There was a strikingly similar pattern to India’s loss at Wellington. They bowled first, got a couple of early breakthroughs before Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor rebuild the innings, and led the hosts to a match- winning total.
2013 was a splendid year for India. There were many reasons for the same, but the key factor was the partnership between Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, which saw India get off to many spectacular starts.
When a batsman plays 189 matches, he is often considered an automatic choice in the playing eleven. As of now, Suresh Raina is enjoying this luxury in the Indian team, but considering his consistent failures of late, one wonders for how often.
India are yet to win a game on the tour of New Zealand, but the manner in which they fought back to tie the third game at Auckland, after literally being down in the dumps, was nothing short of a moral victory for the side.