New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum praised left arm pace bowler Neil Wagner for helping his side beat India by 40 runs in the first test on Sunday even though he was named man of the match for his first innings double century.
The lanky Ishwar Pandey finally got a chance to play a match on this tour of New Zealand in a two-day tour game and his three-wicket haul in 14 overs would surely make him happy after waiting in the wings for three weeks since India landed in this country.
Their morale dented after losing the series, India would be desperate to salvage some lost pride by notching their maiden win on the tour when they take on a sprightly New Zealand in the fifth and final cricket one-dayer on Friday.
Unperturbed by India`s remarkable come-from-behind performance in the thrilling tied third ODI, New Zealand wicket-keeper Luke Ronchi on Monday said with a comfortable 2-0 lead, the hosts are well on course to win the five-match ODI series.
Ravindra Jadeja very nearly pulled off a sensational victory with some lusty hits but could not take India home in the last over as the third one-dayer against New Zealand ended in a nail-biting tie to keep the visitors afloat in the five-match series on Saturday.
New Zealand hope to get back on winning track when they take on India in the first T20 International here tomorrow as it will boost the morale of the side ahead of the World T20 in Sri Lanka starting from September 18.