India vs New Zealand
India Won By 40 Runs
Mills and McCullum gave the hosts a bit of a scare, but ultimatley they take the win thanks largely to Kohli's ton and respective three-fors from Yuvraj, Sreesanth and Ashwin.
Over 45.2 Sreesanth W-W
236-10 - Sreesanth's return to the attack brings the final nails to New Zealand's coffin, with McCullum falling in the covers and Mills holing out off the top edge.
Over 45 Nehra 0-1-2-0-4-0
236-8 - Under fading skies and with no floodlights around, Nehra continues as this game goes a touch more down to the wirre than we would have anticipated five overs ago.
Over 44 Munaf 1-4-1-2-4-1
229-8 - Superb placement from Mills, who beats extra cover and long-off for four to bring up the half-century partnership. McCullum later does his bit with a couple planked down the ground and four top-edged over the wicketkeeper's head. 'Fortune favours the brave', the old adage goes. New Zealand need 48 runs from 36 balls to win from here on in.
Over 43 Nehra 1-1-0-1-0-1lb
216-8 - Nehra restores a bit of calm to a slightly nervy Indian XI, with his superb line and length keeping the threatening duo to mere singles.
Over 42 Munaf 1-0-4-1-0-1
212-8 - McCullum gets cheeky - much like his brother Brendon, in fact - paddling four past short fine-leg with a deft little touch. A few more overs of this and India will have a bit of reason for worry.
Over 41 Nehra 0-4-0-4-0-2
205-8 - McCullum uses the pace and bounce of the ball to steer four over the vacant slip cordon, then complaining about the dull colour of the ball. Hence, the umpires call for a brighter one. 200 up for New Zealand.
Over 40 Yusuf 1-0-6-1-0-1
195-8 - Yusuf gets a chance to make up for his earlier expense, but can't, instead fetching another six to go with the two from Taylor earlier as Mills goes huge over long-on.
Over 39 Raina 0-1-1-1-0-2
186-8 - Raina gets a token over or two, at least managing to keep the boundaries at bay in the face of Mills' 'swing for the fences at all costs' approach.
Over 38 Ashwin 0-2-0-1-6-0
181-8 - Mills ends Ashwin's day with the ball and closes the batting Powerplay with six sailed over long-off. 31 for two from the five-over tactic. 20 of those came in boundaries. Far too many dot balls.
Over 37 Yuvraj 1-1-1-0-0-0
172-8 - Mills has no answer to Yuvraj's rip and turn, with the part-time spinner bringing to a close a quite superb 10-over complement for the day.
Over 36 Ashwin 0-1-W-0-0-0
169-8 - Wicket! Ashwin lands one in the footmarks, with Hopkins bobbling the rip and bounce straight to Pathan at backward point. Laughs all around at the oddity of that delivery and subsequent shot. Mills in now. He'll certainly swing for the fences.
Over 35 Nehra 4-0-0-2-0-4
168-7 - Southpaw seamer back into the attack in a bid to build on his impressive first spell. Not to be though, as Hopkin's square-drive and then pull bring four and four again. Dropped! The second boundary should've been a catch, but Ashwin grassed one through the hands above his head. Nehra is far from impressed and screams in frustration.
Over 34 Ashwin 1-6-W-1-0-0
158-7 - Running out of partners, Taylor decides he'd best make use of the batting Powerplay before it's too late. Long-on, deep midwicket and deep square-leg in place. Taylor takes 'em all on and launches his third six of the day on the slog-sweep. Wicket! He goes again, but fails, with the bowler enjoying the last laugh as the half-centurion holes out off the top edge. Not for the first time in his career and not the last, Taylor departs without having converted a half-ton to three figures. Shameful. McCullum, Nathan not Brendon, in now.
Over 33 Sreesanth 1-1-1-1-0-1
150-6 - 150 up for New Zealand as Taylor and his latest sidekick bide their time across a string of singles en route to the drinks break.
Over 32 Yuvraj 0-3-0-W-1-0
145-6 - Dropped! A flat slog-sweep from Taylor screams to deep midwicket, where Kohli grasses a tough chance in running in from the fence. Wicket! Tuffey then attempts to crank the cover off the ball but can only slap it straight to cover. Wicketkeeper-batsman Hopkins in now and New Zealand are slowly but surely circling the drain.
Over 31 Sreesanth 0-0-W-2-2-1wd-0
141-5 - Wicket! New Zealand lose their last recognised batsman, with Sreesanth's return to the attack doing the damage. A superb line and length sees the right-hander feather an edge to slip, where Pathan is again at hand to hang onto the catch. He does so at first grab this time. Pinch-hitter Tuffey in now. Meanwhile, Taylor is cramping up and getting some treatment from the physiotherapist out in the middle. Guptill returns to the middle to run for the half-crocked Taylor.
Over 30 Yuvraj 2-W-0-4-0-1
136-4 - Wicket! Perishing in similar fashion to Williamson, Styris rocks onto the backfoot to cut but suceeds only in scooting a fat edge to slip, where Pathan hangs onto the catch at third grab. Yuvraj looks to his captain, points and says something along the lines of: 'Thanks for the solitary slip, Gautam.' Elliott in now.
Over 29 Ashwin 0-1-4-0-1-4
129-3 - Welcome flurry of runs New Zealand's way, with Styris slapping four over the top and Taylor wafting for through fine-leg. Uncharacteristic waywardness in line from Ashwin.
Over 28 Yuvraj 0-0-1-0-0-1
119-3 - Taylor goes to his half-century. 58 balls, two fours and two sixes to get to this one. It's the 18th of his ODI career and he must turn it into a fourth ODI career century if New Zealand are to win today.
- 28th Nov 2010
- N J Llong and S K Tarapore
new zealand BATTING CARD
|Guptill||c Patel b Ashwin||30|
|How||c Vijay b Nehra||9|
|Williamson||c Saha b Singh||25|
|Taylor||c Patel b Ashwin||66|
|Styris||c Pathan b Singh||10|
|Elliott||c Pathan b Sreesanth||5|
|Tuffey||c Raina b Singh||4|
|Hopkins||c Pathan b Ashwin||16|
|McCullum||c Gambhir b Sreesanth||35|
|Mills||c Saha b Sreesanth||32|
|Total||All out, 45.2 Overs||236|