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Black Caps lose that winning feeling

18 October 2016



New Zealand eager to revive their fortunes in remaining ODIs after winless tour to date

New Zealand's determination to post a win in India is stronger than ever, but seamer Doug Bracewell is worried they're in danger of forgetting how to do so.

The beleaguered Black Caps arrived in Delhi on Monday eager to revive their fortunes on a tour which has featured three heavy Test losses and a six-wicket defeat in the first one-day international in Dharamsala. They were even outplayed in the drawn warm-up match against Mumbai.

Bracewell says the self-belief remains strong but it's natural for morale to be challenged heading into the second of five ODIs on Thursday.

"It is tough, especially off the Test series that we've just lost as well," he said.

"After a few losses, your determination gets stronger but you want to get one win back just to get that feeling back.

"It was a pretty disappointing start to the series. The beauty of it is we've got four more days to get better."

Bracewell was New Zealand's most effective bowler in Dharamsala, taking 1-44 off eight overs in less-helpful conditions than his Indian pace counterparts enjoyed first up.

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Playing just his 14th ODI, the 26-year-old trapped prolific opener Rohit Sharma lbw for 14 and has placed pressure on the selectors, who rested Trent Boult and Matt Henry for the opener.

New Zealand may want to boost their speed stocks and rest Ish Sodhi or fellow spinner Mitchell Santner given the Feroz Shah Kotla Ground historically has more pace than most Indian surfaces.

Either way, Bracewell says it is important New Zealand don't get too desperate for success.

"It's important not to try to search for it too much.

"When you get beaten, it's easy to look at what you did badly. We just need to stick to what we do best and focus on our own roles and we'll go well."