The New Zealand vs. India 2014 cricket live stream and televised matchup arrives for United States fans on Thursday night, as the teams finish off their ODI series in New Zealand. The first two matchups were close wins by the Kiwis, while the third ended in a tie situation. Several days ago in Hamilton, New Zealand won yet another close match, gaining victory over the India squad by just 7 runs. What will the result be for the latest televised and live stream New Zealand vs. India cricket ODI match in Wellington?
According to ESPN Cric Info on Jan. 30, the Indian cricket team will now lose its No. 1 overall ranking in the sport after losing this series. The team has been a serious losing streak, with just a tie in their last five matchups, and four losses. A win would be much needed for the team, ahead of their upcoming Test series against this New Zealand team starting Feb. 6 through 10th. India’s Ravindra Jadeja commented to the media on why he believes his team has lost such close matchups to New Zealand in this ODI series:
"I don't think there is a big difference in what the sides are doing. It is about small things. We are making little errors. It is just that we panic a bit, and we have to reduce that percentage. I don't think there is any major problem why we are not clicking in batting and bowling."
Of note for India in this matchup, star player is just one run short away from 8,000 runs during his ODI performances. He’d be the fastest to reach that mark for batting at such a low spot in the side’s order. Of course, Dhoni will be more interested in propelling his team to a victory for once. Hitting a major mark like that and having a brilliant performance could be the way to motivate them.
Meanwhile, as tonight’s 5th ODI goes down in New Zealand, their star Nathan McCullum has talked about the goal now for his side, saying:
"It would be lovely. When we set out for this series, just a win would have been fantastic, but the way we have played in this series, to be as consistent as we have been, 4-0 will be a fantastic result."
Despite the recent losses, India is still a favorite to win this 5th ODI. Odds makers have them priced as slight favorites at -135, while New Zealand is just a +106 underdog. Weather today for Wellington is supposed to be partly cloudy with temperatures in the mid to high 50’s and at 69 degrees at their highest. There’s only a 20% chance of rain in the forecast.
Thursday night, United States cricket fans can enjoy the 5th ODI match of India vs. New Zealand starting at 7:50 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. This match will be live streaming online through the ESPN3 broadband sports network. In addition, U.S. fans who subscribe to the Willow TV cricket service may be able to watch this game live on cable or satellite TV through their respective pay-per-view channels. Check local listings with service providers, or the Willow.TV site for full details on how to order or watch.