New Zealand in India ODI Series - 4th ODI

India v New Zealand

India won by 5 wickets (with 7 balls remaining)

Right. Tome for start. Zaheer to bowl to Guptill. Two slips in

Time for toss Under an overcast sky, Gautam Gambhir has put New Zealand in. He says, "We have been chasing very well, and hopefully we can contain New Zealand." Three changes: Parthiv Patel comes in for Saha, Saurabh Tiwary for Jadeja, and Praveen Kumar for Munaf Patel, who has a minor niggle.

The good news for New Zealand is that Brendon McCullum is fit enough to keep wicket. Gareth Hopkins is no longer required, making way for Tim Southee. And in another change, Kane Williamson is dropped as Jamie How comes back

1.50pm Going into the fourth ODI of the series, the two teams couldn't be feeling more differently. New Zealand are looking to win their first international since August 10, 2010. India are aiming for an unbeaten home season, with just two more games to go. Hello and welcome for the fourth ODI, to be played in Bangalore. Toss in 10 minutes

0.1

Khan to Guptill, no run, swing right away, Guptill flicks it off the pads to square leg

0.2

Khan to Guptill, 1 wide, swings down the leg side, called a wide

0.2

Khan to Guptill, no run, more swing, Guptill plays around his front leg, driving it to mid-on

0.3

Khan to Guptill, 1 run, clipped away off the pads, gets a single wide of square leg

Guptill to face now

0.4

Khan to BB McCullum, no run, gets right behind this angled delivery and defends

0.5

Khan to BB McCullum, 5 wides, too much wing down the leg side for a diving Parthiv Patel

0.5

Khan to BB McCullum, no run, moves a long way across, Zaheer gets the swing, and an inside edge perhaps saves him

0.6

Khan to BB McCullum, no run, angled across him, left alone

End of over 1 (7 runs) New Zealand 7/0 (RR: 7.00)
BB McCullum    0* (3b)      Z Khan    1-0-7-0
MJ Guptill    1* (3b)     

PK to make his comeback to the side now

1.1

Kumar to Guptill, 1 wide, starts off with a big wide down the leg side. looking for too much outswing perhaps

1.1

Kumar to Guptill, FOUR, in swinger this time, too straight, and Guptill clips it away nicely through midwicket

1.2

Kumar to Guptill, FOUR, poor start from Praveen, but credit to Guptill for latching into those opportunities. PL tries the outswinger this time, but he starts too straight again, and Guptill directs it wide of midwicket again

One of the slips comes out

1.3

Kumar to Guptill, no run, better line, around off, defended back to him

1.4

Kumar to Guptill, 1 run, stays around off again, gets a thick inside edge that evades the stumps

1.5

Kumar to BB McCullum, FOUR, McCullum is off and running! Calculated risk, charges at PK, makes room, doesn't get hold of it, but goes ahead with the shot, with one hand over the covers field. What a way to get off the mark

Parthiv comes up to the stumps

1.6

Kumar to BB McCullum, no run, back of a length, McCullum stays in the crease and defends

End of over 2 (14 runs) New Zealand 21/0 (RR: 10.50)
BB McCullum    4* (5b 1x4)      P Kumar    1-0-14-0
MJ Guptill    10* (7b 2x4)      Z Khan    1-0-7-0

2.1

Khan to Guptill, no run, length ball, around off, defended to cover

2.2

Khan to Guptill, no run, hint of moving across too far with the ball holding its line a bit as opposed to going with the angle. However, Guptill does well to recover and defend it back to Zaheer

2.3

Khan to Guptill, no run, slightly fuller, around off, defended to cover

2.4

Khan to Guptill, no run, well bowled, seaming away after pitching around off. It is not just the angle, but seam movement away from him. Beaten

2.5

Khan to Guptill, 2 wides, too wide outside off, a diving Parthiv fumbles, letting them take a bye too

2.5

Khan to BB McCullum, no run, defends a fullish ball off the back foot. Not much feet

2.6

Khan to BB McCullum, FOUR, Slap! Don't bother with technique here. Just stands deep in the crease and drills a length ball between the bowler and mid-off

End of over 3 (6 runs) New Zealand 27/0 (RR: 9.00)
BB McCullum    8* (7b 2x4)      Z Khan    2-0-13-0
MJ Guptill    10* (11b 2x4)      P Kumar    1-0-14-0

3.1

Kumar to Guptill, 1 run, lovely on-drive on the up, but Gambhir has placed himself straight at mid-on, and makes a good, diving save too. And Bangalore is not the best place to dive, it is a bumpy, at times dangerous, outfield

3.2

Kumar to BB McCullum, no run, back of a length, around off, pushed back to him

3.3

Kumar to BB McCullum, no run, stays back and defends a straight delivery to midwicket

3.4

Kumar to BB McCullum, no run, looks to sweep this one! Yes, sweep! Connects well, but finds square leg

3.5

Kumar to BB McCullum, no run, flicked away with the angle, and unluckily he finds Nehra at short fine leg

3.6

Kumar to BB McCullum, no run, pushed to mid-on to end the first over without a wide

End of over 4 (1 run) New Zealand 28/0 (RR: 7.00)
BB McCullum    8* (12b 2x4)      P Kumar    2-0-15-0
MJ Guptill    11* (12b 2x4)      Z Khan    2-0-13-0

4.1

Khan to Guptill, 1 run, back of a length, on the pads, drops and runs, past midwicket, takes an easy single

4.2

Khan to BB McCullum, FOUR, Another bosh! McCullum is feeling good today. Dances down the track as if to a spinner, makes room, and crashes him past extra cover. NZ's best start so far

Zaheer comes round the wicket now

4.3

Khan to BB McCullum, no run, full and straight, defended back to him

4.4

Khan to BB McCullum, no run, and comes down the track again, Zaheer follows him and sort of cramps him up, and the shot doesn't find the power or the gap

4.5

Khan to BB McCullum, no run, lovely slower offcutter, beats him outside off. BMac is smiling

goes back over the stumps. No fine leg. Only a slip and a leg gully

4.6

Khan to BB McCullum, no run, length ball, middle and leg, tries to go behind the leg gully but finds him

End of over 5 (5 runs) New Zealand 33/0 (RR: 6.60)
BB McCullum    12* (17b 3x4)      Z Khan    3-0-18-0
MJ Guptill    12* (13b 2x4)      P Kumar    2-0-15-0

5.1

Kumar to Guptill, no run, length ball around off, defended to cover

5.2

Kumar to Guptill, no run

5.3

Kumar to Guptill, 2 runs, slower ball, Guptill doesn't recover, ends up throwing his arms at it, but the thick top edge falls safe, short of third man

Keeper comes up for Guptill. No slip in place

5.4

Kumar to Guptill, 1 run, guided to third man along the ground this time

5.5

Kumar to BB McCullum, no run, Parthiv has had a rough ride back to international cricket! After all those wides, BMac goes for the McScopp this time, blindsighting Parthiv. Praveen beats McCullum with the slower ball, but Parthiv is hit flush in the hip

5.6

Kumar to BB McCullum, SIX, this is somewhat reminiscent of McCullum's crazy hitting in the first IPL match ever, at the same venue. Hit over mid-on for six

End of over 6 (9 runs) New Zealand 42/0 (RR: 7.00)
BB McCullum    18* (19b 3x4 1x6)      P Kumar    3-0-24-0
MJ Guptill    15* (17b 2x4)      Z Khan    3-0-18-0

6.1

Khan to Guptill, 1 run, the thick outside edge goes to third man for one

6.2

Khan to BB McCullum, no run, looks to move across to open the leg side where there is no file leg or square leg. Zaheer bowls wide of off, McCullum defends

6.3

Khan to BB McCullum, no run, another charge down the wicket, another slash, but he gets a bottom edge that bounces off towards the keeper

6.4

Khan to BB McCullum, no run, accurate, no room, pitches middle, angles towards off, defended to cover

6.5

Khan to BB McCullum, no run, another charge down the pitch, Zaheer goes wide of off, McCullum slashes at it, hitting it straight to mid-off

6.6

Khan to BB McCullum, no run, goes for the cut, staying put in the crease for a change, is beaten by the angle

End of over 7 (1 run) New Zealand 43/0 (RR: 6.14)
BB McCullum    18* (24b 3x4 1x6)      Z Khan    4-0-19-0
MJ Guptill    16* (18b 2x4)      P Kumar    3-0-24-0

KM in with more interesting stuff. Going back to McCullum's 150-plus in the first IPL match, in Bangalore, KM reminds me it came against the same bowlers, Zaheer and Praveen, who were representing the hosts, Royal Challengers Bangalore then. Time for a change, though. R Ashwin to bowl now

7.1

Ashwin to Guptill, FOUR, and what a lovely classical shot! Just a step down the wicket, getting right down to the pitch of the ball, and driving it between the bowler and mid-on. Beautiful

Mid-on goes back

7.2

Ashwin to Guptill, 1 run, and he pushes a single to long-on right away

7.3

Ashwin to BB McCullum, 1 leg bye, tries the reverse sweep, is beaten, but it is turning too far down the leg side. They take the leg-bye

7.4

Ashwin to Guptill, 1 run, full delivery driven down to long-on for another single

7.5

Ashwin to BB McCullum, FOUR, "Catch it" is the call, but Ashwin will be pleased he is alive. He charged at him again, converting this into a half-volley, and bludgeoned it back at Ashwin, who went down to save his head and then raised his arm to see if it sticks. It doesn't. It goes screaming away for four

7.6

Ashwin to BB McCullum, no run, reverse-swept from outside leg, finds point

End of over 8 (11 runs) New Zealand 54/0 (RR: 6.75)
BB McCullum    22* (27b 4x4 1x6)      R Ashwin    1-0-10-0
MJ Guptill    22* (21b 3x4)      Z Khan    4-0-19-0

Double change. Nehra to bowl

8.1

Nehra to Guptill, FOUR, and they are flowing freely here. Hit over and wide of mid-on. Another bowler has been welcome to the crease with a four

8.2

Nehra to Guptill, no run, similar delivery, outside off, though, defended to cover

8.3

Nehra to Guptill, FOUR, drags this from wide of off, in the air, wide of mid-on. Gambhir puts in a desperate dive there, and gets in only close enough to get a finger nail to it

8.4

Nehra to Guptill, OUT, Gone! Too adventurous? Third aerial shot in the over. two of those were wide enough of mid-on, but this delivery was even wider, making him go into the crowded off side. Guptill went with the drive, and found Yuvraj Singh at cover

MJ Guptill c Yuvraj Singh b Nehra 30 (42m 25b 5x4 0x6) SR: 120.00

However, this has been NZ's best start of the series. India being tested for the first time

Jamie How comes in now

8.5

Nehra to How, no run, and How walks down the track first ball, getting too close to a length ball, and defending it back to the bowler

8.6

Nehra to How, 1 run, flashy drive outside off, gets a single off the thick outside edge

End of over 9 (9 runs) New Zealand 63/1 (RR: 7.00)
JM How    1* (2b)      A Nehra    1-0-9-1
BB McCullum    22* (27b 4x4 1x6)      R Ashwin    1-0-10-0

9.1

Ashwin to How, no run, back of a length, turning in, defended towards short midwicket

9.2

Ashwin to How, 2 runs, paddled fine, fine enough of long leg to come back for two

Leg slip comes in

9.3

Ashwin to How, 1 run, worked around the corner for one

9.4

Ashwin to BB McCullum, FOUR, Shot! The McSweep! The reverse-sweep with knees hardly bent. Right off the middle of the bat, past point

9.5

Ashwin to BB McCullum, no run, sees him coming and fires it down the leg side, McCullum covers the line and lets it hit him on the pad

9.6

Ashwin to BB McCullum, no run, pitched up around leg, it is the straighter delivery, and McCullum gives it the deserved respect

End of over 10 (7 runs) New Zealand 70/1 (RR: 7.00)
BB McCullum    26* (30b 5x4 1x6)      R Ashwin    2-0-17-0
JM How    4* (5b)      A Nehra    1-0-9-1

Bowling Powerplay taken

10.1

Nehra to How, OUT, No. 2 for Nehra in his second over. How, who looked loose outside off during the short stay, succumbs. It is a regulation delivery angled across him, but How hangs his bat out, away from the body. The edge is taken, and snapped low by Yusuf Pathan at a wide first slip

JM How c Pathan b Nehra 4 (9m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

Taylor to face now

10.2

Nehra to Taylor, no run, moves across to cover the line of this, and drives this to mid-on

10.3

Nehra to Taylor, no run, thick edge outside off, goes to point. Taylor is moving across along the crease

10.4

Nehra to Taylor, no run, lets this one alone outside off

A few empty stands in Bangalore. Definitely not as full as the Bangalore Test last month was

10.5

Nehra to Taylor, no run, another leave outside off

10.6

Nehra to Taylor, no run, this is straighter, middle and leg, beats Taylor's attempted flick. A wicket-maiden

End of over 11 (wicket maiden) New Zealand 70/2 (RR: 6.36)
LRPL Taylor    0* (5b)      A Nehra    2-1-9-2
BB McCullum    26* (30b 5x4 1x6)      R Ashwin    2-0-17-0

11.1

Ashwin to BB McCullum, no run, slower in the air, turning in sharply, McCullum hit on the pad

11.2

Ashwin to BB McCullum, 2 runs, clipped away with the turn, and rushes back for the second! And this, ladies and gentleman, is the first time McCullum has run for his runs today

11.3

Ashwin to BB McCullum, no run, tossed-up delivery, defended to midwicket

11.4

Ashwin to BB McCullum, 1 run, sees him coming down, bowls down the leg side, McCullum covers the line with the pad, and then works it away for a single

11.5

Ashwin to Taylor, no run, turned away to square leg

11.6

Ashwin to Taylor, FOUR, edged just wide of slip! Nice drift there, drawing him to play away from the body, then taking a thick edge, but it eludes the outstretched hand of first slip

End of over 12 (7 runs) New Zealand 77/2 (RR: 6.41)
LRPL Taylor    4* (7b 1x4)      R Ashwin    3-0-24-0
BB McCullum    29* (34b 5x4 1x6)      A Nehra    2-1-9-2

12.1

Nehra to BB McCullum, no run, comes down the track and drives it after making room, but finds cover

12.2

Nehra to BB McCullum, FOUR, Shot! He keeps manufacturing them. He had made his mind up that this one had to go. Just stood back, cleared the front leg, and it didn't matter this was a shortish delivery. He still went over mid-off, and cleared him with ease

12.3

Nehra to BB McCullum, no run, gives him the charge and makes room, Nehra follows him with a short delivery, McCullum manages to get it only as far as point

12.4

Nehra to BB McCullum, FOUR, lucky runs there. McCullum makes room again, Nehra chases him again, cramping him up, but the bottom edge goes flying across the bumpy outfield for four

12.5

Nehra to BB McCullum, no run, stays put this time, Nehra bowls short, just outside off, and McCullum pushes it to cover

12.6

Nehra to BB McCullum, 1 wide, Nehra is celebrating here, but umpire Saheba has called it a wide. Drama. Nehra digs this one short, McCullum gets inside the line and pulls. Nehra is so sure he has edged it he starts celebrating. Only to turn around and see that it has been called a wide. Doesn't seem to be a clear edge or a noise on this one. Perhaps slight deviation

12.6

Nehra to BB McCullum, 1 run, connects on the pull this time, keeping it along the ground, for a single

End of over 13 (10 runs) New Zealand 87/2 (RR: 6.69)
BB McCullum    38* (40b 7x4 1x6)      A Nehra    3-1-19-2
LRPL Taylor    4* (7b 1x4)      R Ashwin    3-0-24-0

13.1

Ashwin to BB McCullum, FOUR, swept away. Nice, juicy full toss, and he happily accepts four more

13.2

Ashwin to BB McCullum, OUT, big, big wicket! McCullum was looking very good here. He tried to go over short midwicket here, but got too close to this full delivery, thus not getting enough elevation. Ashwin is jubilant

BB McCullum c Sharma b Ashwin 42 (67m 42b 8x4 1x6) SR: 100.00

Styris is the new batsman

13.3

Ashwin to Styris, 1 run, starts off with an easy single to long-on

13.4

Ashwin to Taylor, no run, moves across to defend this into the leg side

13.5

Ashwin to Taylor, no run, flat outside off, pushed back to the bowler

13.6

Ashwin to Taylor, 1 wide, wide down the leg side, turning past the across-moving Taylor

13.6

Ashwin to Taylor, 1 run, driven down to long-on for one

End of over 14 (7 runs) New Zealand 94/3 (RR: 6.71)
LRPL Taylor    5* (10b 1x4)      R Ashwin    4-0-31-1
SB Styris    1* (1b)      A Nehra    3-1-19-2

Harsha: "McCullum and Parthiv both are wearing 42 number, McCullum out on 42 exactly of 42 balls after a partnership of 21(42/2)" Nehra continues with a wide slip in place

14.1

Nehra to Taylor, no run, left alone outside off

14.2

Nehra to Taylor, 1 run, pushed off the pads, gets a single to wide of midwicket

Peter Lowe: "ahh thats better, now that the bish bash is out of the way we can settle down and enjoy taylor and Styris build a long solid 150 run partnership. Time for a cup of tea. now THATS cricket." I could do with a cup of tea too

14.3

Nehra to Styris, 1 run, cut away to sweeper-cover for one

14.4

Nehra to Taylor, no run, back of a length, pushed back to Nehra

14.5

Nehra to Taylor, 1 run, good-looking drive from Taylor, gets a single to sweeper-cover

14.6

Nehra to Styris, no run, angled across him, left alone

End of over 15 (3 runs) New Zealand 97/3 (RR: 6.46)
SB Styris    2* (3b)      A Nehra    4-1-22-2
LRPL Taylor    7* (14b 1x4)      R Ashwin    4-0-31-1

Blunt: "How is just not up to it; seriously why do we continue to persevere with batsmen in NZ who have serious technical flaws. Despite Williamson's rather sluggish attempts in the first 3 games surely he is a better option to play, even if he drops to 5 or 6 and Taylor bumps up one (who by the way needs to start taking more responsibility for his batting in the side). Not sure frustration describes how I feel about our cricket at the moment...." Totally agree with Taylor at 3

15.1

Ashwin to Taylor, 1 run, pushed to long-on for a single

15.2

Ashwin to Styris, no run, flighted delivery, gets an inside edge onto the pad. the drift made him play away from the body

15.3

Ashwin to Styris, 1 run, flicked away past square leg for one

15.4

Ashwin to Taylor, no run, nicely tossed up outside off, defended back to him

15.5

Ashwin to Taylor, 1 run, shorter and flatter, gets a single to long-on

15.6

Ashwin to Styris, no run, flighted delivery around off, hit back to Ashwin

End of over 16 (3 runs) New Zealand 100/3 (RR: 6.25)
SB Styris    3* (6b)      R Ashwin    5-0-34-1
LRPL Taylor    9* (17b 1x4)      A Nehra    4-1-22-2

Lots of queries about whether Rghit has replaced Vijay in the team. I went by what Gambhir said at the toss, and he didn't mention that. However, it seems Rohit is in, and Parthiv might open in Vijay's absence

16.1

Nehra to Taylor, 1 run, pushes a length ball down to long-off for one

16.2

Nehra to Styris, no run, full and wide, Styris goes for a square-drive away from the body. Is beaten

16.3

Nehra to Styris, 1 leg bye, appeal for leg-before as Styris is hit right in front of stumps, looking to turn it to leg side. However, with no swing, this had to be pitched outside leg if it was hitting the stumps

16.4

Nehra to Taylor, 1 leg bye, seems to have moved too far across, just about manages to get the bat down in time

16.5

Nehra to Styris, no run, looks for the cut, gets a bottom edge towards point

Andrew: "With the way NZ and Aust are playing at the moment, maybe they should enter a combined ANZAC side for the World Cup. Suggestions on composition? I'm going for an all-rounders spot .." The captain's choice will be interesting, because I am presuming Vettori and Ponting will both make it. Then again, maybe not?

16.6

Nehra to Styris, 2 runs, flicked away off the pads, wide of deep midwicket

End of over 17 (5 runs) New Zealand 105/3 (RR: 6.17)
SB Styris    5* (10b)      A Nehra    5-1-25-2
LRPL Taylor    10* (19b 1x4)      R Ashwin    5-0-34-1

Praveen comes back

17.1

Kumar to Taylor, no run, shortish, around off, pushed to extra cover

17.2

Kumar to Taylor, no run, fuller, closer to off, driven to the right of extra cover, but Yuvraj does the fielding

17.3

Kumar to Taylor, 1 leg bye, well bowled. Legcutter that starts middle and off and leaves him, hitting him on the back pad, outside off

17.4

Kumar to Styris, no run, slight shimmy down the wicket, but PK bowls well, doesn't go off his plan of bowling just short of length, around off. Styris can't beat midwicket

17.5

Kumar to Styris, no run, fuller, outside off, pushed square to point

17.6

Kumar to Styris, FOUR, and he undoes a good over with a poor delivery angling down the leg side. Styris is too accomplished an ODI player to not punish it, clipping it fine for four

End of over 18 (5 runs) New Zealand 110/3 (RR: 6.11)
SB Styris    9* (13b 1x4)      P Kumar    4-0-28-0
LRPL Taylor    10* (22b 1x4)      A Nehra    5-1-25-2

18.1

Nehra to Taylor, FOUR, beautiful cover-drive, down on a knee, lovely follow through, and then through the gap between mid-off and extra cover. The front foot travelled well to cover the line, and the ball met the middle of the slightly open bat

18.2

Nehra to Taylor, no run, pulls the length back a bit, Taylor pushes him to cover

18.3

Nehra to Taylor, no run, angled across him, and left alone

18.4

Nehra to Taylor, no run, punched to extra cover, can't find the gap

18.5

Nehra to Taylor, 1 run, moving across again, Nehra slows it down a touch, Taylor recovers well and pushes it to mid-off with soft hands

18.6

Nehra to Styris, 1 run, worked away off the hip for a single

End of over 19 (6 runs) New Zealand 116/3 (RR: 6.10)
SB Styris    10* (14b 1x4)      A Nehra    6-1-31-2
LRPL Taylor    15* (27b 2x4)      P Kumar    4-0-28-0

19.1

Kumar to Styris, 1 run, Both Yuvraj and Styris are diving here. Styris drops it towards covers and sets off for a run. Taylor sends him back. Yuvraj makes a diving underarm throw. Styris dives to make it back. And then takes an overthrow

19.2

Kumar to Taylor, 1 run, pushed wide of mid-off for one

Anil Kumble, who has just entered cricket administration, is in the commentary box. And as the shot is shown on the big screen, the Bangalore crowd goes wild

19.3

Kumar to Styris, 1 run, flicked away off the pads

19.4

Kumar to Taylor, no run, moves across to off, pushes a length ball back to the bowler

Keeper comes up

19.5

Kumar to Taylor, 1 run, stays put now, and clips it to long leg for one

Simon: "Styris backed Rosco to score a few runs today via his twitter account. Do you think he's reminding him of that in between overs? Mind you, Styris' tweets also predicted NZ wins in the first three games of the series, and we all know what happened there..." Twitter always reminds me of this gem

19.6

Kumar to Styris, 1 run, back of a length, pushed to long-off for one

End of over 20 (5 runs) New Zealand 121/3 (RR: 6.05)
SB Styris    13* (17b 1x4)      P Kumar    5-0-33-0
LRPL Taylor    17* (30b 2x4)      A Nehra    6-1-31-2

Zaheer Khan comes back, starts with a wide slip in place

20.1

Khan to Styris, 1 run, driven with an open face, gets a single to deep point

20.2

Khan to Taylor, no run, wants a single after dropping it with soft hands towards point. Styris sends him back, Taylor is not happy. Lots of hand-waving

20.3

Khan to Taylor, no run, angled across, left alone

Kumble says the stadium needs work, and so does the old, run-down commentary box that creeks every time anyone as much as walks briskly. Good on ya, Anil

20.4

Khan to Taylor, no run, defended back to the bowler

20.5

Khan to Taylor, 1 run, worked away off the pads

20.6

Khan to Styris, 1 run, cut away to deep point

End of over 21 (3 runs) New Zealand 124/3 (RR: 5.90)
SB Styris    15* (19b 1x4)      Z Khan    5-0-22-0
LRPL Taylor    18* (34b 2x4)      P Kumar    5-0-33-0

21.1

Kumar to Styris, 1 run, steered down to third man for another single

21.2

Kumar to Taylor, no run, looks to manufacture the cut, and is beaten because it is not short enough

21.3

Kumar to Taylor, 1 run, gets a thick edge for a single to third man

21.4

Kumar to Styris, no run, moves across to drag this from wide outside off, ends up playing it to mid-on

21.5

Kumar to Styris, 1 run, driven on the up, high elbow and all, gets a single to sweeper-cover

21.6

Kumar to Taylor, no run, again Taylor plays a horizontal-bat shot to a ball not short enough. This time, he is beaten on the pull from outside off

End of over 22 (3 runs) New Zealand 127/3 (RR: 5.77)
LRPL Taylor    19* (37b 2x4)      P Kumar    6-0-36-0
SB Styris    17* (22b 1x4)      Z Khan    5-0-22-0

Zaheer goes round the wicket

22.1

Khan to Styris, 1 run, flicked away from outside off to long leg for one

22.2

Khan to Taylor, no run, angled across him, pushed to the straight extra cover

Over the wicket for Taylor

22.3

Khan to Taylor, no run, pitched middle and leg, angling across, Taylor defends towards point

22.4

Khan to Taylor, no run, appeal for lbw as Taylor moves too far across. Again, no swing, and hence pitched outside leg

22.5

Khan to Taylor, no run, length ball, around off, pushed back to Zaheer

Srikanth: 'Well.. talking of Twitter.... Does Justin Green has a twitter account???? Wonder how that would be.... :)" That would bring the whole damned site down. No site can handle that much following

22.6

Khan to Taylor, no run, on middle and leg this time, pushed towards midwicket

End of over 23 (1 run) New Zealand 128/3 (RR: 5.56)
LRPL Taylor    19* (42b 2x4)      Z Khan    6-0-23-0
SB Styris    18* (23b 1x4)      P Kumar    6-0-36-0

Jash: 'Unlike dhoni, gambhir attacks even in the middle overs, I like it" I agree. But I wonder if regular captains have more to lose than stop-gap ones. I remember Dhoni was more intuitive when he filled in for Kumble

23.1

Kumar to Styris, no run, length ball, around off, pushed back to PK

23.2

Kumar to Styris, 1 run, moves across, and takes it from off to flick it towards square leg for one

23.3

Kumar to Taylor, no run, holding its line outside off, Taylor defends it back to PK

23.4

Kumar to Taylor, 1 run, again moves along the crease to get inside the line of this, and clips it wide of mid-on

23.5

Kumar to Styris, no run, driven on the up, good-looking stroke, but finds extra cover

23.6

Kumar to Styris, FOUR, pulled away, quick to pick the length, rocks back and places it over midwicket

End of over 24 (6 runs) New Zealand 134/3 (RR: 5.58)
SB Styris    23* (27b 2x4)      P Kumar    7-0-42-0
LRPL Taylor    20* (44b 2x4)      Z Khan    6-0-23-0

Yuvraj to bowl now

24.1

Yuvraj Singh to Taylor, no run, flighted outside off, driven to cover-point

24.2

Yuvraj Singh to Taylor, 1 run, flatter, pushed to long-off for one

Vibhash: "@Srikanth...i think it shud b otherway round...does twitter has an account at justin green?"

24.3

Yuvraj Singh to Styris, 1 run, driven to sweeper-cover for one

24.4

Yuvraj Singh to Taylor, 1 run, swept away to deep square leg

24.5

Yuvraj Singh to Styris, no run, sees him charge down the wicket, bowls it flat, Styris plays it back

24.6

Yuvraj Singh to Styris, 1 run, cut away for a single

End of over 25 (4 runs) New Zealand 138/3 (RR: 5.52)
SB Styris    25* (30b 2x4)      Yuvraj Singh    1-0-4-0
LRPL Taylor    22* (47b 2x4)      P Kumar    7-0-42-0

Yusuf Pathan to bowl now

25.1

Pathan to Styris, no run, short, sharp offbreak, pushed back to the bowler

25.2

Pathan to Styris, no run, slower in the air, Styris comes down the pitch, but gets too close to it, and pushes it back to the bowler

25.3

Pathan to Styris, 1 run, driven down to long-on for one

25.4

Pathan to Taylor, 1 run, worked away around the corner for one

25.5

Pathan to Styris, 1 run, comes down the track to drive this to long-on, along the ground

25.6

Pathan to Taylor, 1 run, short, turning in, worked away with the spin

End of over 26 (4 runs) New Zealand 142/3 (RR: 5.46)
LRPL Taylor    24* (49b 2x4)      YK Pathan    1-0-4-0
SB Styris    27* (34b 2x4)      Yuvraj Singh    1-0-4-0

26.1

Yuvraj Singh to Taylor, 1 run, swept from wide outside off for a single to long leg

26.2

Yuvraj Singh to Styris, 1 run, full toss, driven to long-off for one

26.3

Yuvraj Singh to Taylor, no run, tossed up around off, pushed back to him

26.4

Yuvraj Singh to Taylor, FOUR, good shot, powerful sweep from well outside off, all along the ground, finds the gap between fine leg and deep square leg

26.5

Yuvraj Singh to Taylor, no run, looks to work this to leg, slight turn there, and it gets a leading edge that falls short of the bowler

26.6

Yuvraj Singh to Taylor, 2 runs, not quite short enough, but he has pulled it between long-on and deep midwicket for two

End of over 27 (8 runs) New Zealand 150/3 (RR: 5.55)
LRPL Taylor    31* (54b 3x4)      Yuvraj Singh    2-0-12-0
SB Styris    28* (35b 2x4)      YK Pathan    1-0-4-0

27.1

Pathan to Styris, no run, fiighted delivery around off, pushed back to Yusuf

27.2

Pathan to Styris, 1 run, driven down to long-on for one

27.3

Pathan to Taylor, 1 run, turning down the leg side, helped away for a single

27.4

Pathan to Styris, no run, sharp offbreak on the pads, played to square leg

27.5

Pathan to Styris, 2 runs, comes down the track and chips this over the infield on the leg side. He was beaten in the flight, but recovered well to exploit the field

27.6

Pathan to Styris, 1 run, turning into the pads, turned around the corner

End of over 28 (5 runs) New Zealand 155/3 (RR: 5.53)
SB Styris    32* (40b 2x4)      YK Pathan    2-0-9-0
LRPL Taylor    32* (55b 3x4)      Yuvraj Singh    2-0-12-0

Adnan: "Has anyone noticed the over rate? I really miss the days when there would be over deductions for extending past 210 mins in the first innings. Totally unfair but would make for interesting viewing. And we wouldnt have had the Zimbabwe classic of 1999 world cup" I totally long for the day when commentators would be paid for the overtime

28.1

Yuvraj Singh to Styris, no run, looks to cut it, but doesn't get it past point

28.2

Yuvraj Singh to Styris, SIX, lovely shot, coming down the track, making some room to free his arms, and lofting him over his head. Never looked to hit it hard, almost a chip

28.3

Yuvraj Singh to Styris, 1 run, guides this behind square on the off side for one

28.4

Yuvraj Singh to Taylor, no run, presses forward and defends this around his front pad

28.5

Yuvraj Singh to Taylor, 1 run, moves across, then sees he is too far inside the line, goes back, and works it into the on side for one

28.6

Yuvraj Singh to Styris, 1 run, driven to sweeper-cover for one

End of over 29 (9 runs) New Zealand 164/3 (RR: 5.65)
SB Styris    40* (44b 2x4 1x6)      Yuvraj Singh    3-0-21-0
LRPL Taylor    33* (57b 3x4)      YK Pathan    2-0-9-0

Hemanth: "Once Justin green was playing cricket in monsoon... n..... Rain stopped due to play...!!"

29.1

Pathan to Styris, 2 runs, worked away off the pads for another single

29.2

Pathan to Styris, FOUR, another lovely chip shot! Always looking for the placement once he got close to the pitch of this delivery, lofting him over midwicket

29.3

Pathan to Styris, no run, flatter, into the pads, pushed to midwicket

29.4

Pathan to Styris, OUT, he is gone! Goes for the same chip over midwicket, but the ball is a bit too straight, and is also turning in, which makes him drag it a bit squarer than he wants and he finds Tiwary on the boundary

SB Styris c Tiwary b Pathan 46 (64m 48b 3x4 1x6) SR: 95.83

29.5

Pathan to Taylor, no run, big shout for lbw as Taylor moves too far across and is beaten by the offbreak. Pitched outside off, turning in towards middle and leg. Looks pretty adjacent. perhaps the height saved him. He was hit on the knee roll, on the front foot

29.6

Pathan to Taylor, 1 run, turned away with the spin for a spin

End of over 30 (7 runs) New Zealand 171/4 (RR: 5.70)
LRPL Taylor    34* (59b 3x4)      YK Pathan    3-0-16-1
JEC Franklin    0* (0b)      Yuvraj Singh    3-0-21-0

Rohit Sharma to bowl now

30.1

Sharma to Taylor, no run, flighted around off, defended back to him

30.2

Sharma to Taylor, 1 run, shortish, pulled away, Yuvraj misfields at square leg, conceding a single

James Franklin to face for the first time

30.3

Sharma to Franklin, FOUR, outside edge right away, playing away from the body, takes the edge with the turn, and it goes fine for four

goes round the wicket

30.4

Sharma to Franklin, no run, flat, short, hit back to the bowler

30.5

Sharma to Franklin, no run, big, unrelenting shout for lbw, this goes with the arm, bat and pad are close together, there are two obvious sounds, but Sharma thinks it's pad first, in which case it should be a plumb lbw. And replays show it indeed was pad first

30.6

Sharma to Franklin, no run, flighted around off, defended back to the bowler

End of over 31 (5 runs) New Zealand 176/4 (RR: 5.67)
JEC Franklin    4* (4b 1x4)      RG Sharma    1-0-5-0
LRPL Taylor    35* (61b 3x4)      YK Pathan    3-0-16-1

31.1

Pathan to Taylor, 2 runs, that lbw shout last over doesn't stop Taylor from shuffling across. He gets inside the line of this and works it fine of fine leg for two

31.2

Pathan to Taylor, 1 run, opens the face on this one for a single

31.3

Pathan to Franklin, no run, pushed back to the bowler

31.4

Pathan to Franklin, 2 runs, opens the face on this one, gets it wide of deep point and comes back for two

31.5

Pathan to Franklin, 2 leg byes, looks to sweep but is beaten. However, the soft impact of the pads allows them to come back for two before it reaches fine leg

31.6

Pathan to Franklin, 1 run, driven down to long-off for one

End of over 32 (8 runs) New Zealand 184/4 (RR: 5.75)
JEC Franklin    7* (8b 1x4)      YK Pathan    4-0-22-1
LRPL Taylor    38* (63b 3x4)      RG Sharma    1-0-5-0

Phil: "Hope Rohit has lost some surplus weight." Yes. Some. A slip in for Rohit

32.1

Sharma to Franklin, 2 runs, flighted delivery, driven down the ground, between long-on and long-off, and they take two

32.2

Sharma to Franklin, no run, left alone outside off

32.3

Sharma to Franklin, no run, chips down the track, Rohit follows him, Franklin defends it back

32.4

Sharma to Franklin, 1 run, pushed to long-off for one

32.5

Sharma to Taylor, 1 run, worked around the corner for one

32.6

Sharma to Franklin, no run, driven straight to extra cover

End of over 33 (4 runs) New Zealand 188/4 (RR: 5.69)
JEC Franklin    10* (13b 1x4)      RG Sharma    2-0-9-0
LRPL Taylor    39* (64b 3x4)      YK Pathan    4-0-22-1

33.1

Pathan to Taylor, 1 run, shuffles across to get inside the line, and works it to long leg for one

33.2

Pathan to Franklin, 1 run, driven down to long-off for another single

33.3

Pathan to Taylor, 1 run, swept fine from outside off, they think of two but don't take on Zaheer's throw

33.4

Pathan to Franklin, no run, pitched up outside leg, turning towards middle, defended to cover

33.5

Pathan to Franklin, no run, again, pitched on leg, defended back to Yusuf

33.6

Pathan to Franklin, 1 run, slips while looking to sweep this, but gets it fine, gets himself up, and takes the single

So that's 10 overs from part-timers. However, I have feeling we might see more from them

End of over 34 (4 runs) New Zealand 192/4 (RR: 5.64)
JEC Franklin    12* (17b 1x4)      YK Pathan    5-0-26-1
LRPL Taylor    41* (66b 3x4)      RG Sharma    2-0-9-0

34.1

Sharma to Franklin, 1 run, pushed wide of point for a single

34.2

Sharma to Taylor, no run, driven with the turn, Kohli makes a diving save at midwicket

34.3

Sharma to Taylor, no run, and he finds midwicket again with a punch

34.4

Sharma to Taylor, no run, uppish shot, towards midwicket again, Taylor needs to hit somewhere else

34.5

Sharma to Taylor, 1 run, swept away from outside off, gets a single to deep square leg

34.6

Sharma to Franklin, 1 run, punched away square, gets a single to sweeper-cover

End of over 35 (3 runs) New Zealand 195/4 (RR: 5.57)
JEC Franklin    14* (19b 1x4)      RG Sharma    3-0-12-0
LRPL Taylor    42* (70b 3x4)      YK Pathan    5-0-26-1

35.1

Pathan to Franklin, no run, pushed in front of his body, towards extra cover

35.2

Pathan to Franklin, no run, beaten on the sweep, but the lbw shout is not big because it is pitched outside leg

35.3

Pathan to Franklin, no run, again playing a bit too much in front of his body, hitting it uppishly towards the bowler

35.4

Pathan to Franklin, FOUR, the lap sweep this time breaks the shackles, finding the gap between deep square leg and fine leg

35.5

Pathan to Franklin, FOUR, and that sweep on the last ball has got him two boundaries. As expected, Pathan bowled this short and flat, and Franklin was waiting for it, cutting it between short third and point

35.6

Pathan to Franklin, no run, pushed to extra cover

End of over 36 (8 runs) New Zealand 203/4 (RR: 5.63)
JEC Franklin    22* (25b 3x4)      YK Pathan    6-0-34-1
LRPL Taylor    42* (70b 3x4)      RG Sharma    3-0-12-0

36.1

Sharma to Taylor, 1 run, low full toss, worked away for a single into the on side

36.2

Sharma to Franklin, no run, punched to point, says no the single

36.3

Sharma to Franklin, 1 run, delays the shot this time to beat the point fielder, and gets a single

36.4

Sharma to Taylor, 1 run, short-arm pull, this was only slightly short and he was quick to pounce on it. Gets just a single to deep square leg

36.5

Sharma to Franklin, FOUR, it's amazing how he gets all this power into these gentle sweeps! Almost a lap sweep, and it goes screaming across the outfield, beating fine leg

36.6

Sharma to Franklin, no run, outside off, pushed square to point

End of over 37 (7 runs) New Zealand 210/4 (RR: 5.67)
JEC Franklin    27* (29b 4x4)      RG Sharma    4-0-19-0
LRPL Taylor    44* (72b 3x4)      YK Pathan    6-0-34-1

Interesting. Batting Powerplay taken. Ashwin comes back. Business is about to pick up

37.1

Ashwin to Taylor, OUT, plumb lbw first ball! A nothing shot really! Moves too far across, and also seems to have told himself to not play the forceful shot first ball. And the bat face closes too early, missing the ball, and he is caught dead in plumb. Tame end to what was shaping up to be an important innings of struggle followed by flourish

LRPL Taylor lbw b Ashwin 44 (112m 73b 3x4 0x6) SR: 60.27

Daniel Vettori is in now. How will he approach this Powerplay now? Kyle Mills wouldn't have been a bad call right now?

37.2

Ashwin to Vettori, no run, tossed up outside leg, turning away, defended

37.3

Ashwin to Vettori, FOUR, stops in the delivery stride, deosn't stop Vettori from late-cutting this past Zaheer at point. Zaheer chased hard, thought of diving, but knows the bumpy outfield too well

37.4

Ashwin to Vettori, 1 run, tossed up around middle and leg, worked wide of mid-on for one

37.5

Ashwin to Franklin, 1 run, drives a full delivery to wide of long-off for one

37.6

Ashwin to Vettori, 1 run, sees the quicker ball, opens the face late, but is in the danger of playing that one on. Finally, does manage to get a single to short third man

End of over 38 (7 runs) New Zealand 217/5 (RR: 5.71)
DL Vettori    6* (4b 1x4)      R Ashwin    6-0-41-2
JEC Franklin    28* (30b 4x4)      RG Sharma    4-0-19-0

Zaheer to bowl

38.1

Khan to Vettori, 1 run, length ball into the pads, worked away for one. There are two men in the deep on the on side

38.2

Khan to Franklin, no run, goes for the drive outside off, gets an inside edge onto the pads. The back spin threatens to take it onto the stumps, but he keeps it out

38.3

Khan to Franklin, FOUR, lovely square-drive, gets the width and goes at it with an open face. Lovely timing, and wide of point

38.4

Khan to Franklin, 3 runs, ordinary delivery, nice shot. Length ball, into the pads, with just a deep square leg the only deep fielder on the on side. He gets it wide of midwicket and comes back for three

38.5

Khan to Vettori, no run, short of a length, outside off, Vettori gets a thick edge towards point

38.6

Khan to Vettori, 1 run, driven with an open face, gets a single to the square third man

End of over 39 (9 runs) New Zealand 226/5 (RR: 5.79)
DL Vettori    8* (7b 1x4)      Z Khan    7-0-32-0
JEC Franklin    35* (33b 5x4)      R Ashwin    6-0-41-2

39.1

Ashwin to Vettori, no run, looks to drive this into the off side, from outside leg, gets an inside edge onto the pads

39.2

Ashwin to Vettori, no run, this one dips at him, and he has to wait for it to arrive. The late-cut doesn't find the gap

39.3

Ashwin to Vettori, 1 run, opens the face in front of stumps, gets a single to short third man

39.4

Ashwin to Franklin, no run, tossed up outside leg, turning towards off, gets a thick edge towards point

39.5

Ashwin to Franklin, 1 run, flatter, pushed to long-off for one

39.6

Ashwin to Vettori, 1 run, slow, on the pads, clipped away for one

End of over 40 (3 runs) New Zealand 229/5 (RR: 5.72)
DL Vettori    10* (11b 1x4)      R Ashwin    7-0-44-2
JEC Franklin    36* (35b 5x4)      Z Khan    7-0-32-0

Nehra comes back

40.1

Nehra to Vettori, 1 run, steered down to third man for a single that brings Franklin on strike

40.2

Nehra to Franklin, no run, punched to cover, but doesn't find the gap

40.3

Nehra to Franklin, FOUR, full, on the pads, easy pickings for Franklin who is playing an important innings here. Places it wide of midwicket, and times it well

40.4

Nehra to Franklin, 1 run, length ball outside off, gets a singe to extra cover

40.5

Nehra to Vettori, no run, moves across to open up the leg side, Nehra bowls wide outside off, and Vettori can't do much else than defending it back

40.6

Nehra to Vettori, no run, I heard something there! Vettori moved across again, Nehra bowled wide again, Vettori opened the face this time, and missed. No appeal from anywhere, but there seemed to be a sound as the ball passed the bat

End of over 41 (6 runs) New Zealand 235/5 (RR: 5.73)
DL Vettori    11* (14b 1x4)      A Nehra    7-1-37-2
JEC Franklin    41* (38b 6x4)      R Ashwin    7-0-44-2

Last over of Powerplay that has hardly seemed like a Powerplay thanks to Taylor's wicket first ball

41.1

Ashwin to Franklin, 1 run, full delivery, can't get it past mid-off

41.2

Ashwin to Vettori, FOUR, unorthodox but elaborate! Shows him a forward movement early, Ashwin drops it short and down the leg side, he arches back to make room and cuts it from way down the leg side, between short third and point

41.3

Ashwin to Vettori, no run, tries the same shot again, but it is too full for him

41.4

Ashwin to Vettori, 1 run, the nice, trusted slog gets him a single al along the ground

41.5

Ashwin to Franklin, FOUR, no slogging or cuteness to this shot. A good, old-fashioned loft over mid-on. Franklin is playing a beauty here

41.6

Ashwin to Franklin, 1 run, and there comes the gentle sweep, getting him the single

So, 36 for 1 from the Powerplay. Franklin looking to become the first Kiwi today to get to 50 after three of them perished in the forties

End of over 42 (11 runs) New Zealand 246/5 (RR: 5.85)
JEC Franklin    47* (41b 7x4)      R Ashwin    8-0-55-2
DL Vettori    16* (17b 2x4)      A Nehra    7-1-37-2

Yusuf Pathan comes back

42.1

Pathan to Franklin, no run, fast offbreak around the pads, defended back to YKP

42.2

Pathan to Franklin, no run, Franklin nearly becomes the fourth man to get out in his forties today! Leading edge back towards the bowler, Yusuf has to run between the stumps and the non-striker, but loses his balance while attempting it, and drops him

42.3

Pathan to Franklin, 1 leg bye, swept fine for one

42.4

Pathan to Vettori, 1 run, tries the reverse sweep, but gets a single off the back of the bat I presume because the umpire has not signalled leg-byes

42.5

Pathan to Franklin, 1 run, driven to long-off for one

42.6

Pathan to Vettori, OUT, bowled him! Pathan is ecstatic. Vettori looks to pull this one from the leg-and-middle line, but it is not short enough. DV misses, YKP hits

DL Vettori b Pathan 17 (24m 19b 2x4 0x6) SR: 89.47

End of over 43 (3 runs) New Zealand 249/6 (RR: 5.79)
     YK Pathan    7-0-36-2
JEC Franklin    48* (45b 7x4)      R Ashwin    8-0-55-2

Round the wicket to Franklin

43.1

Ashwin to Franklin, no run, angled into the pads, pushed back to Ashwin

43.2

Ashwin to Franklin, 1 run, cut away for one

Mills to face for the first time

43.3

Ashwin to Mills, no run, defends an offbreak pitched on a length

43.4

Ashwin to Mills, no run, fuller, defended back to him

43.5

Ashwin to Mills, 1 run, carrom ball, opens the face and plays it with the spin for a single

43.6

Ashwin to Franklin, no run, flat offreak, punched back to the bowler

End of over 44 (2 runs) New Zealand 251/6 (RR: 5.70)
JEC Franklin    49* (48b 7x4)      R Ashwin    9-0-57-2
KD Mills    1* (3b)      YK Pathan    7-0-36-2

44.1

Pathan to Mills, no run, offbreak, around middle and leg, defended back

44.2

Pathan to Mills, no run, high back lift, Yusuf sees that and fires it in. Mills defends

44.3

Pathan to Mills, OUT, No. 3 for YKP. He is over the moon. Mills goes for the big shot this time, the slog sweep, and Yusuf keeps firing them in. Mills misses, the ball hits the thigh pad outside the leg line, and then ricochets onto the stumps

KD Mills b Pathan 1 (6m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 16.66

N McCullum to bat

44.4

Pathan to NL McCullum, no run, moves across ala Taylor and defends this back to Pathan

44.5

Pathan to NL McCullum, 1 run, NMac drives this to long-on for a single

44.6

Pathan to Franklin, no run, offbreak around middle and leg, driven back to Yusuf

End of over 45 (1 run) New Zealand 252/7 (RR: 5.60)
JEC Franklin    49* (49b 7x4)      YK Pathan    8-0-37-3
NL McCullum    1* (2b)      R Ashwin    9-0-57-2

45.1

Ashwin to NL McCullum, 1 run, leading edge after having moved too far across, gets a single past point

45.2

Ashwin to Franklin, no run, cuts a length ball, fails to beat point

45.3

Ashwin to Franklin, 1 run, that fifty-jinx took some breaking! Nearly got out doing that! Came down the track, was beaten by the dip, got a thick edge, which cleared cover by inches. However, that doesn't take away for an important and a good innings. Two games ago he had zero fifties in ODIs, now he has two

45.4

Ashwin to NL McCullum, no run, flat delivery, pushed back to the bowler

45.5

Ashwin to NL McCullum, 1 run, guided behind square for one

45.6

Ashwin to Franklin, SIX, beautiful shot, how good to watch that. Franklin comes down the track, makes room, and chips this over extra cover for a six. Lovely touch

End of over 46 (9 runs) New Zealand 261/7 (RR: 5.67)
JEC Franklin    56* (52b 7x4 1x6)      R Ashwin    10-0-66-2
NL McCullum    3* (5b)      YK Pathan    8-0-37-3

46.1

Pathan to NL McCullum, 1 run, sees him charge at him and fires it into his pads. NMac gets a single

46.2

Pathan to Franklin, FOUR, superb timing again, flat, fast, leg-sidish, and he just clips it past midwicket. It just kept speeding away

46.3

Pathan to Franklin, 1 run, worked around the corner for one

46.4

Pathan to NL McCullum, FOUR, nice shot again, we are moving along now. McCullum charges at him, sees this fired down the leg side, covers the line, and then chips it wide of midwicket

46.5

Pathan to NL McCullum, 1 run, shuffles across to work this to short fine for one

46.6

Pathan to Franklin, 1 run, worked away off the pads for one

End of over 47 (12 runs) New Zealand 273/7 (RR: 5.80)
JEC Franklin    62* (55b 8x4 1x6)      YK Pathan    9-0-49-3
NL McCullum    9* (8b 1x4)      R Ashwin    10-0-66-2

Peter: "At last it seems like James Franklin is living up to the international standard the majority of New Zealanders knew he was capable of.. I hope its just the start of a successful second wind international career." Meanwhile Nehra comes back

47.1

Nehra to Franklin, 2 runs, punched wide of Yusuf Pathan at sweeper-cover, and comes back for an eventually comfortable second. Although a quick, flat throw makes us go to the third umpire

47.2

Nehra to Franklin, 1 run, misses out on a gentle full toss, hitting it down to long-on for one

47.3

Nehra to NL McCullum, 1 leg bye, gets a leg-bye as he fails to make connection on this leg-side delivery

Sunil Gavaskar on air raises a point. A day after former Test cricket TE Srinivasan's death, none of the Indian players is wearing a black arm band

47.4

Nehra to Franklin, FOUR, lovely shot, lofting this length ball straight over Nehra's head. Simple technique, clearing the front foot to give him swinging space, and hits through the line

47.5

Nehra to Franklin, 1 wide, big wide down the leg side, Patel dives full length

47.5

Nehra to Franklin, 2 runs, yorker, hit softly towards long-on, and they take an easy second

47.6

Nehra to Franklin, 1 run, another yorker, digs it out for a single to extra cover

End of over 48 (12 runs) New Zealand 285/7 (RR: 5.93)
JEC Franklin    72* (60b 9x4 1x6)      A Nehra    8-1-48-2
NL McCullum    9* (9b 1x4)      YK Pathan    9-0-49-3

Zaheer comes back

48.1

Khan to Franklin, no run, and starts off with a slower bouncer, Franklin is early into the upper-cut

48.2

Khan to Franklin, no run, follows it up with a yorker, Franklin digs it out. The ball is bouncing over Zaheer, who parries it towards midwicket

48.3

Khan to Franklin, 1 run, makes room and drives a low full toss to long-on

Re Indian players not wearing black arm bands, as far as we understand, the decision has to come from the board, and not the players. The initiative has to come from the board, the players can't do it on their own

48.4

Khan to NL McCullum, 2 runs, slower ball, mcCullum mis-hits it short of long-on and come back for two

48.5

Khan to NL McCullum, 1 run, slower ball again, hit to long-on for one, along the ground

48.6

Khan to Franklin, FOUR, misfielded by Kohli at mid-ff. It was a powerful hit down the ground, Kolhi put in the dive to his left, but couldn't get there

End of over 49 (8 runs) New Zealand 293/7 (RR: 5.97)
JEC Franklin    77* (64b 10x4 1x6)      Z Khan    8-0-40-0
NL McCullum    12* (11b 1x4)      A Nehra    8-1-48-2

49.1

Nehra to NL McCullum, 1 run, yorker around off, gets the toe end for a single

49.2

Nehra to Franklin, SIX, Massive! Big big six. Shows him all three stumps, inviting him to follow him. It is a length ball, and Franklin goes big over the sight screen

49.3

Nehra to Franklin, SIX, What a shot! He has hit a short delivery over long-off for a six! Can he get to a hundred here? It has been a gem so far. Franklin makes room again, Nehra goes short, Franklin goes down the ground anyway. What timing. It clears long-off

49.4

Nehra to Franklin, FOUR, Lovely final over for NZ. The hundred is very much on here! He makes room here, Nehra bowls a half-volley down the leg side, and he shovels it over midwicket

49.5

Nehra to Franklin, FOUR, dropped! This is a high full toss on the stumps, which he lofts wide of long-off. Tiwary has to run in, and to his right, he gets under it with a slide, but the ball goes right thro8gh his hands, and what's more, for a four

Three short of a hundred

49.6

Nehra to Franklin, 1 run, he finally gets the yorker, and Franklin gets just a single to extra cover

What an effort from Franklin. His best ODI innings for sure. He ends up unbeaten on 98, having come in to bat in the 30th over. New Zealand took 63 runs in the last five overs, and can finally hope for a win here. In fact they are the favourites at this point. Do join us for the chase, which begins at 1845 local time (1315)

End of over 50 (22 runs) New Zealand 315/7
JEC Franklin    98* (69b 12x4 3x6)      A Nehra    9-1-70-2
NL McCullum    13* (12b 1x4)      Z Khan    8-0-40-0
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Dec 7, 2010

Brendon McCullum watches Parthiv Patel leap in the air to make a stop, India v New Zealand, 4th ODI, Bangalore, December 7, 2010

Brendon McCullum watches Parthiv Patel leap in the air to make a stop

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Dec 7, 2010

Yusuf Pathan acknowledges the cheers after reaching his maiden one-day century, India v New Zealand, 4th ODI, Bangalore, December 7, 2010

Yusuf Pathan acknowledges the cheers after reaching his maiden one-day century

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