The India vs. New Zealand 2014 live stream cricket matchup continues for United States fans to enjoy online Tuesday night. It will be the 2nd ODI match between the two powerhouses of the sport, with New Zealand capturing the first meeting at Napier by 24 runs. Can India bounce back to take the second meeting between these two cricket squads?
A Jan. 21 pre-match report at ESPN Cric Info notes that India stars Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni were close to helping their team win the first ODI all on their own. It’s also noted that New Zealand went at the Indian team hard for the first matchup, but will still need to bring their best stuff for the second go-round. The first ODI featured plenty of back-and-forth action but New Zealand bowler Mitchell McClenaghan did severe damage with his performance in the match. He should soon become the second-fastest player to 50 ODI wickets because of that, as he currently has 47 in 19 games.
McClenaghan said post-game with regards to how New Zealand will continue their aggressive play:
"We're not going to be nice to them, we're going to get in their face and let them know that we're here and we're going to put our mark on the build-up to the World Cup."
New Zealand currently seems to have momentum here, as they’ve won three of their past five matches. Meanwhile, India will really need to step their efforts up as they are just 1-4 in their last five outings. To the advantage of India, and the disadvantage of New Zealand, will be the loss of Adam Milne. The latest injury reports indicate that the bowler will be replaced by Kyle Mills for the upcoming ODI.
Weather could play a major factor in the behavior of the pitch in this ODI and the rest of the series. There’s been an observed trend recently “of slowness and assistance for spinners” at the Seddon Park grounds. Today’s weather report calls for mostly cloudy skies and a temperature of about 64 degrees. There’s only a 20% chance for rain at Hamilton.
For today’s matchup, odds makers seem to believe in India’s chances of bouncing back from the 1st ODI loss. A line over at the 5Dimes website has India at -150 on the money line as the favorite. Meanwhile, New Zealand is +130 as today’s underdogs.
Tuesday night's India vs. New Zealand 2nd ODI match has a scheduled start time of 7:50 p.m. Eastern Standard Time for United States viewers. The game will be live streaming from ESPN3 broadband sports network around the country. The ESPNCricInfo should also have the live video feed online upon the game's start time.