New Zealand looking to address 'key issues' ahead of second ODI
New Zealand have highlighted two ‘obvious’ areas where they need to improve for second one-day international against India – batting and bowling.
India exposed a huge gap between the world's second and third-ranked sides when they got home by eight wickets in the series opener at Napier.
Shikhar Dhawan, who finished with an unbeaten on 75 as India chased down a paltry 156, said there was pressure on all the players to perform well if they wanted to make into the squad.
"The competition is always there in our side," he said Friday on the eve of the second ODI in Mount Maunganui.
"Everyone has been performing really well. Our strength (of depth) is very good."
‘Severely outplayed by India’
While India have plenty of talent available, New Zealand swing bowler Trent Boult noted the home side's issues in the two key areas.
"I think it's obvious we know where we went wrong," he said. "We were severely outplayed the other day."
After winning the toss and opting to bat first in first ODI, New Zealand were skittled out for 157 in 38 overs.
Boult said New Zealand needed to set a solid platform at the start of the innings "and obviously put a good target on the board... it's about batting in partnerships and taking the game deep so we can really cash in in those later overs."
‘Early wickets kill you’
Mohammed Shami nipped out the New Zealand openers in his first two overs but Boult and his new ball partner Tim Southee were unable to make a similar breakthrough.
"We know that early wickets in this format kind of kill you," Boult said, saying New Zealand needed to be aggressive with the new ball.
"If we can get three wickets in the first 10 overs, we know what pressure that puts on the rest of the team in the shed.
"They are human and they do make mistakes."
New Zealand played Mitchell Santner as their only spinner in Napier but may add leg-spinner Ish Sodhi to the line-up for the second ODI following the success of India's spin pair Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal, who shared six wickets between them in the opener of the five-ODI series.