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India out to end Kiwi drought

AFTER securing its first limited-overs series victory in New Zealand, India begins its quest for its first test series win in the country in 41 years, beginning today.

India enters the three-test series in a confident mood after beating New Zealand 3-1 in the rain-affected five-match limited-overs series. New Zealand, which previously won two Twenty20 internationals, regained some confidence when it achieved a consolation victory in the last one-dayer in Auckland on Saturday.

India's batsman, Virender Sehwag particularly, dominated New Zealand's bowlers in the one-dayers played on perfect batting wickets. The reinforcement of the Indian test squad with players such as Rahul Dravid and V.V.S. Laxman promises to make their batting lineup more formidable.

India's finest batsman Sachin Tendulkar is also fit to play after scoring 163 not out in the third match of the one-day series, then missing the last two matches with an abdominal strain.

New Zealand's hope is that the test series will offer both weather and pitch conditions which will better suit its bowlers. India has lost every test series it has played in New Zealand since 1968.

The pitch at Hamilton's Seddon Park has traditionally been helpful to bowlers and is likely to have more early grass-covering.

When the teams last played here in December 2002, both teams failed to make 100 in their first innings and New Zealand won by four wickets chasing 160.

Captain M.S. Dhoni was still reluctant to presume India's ODI success will translate to the test arena, or admit New Zealand's win on Saturday had interrupted his team's momentum.

"Before the one-day series, I was asked the same question because of the Twenty20 defeats," Dhoni said. "We have to start from scratch again. Nothing changes. Particularly when it comes to test cricket, where you have to play consistent cricket over a period of time. I don't think (the defeat) matters when it comes to the last game of a one-day series."


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