Sunday, December 12, 2010

India Win 4th ODI Against New Zealand

India won the series and looked to continue their winning run in the 4th ODI against New Zealand at Bangalore and on the other hand, already losing the series the black caps played for pride. In the process, India won the toss and chose to field sending the Kiwis to bat first. Once again B McCullum and M Guptill opened the innings for the Kiwis. This time McCullum to be looked in fine touch as he along with Guptill gave a good start to New Zealand. But both of them could not make it big as they got departed by the Indian bowlers for pretty decent scores. Later Taylor and Styris played made good scores of 44 and 46 before they got dismissed. James Franklin was the only hero in the New Zealand innings who scored an unbeaten 98 of 68 deliveries coming to bat at the lower middle order. Nathan McCullum gave good support to him in their crucial partnership. They scored 63 runs in the last five overs which helped them to post a very good score of 315/7.

Chasing a score of 315 is challenging for the young Indian team. This time the opener for the team is Parthiv Patel and Gautam Gambhir. Partiv Patel got a chance to prove himself as he came into the side after a long time as he had a good IPL and Ranji season. He looked to be in fine touch and gave good opening partnership along with Gambhir. But Gambhir did not stay long at the crease as he became the victim of some good bowling by McKay. Virat Kohli got out by playing a wrong shot of McKay. Yuvraj Singh got to a start but could not stay long. Meanwhile Parthiv Patel got to his first half century before he was caught out by Williamson. Later Rohit Sharma came to the crease, he along with Yusuf Pathan made a good partnership which gave India the hopes of winning after losingfour wickets. Both of them played sensibly without throwing away their wickets. Rohit Sharma scored 44 and got out to Southee who bowled a very good spell.

Saurabh Tiwary was he last recognized batsman for India after the dismissal of Sharma. Yusuf Pathan played carefully as he got a chance to play a long innings that could win the match for India. He scored a half century meanwhile Tiwary did a good job of rotating the strike. Both of them were slowly settling there while the rain interrupted the play. At this point India were 13 runs lagging behind as per the Duckworth–Lewis method. If the played get called off then definitely New Zealand will be benefited. But after sometime the rain stopped and the game was on. Yusuf Pathan hit Vettori for a six straight down the ground at the very first ball after the rain break. Later on with a wonderful century he took the match away from the Kiwis and gave a good victory for India long with Saurabh Tiwary. The senior Pathan scored an unbeaten 123 of 96 balls which included seven sixes and seven fours. With this wonderful innings with both the bat and ball Yusuf Pathan was named the man of the match and he is confident about his place in the World Cup squad. Let’s hope this will be the turning point of his life and gets selected in the World Cup team.

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