PUNE: New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat first against India in the second one-day international Wednesday after officials gave the Pune match the go-ahead following a pitch-tampering controversy.
“We´ll bat. It looks like a good surface so we´ll try to make the most of it first up,” said Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson after the coin landed in his favour.
Williamson said New Zealand would start with the same 11 that stunned India by six wickets in the first ODI in Mumbai on Sunday.
A win for New Zealand at the Maharashtra Cricket Association stadium in the western city of Pune would see the Kiwis secure the three-match series with a game to spare.
Indian captain Virat Kohli made one change from the team that lost on Sunday as the hosts, three places above New Zealand in the world rankings, bid to keep the contest alive.