Compaq Cup - 2nd match

India v New Zealand

India won by 6 wickets (with 57 balls remaining)

Hello and welcome to the game between New Zealand and India. The first game was a low-scoring affair. Let's see how this one pans out.

And Tony Greig starts with a priceless TV moment on Ten Sports. He was talking with Grant Elliot and started talking about the modern equipment. He knocked the thigh guard first ("that's glass fibre") then he says that's a solid abdomen guard and actually knocks it! (Thankfully Elliot was wearing it over his shorts but still ..!) I am not sure whether he was singing 'knocking on heaven's door' ... I need a break. Some fresh air. Oh no .. the toss is on

Toss Vettori has won the toss and NZ will bat first. "I don't think it [toss] will dictate the game; we still have to get out there and do the job like Sri Lanka did the other day."

Dhoni: "Most of our players work with Air India and we played the corporate Trophy recently ... Dravid is the most stable and technically sound. He is a kind of batsman who would look to take his innings till the end. He will support the middle-order and help the flashy players play their game. "

Pitch: Ranil: "It's the same pitch as the other game. It's a very dry pitch. The cracks are opening up a touch. The team batting second will have quite a bit of powdering to reckon with. The ball would come on slowly, particularly for the team batting second. 220 should be a good score."

India: 1 Dinesh Karthik, 2 Sachin Tendulkar, 3 Rahul Dravid, 4 Suresh Raina, 5 Yuvraj Singh, 6 MS Dhoni (capt/wk), 7 Yusuf Pathan, 8 Harbhajan Singh, 9 Ishant Sharma, 10 RP Singh, 11 Ashish Nehra.

New Zealand: 1 Brendon McCullum (wk), 2 Jesse Ryder, 3 Martin Guptill, 4 Ross Taylor, 5 Jacob Oram, 6 Grant Elliot, 7 Neil Broom, 8 Daniel Vettori (capt), 9 Ian Butler, 10 Kyle Mills, 11 Shane Bond

Dinesh Karthik with Tony Greig: "It's a good opportunity for me to do well for the Indian team. It would be a good challenge on these tracks and I am confident of doing well. You need to have a look-in and then take a call from there. You have to do lots of running here. I couldn't sleep well last night as I am going to open with Sachin. I have of course opened with others but it's not the same as opening with Sachin. I am excited."

Mark, one of our readers, is not too happy: "I just can't understand why Tuffey was dropped. Surely consistency is what you want and just when NZ get an opening bowling combination that works they straight away break it up. Madness!"

The players are out there in the middle. All set for the start.

0.1

Nehra to McCullum, 1 run, full inswinger to start the proceedings, McCullum gets forward rather hesitantly and pushes it off the inner half of the bat to the on side

0.2

Nehra to Ryder, no run, around the off stump, full, no movement this time, defended to the off side

0.3

Nehra to Ryder, OUT, Umpire Dharmasena has sent Ryder on his way. Lbw. It landed full on the off and middle line and moved in to hit Ryder in front of the middle. Ryder was looking to play across the line and is a dead duck. It would have crashed into the leg stump.

JD Ryder lbw b Nehra 0 (1m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

0.4

Nehra to Guptill, no run, full in length, on the off stump line, Guptill pushes it out to the off side

0.5

Nehra to Guptill, no run, around that off stump again, Guptill leans forward to push it towards mid-off

0.6

Nehra to Guptill, no run, just outside off, moving away, defended to point

End of over 1 (1 run) New Zealand 1/1 (RR: 1.00)
MJ Guptill    0* (3b)      A Nehra    1-0-1-1
BB McCullum    1* (1b)     

1.1

Singh to McCullum, no run, Two-left arm seamers sharing the new ball. RP gets the ball full and on the middle and off line, pushed back down the track

1.2

Singh to McCullum, no run, lands outside leg, moves in a touch, McCullum tries to clip it through the on side ,misses and is struck on the pad

1.3

Singh to McCullum, no run, length delivery on the middle and off line, McCullum stays back to punch it down to mid-on. NZ won the toss and chose to bat on a dry slow wicket

1.4

Singh to McCullum, no run, fuller, straightening on the middle, trying to get the lbw decision, McCullum takes out the front leg from the way, brings his bat in front in a hurry to keep it out

1.5

Singh to McCullum, no run, length delivery moving towards off stump, pushed towards mid-on

1.6

Singh to McCullum, 1 leg bye, good delivery; the best of the lot so far. It nipped back in sharply, took McCullum by surprise and hit the pad but it was going down leg side. Stifled appeal from the Indians.

End of over 2 (1 run, maiden) New Zealand 2/1 (RR: 1.00)
BB McCullum    1* (7b)      RP Singh    1-1-0-0
MJ Guptill    0* (3b)      A Nehra    1-0-1-1

2.1

Nehra to McCullum, 2 runs, bangs it in short as he sees McCullum charging out and it's swatted past square-leg for couple of runs

2.2

Nehra to McCullum, OUT, That's the 100th ODI wicket for Nehra. It landed on a length on the leg and middle and hit him in right in front of the middle. Plumb. And it appears as if it did hit the pad first too. What a comeback this is proving for Nehra after years in wilderness.

BB McCullum lbw b Nehra 3 (10m 9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

2.3

Nehra to Taylor, no run, around 133 kmph, lands outside off and moves away, left alone

2.4

Nehra to Taylor, 1 run, short in length, on the hips, tucked behind square-leg for a single

2.5

Nehra to Guptill, no run, leans forward to defend the length delivery to the off side.

2.6

Nehra to Guptill, no run, beaten outside off stump. It was a delivery angling away from him and he flirts with it.

End of over 3 (3 runs) New Zealand 5/2 (RR: 1.66)
MJ Guptill    0* (5b)      A Nehra    2-0-4-2
LRPL Taylor    1* (2b)      RP Singh    1-1-0-0

Senthil: "Nehra seems to enjoy bowling at Premadasa ,the last time he bowled he took 6 wickets here." Oh really? Didn't know that. Tks.

3.1

Singh to Taylor, FOUR, almost caught at square-leg. It held its line on the leg and middle line, Taylor was getting too much across, fell over a touch, got his bat around the front pad and some how manages to wrist it past the lunging Yusuf Pathan

3.2

Singh to Taylor, no run, fuller, looking for that lbw again, Taylor drives to mid-on

3.3

Singh to Taylor, no run, swings in a touch, moves in to hit the pad but clearly going down the leg side

3.4

Singh to Taylor, no run, in the channel outside off stump, goes past the outside edge and Dhoni, the wicketkeeper, collects

3.5

Singh to Taylor, no run, another one in the zone, Taylor looks initially to play at it before withdrawing his bat inside the line.

Blunt: "Again the NZ selection defies logic. If Neil Broom is to bat at 7 like the card says what is his role in the team? He has done nothing in his games so far, mostly because he plays a nothing role at 7. If this continues it will do nothing for his career. Surely the likes of Scott Styris would be a better option. At 34 he is not passed it and has loads of experience. His selection would force our abundance of all rounders down the order slightly but actually add something to the make up of the team."

3.6

Singh to Taylor, FOUR, edged but it falls short of Sachin at first slip. Another full delivery angling away, Taylor pushes at it and nicks it to the left of the diving SRT who couldn't stop it from running away to the boundary

End of over 4 (8 runs) New Zealand 13/2 (RR: 3.25)
LRPL Taylor    9* (8b 2x4)      RP Singh    2-1-8-0
MJ Guptill    0* (5b)      A Nehra    2-0-4-2

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4.1

Nehra to Guptill, no run, goes right back to defend to the off side

4.2

Nehra to Guptill, no run, fuller, outside off stump, left alone. NZ are wobbling here at 13 for 2.

4.3

Nehra to Guptill, 1 run, this one straightens on the off and middle line - another nagging fine delivery from Nehra - and it runs off the inner edge past square-leg. Nehra has been getting the ball to skid

4.4

Nehra to Taylor, no run, length delivery on the middle, Taylor stabs it to his pad. He has been trying for that lbw, now I reckon one would go across Taylor

4.5

Nehra to Taylor, no run, This one does move away a fraction and Taylor leans across to push it to the covers

4.6

Nehra to Taylor, no run, high bouncer on the leg stump line, Taylor ducks under it

End of over 5 (1 run) New Zealand 14/2 (RR: 2.80)
LRPL Taylor    9* (11b 2x4)      A Nehra    3-0-5-2
MJ Guptill    1* (8b)      RP Singh    2-1-8-0

5.1

Singh to Guptill, 3 runs, on the leg and middle line, Guptill holds his balance and clips the ball through midwicket for three runs

5.2

Singh to Taylor, no run, gets forward to push a length delivery to mid-off

5.3

Singh to Taylor, 2 runs, There is the Taylor swat that we have come to expect from him. He picked the full length delivery from outside off and went for the big across-the-line swing and edges it past square-leg

5.4

Singh to Taylor, no run, short in length, moving outside off stump, guided to backward point where DKarthik makes the stop

5.5

Singh to Taylor, OUT, NZ continue to wobble here. Taylor has been nicked out. It landed short of length and left Taylor who pushed at it; he did try to withdraw his bat at the last minute but it was too late by then. Edge and gone. Dhoni lunged to his right to collect that.

LRPL Taylor c †Dhoni b Singh 11 (15m 15b 2x4 0x6) SR: 73.33

Simon: "Moles(Andy) looks left, looks right! What does he see? An empty pool, more like an ocean! Theirs limited options outside of Styris."

5.6

Singh to Elliott, no run, lands on a length around off stump and moves away, left alone

End of over 6 (5 runs) New Zealand 19/3 (RR: 3.16)
GD Elliott    0* (1b)      RP Singh    3-1-13-1
MJ Guptill    4* (9b)      A Nehra    3-0-5-2

Sreekar Tanuku: "Curious what number Dravid sports on his new jersey. Gambhir has Dravid's first number 5, and Dinesh Kartik has got Dravid's most recent 19. Update folks." Hmm if I get to see his jersey, will update.

6.1

Nehra to Guptill, FOUR, Wallop! Lovely pull from the happy hooker. Guptill rocked back to pull the short delivery through wide midwicket region

6.2

Nehra to Guptill, 1 run, pushed right of point and runs with the shot. DKarthik swoops on the ball and has a shy at the non-striker's end

6.3

Nehra to Elliott, no run, beaten outside off. It landed on a length, on the middle and off line and moved away past the defensive prod

6.4

Nehra to Elliott, no run, stays back to push the ball to the off side

6.5

Nehra to Elliott, 2 runs, outside off stump, a touch short in length, steered wide of Ishant at third-man region for couple of runs

6.6

Nehra to Elliott, no run, 132.6 kmph, length delivery on the middle and leg, nudged to the on side

End of over 7 (7 runs) New Zealand 26/3 (RR: 3.71)
GD Elliott    2* (5b)      A Nehra    4-0-12-2
MJ Guptill    9* (11b 1x4)      RP Singh    3-1-13-1

7.1

Singh to Guptill, no run, lands on the leg and middle line, moves in, Guptill is squared-up by that and squeezes the ball off the outer edge to backward point

7.2

Singh to Guptill, no run, full and outside off, left alone

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7.3

Singh to Guptill, no run, leans across to defend the length delivery to the off side. Sachin in the first slip and Dravid at a wide almost fourth slip position

7.4

Singh to Guptill, no run, hangs back to punch the back-of-length delivery to mid-off

7.5

Singh to Guptill, no run, short of length, around off stump, pushed out to covers. He was bowling a touch fuller length but in the last over or so has retreated to back of a length.

7.6

Singh to Guptill, no run, pushes it fuller, outside off, in the channel outside off, left alone

End of over 8 (maiden) New Zealand 26/3 (RR: 3.25)
MJ Guptill    9* (17b 1x4)      RP Singh    4-2-13-1
GD Elliott    2* (5b)      A Nehra    4-0-12-2

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8.1

Nehra to Elliott, 1 run, short in length, on the off stump line, tapped close on the off side and before Raina can swoop in from covers, they complete the single

8.2

Nehra to Guptill, no run, short in length, moving towards the off stump, defended to the off side

8.3

Nehra to Guptill, no run, fuller, lands on the middle and leg, moves towards middle, pushed back to Nehra

8.4

Nehra to Guptill, no run, beaten outside off stump. It curved away with the left-armer's angle, and the batsman hung his bat away from the body but luckily, for him, the ball rushed past the outside edge

8.5

Nehra to Guptill, 2 runs, fuller, he didn't quite get on to the front foot but just lunged across at the last minute to drive it through covers

8.6

Nehra to Guptill, 1 run, on the middle and leg, stays back to work it through wide midwicket

End of over 9 (4 runs) New Zealand 30/3 (RR: 3.33)
MJ Guptill    12* (22b 1x4)      A Nehra    5-0-16-2
GD Elliott    3* (6b)      RP Singh    4-2-13-1

Ishant Sharma to bowl now

9.1

Sharma to Guptill, no run, Two slips watch as IShant bowls a full delivery on the off stump line, defended towards the off side.

9.2

Sharma to Guptill, no run, full in length again , pushed to mid-on. He usually hits the short of length but has suffered in the limited overs cricket in the recent months. He has started by hitting the full length here.

9.3

Sharma to Guptill, no run, back of length, just outside off, holds its line, left alone

9.4

Sharma to Guptill, no run, 130.8 kmph, full length delivery outside off stump, straightens outside off, left alone

9.5

Sharma to Guptill, no run, leans forward, gets behind the line to defend the length delivery to off side.

9.6

Sharma to Guptill, no run, full in length, just outside off stump, stays in that region, left alone and Dhoni collects

End of over 10 (maiden) New Zealand 30/3 (RR: 3.00)
MJ Guptill    12* (28b 1x4)      I Sharma    1-1-0-0
GD Elliott    3* (6b)      A Nehra    5-0-16-2

Bowling Powerplay taken

10.1

Nehra to Elliott, no run, short in length, moves across from the middle and leg line, tapped back down the track

10.2

Nehra to Elliott, no run, full in length, just outside off, jabbed to the off side

10.3

Nehra to Elliott, no run, stays back to steer the slightly slower one to backward point

10.4

Nehra to Elliott, 3 runs, shuffles across to clip the length delivery on the middle and leg line to deep midwicket region

10.5

Nehra to Guptill, no run, Just one slip now. Guptill goes right back, takes care not to get squared-up as he defends to the off side of the pitch

10.6

Nehra to Guptill, no run, fuller, on the middle stump line, defended to the off side

End of over 11 (3 runs) New Zealand 33/3 (RR: 3.00)
MJ Guptill    12* (30b 1x4)      A Nehra    6-0-19-2
GD Elliott    6* (10b)      I Sharma    1-1-0-0

11.1

Sharma to Elliott, no run, fullish, just outside off, driven to mid-off

11.2

Sharma to Elliott, no run, full in length, moves in towards off and middle, driven to mid-on

11.3

Sharma to Elliott, 3 runs, on the middle stump line, whipped through midwicket. RP gives the chase but can't prevent them from taking three runs.

11.4

Sharma to Guptill, 1 run, just outside off stump, holds its line, squeezed down to third-man region

11.5

Sharma to Elliott, no run, banged in short, on the middle stump line, Grant Elliott is surprised and fends it in the air but well short of the short midwicket.

11.6

Sharma to Elliott, 1 run, fuller, just outside off, pushed towards extra-cover for a quick single

btw Dravid's still wearing jersey number 19, assures a colleague

End of over 12 (5 runs) New Zealand 38/3 (RR: 3.16)
GD Elliott    10* (15b)      I Sharma    2-1-5-0
MJ Guptill    13* (31b 1x4)      A Nehra    6-0-19-2

12.1

Singh to Elliott, no run, stands tall to punch a back-of-length delivery to Raina at cover

12.2

Singh to Elliott, no run, full pitched on the middle stump line, driven to Harbhajan at mid-on

12.3

Singh to Elliott, no run, a touch slower, full around the off stump, defended to the covers

12.4

Singh to Elliott, 1 run, short in length, on the middle and leg line, jabbed close to the on side for a run

12.5

Singh to Guptill, no run, fullish, on the middle and off, driven to Harbhajan at mid-on. Harbhajan spits and polishes the ball.

12.6

Singh to Guptill, 1 run, around 129 kmph delivery, on the middle and leg line, stops on the batsman, deflected wide of midwicket fielder for a single

End of over 13 (2 runs) New Zealand 40/3 (RR: 3.07)
MJ Guptill    14* (33b 1x4)      RP Singh    5-2-15-1
GD Elliott    11* (19b)      I Sharma    2-1-5-0

13.1

Sharma to Guptill, FOUR, overpitched on the middle, Guptill leans forward to ease it past the diving mid-on fielder.

13.2

Sharma to Guptill, no run, hits the length this time, just outside off stump, steered to backward point

13.3

Sharma to Guptill, no run, short in length, around the off stump, defended to the off side

13.4

Sharma to Guptill, FOUR, Edged but well clear of the lone slip fielder in Tendulkar. It straightened outside off stump, off the good length, stabbed off the outer edge and it runs down to the boundary.

13.5

Sharma to Guptill, no run, even fuller, around the off and middle line - clearly Ishant has changed his natural length for this pitch - driven to cover

13.6

Sharma to Guptill, no run, short in length, homing in on the off stump, defended compactly out to the off side

End of over 14 (8 runs) New Zealand 48/3 (RR: 3.42)
MJ Guptill    22* (39b 3x4)      I Sharma    3-1-13-0
GD Elliott    11* (19b)      RP Singh    5-2-15-1

Yuvraj Singh to bowl now

14.1

Yuvraj Singh to Elliott, 2 runs, tossed up full outside off stump, driven to left of Nehra at long-off

14.2

Yuvraj Singh to Elliott, no run, pretty full, higher trajectory, drops in at a yorker length outside off, dug out

14.3

Yuvraj Singh to Elliott, 1 run, rotates the strike with a cut to deep-point region

14.4

Yuvraj Singh to Guptill, no run, floated outside off stump, guided to backward point

14.5

Yuvraj Singh to Guptill, no run, slower through the air, on a length outside off, tapped to backward point again

14.6

Yuvraj Singh to Guptill, OUT, Yuvraj strikes in his first over. Fine catch by Rahul at first slip. It was pushed through around off stump, turned a touch and Guptill stabbed it low to left of Rahul who makes a sharp catch look very easy

MJ Guptill c Dravid b Yuvraj Singh 22 (66m 42b 3x4 0x6) SR: 52.38

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End of over 15 (3 runs) New Zealand 51/4 (RR: 3.40)
     Yuvraj Singh    1-0-3-1
GD Elliott    14* (22b)      I Sharma    3-1-13-0

15.1

Sharma to Elliott, no run, length delivery outside off, edges the defensive prod to left of second slip where Virat Kohli, subbing for Sachin, fields

15.2

Sharma to Elliott, no run, leans forward to defend the length delivery outside off stump

15.3

Sharma to Elliott, no run, slower one, around 109 kmph, full and on the middle, defended to the on side

15.4

Sharma to Elliott, no run, short in length, moving in a touch, tapped close on the off side

15.5

Sharma to Elliott, 1 run, banged in short, it climbs ever so slowly on this sluggish track, swatted to deep backward square-leg

15.6

Sharma to Oram, no run, lifting delivery angling away from Oram who sways away from the line

End of over 16 (1 run) New Zealand 52/4 (RR: 3.25)
JDP Oram    0* (1b)      I Sharma    4-1-14-0
GD Elliott    15* (27b)      Yuvraj Singh    1-0-3-1

16.1

Yuvraj Singh to Elliott, no run, just outside off, slow through the air, left alone

16.2

Yuvraj Singh to Elliott, 1 run, stays back to clip it to square-leg

16.3

Yuvraj Singh to Oram, no run, gets forward to push a flighted delivery back to Yuvraj

16.4

Yuvraj Singh to Oram, 1 run, tossed up, full, flicked to deep backward square-leg region

16.5

Yuvraj Singh to Elliott, no run, just outside off, loopy delivery from a slightly round-arm action, squeezed to backward point

16.6

Yuvraj Singh to Elliott, 1 run, gets forward to drive to long-off

End of over 17 (3 runs) New Zealand 55/4 (RR: 3.23)
GD Elliott    17* (31b)      Yuvraj Singh    2-0-6-1
JDP Oram    1* (3b)      I Sharma    4-1-14-0

Harbhajan Singh to bowl. Slip and short-leg (D Karthik) in place

17.1

Harbhajan Singh to Elliott, 2 runs, picks the flighted delivery from outside off and paddles it to fine-leg region

17.2

Harbhajan Singh to Elliott, no run, And so, Harbhajan lands it further outside off and gets good turn, left alone

17.3

Harbhajan Singh to Elliott, 1 run, leans across outside off and guides the ball to cover point

17.4

Harbhajan Singh to Oram, no run, from round the stumps to the lefty, drifts across ,lands on the middle and leg, turns to get the leading edge to the off side

17.5

Harbhajan Singh to Oram, no run, on the middle and leg, this time Oram is more cautious and defends to the on side with the full face of the bat

17.6

Harbhajan Singh to Oram, no run, leans forward to offer the dead-bat

End of over 18 (3 runs) New Zealand 58/4 (RR: 3.22)
JDP Oram    1* (6b)      Harbhajan Singh    1-0-3-0
GD Elliott    20* (34b)      Yuvraj Singh    2-0-6-1

18.1

Yuvraj Singh to Elliott, 1 run, flighted across, full, just outside off, driven to Nehra at long-off

18.2

Yuvraj Singh to Oram, no run

18.3

Yuvraj Singh to Oram, 2 runs, a touch short and its cut to left of sweeper cover

18.4

Yuvraj Singh to Oram, no run, floated on the middle and leg, shoveled in the air to the on side

18.5

Yuvraj Singh to Oram, 1 run, reaches forward to the pitch of the ball and eases it down to long-on

18.6

Yuvraj Singh to Elliott, no run, Dhoni is confident that he has stumped the batsman. It was a nice delivery that drifted in before turning past the lunging batsman. The back foot did drag out and it appears to be on the line or is it just in when Dhoni breaks the stumps. It has been referred upstairs. The line belongs to the umpire and Gamini de Silva rules it not out. hmmm.. very close call. The benefit of the doubt and all that jazz.

End of over 19 (4 runs) New Zealand 62/4 (RR: 3.26)
GD Elliott    21* (36b)      Yuvraj Singh    3-0-10-1
JDP Oram    4* (10b)      Harbhajan Singh    1-0-3-0

19.1

Harbhajan Singh to Oram, no run, turns sharply from the leg stump, Oram is squared-up and edges it to the off side

19.2

Harbhajan Singh to Oram, 1 run, turned past square-leg for a single

19.3

Harbhajan Singh to Elliott, 1 run, fetches it from outside off and sweeps it to long leg

19.4

Harbhajan Singh to Oram, no run, drops it a touch short, Oram goes back to push it to the bowler

19.5

Harbhajan Singh to Oram, 1 run, flighted full just outside leg, flicked to backward square-leg

19.6

Harbhajan Singh to Elliott, no run, slip and leg slip in place and Elliott goes right back to defend it back down the track

End of over 20 (3 runs) New Zealand 65/4 (RR: 3.25)
GD Elliott    22* (38b)      Harbhajan Singh    2-0-6-0
JDP Oram    6* (14b)      Yuvraj Singh    3-0-10-1

20.1

Yuvraj Singh to Oram, no run, leans forward to push it to cover

20.2

Yuvraj Singh to Oram, 1 run, tossed up, Oram takes a couple of steps forward to take it on the full and drives it down to long-on

20.3

Yuvraj Singh to Elliott, OUT, quicker one, sliding down the leg side, Elliott misses the flick and Dhoni 'catches' it. Loud appeal and it has been given out. The first replay suggests it was off the pad. Will confirm again after more replays.

GD Elliott c †Dhoni b Yuvraj Singh 22 (66m 39b 0x4 0x6) SR: 56.41

20.4

Yuvraj Singh to Broom, no run, leans forward to defend to the off side

20.5

Yuvraj Singh to Broom, no run, ooh .. some turn there . It lands on the off stump before spinning away past the prod

20.6

Yuvraj Singh to Broom, 1 run, goes right back to clip it from the middle-stump line to long leg

End of over 21 (2 runs) New Zealand 67/5 (RR: 3.19)
NT Broom    1* (3b)      Yuvraj Singh    4-0-12-2
JDP Oram    7* (16b)      Harbhajan Singh    2-0-6-0

21.1

Harbhajan Singh to Broom, 1 run, turns in from outside off, nudged past square-leg for a single

21.2

Harbhajan Singh to Oram, FOUR, pushes it through a tad quicker, full and down the leg side, glanced away to the fine-leg boundary

21.3

Harbhajan Singh to Oram, no run, toppie from round the stumps, Oram edges it to the pad while trying to defend on the front foot

21.4

Harbhajan Singh to Oram, no run, this one spins away slowly, pushed to cover

21.5

Harbhajan Singh to Oram, no run, over-spin on that , around the off stump line, pushed to the off side

21.6

Harbhajan Singh to Oram, 1 run, skids on towards the middle, ever so slowly, clipped to deep midwicket region

End of over 22 (6 runs) New Zealand 73/5 (RR: 3.31)
JDP Oram    12* (21b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    3-0-12-0
NT Broom    2* (4b)      Yuvraj Singh    4-0-12-2

22.1

Yuvraj Singh to Oram, 1 run, flighted full, driven to Nehra at long-on

22.2

Yuvraj Singh to Broom, no run, full, perhaps too full, nudged past silly point.

22.3

Yuvraj Singh to Broom, 1 run, stays back to punch a length delivery to Nehra

22.4

Yuvraj Singh to Oram, 1 run, full, on the off stump line, eased down to long-on where Nehra makes the stop again

22.5

Yuvraj Singh to Broom, no run, turn and bounce there. It jumped away from the off stump, past the prod, and Dhoni collects. Dravid applauds Yuvraj from his position at first slip

22.6

Yuvraj Singh to Broom, 1 run, a touch short and Broom fists it to deep point

End of over 23 (4 runs) New Zealand 77/5 (RR: 3.34)
NT Broom    4* (8b)      Yuvraj Singh    5-0-16-2
JDP Oram    14* (23b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    3-0-12-0

23.1

Harbhajan Singh to Broom, 1 run, slip and backward short-leg in place and it has been punched down to long-on for a single

23.2

Harbhajan Singh to Oram, no run, lovely off break, lures Oram forward before spinning away from the outer edge

23.3

Harbhajan Singh to Oram, no run, this one goes on straight, still from round the stumps to the left-handed ORam, pushed away to point

23.4

Harbhajan Singh to Oram, no run, tries to sweep from outside off, misses and is hit outside the off stump

23.5

Harbhajan Singh to Oram, 1 run, gets forward to drive to long-off for a single

23.6

Harbhajan Singh to Broom, 1 run, flighted full outside off, whipped down to long-on

End of over 24 (3 runs) New Zealand 80/5 (RR: 3.33)
NT Broom    6* (10b)      Harbhajan Singh    4-0-15-0
JDP Oram    15* (27b 1x4)      Yuvraj Singh    5-0-16-2

24.1

Yuvraj Singh to Broom, 2 runs, comes in with the arm, Broom goes right back to force it away wide of deep midwicket

24.2

Yuvraj Singh to Broom, no run, tossed up full, pushed to cover

24.3

Yuvraj Singh to Broom, 1 run, a tad quicker, worked right of mid-on for a single

24.4

Yuvraj Singh to Oram, no run, leans forward to deflect it to midwicket

24.5

Yuvraj Singh to Oram, no run, takes couple of steps down the track and defends it back down the pitch

24.6

Yuvraj Singh to Oram, 1 run, floated on the off stump line, worked past square-leg

End of over 25 (4 runs) New Zealand 84/5 (RR: 3.36)
JDP Oram    16* (30b 1x4)      Yuvraj Singh    6-0-20-2
NT Broom    9* (13b)      Harbhajan Singh    4-0-15-0

25.1

Harbhajan Singh to Oram, no run, goes for the sweep, doesn't quite connect well and the ball rolls away to the on side

25.2

Harbhajan Singh to Oram, 1 run, a touch short, Oram gets on to the back foot to punch it to long-off

25.3

Harbhajan Singh to Broom, 3 runs, stays round the stumps to the right-handed Broom, delivers a floater outside off stump, Broom is caught at the crease and stabs it past Dravid at slip

25.4

Harbhajan Singh to Oram, 1 run, flighted around off, driven down to long-off

25.5

Harbhajan Singh to Broom, 1 run, from round the stumps, on the middle stump line, turning into middle and leg, clipped past square-leg

25.6

Harbhajan Singh to Oram, 1 run, comes down the track and drives to right of RP at long-off

End of over 26 (7 runs) New Zealand 91/5 (RR: 3.50)
JDP Oram    19* (34b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    5-0-22-0
NT Broom    13* (15b)      Yuvraj Singh    6-0-20-2

Was Elliot out? some of you have wondered. Well ... imo not out. But the other replays weren't flash. Meanwhile, Ishant comes back.

26.1

Sharma to Oram, no run, short in length, angling away, mistimes the cut to cover

26.2

Sharma to Oram, 2 leg byes, lands outside leg, rolls off the pad to fine-leg region. Dhoni rushes after the ball.

26.3

Sharma to Oram, no run, on the off stump line, dabbed to the off side

26.4

Sharma to Oram, no run, short in length, moving towards middle stump, defended back down the pitch

26.5

Sharma to Oram, no run, stays back to defend the back-of-length delivery back to Ishant

26.6

Sharma to Oram, no run, short in length, around the off stump, bunted to cover

End of over 27 (2 runs, maiden) New Zealand 93/5 (RR: 3.44)
JDP Oram    19* (40b 1x4)      I Sharma    5-2-14-0
NT Broom    13* (15b)      Harbhajan Singh    5-0-22-0

27.1

Harbhajan Singh to Broom, 1 run, turns in from outside off, slightly short, worked to deep midwicket off the back foot

27.2

Harbhajan Singh to Oram, no run, lands outside off, spins away to evade the attempted sweep

27.3

Harbhajan Singh to Oram, no run, gets forward to defend to the off side

27.4

Harbhajan Singh to Oram, FOUR, skips down the track, reaches out to chip it over mid-on ... clears the fielder comfortably

Now long-on in place

27.5

Harbhajan Singh to Oram, 1 run, gets forward to push it through covers for a single

27.6

Harbhajan Singh to Broom, 2 runs, stretches across to guide the flighted delivery through point and NZ cross 100

End of over 28 (8 runs) New Zealand 101/5 (RR: 3.60)
NT Broom    16* (17b)      Harbhajan Singh    6-0-30-0
JDP Oram    24* (44b 2x4)      I Sharma    5-2-14-0

28.1

Sharma to Oram, OUT, Done in by the slower one. It was around 114 kmph, on a length, Oram checked his shot and ended up chipping it straight back to Ishant

JDP Oram c & b Sharma 24 (52m 45b 2x4 0x6) SR: 53.33

28.2

Sharma to Vettori, no run, pushes it well outside off stump, left alone

28.3

Sharma to Vettori, no run, closer to the off stump, still angling away, Dan lets it go through to Dhoni

28.4

Sharma to Vettori, no run, length delivery in the channel outside off stump, left alone

28.5

Sharma to Vettori, 1 run, bouncer from round the stumps, Dan hops back to push it down to the on side

28.6

Sharma to Broom, no run, just outside off stump, steered to backward point

End of over 29 (1 run) New Zealand 102/6 (RR: 3.51)
NT Broom    16* (18b)      I Sharma    6-2-15-1
DL Vettori    1* (4b)      Harbhajan Singh    6-0-30-0

29.1

Harbhajan Singh to Vettori, 1 run, from round the stumps, on the pads, tucked behind square-leg for a single

29.2

Harbhajan Singh to Broom, no run, tossed up outside off, spins in, Broom goes right back to defend

29.3

Harbhajan Singh to Broom, no run, turns in with some bounce, moves past the waft and bounds off the thigh pad towards short leg

29.4

Harbhajan Singh to Broom, 1 run, stays back to work it with the turn past square-leg

29.5

Harbhajan Singh to Vettori, 1 run, gets it from outside off and wrists it past square-leg for a single

29.6

Harbhajan Singh to Broom, 2 runs, stays back to punch the off break to between long-on and deep midwicket. They turn back for the second. Harbhajan isn't too happy and says to his fielders "Ek doosre ka mooh kya dekh rahe ho?!" (why are guys looking at each other's faces?)

End of over 30 (5 runs) New Zealand 107/6 (RR: 3.56)
NT Broom    19* (22b)      Harbhajan Singh    7-0-35-0
DL Vettori    3* (6b)      I Sharma    6-2-15-1

round the wicket

30.1

Sharma to Vettori, no run, back of a length, around the off line, pushed to long-off

30.2

Sharma to Vettori, no run, looks to turn an in-coming delivery past square leg, but finds the fielder

30.3

Sharma to Vettori, FOUR, that's overpitched, and he uses his wrists to fetch it from outside off to beat mid-on - almost a whip - he uses his wrists to good effect

30.4

Sharma to Vettori, 1 run, short and wide, and cut away, Raina dives to field at cover but can't prevent one

30.5

Sharma to Broom, no run, length ball, shapes up for an off drive but checks the shot at the last moment

30.6

Sharma to Broom, no run, back of a length, outside off, and pushed to cover

End of over 31 (5 runs) New Zealand 112/6 (RR: 3.61)
NT Broom    19* (24b)      I Sharma    7-2-20-1
DL Vettori    8* (10b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    7-0-35-0

Raina to bowl now

31.1

Raina to Vettori, 1 run, too full, and wristed down to long-on

31.2

Raina to Broom, no run, delays the delivery, bowls it full and gets an inside edge from Broom - all safe, though

31.3

Raina to Broom, 1 run, laps this one from in front of off, to fine leg

31.4

Raina to Vettori, 1 run, flighted on the middle stump, gets down to the pitch of it and flicks it away to midwicket

31.5

Raina to Broom, 1 run, stays back to a fullish delivery and pushes it through the off side

31.6

Raina to Vettori, no run, slower delivery off the over, and he gets sharp break from it, draws Vettori forward, pitches middle, beats his defence and allows Dhoni to whip the bails off - third umpire confirms that although Vettori overbalanced, he is safe

Time for a well-earned drink in the Colombo heat

End of over 32 (4 runs) New Zealand 116/6 (RR: 3.62)
DL Vettori    10* (13b 1x4)      SK Raina    1-0-4-0
NT Broom    21* (27b)      I Sharma    7-2-20-1

another bowling change - Yuvraj to bowl

32.1

Yuvraj Singh to Broom, OUT, and he has struck first up - this is a short innocuous delivery, asking to be hit, which Broom does, but straight and low to Raina at midwicket, who makes no mistake. Dismissals, they don't come softer

NT Broom c Raina b Yuvraj Singh 21 (49m 28b 0x4 0x6) SR: 75.00

Kyle Mills is the new man in, a slip in

32.2

Yuvraj Singh to Mills, no run, flighted around the off-stump line, Mills gets forward in defending

32.3

Yuvraj Singh to Mills, 1 run, another flighted delivery outside off, opens the face and gets one to the left of point

32.4

Yuvraj Singh to Vettori, no run, quicker one, skids on outside off, Dan is beaten on the cut

32.5

Yuvraj Singh to Vettori, no run, gets forward to defend to the off side where Raina stops

32.6

Yuvraj Singh to Vettori, 3 runs, this time makes contact with the late-cut and gets it past slip

End of over 33 (4 runs) New Zealand 120/7 (RR: 3.63)
DL Vettori    13* (16b 1x4)      Yuvraj Singh    7-0-24-3
KD Mills    1* (2b)      SK Raina    1-0-4-0

33.1

Pathan to Vettori, 1 run, floated outside leg, tapped towards square-leg and Dhoni runs after it

33.2

Pathan to Mills, no run, just outside off stump, guided to backward point

33.3

Pathan to Mills, 1 run, goes right back to push it to point region for a easy single

33.4

Pathan to Vettori, 1 run, on the pads, turned to deep backward square-leg

33.5

Pathan to Mills, 1 run, quicker, flatter, pings point for yet another single

33.6

Pathan to Vettori, 1 run, tossed up full, again on the legs, tickled around the corner for a run

End of over 34 (5 runs) New Zealand 125/7 (RR: 3.67)
DL Vettori    16* (19b 1x4)      YK Pathan    1-0-5-0
KD Mills    3* (5b)      Yuvraj Singh    7-0-24-3

34.1

Yuvraj Singh to Vettori, 1 run, full, driven down to long-on

34.2

Yuvraj Singh to Mills, no run, turns sharply from the off stump, beaten on the forward defensive stroke

34.3

Yuvraj Singh to Mills, no run, stays back to punch it to cover

34.4

Yuvraj Singh to Mills, 1 run, on the middle stump line, nudged to square-leg

34.5

Yuvraj Singh to Vettori, 1 run, hangs on the back foot , another easy single to long-on. Just four men in the circle

34.6

Yuvraj Singh to Mills, 1 run, a touch shorter, around off stump, pushed to right of point for a single

End of over 35 (4 runs) New Zealand 129/7 (RR: 3.68)
KD Mills    5* (9b)      Yuvraj Singh    8-0-28-3
DL Vettori    18* (21b 1x4)      YK Pathan    1-0-5-0

RP to bowl

35.1

Singh to Mills, no run, short in length, on the middle and leg, turned straight to midwicket

35.2

Singh to Mills, no run, a touch short in length outside off, dabbed away to backward point

35.3

Singh to Mills, 1 run, on the leg and middle, nurdled to Nehra at fine-leg

35.4

Singh to Vettori, 1 run, short in length, bounces outside off, cut down right of backward point where D Karthik makes a diving half-stop

35.5

Singh to Mills, no run, short in length, around off stump, pushed to the off side

35.6

Singh to Mills, no run, back of length, guided to backward point. No run.

End of over 36 (2 runs) New Zealand 131/7 (RR: 3.63)
KD Mills    6* (14b)      RP Singh    6-2-17-1
DL Vettori    19* (22b 1x4)      Yuvraj Singh    8-0-28-3

36.1

Yuvraj Singh to Vettori, 1 run, floated full from round the stumps, driven to long-off

36.2

Yuvraj Singh to Mills, no run, slip in for Mills who leans forward to push it back to the bowler

36.3

Yuvraj Singh to Mills, no run, a touch quicker, turned to midwicket

36.4

Yuvraj Singh to Mills, no run, quickish on the off stump line, tapped to the on side of the pitch

36.5

Yuvraj Singh to Mills, no run, on the pads, rolls away to the leg side

36.6

Yuvraj Singh to Mills, no run, drifts in towards middle and leg, raps him on the pad.. stifled appeal from the Indians

End of over 37 (1 run) New Zealand 132/7 (RR: 3.56)
KD Mills    6* (19b)      Yuvraj Singh    9-0-29-3
DL Vettori    20* (23b 1x4)      RP Singh    6-2-17-1

37.1

Singh to Vettori, no run, homing in on the off stump, full in length, pushed to Tendulkar at mid-on

37.2

Singh to Vettori, no run, fires in a bouncer around off stump, Vettori tries to pull but doesn't connect

37.3

Singh to Vettori, no run, a touch slower, full, mistimes the drive to right of RP who makes a half-stop.

37.4

Singh to Vettori, no run, short in length, on the off and middle, chopped down to backward point

37.5

Singh to Vettori, 1 wide, down the leg side, gets past the attempted glance

37.5

Singh to Vettori, 1 run, back of length around off stump, punched to deepish mid-off

37.6

Singh to Mills, OUT, No 8. It was a short-of-length delivery moving away from Mills who tried to punch it through the off side but ended up dragging it back to his stumps. It can happen on a slow track such as this. Gary Kirsten applauds from the dressing room.

KD Mills b Singh 6 (22m 20b 0x4 0x6) SR: 30.00

End of over 38 (2 runs) New Zealand 134/8 (RR: 3.52)
     RP Singh    7-2-19-2
DL Vettori    21* (28b 1x4)      Yuvraj Singh    9-0-29-3

38.1

Yuvraj Singh to Vettori, 1 run, leans forward to drive through the on side

38.2

Yuvraj Singh to Butler, no run, drifts in to strike the pad on the leg stump line, going down ...

38.3

Yuvraj Singh to Butler, no run, on the off stump, tries to punch it to the off side, edges it to the midwicket

38.4

Yuvraj Singh to Butler, no run, flighted across, slower in the air, edges the drive to the on side

38.5

Yuvraj Singh to Butler, no run, quickish, dabs to the on side

38.6

Yuvraj Singh to Butler, 1 run, from slightly round-arm action, flighted on the off stump, squeezed off the outer edge to left of backward point

End of over 39 (2 runs) New Zealand 136/8 (RR: 3.48)
IG Butler    1* (5b)      Yuvraj Singh    10-0-31-3
DL Vettori    22* (29b 1x4)      RP Singh    7-2-19-2

39.1

Harbhajan Singh to Butler, no run, flighted outside off stump, turned to short midwicket

39.2

Harbhajan Singh to Butler, no run, spins in from outside off, bounces as well, beats the defensive prod to hit the pad high

39.3

Harbhajan Singh to Butler, no run, goes back to push the off break back to the bowler

39.4

Harbhajan Singh to Butler, 3 runs, a tad quicker, outside off stump, holds its line, short in length, punched to deep-point region for three runs

39.5

Harbhajan Singh to Vettori, no run, turns towards off stump, nudged away to the off side

39.6

Harbhajan Singh to Vettori, 1 run, spins from outside leg, a touch short in length, punched to long-on for a single

End of over 40 (4 runs) New Zealand 140/8 (RR: 3.50)
DL Vettori    23* (31b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    8-0-39-0
IG Butler    4* (9b)      Yuvraj Singh    10-0-31-3

Ishant to bowl

40.1

Sharma to Vettori, 1 run, on the off stump line, cramps Dan for room but he manages to chop it to right of backward point

40.2

Sharma to Butler, no run, high bouncer and Butler sways away from the line.

40.3

Sharma to Butler, no run, Butler is standing outside the crease and so, Ishant fires in another short-pitched delivery, swayed away

40.4

Sharma to Butler, no run, full in length, outside off stump, left alone

40.5

Sharma to Butler, no run, full in length, driven to mid-on

40.6

Sharma to Butler, no run, slower one outside off stump, pushed to cover

End of over 41 (1 run) New Zealand 141/8 (RR: 3.43)
IG Butler    4* (14b)      I Sharma    8-2-21-1
DL Vettori    24* (32b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    8-0-39-0

41.1

Nehra to Vettori, 1 run, full in length, on the off stump line, eased down to long-on

41.2

Nehra to Butler, no run, lifting delivery angling away from Butler who allows it to pass through to Dhoni

41.3

Nehra to Butler, no run, ooh .. another short delivery, well-directed bouncer, face-high, and Butler manages to yank his head away from the line

41.4

Nehra to Butler, no run, full delivery, goes for the drive, edges but it falls short of a diving Dhoni

41.5

Nehra to Butler, no run, full and outside off stump, checks his drive and the ball goes to cover

41.6

Nehra to Butler, no run, chest-high short delivery. Butler does well again to leave it; he drops his wrists, gets his bat out of the way as he sways away

End of over 42 (1 run) New Zealand 142/8 (RR: 3.38)
IG Butler    4* (19b)      A Nehra    7-0-20-2
DL Vettori    25* (33b 1x4)      I Sharma    8-2-21-1

42.1

Sharma to Vettori, no run, full in length and outside off stump, Dan goes for the drive and is beaten

42.2

Sharma to Vettori, no run, the bouncer on the middle stump line and Dan ducks. Dharmasena signals that's the one bouncer for the over

42.3

Sharma to Vettori, OUT, Clatter! It landed back of a length around off and middle line and shaped in a touch, Vettori went for an on-the-up drive but pushed his bat outside the line and was beaten as the delivery moved in a touch.

DL Vettori b Sharma 25 (66m 36b 1x4 0x6) SR: 69.44

42.4

Sharma to Bond, 1 run, full in length, outside off, Bond shapes to leave it but is late and the ball runs away off the bat-face to third man

42.5

Sharma to Butler, no run, rushes through the off stump channel, from back of length, tries to guide it to third man but misses it completely

42.6

Sharma to Butler, no run, short in length, cuts back in, runs off the inner edge to left of Dhoni

End of over 43 (1 run) New Zealand 143/9 (RR: 3.32)
IG Butler    4* (21b)      I Sharma    9-2-22-2
SE Bond    1* (1b)      A Nehra    7-0-20-2

43.1

Nehra to Bond, no run, length delivery on the stumps, pushed back to the bowler

43.2

Nehra to Bond, no run, just outside off stump, moves away and Dhoni collects

43.3

Nehra to Bond, no run, beaten outside off again. Another one that goes away with the angle and Nehra holds his head

43.4

Nehra to Bond, no run, another short delivery, tries to swat it across the on side, misses and is struck on the pad

43.5

Nehra to Bond, no run, just around the off stump, turned back to the bowler

43.6

Nehra to Bond, FOUR, Wallop! It was full and outside off and it has been thrashed over cover

End of over 44 (4 runs) New Zealand 147/9 (RR: 3.34)
SE Bond    5* (7b 1x4)      A Nehra    8-0-24-2
IG Butler    4* (21b)      I Sharma    9-2-22-2

44.1

Sharma to Butler, 1 run, slower one, fullish, tapped to the off side

44.2

Sharma to Bond, 2 runs, banged in short outside off, pushed away on the hop past backward point. 150 up. It's been one turgid phase of play on a slow track. very unattractive cricket.

44.3

Sharma to Bond, 1 run, a slower one, fullish, on the off, steered to point

44.4

Sharma to Butler, no run, charges down the track and has a big swing but fails to connect

44.5

Sharma to Butler, no run, on a length, on the off stump, pushed towards extra cover

44.6

Sharma to Butler, no run, short in length, just outside off, chopped off the inner edge to the keeper

End of over 45 (4 runs) New Zealand 151/9 (RR: 3.35)
IG Butler    5* (25b)      I Sharma    10-2-26-2
SE Bond    8* (9b 1x4)      A Nehra    8-0-24-2

Batting powerplay taken. Finally.

45.1

Singh to Bond, 1 run, picks it from the off stump and turns it to square-leg

45.2

Singh to Butler, no run, just outside off stump, dabbed to DK at backward point

45.3

Singh to Butler, no run, rushes down the track,. RP hurls it shorter, a big swing and a miss results

45.4

Singh to Butler, no run, full pitched, on the leg stump line, hits the pad .. lbw appeal but it perhaps pitched just outside leg

45.5

Singh to Butler, 1 run, full again, driven hard straight to Bond who couldn't jump out of the way and it ricochets off his left boot for a single

45.6

Singh to Bond, 1 run, slower one, Bond shuffles to wrist it from around the off stump past midwicket

End of over 46 (3 runs) New Zealand 154/9 (RR: 3.34)
SE Bond    10* (11b 1x4)      RP Singh    8-2-22-2
IG Butler    6* (29b)      I Sharma    10-2-26-2

46.1

Nehra to Bond, 1 leg bye, lands outside leg stump, moves in a touch ,tapped to the on side

46.2

Nehra to Butler, no run, big swing and a miss. It was the slower one, Butler was early into the big shot across the line.

46.3

Nehra to Butler, OUT, India need 156 to win. It was the bouncer, Butler tries to upper cut it to third man but succeeds in lobbing a dolly to cover!

IG Butler c Harbhajan Singh b Nehra 6 (41m 31b 0x4 0x6) SR: 19.35

A slow pitch. Sluggish cricket. A struggling batting effort. 155 all out. Join us in a while for the chase. Coming soon in our Pop the Question feature, South Africa coach Mickey Arthur. If you have a question for him, send it in here.

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