All eyes on Christchurch weather
The Black Caps and India are promising fireworks in tomorrow's Twenty20 match in Christchurch, and they are hoping Christchurch's fickle weather can come to the party.
The city's gloomy skies brightened enough today to allow India some last-minute preparations, and it is those changeable conditions that have the tourists guessing.
"If it's cloudy and it rains you may see seamers getting the help," says captain MS Dhoni, "but too much and the ball gets a bit soggy and it helps the batsmen, so it'll be interesting."
But this Indian side appears comfortable with whatever may be thrown at it. The team of superstars now seems to draw strength from its collective talent.
"We don't rely on individuals, we don't rely on a particular bowler or batsman," says Dhoni. "The whole team is performing."
And Black Caps captain Daniel Vettori says the tourists' aggression will definitely make for a spectacle, "that brought into a Twenty20 game with our own aggressive intent with the likes of Ryder, McCullum and Taylor up the top of the order, means there's going to be plenty of runs."
The Black Caps' most recent Twenty20 matches have been nothing if not eventful. Late last year the series against the West Indies featured a one-over tie-breaker, then earlier this month the team fell a heartbreaking one run short against Australia.
"I haven't played in too many Twenty20s that haven't been good games, whether they're high scoring or low scoring," says Vettori.
"You can always expect lots of fun and enjoyment and good cricket for the spectators, because that's what Twenty20 is all about," says Dhoni.
With the preparations almost out of the way, all eyes will now be on tomorrow's weather.