India vs New Zealand
India win by five wickets
While the first three matches of the series were complete walkovers, New Zealand have at least put up a fight in Bangalore, but it wasn't enough. The highlights of the match were the innings' of first Franklin and then Pathan. And oh boy, what a knock it was from Pathan! We head to Chennai next for the fifth and final ODI on Friday, do join us then. Cheers.
Over 49 N McCullum 1-0-1-1-6
321-5 - Pathan and Tiwary wisely just nudge the ball around for a few singles to bring the scores level before Tiwary lifts the ball over the straight fence for six to wrap up proceedings. What a knock from Pathan!
Over 48 Southee 0-6-1-4-0-4
312-5 - It's Southee to bowl his final over. That's another big one! South just misses the yorker length and Pathan gets underneath it and deposits it into the second tier of the grandstand behind midwicket. Tiwary joins in on the party, picking up another boundary down the ground. Four more past the bowler to end the over, this is a walk in the park now, just for more required. It's McCullum to bowl what will probably be the last over.
Over 47 Vettori 1-2-0-1-4-0
297-5 - Pathan is looking tired now, he just needs to hang in there though, he's so close to finishing the job! Tiwary picks up his first boundary - hammered down the ground - after facing 32 balls, no complaints though, he's done a job here.
Over 46 Southee 1-1-0-2-1-1
289-5 - Southee returns after McKay's horror show over. Another good over from Southee, just six from it, but it's all too easy for India now; New Zealand need wickets, it's too late for restriction.
Over 45 Vettori 1-1-1-1-0-1
283-5 - The skipper returns to the attack, he's going to need to produce something really special. Wisely the batsmen just work him around for singles, seeing of the threat.
Over 44 McKay 6-2nb-wd-0-4b-0-0-0
278-5 - A big call from Vettori as he brings back McKay who has gone at nine an over. And that's Pathan's hundred! What a knock! A half tracker from McKay and its dispatched over midwicket for six. Ugly stuff from McKay as he delivers a wide full toss above waist height that McCullum can't collect it. He follows it up with a wide! Oh boy, it's all going wrong for New Zealand. A slower delivery from McKay and it keeps low as McCullum prepares to collect it and goes straight through him.
Over 43 Mills 4-2-4-4-6-1
265-5 - Time for the final over of the powerplay, it will also be Mills' final over. A good start for India, with Pathan hitting it inside-out for four. A tough chance goes missed as Pathan skies a pull over the head of McKay who wriggles underneath it but running backwards he doesn't have much of a chance. Mills misses his length and is punished as Pathan heaves the ball to the fine leg fence. Poor stuff from mills as he delivers a full toss on leg stump and Pathan helps it on its way for four more. What a shot! Absolutely creamed over midwicket into the second tier for six! Pathan moves to 97!
Over 42 Southee 2-1-0-1-0-1
244-5 - A low full toss from Southee and Pathan is only able to scoop it over the inner ring for two. Southee is really finding a good area. Tiwary is struggling to time the ball here, he needs a boundary or two to get the confidence up. A great over from Southee, and he's being backed up by his fielders with some good work on the fences.
Over 41 Mills 0-1-1lb-1-1-0
239-5 - Really good comeback for Mills after that enormous six in his last over. Just four singles, and it puts the pressure back on India. The last ball was a full toss but Tiwary hit it straight to midwicket for no runs. India need 77 runs to win from 54 balls, and I hand you over to my colleague Julia Harris for the conclusion.
Over 40 Southee 1-0-1-0-1-1lb
235-5 - That six hit the roof 106 metres from where it left the bat, so had it been allowed to travel its full distance it would have been over 120 metres. Absolutely massive hit. Meanwhile, Southee has a big shout for lbw against Pathan as he gets a full delivery to angle in, but umpire Richard Kettleborough felt it was going down leg and Hawk-Eye backs that up. It's a good over from Southee though, and India now need 81 runs to win from 60 deliveries.
Over 39 Mills 1lb-1-wd-0-0-6-1
231-5 - Mills is recalled with the field restrictions in place, and has a loud appeal for caught behind down the leg side. But I'm pretty sure him and the keeper were just trying to prevent the wide being called, which doesn't happen. Mills protests that the ball went over the top of leg stump anyway, but in fact it was an inch or two wider. Booooom!!!!!!! We need that measured please. Pathan has spotted the length ball and hit it right out of the ground. I've seen some big sixes at the Chinnaswamy but none that have left the stadium. That's gonna hurt as a fast bowler.
Long discussion between the batsmen before they opt to go for the powerplay. Key five overs here, where the game is likely to be won or lost. Although Pathan is basically the game here - the Kiwis need to get him out pronto.
Over 38 N McCullum 1-0-0-2-4-1
221-5 - The outfield is still a bit wet so McCullum might struggle for grip here. Equally though the ball will skid on so Pathan will have to adapt. He drives wide of long-off for two, then gets deep in his crease to whip one round the corner for four. That's the boundary he needs for the over, and a single means he'll keep strike. Eight an over is the asking rate - or a little less - and he's managed it fairly easily.
Over 37 Vettori 6-1-1-1-1-0
213-5 - Yusuf Pathan rewards the fans' patience by opening up the new session with a six over long-on. This is game on now - India basically need a boundary ever over and four singles - very doable on this excellent batting surface. Vettori beats him with a big turner at the end of the over though, just to put a bit of doubt in Pathan's mind.
Good news! The rain has stopped, and play will resume in 10 minutes with no overs deducted. Huzzah! India need 113 runs to win in 84 deliveries.
Still no good news from the Chinnaswamy, so the wait goes on. Plenty of time still to complete the game, or even have a revised total, so odds are that we'll get some more action. Any news will be passed straight on as soon as we get it.
If we don't have any more play, then New Zealand will take it. The Duckworth-Lewis par score is 220, so the hosts are 17 runs short even though New Zealand were 203 for four at the same stage of their innings.
Over 36 Southee 2-0-wd-0-1-0-0
203-5 - The drizzle is slightly heavier now and the umpires are having a look around. If it carries on like this they'll have to come off. And in fact yes - at the end of the over the umpires get together and decide to call for the covers. Rain has stopped play, although it doesn't look like it will be a lengthy break.
Over 35 Styris 0-0-1-4-2-1
199-5 - The rain looks pretty dramatic in ultra motion, but the umpires decide it's not heavy enough to bring the players off the field. The ball is changed with 34 overs bowled, but it will be wet now because Styris slips one down the leg side and it brushes the pad on its way to the fine leg boundary. Umpire Saheba gives it as runs, as he continues to have a poor match. In fact, he's lost the plot - he sort of signalled a wide, sort of signalled a no-ball, and in the end it must have just been runs because he only lets the bowler send down six deliveries in the over. Awful umpiring.
- 7th Dec 2010
- R A Kettleborough and A M Saheba
india BATTING CARD
|Gambhir||c Guptill b McKay||27|
|Patel||c Sub b McCullum||53|
|Kohli||c Mills b McKay||0|
|Singh||c How b McCullum||20|
|Sharma||c Vettori b Southee||44|
|Extras||2nb, 8w, 4b, 3lb||17|
|Total||Close, 48.5 Overs||321 - 5|