakistan, if they play away games and stop thinking about teams touring Pakistan.