India vs New Zealand 1st ODI Highlights

March 5th, 2009 Posted in One Day Match

Watch cricket highlights of the 1st ODI – India vs New Zealand – played at Napier on March 3, 2009.

Scoreline: India 273 in a 38 over game due to intervening rain. Virender Sehwag 77 (56), Suresh Raina 66 (39), MS Dhoni 84 (89). NZ 162. Martin Guptill 64, Ross Taylor 31

Sehwag went bananas like he has over the last year in particular and was matched by an equally potent knock by Raina (his best in recent times). Dhoni promoted himself to No 3 and a fascinating contest with Vettori ensued. Dhoni for the first time today in the last year and half showed some serious intent in rediscovering his hitting abilities and the helicopter-shot that had vanished made an appearance today. It was still littered with mishits but at least the intent was clear. Surprising however that Gambhir didn’t come in at all to bat. Ross Taylor pulled off a spectacular catch and that was that about that.

The NZ chase came unstuck with McCullum going early and Ryder unable to get going. Praveen Kumar and Zaheer Khan moved the ball around like mad, while Harbhajan Singh pulled out a few bamboozling deliveries. Dhoni had a cool moment as wicket-keeper vs Oram as NZ and the eventual result – a 1-0 lead in the 5 game series.

India Batting

NZ Batting

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