Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Gambhir Heroic Performance to Help India Win - 2nd ODI [ India vs New Zealand ]

Taking a 1-0 lead in the series India won the toss and sent the Kiwis to bat first in the 2nd ODI at Jaipur. The opening pair once again did not give an impressing start to their innings as J How (5) fell for Sreesanth. The star of the New Zealand is Martin Guptill who scored 70 from 102 balls who looked settled in the middle but the Indian bowlers did not allow him to score a biggie as he was dismissed by Ahwin. Later Scott Styris (59 from 56 balls) kept the score board ticking all the while he was playing but could not make it big before Sreesanth sent him back to the dressing room. The lower order batsmen for New Zealand this time did not look good as they were dismissed for low score finally posting a score of 258 runs for 8 wickets in their 50 overs. Sreesanth took 4 wickets for 47 and all the remaining bowlers did well to not allow the New Zealand batsmen score high.

Chasing down a target of 259, the Indian opening batsmen Vijay and Gambhir started well before Vijay was dismissed for 33 by Daniel Vettori. Later the Indian stand in skipper Gautam Gambhir did not allow the New Zealand bowlers to settle in the game as he took away the game form the visitors by scoring a century. This innings of an unbeaten 138 of just 116 balls for the Indian captain is a special and memorable knock as it was the first century that he scored while captaining India. He along with the in form Virat Kohli (64) led from the front steering India to a win in style and take India a lead of 2-0 in the five ODI series. Both Kohli and Gambhir recorded a partnership of 116 before Kohli fell to Mckay. None of the New Zealand bowlers looked impressive as they managed to pick up only two wickets allowing India to win by 8 wickets.

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