Videocon Triangular Series, 2005 / Commentary

Videocon Triangular Series - 2nd match

India v New Zealand

New Zealand won by 51 runs

Match State: Match start scheduled for 9.30am local time (7.30am GMT) Hello and a warm welcome to Cricinfo's live coverage of the Videocon Cup triangular tournament, 2005. Today India take on New Zealand in the second match of the series at the Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo. I am Sajan Nair, and i will be your commentator for the day. Let me give you the important news first, New Zealand captain Steven Fleming has won the toss and elected to bat first. The Black Caps will be on a batting high after their massive win over hosts Zimbabwe in the opening match of the tournament, a match in which they managed to score 397 in 44 overs!, the second highest total in ODI history. With the Kiwis having acclimatized to the conditions and playing good cricket it will be the Indians who will start off as underdogs. This is the first tournament in which India is playing, involving Supersubs and Powerplays, it will be interesting to see their approach. Ganguly is back at the helm of the Indian team, with his captaincy and form in question and with a rapidly growing list of critics he will be under pressure here to perform well. The Weather looks perfect, it's bright and sunny at the moment and the forecast too is promising. Thankfully, this time around the pitch is in good shape, and play will start on time. Good news for the New Zealand fans as Nathan Astle who was nursing an injured finger is match fit and he has been included in the playing eleven. Before this India and New Zealand have met 72 times in one-day internationals. India have won 35 and New Zealand 33, with four no-results. India - Sourav Ganguly, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Yuvraj Singh, Mohammad Kaif, MS Dhoni, Harbhajan Singh, Irfan Pathan, Ajit Agarkar, Ashish Nehra, JP Yadav and Venugopal Rao(Supersub). New Zealand - Stephen Fleming, Nathan Astle, Lou Vincent, Hamish Marshall, Craig McMillan, Scott Styris, Chris Cairns, Brendon McCullum, Daniel Vettori, Jacob Oram, Andre Adams and Shane Bond(Supersub). India go in with five bowers and six batsmen, four seamers and Harbhajan Singh. Lou Vincent and Fleming will open the innings and it will be Irfan Pathan to start the bowling attack Vincent on strike, two slips and a gully in place

0.1

Pathan to Vincent, no run, excellent start, good length delivery, swinging back in to the right-hander and Vincent is hit on the pad trying to defend it on the front-foot, appeal for lbw turned down, looked bit high

0.2

Pathan to Vincent, no run, Pathan getting the ball to swing back into the right-hander, this time it was outside the off stump and Vincent leaves it for the keeper

0.3

Pathan to Vincent, no run, another good delivery, again swinging back in, Vincent pushes forward and gets beaten

0.4

Pathan to Vincent, no run, drifting down the leg side on this occasion and Vincent is hit on the pad

0.5

Pathan to Vincent, no run, bit wide outside the off stump and Vincent carefully leaves it for the keeper

0.6

Pathan to Vincent, no run, short of a good length delivery on the middle and leg stump line, Vincent pulls but the shot is not timed well enough and the ball rolls away towards midwicket, Pathan starts off with a maiden

Nehra to share the new ball with Pathan

End of over 1 (maiden) New Zealand 0/0
L Vincent    0* (6b)      IK Pathan    1-1-0-0
SP Fleming    0* (0b)     

1.1

Nehra to Fleming, no run, defended outside the off stump

1.2

Nehra to Fleming, no run, pitched outside the off stump and swinging away, Fleming leaves it for the keeper

1.3

Nehra to Fleming, no run, pitched up outside the off stump, Fleming had to hurry, in the end brings his bat down hard and defends it down the track

1.4

Nehra to Fleming, 1 run, bit of width outside the off stump and Fleming steers it down to the third man region, New Zealand and Fleming off the mark

1.5

Nehra to Vincent, no run, fraction short and drifting down the leg side, played away behind square on the leg side, Harbhajan moves across from square leg and fields

1.6

Nehra to Vincent, 1 leg bye, good length delivery, angling in from outside the leg stump, Vincent is hit on the pad trying to defend it, appeal for lbw turned down

End of over 2 (2 runs) New Zealand 2/0
L Vincent    0* (8b)      A Nehra    1-0-1-0
SP Fleming    1* (4b)     

2.1

Pathan to Vincent, no run, short of a good length delivery outside the off stump, hit of swing, no shot offered

2.2

Pathan to Vincent, FOUR, again fraction short and this time Vincent goes for the pull, ball clips the top edge and flies down to the third man fence

2.3

Pathan to Vincent, OUT, gone! good length delivery, pitched in line with the off stump and swinging back in, Vincent plays down the wrong line and gets hit on the pad plumb in front of the stumps, Pathan strikes early for India! just the start they needed

L Vincent lbw b Pathan 4 (9m 11b 1x4 0x6) SR: 36.36

Astle walks in

2.4

Pathan to Astle, no run, another excellent delivery, pitched in line and swinging back in, Astle is hit high on the pad and the umpire turns down the appeal

2.5

Pathan to Astle, no run

2.6

Pathan to Astle, FOUR, off the mark in style! pitched up outside the off stump and Astle drives it away through cover point, excellent timing and placement, end of a successful over

End of over 3 (8 runs) New Zealand 10/1
NJ Astle    4* (3b 1x4)      IK Pathan    2-1-8-1
SP Fleming    1* (4b)     

3.1

Nehra to Fleming, no run, good length delivery, swinging away after pitching outside the off stump, Fleming leaves it for the keeper

3.2

Nehra to Fleming, no run, close to the off stump line and Fleming defends

3.3

Nehra to Fleming, OUT, Nehra joins the party! short of a good length delivery, pitched close to the off stump and moving away off the seam, Fleming goes after it and ends up with a thick edge straight to the keeper, New Zealand in trouble here

SP Fleming c †Dhoni b Nehra 1 (10m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 14.28

was the perfect line and length to the left-hander, Fleming was beaten by the late away movement, simplest of catches for Dhoni Hamish Marshall is the next man in

3.4

Nehra to Marshall, no run, left alone outside the off stump

3.5

Nehra to Marshall, 1 leg bye

3.6

Nehra to Astle, no run, short of a good length delivery, swinging back in and Astle is beaten all ends up, there was two sounds as the ball passed the wicket, loud appeal for caught behind turned down, not sure if he got a nick there

End of over 4 (1 run, wicket maiden) New Zealand 11/2
NJ Astle    4* (4b 1x4)      A Nehra    2-1-1-1
HJH Marshall    0* (2b)     

4.1

Pathan to Marshall, no run, defended

4.2

Pathan to Marshall, 1 run, width outside the off stump and Marshall slashes hard at it, ball clips the edge and rolls away down to the third man region

4.3

Pathan to Astle, no run

4.4

Pathan to Astle, no run, swinging in, defended watchfully

4.5

Pathan to Astle, no run, good length delivery on the middle and off stump line, Astle gets behind the line and forces it away towards covers

4.6

Pathan to Astle, 1 run, good length delivery outside the off stump and Astle plays it down wide of Ganguly at mid-off, quick single to end the over

End of over 5 (2 runs) New Zealand 13/2
NJ Astle    5* (8b 1x4)      IK Pathan    3-1-10-1
HJH Marshall    1* (4b)     

5.1

Nehra to Astle, no run, good length delivery, again Nehra getting the ball to swing back in after pitching on the off stump line, Astle had no option but to defend

5.2

Nehra to Astle, no run, angling across the right-hander, defended on the back-foot

5.3

Nehra to Astle, no run, short of a good length delivery, angling across the right-hander and Astle punches it away straight to the fielder at point

two slips in place

5.4

Nehra to Astle, no run

5.5

Nehra to Astle, OUT, Nehra strikes again! that was another beauty, swinging in after pitching in line with the off stump and Astle is caught plumb in front of the stumps, New Zealand three down and in deep trouble here

NJ Astle lbw b Nehra 5 (15m 13b 1x4 0x6) SR: 38.46

the swing was what beat Astle, in the end was playing down the wrong line and the ball hit him low on the pad and plumb in front of the stumps, easy decision for the umpire Scott Styris is the next man in

5.6

Nehra to Styris, no run

End of over 6 (wicket maiden) New Zealand 13/3
SB Styris    0* (1b)      A Nehra    3-2-1-2
HJH Marshall    1* (4b)     

6.1

Pathan to Marshall, no run

6.2

Pathan to Marshall, 1 run, edged down to the third man region

6.3

Pathan to Styris, no run, low fulltoss outside the off stump, looked like it slipped out, Styris offers no shot

6.4

Pathan to Styris, no run, on the stumps, turned away towards midwicket

two slips and a gully waiting

6.5

Pathan to Styris, no run

6.6

Pathan to Styris, 1 leg bye, drifting down the leg side, ball clips the pad and rolls away behind square on the leg side, another tidy over comes to an end

End of over 7 (2 runs) New Zealand 15/3
SB Styris    0* (5b)      IK Pathan    4-1-11-1
HJH Marshall    2* (6b)     

7.1

Nehra to Styris, 1 wide, down the leg side

7.1

Nehra to Styris, no run, angling across, defended to point

7.2

Nehra to Styris, no run, short of a good length delivery, close to the off stump line and Styris leaves it for the keeper

7.3

Nehra to Styris, no run, good length delivery on the middle and leg stump line, Styris looking to turn it away on the leg side fails to make contact, ball clips the pad and rolls away on the leg side

7.4

Nehra to Styris, 1 wide, again down the leg side

7.4

Nehra to Styris, no run, short rising delivery, pitched in line and angling across the right-hander, Styris started to go after it but in the end pulled away

7.5

Nehra to Styris, no run, hit on the pad, half hearted appeal turned down, was bit high

7.6

Nehra to Styris, 1 run, pitched up on the legs and Styris turns it away behind square on the leg side, easy single to end the over

End of over 8 (3 runs) New Zealand 18/3
SB Styris    1* (11b)      A Nehra    4-2-4-2
HJH Marshall    2* (6b)     

8.1

Pathan to Styris, no run, another one swinging in from outside the off stump, draws Styris into the drive and beats him comprehensively, there was a noise as the ball passed the bat, appeal for caught behind turned down, probably was the bat hitting the ground

8.2

Pathan to Styris, 1 run, steered down to third man, easy single

8.3

Pathan to Marshall, FOUR, shot! Pathan over-pitches outside the off stump and Marshall creams it away through extra cover, top shot

8.4

Pathan to Marshall, no run

8.5

Pathan to Marshall, no run, on the stumps, again swinging back in late, Marshall carefully defends it back to down the track

8.6

Pathan to Marshall, no run

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End of over 9 (5 runs) New Zealand 23/3
HJH Marshall    6* (10b 1x4)      IK Pathan    5-1-16-1
SB Styris    2* (13b)     

9.1

Nehra to Styris, 1 run, on the middle and leg stump line, turned away behind square for a single

9.2

Nehra to Marshall, no run, short of a good length delivery angling across the right-hander, Marshall stands tall on the back-foot and forces it away towards point

9.3

Nehra to Marshall, 1 leg bye, drifting down the leg side, ball clips the pad and rolls away in front of square on the leg side

9.4

Nehra to Styris, no run

9.5

Nehra to Styris, 1 run, bit of width outside the off stump and Styris works it away wide of the point fielder

9.6

Nehra to Marshall, no run, short of a good length delivery, angling in from outside the off stump, Marshall gets behind the line and defends it towards midwicket

1st Power play comes to an end and they opt for the second Powerplay Powerplay - Fielding restrictions will now be in place for the first ten overs of the innings - rather than 15 at present - but there will be two blocks of five overs later on in the innings where the regulations come back into effect although there will be no need for the two close catchers at that point. These overs will be known as the Powerplay Fives, and will be taken by the fielding captain at his discretion.

End of over 10 (3 runs) New Zealand 26/3
HJH Marshall    6* (13b 1x4)      A Nehra    5-2-6-2
SB Styris    4* (16b)     

10.1

Pathan to Styris, no run

10.2

Pathan to Styris, 2 runs, turned away to fine leg, easy two

10.3

Pathan to Styris, 1 run, edged down to the third man region, Styris was looking to drive through the covers

10.4

Pathan to Marshall, 3 runs, on the pads and Marshall clips it away nicely to the deep backward square leg region, runs hard and comes back for the third

10.5

Pathan to Styris, FOUR, pitched up delivery, driven straight down the track to the long-off fence, lovely shot!

10.6

Pathan to Styris, OUT, that was needless! short of a good length delivery angling across the right-hander, Styris comes down the track and has a wild swing at it, ball clips the top edge and balloons up towards mid-off, Agarkar running back takes a fantastic catch

SB Styris c Agarkar b Pathan 11 (24m 21b 1x4 0x6) SR: 52.38

and that's the end of that - New Zealand four down! Jacob Oram is the next man in

End of over 11 (10 runs) New Zealand 36/4
     IK Pathan    6-1-26-2
HJH Marshall    9* (14b 1x4)     

11.1

Nehra to Oram, no run, left alone outside the off stump

11.2

Nehra to Oram, no run

11.3

Nehra to Oram, no run, again outside the off stump and Oram leaves it for the keeper

11.4

Nehra to Oram, no run

11.5

Nehra to Oram, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump and Oram watchfully plays it down towards mid-off

11.6

Nehra to Oram, no run, slower delivery, defended to the leg side, that's another maiden for Nehra

End of over 12 (maiden) New Zealand 36/4
JDP Oram    0* (6b)      A Nehra    6-3-6-2
HJH Marshall    9* (14b 1x4)     

12.1

Pathan to Marshall, OUT, once again the late in swing does the trick! good length delivery on the stumps, Marshal moves across looking to play it away on the leg side but fails to make contact, ball hits the pad plumb in front of the stumps and the finger goes up

HJH Marshall lbw b Pathan 9 (40m 15b 1x4 0x6) SR: 60.00

Pathan on a roll here - New Zealand 5 down in just the 13th over! that was once again pitched perfectly and the late in swing was too much for Marshall to handle

12.2

Pathan to McMillan, no run, left alone outside the off stump

12.3

Pathan to McMillan, no run

12.4

Pathan to McMillan, no run, hit high on the pad trying to turn it away on the leg side, umpire had a good look look, big McMillan gets the benefit of doubt there

12.5

Pathan to McMillan, 1 run, drifting on to middle and leg, turned away to the fine leg region, McMillan off the mark with an easy single

12.6

Pathan to Oram, no run

first bowling change of the day - Ajit Agarkar into the attack now

End of over 13 (1 run) New Zealand 37/5
JDP Oram    0* (7b)      IK Pathan    7-1-27-3
CD McMillan    1* (4b)     

13.1

Agarkar to McMillan, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, McMillan leaves it for the keeper

two slips in place

13.2

Agarkar to McMillan, no run, short of a good length delivery, close to the off stump line, McMillan leans back and cut but the shot is not timed well

13.3

Agarkar to McMillan, FOUR, not this time though! this one is again short and wide outside the off stump, McMillan flashes hard and gets it on the middle, ball races away to the backward point fence, welcome runs for New Zealand

13.4

Agarkar to McMillan, no run

13.5

Agarkar to McMillan, 1 run, bit of width outside the off stump and is sliced away to the third man region for a single

13.6

Agarkar to Oram, no run, good length delivery, pitched outside the off stump and angling in, defended to point

Pathan to continue, into his 8th over now

End of over 14 (5 runs) New Zealand 42/5
JDP Oram    0* (8b)      AB Agarkar    1-0-5-0
CD McMillan    6* (9b 1x4)     

14.1

Pathan to McMillan, no run

14.2

Pathan to McMillan, 3 runs, pitched up outside the off stump, McMillan steps forward and hits through the line, Raina at mid-off chases it down

14.3

Pathan to Oram, FOUR, another fuller length delivery, Oram gets into a good position and clips it away to the backward square leg fence, ball seems to bee swinging lot less now

14.4

Pathan to Oram, no run

14.5

Pathan to Oram, no run

14.6

Pathan to Oram, no run, swinging away outside the off stump and Oram is beaten, and that's the end of Powerplay two

and they opt for Powerplay three - fielding restrictions will stay

End of over 15 (7 runs) New Zealand 49/5
JDP Oram    4* (12b 1x4)      IK Pathan    8-1-34-3
CD McMillan    9* (11b 1x4)     

15.1

Agarkar to McMillan, 2 runs, short ball outside the off stump, McMillan ends up with a top edge trying to cut it away, Pathan at third man moves across quickly and saves a certain four

50 comes up for New Zealand

15.2

Agarkar to McMillan, 1 run, played down to fine leg

15.3

Agarkar to Oram, no run

15.4

Agarkar to Oram, no run

15.5

Agarkar to Oram, 1 run, on the pads, worked away to the fine leg region for an easy single

15.6

Agarkar to McMillan, no run

All feedback about the game and our coverage is welcomed http://www.cricinfo.com/commentary.html We welcome all feedback - on our coverage and on the game. Please write in to http://www.cricinfo.com/commentary.html it has been a disastrous start for New Zealand but remember they bat very low down, now it is up to McMillan and Oram to steady things Match State: Drinks Jai P Yadav into the attack now

End of over 16 (4 runs) New Zealand 53/5
CD McMillan    12* (14b 1x4)      AB Agarkar    2-0-9-0
JDP Oram    5* (15b 1x4)     

16.1

Yadav to Oram, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, defended

16.2

Yadav to Oram, 2 runs, good length delivery on the middle and leg stump lint, Oram moves across and turns it away behind square on the leg side

16.3

Yadav to Oram, no run, drifting down the leg side, Oram tries to flick it away through midwicket but fails to make contact, ball hits the pad and rolls away on the leg side

16.4

Yadav to Oram, no run

16.5

Yadav to Oram, no run, wide outside the off stump, ball stayed a bit low after hitting the deck, Oram goes after it and gets beaten

16.6

Yadav to Oram, no run, pitched up on the pads, turned away straight to the fielder at square leg, Yadav starts off with a decent over

End of over 17 (2 runs) New Zealand 55/5
JDP Oram    7* (21b 1x4)      Jai P Yadav    1-0-2-0
CD McMillan    12* (14b 1x4)     

17.1

Agarkar to McMillan, no run

17.2

Agarkar to McMillan, FOUR, short and wide outside the off stump, asking to be hit and McMillan flays it away through covers

17.3

Agarkar to McMillan, no run, much better, good length delivery, close to the off stump line and swinging away a touch, McMillan defends it on the front-foot

17.4

Agarkar to McMillan, FOUR, four more, again width offered outside the off stump and this time McMillan cuts it away into the gap between point and gully, was in the air for sometime but well wide of the fielders

17.5

Agarkar to McMillan, no run

17.6

Agarkar to McMillan, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, defended down to mid-off with a straight bat

End of over 18 (8 runs) New Zealand 63/5
CD McMillan    20* (20b 3x4)      AB Agarkar    3-0-17-0
JDP Oram    7* (21b 1x4)     

18.1

Yadav to Oram, no run

18.2

Yadav to Oram, no run, another wicket to wicket delivery, Oram pushes forward and punches it down to the mid-on region

18.3

Yadav to Oram, no run, again on the stumps and Oram defends it back to the bowler

Yadav has an uncomplicated run-up and release, at the moment he is sticking to a wicket-to-wicket line

18.4

Yadav to Oram, no run

18.5

Yadav to Oram, no run, outside the off stump and Oram defends it down to the mid-off region

18.6

Yadav to Oram, no run, angling across the left-hander and Oram plays safe, leaving it to the keeper - maiden over

Agarkar who went for 17 runs in three overs is out of the attack, in comes Harbhajan just the one slip catching Agarkar who went for 17 runs in three overs is out of the attack, in comes Harbhajan

End of over 19 (maiden) New Zealand 63/5
JDP Oram    7* (27b 1x4)      Jai P Yadav    2-1-2-0
CD McMillan    20* (20b 3x4)     

19.1

Harbhajan Singh to McMillan, no run, turned away towards square leg, excellent bit of fielding by Yuvraj at square leg save runs

19.2

Harbhajan Singh to McMillan, 1 run, dropped, swept away in the air towards square leg and Yuvraj fails to hold on to a fairly hard chance

19.3

Harbhajan Singh to Oram, no run

two slips in place for the left-hander, Harbhajan to bowl round the stumps to Oram

19.4

Harbhajan Singh to Oram, no run, tossed up outside the off stump and turning away, left alone

19.5

Harbhajan Singh to Oram, no run

19.6

Harbhajan Singh to Oram, no run, pushed to covers

End of over 20 (1 run) New Zealand 64/5
JDP Oram    7* (31b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    1-0-1-0
CD McMillan    21* (22b 3x4)     

20.1

Yadav to McMillan, no run

20.2

Yadav to McMillan, SIX, massive hit, good length delivery outside the off stump, McMillan comes down the track and lofts away miles over the long-on fence, was a slog and he made perfect contact

20.3

Yadav to McMillan, no run, outside the off stump, defended back to the bowler

20.4

Yadav to McMillan, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, forced away towards cover

20.5

Yadav to McMillan, no run, outside the off stump and McMillan goes for the drive but fails to make contact, beaten by the away swing on that occasion

20.6

Yadav to McMillan, 1 run, turned away towards square leg, good over for New Zealand comes to an end

End of over 21 (7 runs) New Zealand 71/5
CD McMillan    28* (28b 3x4 1x6)      Jai P Yadav    3-1-9-0
JDP Oram    7* (31b 1x4)     

21.1

Harbhajan Singh to McMillan, 1 run, on the middle and leg stump line, McMillan gets forward and turns it away toward deep midwicket

slip in place for Oram

21.2

Harbhajan Singh to Oram, no run, flighted delivery, turning away after pitching outside the off stump, Oram waits for it and pushes it away on the off side

21.3

Harbhajan Singh to Oram, 1 run, fuller and quicker outside the off stump, forced away through point for an easy single

21.4

Harbhajan Singh to McMillan, no run, fraction short, turning in from outside the off stump, McMillan waits for it and turns it away behind square on the leg side, short fine leg moves across quickly and cuts off the single

21.5

Harbhajan Singh to McMillan, no run, played straight to the fielder at midwicket

21.6

Harbhajan Singh to McMillan, no run, punched off the back-foot, straight to the fielder at cover

last five overs have produced 18 runs for New Zealand

End of over 22 (2 runs) New Zealand 73/5
CD McMillan    29* (32b 3x4 1x6)      Harbhajan Singh    2-0-3-0
JDP Oram    8* (33b 1x4)     

22.1

Yadav to Oram, no run, good length delivery, angling across the left-hander, Oram quickly gets into position and drives hard but finds the man at cover

22.2

Yadav to Oram, no run, hit back past the bowler, mid-on moves across and fields

22.3

Yadav to Oram, 1 run, angling across, driven wide of the fielder at mid-off, quick single taken

22.4

Yadav to McMillan, no run, short of a good length delivery outside the off stump, McMillan gets beaten trying to cut it away, Dhoni standing up to the stumps collects it cleanly

22.5

Yadav to McMillan, FOUR, bit too wide outside the off stump, McMillan leans back and cuts it away well wide of the gully fielder, third man had no chance

22.6

Yadav to McMillan, 1 run

Harbhajan to continue

End of over 23 (6 runs) New Zealand 79/5
CD McMillan    34* (35b 4x4 1x6)      Jai P Yadav    4-1-15-0
JDP Oram    9* (36b 1x4)     

23.1

Harbhajan Singh to McMillan, no run, nicely flighted delvery outside off, and turning into McMillan, turned away to Kaif at short mid wicket

23.2

Harbhajan Singh to McMillan, 1 run, fuller delivery again, this time played with a straight bat to Agarkar at long on

Harbhajan Singh coming round the stumps to the left hander

23.3

Harbhajan Singh to Oram, no run, nicely flighted off break outside off, Oram goes for the slog sweep and misses the line and the length completely, beaten

23.4

Harbhajan Singh to Oram, no run, the top spinner this time, Oram picks it and plays it defensively

23.5

Harbhajan Singh to Oram, 2 runs, nicely tossed up delivery, beats Oram in the flight, Oram chips it but the ball travels a fair distance, Agarkmakes good ground but cant cling on to the catch

Lucky let off for Oram, Agarkar is generally considered to be on the safest hands in the Indian team

23.6

Harbhajan Singh to Oram, 2 runs, run down to thirdman

End of over 24 (5 runs) New Zealand 84/5
JDP Oram    13* (40b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    3-0-8-0
CD McMillan    35* (37b 4x4 1x6)     

24.1

Yadav to McMillan, no run, on the stumps, McMillan plays it away to the onside, no opportunity of a run on that occasion

24.2

Yadav to McMillan, no run, outside off and on a good length, McMillan plays it away to Yuvraj Singh at backward point

24.3

Yadav to McMillan, FOUR, a bit short on length, and McMillan makes room and pierces the field on the off side, between Yuvraj and Kaif and the ball speeds away to the boundary

That shot brought up the 50 partnership between these two

24.4

Yadav to McMillan, 2 runs, played away to mid wicket, a fumble by Rahul Dravid and the batsmen have an opportunity to take the second run

24.5

Yadav to McMillan, no run, off cutter from JP Yadav, McMillan tries the cut and finds the inside edge of the bat

24.6

Yadav to McMillan, no run

Half way stage now, and New Zealand are 90 for 5 From the Indian captain's point of view, he will be keeping in mind the 13 overs he has from his front line seamers

End of over 25 (6 runs) New Zealand 90/5
CD McMillan    41* (43b 5x4 1x6)      Jai P Yadav    5-1-21-0
JDP Oram    13* (40b 1x4)     

25.1

Harbhajan Singh to Oram, FOUR, tries the slog sweep again, and on the fifth attempt in this innings, connects and connects well enough to fetch him four runs

25.2

Harbhajan Singh to Oram, no run

25.3

Harbhajan Singh to Oram, SIX, this time Oram charges down, reads the ball well, and plays the lofted off drive, six almost hitting the sight screen

That shot brought up the 100 for New Zealand

25.4

Harbhajan Singh to Oram, no run

25.5

Harbhajan Singh to Oram, SIX, another SIX!!! this time over cover, Harbhajan tosses it up again, Oram gives room and plays the lofted cover drive, JP Yadav gets his finger tips, but cant cling onto the ball, the ball falls over the tops and its six more runs

25.6

Harbhajan Singh to Oram, 1 run

End of over 26 (17 runs) New Zealand 107/5
JDP Oram    30* (46b 2x4 2x6)      Harbhajan Singh    4-0-25-0
CD McMillan    41* (43b 5x4 1x6)     

26.1

Yadav to Oram, no run

26.2

Yadav to Oram, no run

26.3

Yadav to Oram, 1 run

26.4

Yadav to McMillan, 1 run

26.5

Yadav to Oram, no run

26.6

Yadav to Oram, no run, yorker length delivery from Yadav to end the over, Oram opens the face of the bat and runs it down to thirdman

Indian captain brings about one more bowling change, brings in Ajit Agarkar to replace Harbhajan Singh, who went for 17 runs in his previous over.

End of over 27 (2 runs) New Zealand 109/5
JDP Oram    31* (51b 2x4 2x6)      Jai P Yadav    6-1-23-0
CD McMillan    42* (44b 5x4 1x6)     

27.1

Agarkar to McMillan, no run, bouncer, McMillan looking to pull it away fails to make contact

27.2

Agarkar to McMillan, 3 runs, good length delivery, drifting in to the pads and McMillan plays it away wide of the fielder at mid-on

27.3

Agarkar to Oram, 1 no ball

27.3

Agarkar to Oram, no run

27.4

Agarkar to Oram, FOUR, more runs, pitched up outside the off stump and Oram lofts it away straight back past the bowler, was hit in the air but Agarkar had not chance whatsoever

27.5

Agarkar to Oram, no run, short of a good length delivery, angling across and Oram cuts it hard into the ground, straight to the point fielder at one bounce

27.6

Agarkar to Oram, 1 run, again width offered outside the off stump, cut away in front of point

these two have added 82 so far, the run rate is now above four change of ends for Harbhajan

End of over 28 (9 runs) New Zealand 118/5
JDP Oram    36* (56b 3x4 2x6)      AB Agarkar    4-0-26-0
CD McMillan    45* (46b 5x4 1x6)     

28.1

Harbhajan Singh to Oram, 1 bye, quicker outside the off stump and Oram is beaten trying to defend it, Dhoni failed to collect it cleanly

28.2

Harbhajan Singh to McMillan, SIX, McMillan continues on his merry way! tossed up outside the off stump, McMillan comes down the track and dismisses it over the long-off fence, another mighty six

28.3

Harbhajan Singh to McMillan, no run

28.4

Harbhajan Singh to McMillan, 1 wide, down the leg side

28.4

Harbhajan Singh to McMillan, 1 run, OUT, RUN OUT! turned away behind square on the leg side and there is a terrible mix-up going for the second run, both the batsmen end up at the striker's end and the stumps are disturbed at the bowler's end

JDP Oram run out 36 (72m 57b 3x4 2x6) SR: 63.15

even though Harbhajan failed to collect the throw properly he got more than enough time to recover - sad end to a fine partnership! Chris Cairns is the next man in

28.5

Harbhajan Singh to McMillan, 1 run

28.6

Harbhajan Singh to Cairns, no run

End of over 29 (10 runs) New Zealand 128/6
CL Cairns    0* (1b)      Harbhajan Singh    5-0-34-0
CD McMillan    53* (50b 5x4 2x6)     

29.1

Agarkar to McMillan, no run

29.2

Agarkar to McMillan, 2 runs, played away to the fine leg region, runs hard and comes back for the second

29.3

Agarkar to McMillan, no run, pushed to point

29.4

Agarkar to McMillan, OUT, another wicket goes down! pitched up on the pads, McMillan looking to turns it away on the leg side ends up with a top-edge and the ball lobs up straight to Pathan at mid-off - New Zealand seven down

CD McMillan c Pathan b Agarkar 54 (73m 54b 5x4 2x6) SR: 100.00

that's a crucial blow to New Zealand's prospects - McMillan was looking good and dangerous Brendon McCullum is the next man in

29.5

Agarkar to McCullum, 2 runs, drifting on to the pads, turned away to the fine leg region, McCullum off the mark

29.6

Agarkar to McCullum, 1 run, steered down to third man, end of a successful over

End of over 30 (5 runs) New Zealand 133/7
BB McCullum    3* (2b)      AB Agarkar    5-0-31-1
CL Cairns    0* (1b)     

30.1

Harbhajan Singh to McCullum, 1 run, turned away behind square on the leg side, runs hard looking for the second but Pathan comes in quickly from the deep and cuts it off

30.2

Harbhajan Singh to Cairns, no run

30.3

Harbhajan Singh to Cairns, FOUR, short and wide outside the off stump, Cairns leans back and hammers it away through cover point, as easy as it gets

30.4

Harbhajan Singh to Cairns, no run, defended back to the bowler

30.5

Harbhajan Singh to Cairns, no run

30.6

Harbhajan Singh to Cairns, no run, tossed up outside the off stump, defended stretching well forward

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End of over 31 (5 runs) New Zealand 138/7
CL Cairns    4* (6b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    6-0-39-0
BB McCullum    4* (3b)     

31.1

Agarkar to McCullum, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, defended back to the bowler

31.2

Agarkar to McCullum, FOUR, good length delivery outside the off stump, McCullum goes after it and ends up with a thick edge, ball races away to the third man boundary, Agarkar bit unlucky there

31.3

Agarkar to McCullum, no run, left alone outside the off stump

just the one slip in place, standing bit wider than the orthodox position

31.4

Agarkar to McCullum, no run, defended down to the mid-on region

31.5

Agarkar to McCullum, FOUR, short of a good length delivery outside the off stump, McCullum leans back and cuts it away well wide of Yuvraj at backward point

31.6

Agarkar to McCullum, no run, defended to point

End of over 32 (8 runs) New Zealand 146/7
BB McCullum    12* (9b 2x4)      AB Agarkar    6-0-39-1
CL Cairns    4* (6b 1x4)     

32.1

Harbhajan Singh to Cairns, no run, fraction short, cut away straight to the fielder at point, Cairns had to lean back to make width

32.2

Harbhajan Singh to Cairns, no run

32.3

Harbhajan Singh to Cairns, no run, turning in from outside the off stump, defended on the front-foot

32.4

Harbhajan Singh to Cairns, no run, nicely flighted delivery, turning in from outside the off stump, Cairns was looking to turn it away on the leg side but was beaten by the turn

32.5

Harbhajan Singh to Cairns, no run

32.6

Harbhajan Singh to Cairns, no run, tossed up outside the off stump, Cairns gets a good stride forward and defends it watchfully, got right behind the line on this occasion

Jai P Yadav is back into the attack

End of over 33 (maiden) New Zealand 146/7
CL Cairns    4* (12b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    7-1-39-0
BB McCullum    12* (9b 2x4)     

33.1

Yadav to McCullum, 1 run, good length delivery outside the off stump, McCullum waits for it and steers it down to third man for an easy single

33.2

Yadav to Cairns, 1 run, good length delivery outside the off stump, driven through cover point for an easy single

33.3

Yadav to McCullum, no run, another decent delivery outside the off stump, defended down to the mid-off region, presented the full face of the bat there

33.4

Yadav to McCullum, no run, and again, defended with a straight bat and the ball rolls down to the mid-off region

33.5

Yadav to McCullum, 1 run, fraction short, McCullum quickly goes back and drives it away just wide of the fielder at mid-off

33.6

Yadav to Cairns, FOUR, shot! again fraction short, angling in from outside the off stump, Cairns rocks back and punches it away into the gap between mid-off and cover, no stopping that

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End of over 34 (7 runs) New Zealand 153/7
CL Cairns    9* (14b 2x4)      Jai P Yadav    7-1-30-0
BB McCullum    14* (13b 2x4)     

34.1

Harbhajan Singh to McCullum, 3 runs, short and turning in, McCullum leans back and taps it away wide of the slip fielder

34.2

Harbhajan Singh to Cairns, FOUR, short and outside the off stump, Cairns nicely opens the face of the bat and runs it down to the third man boundary, beautifully played

34.3

Harbhajan Singh to Cairns, no run

34.4

Harbhajan Singh to Cairns, 1 run, fuller and quicker on the stumps, Cairns forces it away on the off side and they sprint across, direct hit would have been interesting but Dravid failed to hit the stumps

34.5

Harbhajan Singh to McCullum, no run

34.6

Harbhajan Singh to McCullum, no run, defended back to the bowler

End of over 35 (8 runs) New Zealand 161/7
BB McCullum    17* (16b 2x4)      Harbhajan Singh    8-1-47-0
CL Cairns    14* (17b 3x4)     

35.1

Yadav to Cairns, 2 runs, good length delivery outside the off stump and Cairns carves it away through the gap between point and gully, comfortable two

35.2

Yadav to Cairns, FOUR, slower delivery, was pitched way too short and Cairns gets enough time to go back and loft it over the fielder at mid-off

35.3

Yadav to Cairns, no run

35.4

Yadav to Cairns, no run, on the middle and leg stump line, turned away straight to the fielder at midwicket

35.5

Yadav to Cairns, no run, again turned away towards midwicket, this time got it just wide of the fielder but they decide not to run

35.6

Yadav to Cairns, OUT, gone! drifting down the leg side, Cairns looking to chip it over the fielder at short fine leg ends up hitting it straight to Harbhajan fielding there, soft dismissal of sorts - Jai P Yadav gets one to his name, New Zealand 8 down

CL Cairns c Harbhajan Singh b Yadav 20 (25m 23b 4x4 0x6) SR: 86.95

Vettori walks in Nehra is back

End of over 36 (6 runs) New Zealand 167/8
     Jai P Yadav    8-1-36-1
BB McCullum    17* (16b 2x4)     

36.1

Nehra to McCullum, 2 runs, angling across and McCullum drives it away into the gap between the cover fielders

36.2

Nehra to McCullum, 1 run, pushed wide of the cover fielder, dangerous quick single added to the total, Kaif moving across there failed to hit the stumps at the striker's end

36.3

Nehra to Vettori, 1 run, pitched up outside the off stump, turned away on the leg side

36.4

Nehra to McCullum, 1 run, good length delivery, McCullum plays it down towards mid-off and they sprint across, was played with soft hands and the fielder was at the edge of the circle, easy single in the end

36.5

Nehra to Vettori, no run, bit of width outside the off stump, Vettori goes hard at it but fails to beat the fielder at cover

36.6

Nehra to Vettori, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, driven off the back-foot but straight to the fielder at cover

End of over 37 (5 runs) New Zealand 172/8
DL Vettori    1* (3b)      A Nehra    7-3-11-2
BB McCullum    21* (19b 2x4)     

37.1

Yadav to McCullum, 1 run, pushed away in front of point, easy single added to the total

37.2

Yadav to Vettori, no run, angling across, was bit wide outside the off stump and Vettori leaves it for the keeper

37.3

Yadav to Vettori, 1 run, punched away off the back-foot, beats the diving fielder at cover, mid-off moves across quickly and keeps it down to just one

37.4

Yadav to McCullum, no run

37.5

Yadav to McCullum, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump and McCullum defends it on the front-foot, ball rolls away towards cover and if fielded by Kaif moving across to his left

37.6

Yadav to McCullum, 2 runs, steered down to the third man region, gets it well wide of the fielder at third man and they come back for the second

End of over 38 (4 runs) New Zealand 176/8
BB McCullum    24* (23b 2x4)      Jai P Yadav    9-1-40-1
DL Vettori    2* (5b)     

38.1

Nehra to Vettori, 1 run, good length delivery outside the off stump and Vettori drives it away through cover point

38.2

Nehra to McCullum, 2 runs, drifting down the leg side and McCullum turns it away in front of square leg, takes on Sehwag coming in from the deep and gets back comfortably for the second, excellent running between the wickets

38.3

Nehra to McCullum, FOUR, in the slot outside the off stump and McCullum drives it away to the cover fence, placed it to perfection and the ball just raced away

38.4

Nehra to McCullum, FOUR, four more, angling across the right-hander, McCullum flashes hard it and the ball races away off the outside edge, third man had no chance of cutting it off, welcome runs for New Zealand

38.5

Nehra to McCullum, no run

38.6

Nehra to McCullum, no run, played away towards cover

End of over 39 (11 runs) New Zealand 187/8
BB McCullum    34* (28b 4x4)      A Nehra    8-3-22-2
DL Vettori    3* (6b)     

39.1

Yadav to Vettori, FOUR, short of a good length delivery, pitched outside the leg stump and angling across the left-hander, Vettori pushes hard at it and ends up with a thick edge, Harbhajan at third man fails to cut it off

39.2

Yadav to Vettori, no run, defended back to the bowler

39.3

Yadav to Vettori, 1 run, punched down to the mid-off region, quick single taken

39.4

Yadav to McCullum, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, defended carefully towards cover point

39.5

Yadav to McCullum, 1 run, pitched up and angling in, driven straight down the ground to the long-on region, easy single

39.6

Yadav to Vettori, 1 run, driven wide of the cover fielder, easy single to end the over and that's the end of Yadav's spell

interesting bowling change being brought about, Sehwag into the attack now

End of over 40 (7 runs) New Zealand 194/8
DL Vettori    9* (10b 1x4)      Jai P Yadav    10-1-47-1
BB McCullum    35* (30b 4x4)     

40.1

Sehwag to Vettori, 3 runs, short and outside the off stump, cut away behind point

40.2

Sehwag to McCullum, 1 run, played down to long-on for an easy single

40.3

Sehwag to Vettori, 1 run, OUT, second RUN OUT of the innings, fraction short and is pulled away to the deep midwicket region, all was going well until Agarkar hit the striker's end stumps direct from the deep! Vettori is just short of his crease, third umpire confirms

DL Vettori run out 13 (20m 12b 1x4 0x6) SR: 108.33

it looked as though Vettori would make it across safely and nothing other than a direct hit would have got him - in the end even a diving effort could not save Vettori - what a throw! Adams is the last man in

40.4

Sehwag to Adams, 1 run, turned away through midwicket

40.5

Sehwag to McCullum, no run

40.6

Sehwag to McCullum, 1 run, played down to long-on

End of over 41 (7 runs) New Zealand 201/9
BB McCullum    37* (33b 4x4)      V Sehwag    1-0-7-0
AR Adams    1* (1b)     

41.1

Agarkar to McCullum, FOUR, shot! short delivery, angling in from outside the off stump and McCullum hooks it away to the backward square leg fence, top shot

41.2

Agarkar to McCullum, 1 run, pushed wide of the point fielder

41.3

Agarkar to Adams, no run

41.4

Agarkar to Adams, no run, short of a good length delivery outside the off stump, Adams pokes at it away from his body and gets beaten by a long way

41.5

Agarkar to Adams, no run, again fraction short, Adams rocks back and punches it away towards cover

41.6

Agarkar to Adams, 1 run, cut away wide of the point fielder, easy single to end the over

Harbhajan is back, one slip in place

End of over 42 (6 runs) New Zealand 207/9
AR Adams    2* (5b)      AB Agarkar    7-0-45-1
BB McCullum    42* (35b 5x4)     

42.1

Harbhajan Singh to Adams, no run, turning in from outside the off stump, defended awkwardly

42.2

Harbhajan Singh to Adams, no run, fraction short, again turning in from outside the off stump, pushed away towards cover

42.3

Harbhajan Singh to Adams, 1 run, turned away to the fine leg region

42.4

Harbhajan Singh to McCullum, SIX, SHOT! tossed up outside the off stump, McCullum chips down the track, gets to the pitch of the delivery and lofts it away over the long-off fence, there was a fielder placed in the deep but he had no chance whatsoever

42.5

Harbhajan Singh to McCullum, no run

42.6

Harbhajan Singh to McCullum, 1 run, driven down to long-off, McCullum retains the strike

End of over 43 (8 runs) New Zealand 215/9
BB McCullum    49* (38b 5x4 1x6)      Harbhajan Singh    9-1-55-0
AR Adams    3* (8b)     

43.1

Agarkar to McCullum, OUT, all over! short of a good length delivery, McCullum comes down the track looking for the big one but this time fails to clear Dravid at long-on, all done and dusted in 43.1 overs!

BB McCullum c Dravid b Agarkar 49 (52m 39b 5x4 1x6) SR: 125.64

Even with a long batting line-up, New Zealand could not last the full fifty over, 215 is the what they have managed it's a flat batting track and I doubt if that total will post any threat to India It will be a longer break than usual as the New Zealand innings has ended early - we will be back with the run chase at 11.45 GMT (17.15 IST) For the latest bulletin on today's play, features and other stories please visit ww.cricinfo.com We welcome all feedback - on our coverage and on the game. Please write in to http://www.cricinfo.com/commentary.html For the time being though this is Sajan Nair signing off, be sure to join us after the break Match State: Innings Break Welcome back, players are back in the middle and play is about to resume here after the innings break New Zealand have made a change, Bond comes in replacing Nathan Astle

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