India vs New Zealand 5th ODI Highlights

March 15th, 2009 Posted in India, Match Highlights, New Zealand, One Day Match

Watch cricket highlights – India vs New Zealand – 5th ODI, Auckland played on March 14, 2009.

Scoreline: India 149 all out (36.3 overs – rain curtailed 43 over game). Virender Sehwag 40 (27), Rohit Sharma 43 (74). NZ 151/2 in 23.2 overs – Jesse Ryder 63 (49), Martin Guptill 57 (50)

Session 1: The first seriously seamer-friendly track and everyone other than Sehwag (of course-cos he’s the one cricketer in the world for whom conditions are irrelevant) just couldn’t adjust to it or at least try and curtail their bludgeoning game. Unfortunately (personally speaking), Rohit Sharma had a bad game despite being the top-scorer. The timing and confidence was just not there and he ate up big chunks of the strike (esp with Yuvraj at the other end). O’Briend swung the ball like mad early on, then lost control, bowled a few wides and finally came up against Sehwag who took him apart. Ryder (9-29-3) and Oram (9-22-2) pretty much knocked the wind out of the Indian middle order once Sehwag was gone and one feels it will be some time before we get to see Rohit Sharma back in the ODI side. unfortunate, cos he seemed like the best contender for Laxman’s Test slot whenever VVS chooses to retire. Am really curious to see Praveen Kumar in these conditions and even as i write this he’s got McCullum. New Zealand should however win this, unless they mess it up.

Session 2: Jesse Ryder clouts Ishanth Sharma all around. The two get into a heated non-physical brawl. Ishanth sees Yuvraj put Jesse down. The two weirdly kiss and make up. Ishanth gets Ryder to inside-edge one but doesn’t celebrate at all.

NZ came out blazing. Pretty much what India tried to do as wickets fell. Only, New Zealand managed to pull it off. Guptill carried on after Ryder’s exit, displaying his fantastic timing that has been on show right through this year. Ross Taylor too found enough runs remaining on the target to pull out his legside stuff. A tough day for India but I doubt they’ll be too worried about a seamer-friendly track popping up in the Test series considering Tendulkar, Laxman and Dravid will be in that side.

Ind Bat

NZ chase

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