Positive intent for Rahane
The 22-yard strip at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch couldn't be separated from the outfield due to its lush green cover on Thursday. Many feel that the ball might come on to the bat better here than in Wellington, where the surface offered spongy bounce.
Ajinkya Rahane is expecting there will be good pace and bounce on this wicket.
"I generally don't see the wicket before the game. But see whatever we expected, we got in Wellington, we expect the same here. The India A guys played here and Hanuma (Vihari) was telling us that the wicket was much better.
"There is good pace and bounce on this wicket.