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India won by an innings and 198 runs.

India vs New Zealand

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Last Updated: November 23, 2010 7:17am

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    India win by an innings and 198 runs

    So then India win the match and the series with a pretty convincing victory in Nagpur. New Zealand were always going to struggle after scoring just 193 in the first innings. India responded with 566. The visitors never got going in the second innings as the ball started to turn quite a bit. In the end they fell short by quite a distance as the spinners shared seven wickets between them. Thank you for your company. Don't forget the ODI series starts on Sunday and we will provide you with live commentary of that. Cheers.

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    Over 52 Sharma W-W

    175-9 - Dhoni has had enough of the fun and games and brings Ishant Sharma back into the attack. WICKET! Great move from the Indian skipper as the fast bowler gets the wicket straightaway. Full and straight and Southee looks to go to leg-side (I'm sure you guessed that), but misses the ball. It crashes itno his stumps. The Fat Lady is ready for the opening note as Chris Martin, a geniune No 11, strides out. WICKET! The Fat Lady can now start her song as it takes Sharma one ball to dismiss Martin. Full and straight and there's a big gap between bat and pad. It clips the bails and that is that.

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    Over 51 Harbhajan 0-0-2-0-1-1

    175-8 - McKay looks pretty competent with the bat. He averages 11 in first-class cricket. He clears mid-off and comes back for a second, and then takes one to point. Southee keeps the strike with a single. No need for me to tell you that it was on the leg-side.

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    Over 50 Ojha 1-0-1-6-2-2

    171-8 - Another swipe to the off-side from Southee not middled. One is the result. Play and miss from McKay. He comes forward, but it spins wide of his bat. Southee is down the track again and this time it hits the middle of the bat and goes over the long-on fence. All of Southee's runs have been scored on the leg-side. He gets a couple more twos... yep, to the leg-side.

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    Over 49 Harbhajan 1-0-0-0-0-0

    159-8 - Harbhajan scratches is beard as another ball falls safe. Southee gets a top edge and Sharma runs in from fine leg, but it lands a few metres away. McKay decides to pad up. Bhajji got really excited, but the umpire immediately shook his head.

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    Over 48 Ojha 0-4-0-2-0-0

    158-8 - Andy McKay comes forward and edges it down to third man for a boundary. Again he's on the front foot, but this time it just misses the edge. Another couple of runs to third man, but he was more in control of the shot.

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    Over 47 Harbhajan 1-1-1-0-0-1

    152-8 - Southee takes a single to backward square leg while McKay dabs it to the off for one. Shouts of 'catch' as Southee goes for another big shot. It falls well short of the man at deep midwicket though.

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    Over 46 Ojha 0-0-0-4-0-0

    148-8 - Ojha also gets an opportunity to add more wickets to his tally. He starts with an arm ball straightaway and McKay goes back into his crease to defend. Risky stuff as McCullum was dismissed that way. McKay shows he knows what he's doing as he rocks back to crack it through cover for four.

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    Over 45 Harbhajan 0-2-1-0-1-0

    144-8 - Harbhajan will continue after the break and Tim Southee is the man on strike. Southee defends the first one and then swings it through midwicket, but he doesn't middle it and it's only a couple. He's not going to hang around. He uses his feet next ball, but it's one down the ground. McKay is happy to turn over the strike.

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    Welcome back

    There are smiles on the faces of all the Indian players as they march out to the middle. Why wouldn't they be happy? Victory is within their sight. Tim Southee and Andy McKay look a little more serious.

  • Lunch

    Seven wickets in that extended session, and you have to suspect this won't last long after lunch. Southee should keep things interesting with his ability to hit a long ball, but India need just two wickets to claim series victory when play resumes in 40 minutes. Join us then.

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    Over 44 Ojha 0-0-0-0-0-0

    140-8 - Ojha is given the ball for the final over of the session, but McKay sees his team safely through to the lunch interval.

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    Over 43 Harbhajan 6-0-0-1-3-6

    140-8 - Huuuuge six from Southee, who comes down the track to get to the pitch of the ball and smashes it well over long-on. This is a reasonable size boundary and that went a fair way back. He's very nearly out stumped next ball though, but gets his bat down in the nick of time. He actually slammed the bat down in such a hurry that it bounced, and the third umpire had a difficult decision to make as to whether the bat was down or up again when the bails were removed. In the end he gives the benefit to the batsman, which seems fair. A single puts Andy McKay on strike, and he drives through cover off the back foot. There's absolutely no-one there though, and Harbhajan ends up running all the way to the boundary to field off his own bowling and save a run. Then Southee hammers another massive six over long-on to end an entertaining over.

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    Over 42 Raina 0-0-0-W-0-0

    124-8 - WICKET! Raina has a golden arm this morning! He traps Vettori lbw with one that doesn't turn much at all. Just drifts into him from around the wicket and hits him on the knee roll in front of middle. Fairly easy decision for Taufel, who gives it some thought and the raises the finger to send Vettori on his way.

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    Over 41 Harbhajan 0-0-1-0-0-0

    124-7 - Well I dare say I saw this coming at the beginning of the day, and New Zealand now look quite likely to be bowled out just after lunch. They've finally had to contend with some proper Indian conditions and they've been found wanting, although their downfall was set up on the opening day. Vettori clips to square leg for a single, and Southee is nearly bowled around his legs trying to sweep.

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    Over 40 Raina 1-W-0-0-0-0

    123-7 - WICKET! Raina is rewarded for a good day of fielding by being given the ball, and he strikes with just his second delivery. Ryder decided he wanted to dictate terms to the part-time offspinner, but comes down the track and hits straight to Ishant at mid-off. He was trying to clear him, of course, but failed. Raina gets a slap on the head from all his disbelieving teammates. New Zealand's tail is exposed now, but Tim Southee is able to see off the rest of the over quite easily.

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    Over 39 Harbhajan 0-0-0-0-0-0

    122-6 - Harbhajan is actually struggling with the amount the ball is turning, which means he has to start on middle and leg and turn the ball away from the left-handers. As soon as he drifts onto off stump the batsmen can leave it too easily. Ryder has a couple of booming drives well stopped by Raina at short cover.

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    Over 38 Ishant 4-0-0-0-4-0

    122-6 - Vettori seemed to be expecting a short ball first up, and was in position to be inside the line and pull it away fine immediately. He gets four after executing the shot perfectly, and Ishant follows it up with another short one. This time the New Zealand skipper ducks under it, but as Ishant bowls a third short ball - this time not as short as the first two - he pulls it straight into Gambhir at short leg. The two of them share a joke about it, and then later in the over Vettori punches through cover off the back foot for four.

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    Over 37 Harbhajan 1-0-0-0-0-3

    114-6 - Ryder is nearly run out - or at least his runner, Guptill, is nearly run out - taking a quick single to cover. A direct hit and he would have been gone. Harbhajan has two left-handers to bowl at now, but Vettori gets off the mark in style, sweeping through midwicket for three.

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    Over 36 Ishant 1lb-1-0-0-W-0

    110-6 - WICKET! Bowled 'im! That kept low, leaving Williamson with little chance to get his bat down as the ball zooted into off stump. He could perhaps have come forward to that as it wasn't so short, but in fact his feet hardly went anywhere as he found himself trapped on the crease. Daniel Vettori in now as New Zealand's last recognised batsman.

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Match Details

Date
20th - 23rd Nov 2010
Toss
Venue
Nagpur
Umpires
N J Llong and S J A Taufel

new zealand BATTING CARD

Batsman R
McIntosh lbw b Singh 8
McCullum lbw b Ojha 25
Hopkins c Gambhir b Singh 8
Guptill lbw b Ojha 0
Taylor c Sub b Singh 29
Ryder c Sharma b Raina 22
Williamson b Sharma 8
Vettori lbw b Raina 13
Southee b Sharma 31
McKay not out 20
Martin b Sharma 0
Extras 10b, 1lb 11
Total Close, 51.2 Overs 175
Full Batting Card

india BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
Sreesanth 7 3 25 0
Sharma 6.2 2 15 3
Ojha 17 2 67 2
Singh 19 4 56 3
Raina 2 1 1 2
Full Bowling Card