In light of my recent pledge to support New Zealand to the dying light of Day 5 of this Test, here is what I will offer on the Wellington test:
With India taking the offer of light, already leading by 531, it's looking just dandy for New Zealand. India have 5 wickets remaining and 2 more days of play, with weather reports looking a little sketchy. Assuming it doesn't rain, New Zealand have one goal: to win this match. Win, not draw. That was the deal I struck with myself.
Here's how they'll do it: Tomorrow, New Zealand will rush in and bowl India out before they can declare. India will probably be looking for a target of 550-600 probably the latter, as they still have plenty of time to go about this. That's why New Zealand need the psychological edge. Take 5 wickets, scare the crap out of India, then go in and annihilate them. 600+ is an easy score. NZ can do it in their sleep.
Sure they can.
This isn't going very well for me.
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