India will need to win this match to keep the series-winning hope alive.
Kedar Jadhav will look to prove his big-hitting abilities.
New Zealand are without the services of regular captain Kane Williamson.
NZ will be hoping for a series-clinching victory to shut out controversies surrounding their coach Gary Stead.
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Venue Details and Pitch Report
08 Feb, 07:30 AM IST
Eden Park, Auckland
Bruce Oxenford, Christopher Brown
The pitch will assist the bowlers initially but will become better for batting as the match goes on.
No rainfall expected. Hot and sunny weather.
After a high run-chase, New Zealand will enter into the second match with the mindset of wrapping up the series. However, a serious thought would go into a change of bowling plan to curtail a strong Indian batting line-up. On the other hand, India will be hoping for their new openers to fire and will take motivation from the 2-1 comeback series win against Australia at home.