They came to India as no hopers. Having just lost a one day series 4-0 in Bangladesh they could hardly have been in a confident frame of mind when they landed in this country to take on India in a three-Test series. The cynics were talking of a clean sweep and there was talk of the lustrous batting line-up running up all sorts of records against the innocuous bowling. After all, the Indian team had proved too strong for Australia in the two-Test contest, were the No 1 Test team and were particularly formidable at home having lost just one series in the last ten years. New Zealand on the other hand had a forgettable record in India having won just two Tests and lost ten. The odds were heavily stacked in favour of the home side.
And yet, two-thirds of the way into the series the visitors have more than held their own and in fact had India in a precious situation in the first Test. Only once before in their long history have India made a worse start than the 15 for five they wereRead More »from Bowling not up to the mark