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Sidharth Monga in Wellington
April 3, 2009
Their first fifty
Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir have looked threatening every time they have come out to bat this series. But before today they hadn't put together 50 runs even once. So when Sehwag flicked Tim Southee for India's 50th run in the tenth over, the batsmen were punching each other's gloves in the middle of the pitch, even before having finished the single.
The costly over-step
Three Tests, three no-balls, three wickets denied. In the Hamilton Test, Kyle Mills had Gautam Gambhir plumb lbw on the first ball of the second day, but it was a no-ball. In Napier, Daniel Vettori had Rahul Dravid caught by Brendon McCullum off an official no-ball, but replays suggested Vettori had not over-stepped. Today, though, James Franklin over-stepped, and induced an edge from Dravid, which nestled in McCullum's gloves. Simon Taufel did not miss it.
Jesse Warne - Shane Ryder
How popular is Jesse Ryder in Wellington? Just go out and listen the crowd go "Jesse, Jesse" in the same tone as Aussie crowds used to cry "Warnie, Warnie". Ryder had just got Yuvraj Singh's wicket and, by the response from the crowd, it could very well have been Warne bowling in the evening session at the MCG, with one wicket to go for a five-for.
Well left … almost
In the third over of the Indian innings, Gambhir tried to leave a Chris Martin delivery, and was clearly late in making his mind up whether to do so. As he was shouldering arms, the ball hit the face off his bat, and rolled towards the gully. It would have been an interesting way to get out.
Plays of the day from the fifth ODI in Ranchi
Shorter tours don't allow you time to get into form, and domestic cricket isn't demanding enough