Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Gambhir Leads India to Win 3rd ODI and a Series Against New Zealand

The 3rd ODI at Vadodara is an important one for both India and New Zealand, as India need one victory to seal the series and the Kiwis to stay in the competition for winning the series. India won the toss and sent New Zealand to bat first. With Brendon McCullum getting into the side made New Zealand look strong. Martin Guptill and McCullum opened the batting for the Kiwis. Indian pacer Zaheer Khan gave a good start to India picking up the dangerous Batsman B McCullum in the very second ball of the innings. After his dismissal couple of the New Zealand batsmen got a starts but couldn’t make it big and the only batsman to score over fifty was J Franklin who scored an unbeaten 72 helping the Kiwis to post a score of 24 for 9 in fifty overs. Munaf Patel, Yusuf Pathan and Zaheer Khan bowled well for India, especially Munaf bowling well not allowing to score any runs with his tight line and length.


The Indian openers M Vijay and Gambhir once again gave a good start tot the Indian innings. Vijay got a good start as he did in the previous match but failed to score more. He was run out, later the in form batsman Virat Kohli entered the crease. Gautam Gambhir looked to be in good touch from his century in the last match, he carried the same form here also and scored his second consecutive century and is the eight batsman to score consecutive centuries in ODIs. Virat Kohli also continued his good form and scored 63 from 70 balls. Both the batsmen once again recorded a century partnership and steered India to win the match with 9 wickets in hand and clinch the series with 3-0. Gambhir scored his second century as captain and said that it was a special one for him leading the team did not do any damage to his batting. Finally India comfortably won the series against New Zealand under the captaincy of stand-in captain Gautam Gambhir.

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