India in New Zealand ODI Series - 4th ODI

New Zealand v India

India won by 84 runs (D/L method)

Hi there. Welcome to the fourth ODI between New Zealand v India.

Toss: New Zealand choose to bat.

Dhoni: "It will be tricky for New Zealand because they don't know what target to set. I should be interesting to see how they bat first. Ishant Sharma comes in for Munaf Patel and Rohit Sharma replaces the injured Tendulkar."

Ian O'Brien, Vettori and Ewen Thompson come in for New Zealand. The sun is out as of now but there is a possibility of showers later on. There is some dampness on the track. Let's see how the wicket plays first up.

As Dhoni indicated, it would be really interesting to see how the Black Caps go about their batting. They haven't batted first so far. Will the might of the Indian batting line-up force them to start hitting from the start? What kind of target they have in mind? Of course there is the weather as well.

I am Sriram Veera and thanks for logging on folks.

0.1

Khan to Ryder, no run

0.2

Khan to Ryder, FOUR, Full pitched outside off stump and Ryder crashes it through the off side.

0.3

Khan to Ryder, 1 wide, drifts down the leg side for a wide

0.3

Khan to Ryder, FOUR, Ah! the inside edge. You gotta love them. It was good length delivery that cut back into the left-hander and Ryder stabbed it off the inner edge to the fine-leg boundary

0.4

Khan to Ryder, no run, leans forward and covers the line of a similar delivery this time and defends to the off side

0.5

Khan to Ryder, 1 run

0.6

Khan to McCullum, no run, beaten by a lovely off cutter

End of over 1 (10 runs) New Zealand 10/0
BB McCullum    0* (1b)      Z Khan    1-0-10-0
JD Ryder    9* (5b 2x4)     

1.1

Kumar to Ryder, no run, angling away from Ryder who lets it go through to Dhoni

1.2

Kumar to Ryder, 1 wide, down the leg side for yet another wide.

1.2

Kumar to Ryder, 1 wide, And deja-vu there

1.2

Kumar to Ryder, no run, gets the line right and beats Ryder with a short-of-length delivery cutting away

1.3

Kumar to Ryder, no run, ovely shape away from Ryder, gets him to play before moving past the outside edge

1.4

Kumar to Ryder, no run, leans forward to defend to the off side

1.5

Kumar to Ryder, no run, lovely swinging delivery, leaving Ryder late and beating him comprehensively. The conditions are perfect for bowling right now .

1.6

Kumar to Ryder, no run, leans forward to defend and the away movement means it runs off the outer edge to backward point

End of over 2 (2 runs) New Zealand 12/0
JD Ryder    9* (11b 2x4)      P Kumar    1-0-2-0
BB McCullum    0* (1b)      Z Khan    1-0-10-0

2.1

Khan to McCullum, no run, length delivery angling across McCullum who opens the blade to push it to cover point

2.2

Khan to McCullum, 1 leg bye, holding its line and it rolls away off the pads

2.3

Khan to Ryder, no run, gets forward to defend to covers

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2.4

Khan to Ryder, no run, 135 kmph delivery jagging back into the left-hander and raps him on the thigh pad

2.5

Khan to Ryder, no run, And again. 140 kmph this time, cutting into Ryder with bounce and moves past the forward prod to crash into the thigh. India have started well.

2.6

Khan to Ryder, 1 run, fuller and outside off and Ryder flashes it away to third man region. He intended to get it past cover point but the slight movement meant the ball ran away towards third man

End of over 3 (2 runs) New Zealand 14/0
JD Ryder    10* (15b 2x4)      Z Khan    2-0-11-0
BB McCullum    0* (3b)      P Kumar    1-0-2-0

3.1

Kumar to Ryder, no run, 133 kmph length delivery that beats Ryder again. PK has been at the top of his game here.

3.2

Kumar to Ryder, no run, 132 kmph delivery on the middle stump, straightening a touch and Ryder nudges it to the off side

3.3

Kumar to Ryder, 1 run, lands short in length on the middle and leg line and Ryder wrists it past square leg for a single

3.4

Kumar to McCullum, no run, fullish and this time its another outswinger - he was taking it away from the left-handers as well - squeezed to backward point

3.5

Kumar to McCullum, no run, short of length delivery around the off stump and McCullum gets behind the line to push it to the off side

3.6

Kumar to McCullum, 1 run, lovely inswing into Brendon who shapes to drive to the off side and the ball squirts away to third man. This is high-quality bowling from Praveen Kumar, who is getting the ball to move both ways.

End of over 4 (2 runs) New Zealand 16/0
BB McCullum    1* (6b)      P Kumar    2-0-4-0
JD Ryder    11* (18b 2x4)      Z Khan    2-0-11-0

4.1

Khan to McCullum, 1 wide, slips down the leg side as Zak tries to curve the ball back into the right hander

Hayden from NZ: "NZ has chosen to bat first on the least batting friendly pitch so far. Bad move/"

4.1

Khan to McCullum, no run, gets it right this time and beats the bat straight away. Mccullum has a cautious flirt at a delivery that left him late.

4.2

Khan to McCullum, no run, shorter in length, moving towards middle and off and McCullum hops back to deflect it to the on side.

4.3

Khan to McCullum, no run, lands around the off stump and moves away, left alone.

dhoni seems to be struggling with his left leg. Wonder whether he pulled a muscle or two.

4.4

Khan to McCullum, no run, In the channel outside off stump and McCullum covers his off stump before shouldering arms. New Zealand will do well not to lose a wicket in this opening spell

4.5

Khan to McCullum, no run, ooh lovely delivery that moved away from the middle stump and even better batting from McCullum. He read the ball well, shuffled across to cover the off stump and shouldered arms. Good cricket all round.

4.6

Khan to McCullum, no run, lands around the off stump before darting away sharply, left alone

End of over 5 (1 run) New Zealand 17/0
BB McCullum    1* (12b)      Z Khan    3-0-12-0
JD Ryder    11* (18b 2x4)      P Kumar    2-0-4-0

5.1

Kumar to Ryder, no run, leans across to push a delivery leaving him to point region

5.2

Kumar to Ryder, no run, beaten by a gem. It was a tad fuller around the middle and off and darted away late. Ryder tried to cover the swing and got the bat outside the line and the ball rushed between the bat and pad and jsut past the off stump

5.3

Kumar to Ryder, no run

5.4

Kumar to Ryder, 1 run, slightly short and Ryder seizes the opportunity to short-arm pull it to long-leg but can't beat Zak at the boundary line

5.5

Kumar to McCullum, 1 run, fullish, straighter around the off stump, McCullum dead bats it to the off side and they rush across for a quick single

5.6

Kumar to Ryder, no run, from round the stumps this time, getting the ball to curve back in and Ryder opens the bat face to steer it to point region.

End of over 6 (2 runs) New Zealand 19/0
JD Ryder    12* (23b 2x4)      P Kumar    3-0-6-0
BB McCullum    2* (13b)      Z Khan    3-0-12-0

6.1

Khan to McCullum, 1 run, length delivery on the middle stump and McCullum leans forward to push it to wards mid-off for a single

6.2

Khan to Ryder, no run, beaten again. This one landed full around the off stump, luring Ryder forward before leaving him late.

6.3

Khan to Ryder, 1 run, this one comes back in and Ryder pushes it down the track where Zak fails to stop it and they get a run

6.4

Khan to McCullum, no run, aha! there is the charge by McCullum but he couldn't connect. He moved outside leg in the process and Zaheer dragged back the length. McCullum tried to clout it over the off-side field but the ball bounced over the flashing blade

6.5

Khan to McCullum, no run, on the middle stump, from a length, worked to midwicket

6.6

Khan to McCullum, no run, moving across Brendon who is squared up a touch but adjusts to deflect the ball to point

End of over 7 (2 runs) New Zealand 21/0
BB McCullum    3* (17b)      Z Khan    4-0-14-0
JD Ryder    13* (25b 2x4)      P Kumar    3-0-6-0

Matthew: "I agree with Hayden, i don't understand the logic of sending the indians in to bat on flat pitches and then bat first on seaming wickets. New Zealand are so caught up in how to beat the indians they appear to be trying to pull any trick out of the bag."

7.1

Kumar to Ryder, FOUR, Short and outside off and Ryder crashes it beautifully through the off side. Whack!

7.2

Kumar to Ryder, no run, fuller, moving away from Ryder who lets Dhoni collect that

7.3

Kumar to Ryder, FOUR, Ryder has started to flow and it's great to watch. Full length delivery but width outside off and Ryder creams it through covers. No need to run. He just stands there and watches the ball thud into the advertising hoardings.

7.4

Kumar to Ryder, 1 run, better length and cutting away, squeezed to third man region

7.5

Kumar to McCullum, no run, full and straight, trying to trap him in front, McCullum shapes to off drive and edges it to midwicket

7.6

Kumar to McCullum, no run, on a length, around the off stump, pushed to covers

William: "Agree with Haydens comment. NZ have chosen to do what they do least well, bat first, on what is probably the worst pitch so far this series to do so. Anyone see a bit of deja vu from the turning point of the Chappell Hadlee series."

End of over 8 (9 runs) New Zealand 30/0
BB McCullum    3* (19b)      P Kumar    4-0-15-0
JD Ryder    22* (29b 4x4)      Z Khan    4-0-14-0

8.1

Khan to Ryder, no run, cutting in towards off and middle, no room to work with and Ryder turns it to the on side

8.2

Khan to Ryder, no run, gets forward to defend to the off side. Again Zaheer making sure he doesn't give any room

8.3

Khan to Ryder, 1 run, stands tall to punch the length delivery past backward point and to the wide third man

Joe:"McCullum is maturing nicely. He will always be able to smash it but it seems he no longer feels compelled to."

8.4

Khan to McCullum, no run, nagging line and length continues. So does the movement from this pitch. This one cuts away from McCullum who carefully pushes it to the off side

8.5

Khan to McCullum, FOUR, There he goes down dancing. He again moves outside leg as he runs down the wicket and plays a feisty cut shot for a boundary.

8.6

Khan to McCullum, no run, tries to give himself room by moving towards leg stump but still can't create much room and nudges it to point

End of over 9 (5 runs) New Zealand 35/0
BB McCullum    7* (22b 1x4)      Z Khan    5-0-19-0
JD Ryder    23* (32b 4x4)      P Kumar    4-0-15-0

9.1

Kumar to Ryder, no run, gets forward to defend a length delivery on the off and middle line. One slip and a very short square point in place

9.2

Kumar to Ryder, no run, fuller and eased to mid-on

Good crowd in. Hear it's a sell out. it's filling rapidly.

9.3

Kumar to Ryder, 2 runs, The off-side is packed but try telling that to Ryder. He gets on the front foot, opens the bat face late and square drives past the diving short cover point and to the right of covers

9.4

Kumar to Ryder, 2 runs, PK tries to surprise him with a bouncer but Ryder adjusts to pull it over midwicket. He didn't quite connect well as he was a touch late in picking the length but will pick up two runs

9.5

Kumar to Ryder, no run, length delivery this time and is defended to the off side

9.6

Kumar to Ryder, FOUR, a tad slower and fuller but Ryder adjusts superbly to lunge forward to on drive it past the bowler and to the right of mid-on. The outfield is super fast and the ball races away

End of over 10 (8 runs) New Zealand 43/0
JD Ryder    31* (38b 5x4)      P Kumar    5-0-23-0
BB McCullum    7* (22b 1x4)      Z Khan    5-0-19-0

Powerplay 2 taken and Ishant Sharma to bowl.

10.1

I Sharma to McCullum, no run, bangs it short of length and gets it to hold its line on the middle stump, McCullum is cramped for room, tries to guide to third man but is beaten

10.2

I Sharma to McCullum, SIX, Whoa! six over third man! McCullum charges out and Ishant tries to follow him. McCullum goes for the big lofted shot over covers and get a nice thick fat edge.

10.3

I Sharma to McCullum, FOUR, Fab upper cut. Short delivery on the off and middle, not much room but McCullum arches back to carve it over backward point.

10.4

I Sharma to McCullum, (no ball) 1 run, hits the deck short of length around the off stump, steered to left of backward point. Free hit coming up folks and Ryder on strike. Much fun.

10.4

I Sharma to Ryder, no run, he misses out there. It was a full pitched delivery outside off, begging to be sent to the crowd but Ryder mistimed his drive and the ball went to mid-off

10.5

I Sharma to Ryder, 1 run, deflects this length delivery to third man for a single

10.6

I Sharma to McCullum, 1 run, short in length, cutting towards hips, tucked past square leg

End of over 11 (14 runs) New Zealand 57/0
BB McCullum    19* (27b 2x4 1x6)      I Sharma    1-0-14-0
JD Ryder    32* (40b 5x4)      P Kumar    5-0-23-0

George: "Such pessimists these viewers, sounds all doom and gloom. Maybe they should just observe and enjoy, go the Black Caps!"

11.1

Kumar to McCullum, no run, short of length delivery outside off, punched to covers

11.2

Kumar to McCullum, no run, short of length, holding its line outside off stump, jabbed to the on side

11.3

Kumar to McCullum, FOUR, Slam! Short in length and McCullum is quick to rock back to pull it to the boundary

11.4

Kumar to McCullum, FOUR, drifting to the hips from short of length and McCullum glances it and again finds the boundary

11.5

Kumar to McCullum, FOUR, Three in a row and McCullum is rocking here at Hamilton. Fab to watch. This was a fuller delivery and McCullum thrashes it through the off side

11.6

Kumar to McCullum, 1 run, short in length and on the middle, McCullum hops across and deflects it to the on side

End of over 12 (13 runs) New Zealand 70/0
BB McCullum    32* (33b 5x4 1x6)      P Kumar    6-0-36-0
JD Ryder    32* (40b 5x4)      I Sharma    1-0-14-0

12.1

I Sharma to McCullum, 1 run, on the middle and leg, turned to fine leg for a single

12.2

I Sharma to Ryder, 1 run, short in length and outside off, Ryder cuts it hard but Sehwag makes a diving half stop to his left at point.

12.3

I Sharma to McCullum, no run, hits the deck short of length around the middle stump, defended back down the pitch

12.4

I Sharma to McCullum, no run, straightens around the off and middle line, guided to point

12.5

I Sharma to McCullum, 1 run, on a length, around the off stump, tapped towards covers for a single

12.6

I Sharma to Ryder, 1 run, outside off, short in length, punched to deep point

Promod sends this chuckle: "I am glad no one is attributing NZ's decision to bat first on a seamer friendly track to India's clout in world cricket."

End of over 13 (4 runs) New Zealand 74/0
JD Ryder    34* (42b 5x4)      I Sharma    2-0-18-0
BB McCullum    34* (37b 5x4 1x6)      P Kumar    6-0-36-0

Domonic: "I dont know what all the fuss is about. So far New Zealand have tried batting second and it hasnt worked. So they try to bat first for a change, and suddenly everyone's jumping down their throats. Give Danny V. A break. I personally am looking forward to a ripped of a match. And Ryder is off to a good start." Danny V took a break for the birth of his son. I know .. sorry that was lame.

13.1

Khan to Ryder, 2 runs, chance for a run out. Turned past square leg and they come back for the second run. Yusuf Pathan, our dear Brother Yo, hurled in a good throw but couldn't find the direct hit.

13.2

Khan to Ryder, no run

13.3

Khan to Ryder, no run, leans forward to drive to the off side

Brett: "Ryder seems to be developing in to a true talent. He truly is showing he can lead the way as an opener, such class!" Fat men who drink are the real deal boss. I should know!

13.4

Khan to Ryder, 1 run, Short in length and Ryder pulls but straight to long leg

13.5

Khan to McCullum, 1 run, fullpitched, timed sweetly to mid-off but they still go for the run and make it in time to beat PK's throw

13.6

Khan to Ryder, no run, leans forward to defend a full length delivery to the off side

End of over 14 (4 runs) New Zealand 78/0
JD Ryder    37* (47b 5x4)      Z Khan    6-0-23-0
BB McCullum    35* (38b 5x4 1x6)      I Sharma    2-0-18-0

Oliver : "All credit to the Indian Boys in ODI 1 & 3, but if New Zealand gets 340 again today, and bowl decent we are in contention... India minus Tendulkar is like Christianity minus God!" Beware of the 11th avatar but ...!

14.1

I Sharma to McCullum, no run, cutting into Brendon who turns it to the on side.

14.2

I Sharma to McCullum, 1 no ball, cutting into the hips, tucked to the on side

14.2

I Sharma to McCullum, (no ball) FOUR, bowl slow, bowl fast but it's disappearing son, says McCullum. It was a slower one and McCullum moved outside leg and a had a big ol' slog. The ball flew off the outer edge and to third man boundary.

14.2

I Sharma to McCullum, 2 runs, Another slower one and McCullum is early into the lofted shot but goes through with the shot and Harbhajan heads back towards covers, takes the 'catch' and flings it back before stepping over the ropes.

14.3

I Sharma to McCullum, no run

14.4

I Sharma to McCullum, no run, sharp incutter, McCullum is surprised by the amount of the movement, has a waft , misses and is hit high on the pad

14.5

I Sharma to McCullum, no run, good delivery this. It held its line after landing short of length around the middle and off, McCullum stays adjacent to the line, trying to dab it to the off side but is beaten

14.6

I Sharma to McCullum, 1 run, on the hips, clipped away past square leg for a single

End of over 15 (9 runs) New Zealand 87/0
BB McCullum    42* (46b 6x4 1x6)      I Sharma    3-0-27-0
JD Ryder    37* (47b 5x4)      Z Khan    6-0-23-0

Adam: "All Jesse Ryder is missing is a massive, bushy moustache and he would be NZ's answer to David Boon."

Yuvraj Singh to bowl now

15.1

Yuvraj Singh to McCullum, 1 run, on the leg stump line, tapped to the midwicket region for a single

15.2

Yuvraj Singh to Ryder, no run, quicker delivery, slanted across Ryder who goes for a drive and is beaten

15.3

Yuvraj Singh to Ryder, 1 run, gets forward to punch the ball down to long-off for a single

15.4

Yuvraj Singh to McCullum, no run, leans forward to defend

15.5

Yuvraj Singh to McCullum, no run, floated on the off stump line, pushed to covers

15.6

Yuvraj Singh to McCullum, no run, Stumping chance missed! McCullum had charged out but was beaten in the flight and the dip that Yuvraj got and he looked a dead duck. But Dhoni didn't collect the ball cleanly. What a miss.

Aaron: "This opening combination is the best NZ has had in a very long time. Probably since Greatbatch and Latham!" Rod Latham eh .. remember his diving caught and bowled catch in the 92 WC.

End of over 16 (2 runs) New Zealand 89/0
BB McCullum    43* (50b 6x4 1x6)      Yuvraj Singh    1-0-2-0
JD Ryder    38* (49b 5x4)      I Sharma    3-0-27-0

Raship: ": Which is the best bowl to bowl a batsman on fire? A. ***********" Er ... your question is more rubbish than my commentary!!

Bakshi: "Ryder reminds me of the police guy from Everybody loves Raymond!"

16.1

Pathan to Ryder, 1 run, from round the stumps, pushed through flat, worked behind square leg

16.2

Pathan to McCullum, no run, flat and quick, on the off stump, backs away to cut but can't beat Gautam at backward point

16.3

Pathan to McCullum, no run, leans forward to defend a delivery on the middle

16.4

Pathan to McCullum, no run, fires it flat and fast and on the middle stump line, pushed to the off side

16.5

Pathan to McCullum, no run, another quick delivery, McCullum stabs it off the inner edge to his pad

16.6

Pathan to McCullum, 1 run, pushes this one to wide mid-off region for a single.

End of over 17 (2 runs) New Zealand 91/0
BB McCullum    44* (55b 6x4 1x6)      YK Pathan    1-0-2-0
JD Ryder    39* (50b 5x4)      Yuvraj Singh    1-0-2-0

Titoinflorida: "My personal fave short, chubby, drinker was Vishwanath. You try square cutting like that after a couple of whisky sodas."

Fitzbogen: "NZ without Jesse Ryder is like beer without alcohol."

17.1

Yuvraj Singh to McCullum, 1 run, leans forward to push through covers

17.2

Yuvraj Singh to Ryder, FOUR, Floated on the off stump line and Ryder picks it up cleanly to deposit it to midwicket boundary

17.3

Yuvraj Singh to Ryder, 1 run, turns the strike over with a nurdle to square leg

17.4

Yuvraj Singh to McCullum, 1 run, punches on the up and the ball goes in the air but safe and he will get a single down to long-off

17.5

Yuvraj Singh to Ryder, 1 run, short delivery on the pads, turned to long leg

17.6

Yuvraj Singh to McCullum, 2 runs, slightly short in length, cut past point

Sarma Ayyagari: "I think Dhoni should use Sehwag for bowling in this match. He will be a surprise for NZ"

End of over 18 (10 runs) New Zealand 101/0
BB McCullum    48* (58b 6x4 1x6)      Yuvraj Singh    2-0-12-0
JD Ryder    45* (53b 6x4)      YK Pathan    1-0-2-0

18.1

Pathan to Ryder, no run, leans forward to defend to the leg side

18.2

Pathan to Ryder, no run, from round the stumps, fires in a quick one, Ryder tries to paddle sweep it but can't connect properly

18.3

Pathan to Ryder, 1 run, on the middle and leg, worked through to deep midwicket region for a single

18.4

Pathan to McCullum, no run, Yusuf fires in another one - he has been really sending them flat and fast today - and McCullum pushes on the up and the ball almost carries to Yusuf who dives forward

18.5

Pathan to McCullum, no run, slightly slower, on the middle, defended on the front foot

18.6

Pathan to McCullum, no run, the tight line continues- on the middle and off again - pushed to covers

Prabhu Ram: "Bakshi: Brad Garret(Police - Robert Barone in ELR) is much much taller and not so fat! Now, i agree with the earlier comment that with moustache, he looks more like Boon."

End of over 19 (1 run) New Zealand 102/0
BB McCullum    48* (61b 6x4 1x6)      YK Pathan    2-0-3-0
JD Ryder    46* (56b 6x4)      Yuvraj Singh    2-0-12-0

19.1

Yuvraj Singh to Ryder, OUT, Oh no our favourite boy is gone. Ryder went for the slog sweep, top edged it over square leg and Raina back pedals to take a tumbling catch. Entertaining innings comes to an end.

JD Ryder c Raina b Yuvraj Singh 46 (84m 57b 6x4 0x6) SR: 80.70

19.2

Yuvraj Singh to McCullum, 1 run, driven to long-on for a single

19.3

Yuvraj Singh to Taylor, no run, floated in towards middle and off, defended to the on side

19.4

Yuvraj Singh to Taylor, no run, lands outside off and stays there, left alone by Ross Taylor

19.5

Yuvraj Singh to Taylor, no run, slightly short in length, cut to short third man

Hemi: "The best [banner in a ground] I've seen so far is.."If you Drink and cover Drive..You're a Bloody Ryder".

19.6

Yuvraj Singh to Taylor, 1 run, leans forward to ease through covers for a single

End of over 20 (2 runs) New Zealand 104/1
LRPL Taylor    1* (4b)      Yuvraj Singh    3-0-14-1
BB McCullum    49* (62b 6x4 1x6)      YK Pathan    2-0-3-0

20.1

Pathan to Taylor, no run, leans forward to work the ball to midwicket

20.2

Pathan to Taylor, no run, turns in to beat the prod and runs off the pad to short fine leg

20.3

Pathan to Taylor, 1 run, leans forward to drive to long-on for a single

20.4

Pathan to McCullum, no run, leans forward to push to covers

20.5

Pathan to McCullum, no run

20.6

Pathan to McCullum, no run

End of over 21 (1 run) New Zealand 105/1
BB McCullum    49* (65b 6x4 1x6)      YK Pathan    3-0-4-0
LRPL Taylor    2* (7b)      Yuvraj Singh    3-0-14-1

21.1

Yuvraj Singh to Taylor, no run, leans forward to defend

21.2

Yuvraj Singh to Taylor, no run, on the off and middle line, driven with the spin to covers

21.3

Yuvraj Singh to Taylor, 1 run, on the middle stump line, dabbed to midwicket region

21.4

Yuvraj Singh to McCullum, 1 run, leans forward to push to cover point to bring up his fifty. Fine innings. The ball was moving around early; he countered that before unfurling a few big shots

21.5

Yuvraj Singh to Taylor, 1 run, comes forward to ping long-off

21.6

Yuvraj Singh to McCullum, no run, flighted on the off and middle line, pushed back to Yuvraj

End of over 22 (3 runs) New Zealand 108/1
BB McCullum    50* (67b 6x4 1x6)      Yuvraj Singh    4-0-17-1
LRPL Taylor    4* (11b)      YK Pathan    3-0-4-0

22.1

Pathan to Taylor, 1 run, flatter and quicker on the middle stump line, pushed down to long-on

22.2

Pathan to McCullum, no run, comes down the track, Yusuf drags in short and it runs off the pad to short fine leg

22.3

Pathan to McCullum, FOUR, Shot. It was fired in at the off stump but McCullum used the short of length to back away and carve it over backward point

22.4

Pathan to McCullum, 1 run, cut away again but this time to deep point

22.5

Pathan to Taylor, OUT, What a gift. Ross Taylor what have you done here? It was short and on the leg side, waiting to be dispatched to the crowd but he mistimes his pull and finds deep backward square leg.

LRPL Taylor c RG Sharma b Pathan 5 (11m 13b 0x4 0x6) SR: 38.46

22.6

Pathan to McCullum, 1 run, slower through the air, on the leg stump line, nurdled past square leg

End of over 23 (7 runs) New Zealand 115/2
BB McCullum    56* (71b 7x4 1x6)      YK Pathan    4-0-11-1
MJ Guptill    0* (0b)      Yuvraj Singh    4-0-17-1

23.1

Yuvraj Singh to McCullum, no run, stays back to punch to covers

23.2

Yuvraj Singh to McCullum, 1 run, full and on the off and middle, steered to cover point for a single

23.3

Yuvraj Singh to Guptill, no run, leans forward to drive to Raina at cover

23.4

Yuvraj Singh to Guptill, no run, comes in with the arm, towards off stumps, sliced to point

23.5

Yuvraj Singh to Guptill, 1 run, that was a quick delivery, cut away to sweeper

23.6

Yuvraj Singh to McCullum, no run, fuller, slower, guided to backward point. Nice little over, with lots of variations in pace

End of over 24 (2 runs) New Zealand 117/2
BB McCullum    57* (74b 7x4 1x6)      Yuvraj Singh    5-0-19-1
MJ Guptill    1* (3b)      YK Pathan    4-0-11-1

Arjun: "Looking at the rate at which teams score runs today, I kind of miss the good old days when 90 runs in 20 overs was considered an excellent score!"

24.1

Pathan to Guptill, no run, leans well forward to defend to the on side

24.2

Pathan to Guptill, no run, full, straight, on the middle and off, pushed back to the bowler

24.3

Pathan to Guptill, 1 run, leans forward to push to covers

24.4

Pathan to McCullum, 1 run, full and flat, punched down to long-off for a single

24.5

Pathan to Guptill, no run, beaten by the delivery that straightens after landing on a length outside off stump ..

24.6

Pathan to Guptill, 1 run, slower, turning in on the middle stump, deflected to short fine-leg region

End of over 25 (3 runs) New Zealand 120/2
MJ Guptill    3* (8b)      YK Pathan    5-0-14-1
BB McCullum    58* (75b 7x4 1x6)      Yuvraj Singh    5-0-19-1

25.1

Yuvraj Singh to Guptill, no run, on the off stump line, pushed to covers

25.2

Yuvraj Singh to Guptill, 1 run, slower, outside off, cut away to deep cover

25.3

Yuvraj Singh to McCullum, no run, fuller , Brendon shapes to sweep I think but adjusts on seeing the length to defend

25.4

Yuvraj Singh to McCullum, no run, moves outside leg but cant find room as Yuvraj directs it on the middle and the ball is pushed to point

25.5

Yuvraj Singh to McCullum, 2 runs, on the middle, worked through midwicket

25.6

Yuvraj Singh to McCullum, SIX, Brendon rocks on. Down on his knee and a big slog sweep. THe white ball flies into the stands. Immense fun.

End of over 26 (9 runs) New Zealand 129/2
BB McCullum    66* (79b 7x4 2x6)      Yuvraj Singh    6-0-28-1
MJ Guptill    4* (10b)      YK Pathan    5-0-14-1

Harbhajan to bowl

26.1

Harbhajan Singh to Guptill, no run, pushed in quicker on middle and off, went on straight, pushed back to him

26.2

Harbhajan Singh to Guptill, no run, tossed up on middle, defended solidly back to the bowler, landed on a good length but he covered it nicely

26.3

Harbhajan Singh to Guptill, no run, full on the off stump, gave it a lot of air, pushes it back to Harbhajan

26.4

Harbhajan Singh to Guptill, 1 run, quicker and flat outside off, opens the face to guide it to deep point

26.5

Harbhajan Singh to McCullum, no run, short of a length on middle and leg, defended back to the bowler, tidy stuff

26.6

Harbhajan Singh to McCullum, no run, tossed up on the off stump, tries to defend towards cover, ends up getting a thick inside edge towards midwicket, end of an excellent over

End of over 27 (1 run) New Zealand 130/2
BB McCullum    66* (81b 7x4 2x6)      Harbhajan Singh    1-0-1-0
MJ Guptill    5* (14b)      Yuvraj Singh    6-0-28-1

27.1

Yuvraj Singh to Guptill, no run, flat on middle, no spin whatsoever, reaches forward to defend

27.2

Yuvraj Singh to Guptill, no run, short of a length on the off stump, turned away off the back foot to midwicket

27.3

Yuvraj Singh to Guptill, no run, New Zealand will be frustrated by this, bowled short and wide, tries to cut, misses

27.4

Yuvraj Singh to Guptill, no run, similar delivery but he's unable to pierce the field, chops it down to point

27.5

Yuvraj Singh to Guptill, 2 runs, fuller outside off, slices it away wide of deep point for a well-run couple, that will relieve him a little

27.6

Yuvraj Singh to Guptill, no run, full on middle, lunges forward to defend

End of over 28 (2 runs) New Zealand 132/2
MJ Guptill    7* (20b)      Yuvraj Singh    7-0-30-1
BB McCullum    66* (81b 7x4 2x6)      Harbhajan Singh    1-0-1-0

28.1

Harbhajan Singh to McCullum, 1 run, short of a length outside off, waits for it to spin into him and slashes it powerfully to deep cover, hit fiercely but only gets a single

28.2

Harbhajan Singh to Guptill, 2 runs, flighted outside off, driven off the front foot between long-off and deep cover for a couple

28.3

Harbhajan Singh to Guptill, no run, slightly short on the off stump, defended back onto the pitch

28.4

Harbhajan Singh to Guptill, no run, flighted on middle and leg, drives it past the bowler but midwicket dives to his left to prevent a single

28.5

Harbhajan Singh to Guptill, 1 run, fullish on middle, takes a couple of steps forward and drives it down the ground to long-off

28.6

Harbhajan Singh to McCullum, 1 run, fraction short outside off, makes room and cuts it away to deep cover

End of over 29 (5 runs) New Zealand 137/2
BB McCullum    68* (83b 7x4 2x6)      Harbhajan Singh    2-0-6-0
MJ Guptill    10* (24b)      Yuvraj Singh    7-0-30-1

29.1

Yuvraj Singh to McCullum, no run, short outside off, struck well but straight to short cover

29.2

Yuvraj Singh to McCullum, 1 run, dropped, Sehwag the culprit! Short, rank long hop on middle, McCullum pulls it away, strikes it well but straight o deep midwicket who is positioned perfectly but spills it while trying to dive forward, how costly is that going to be?

29.3

Yuvraj Singh to Guptill, no run, on middle and off, defended on the off side on the front foot

29.4

Yuvraj Singh to Guptill, no run, full on middle and off, driven straight to cover

29.5

Yuvraj Singh to Guptill, no run, flatter on middle, pushed into the leg side off the front foot

29.6

Yuvraj Singh to Guptill, 1 run, pushed off the back foot to long-on

End of over 30 (2 runs) New Zealand 139/2
MJ Guptill    11* (28b)      Yuvraj Singh    8-0-32-1
BB McCullum    69* (85b 7x4 2x6)      Harbhajan Singh    2-0-6-0

30.1

Harbhajan Singh to Guptill, 1 run, tossed up on leg stump, driven down the ground to long-on

30.2

Harbhajan Singh to McCullum, no run, full outside off, drives it firmly but is again unable to beat the fielder at cover

30.3

Harbhajan Singh to McCullum, 1 run, short of a length outside off, cuts it away off the back foot to deep point

30.4

Harbhajan Singh to Guptill, no run, pushed through quicker on middle, driven back to the bowler

30.5

Harbhajan Singh to Guptill, no run, gave it some air this time, comes down the track and drills it back to Harbhajan, struggling to find singles despite a spread-out field

30.6

Harbhajan Singh to Guptill, no run, full on middle and leg, pushed straight to midwicket

End of over 31 (2 runs) New Zealand 141/2
MJ Guptill    12* (32b)      Harbhajan Singh    3-0-8-0
BB McCullum    70* (87b 7x4 2x6)      Yuvraj Singh    8-0-32-1

31.1

Yuvraj Singh to McCullum, 1 run, short of a length outside off, punched off the back foot to deep cover

31.2

Yuvraj Singh to Guptill, 2 runs, appeal for run out, he's comfortably in, cut away wide of deep point where Praveen Kumar picks it up cleanly running to his left and scores a direct hit at the striker's end while the batsmen are attempting a second, but Guptill is a tall man and has a pretty good reach

31.3

Yuvraj Singh to Guptill, 1 run, punched off the back foot towards long-on

31.4

Yuvraj Singh to McCullum, 1 run, short of a length on the off stump, quicker, tries to dab it into the off side, takes the inside edge and rolls wide of square leg

It's drizzling down in Sneddon Park

31.5

Yuvraj Singh to Guptill, 1 run, pushed off the back foot into the off side for a single

31.6

Yuvraj Singh to McCullum, 2 runs, goes for it, mistimes it completely but gets away, flighted on middle and tries to smash that over the bowlers head, ends up slicing it and the ball lands well short of long-on

End of over 32 (8 runs) New Zealand 149/2
BB McCullum    74* (90b 7x4 2x6)      Yuvraj Singh    9-0-40-1
MJ Guptill    16* (35b)      Harbhajan Singh    3-0-8-0

32.1

Harbhajan Singh to Guptill, no run, tries to push it back past Harbhajan who dives full length to his left to save a single, excellent commitment

32.2

Harbhajan Singh to Guptill, no run, flighted on middle, lands short of a good length, punched back to the bowler

32.3

Harbhajan Singh to Guptill, 2 runs, comes down the track and drives it wide of long-off for a couple this time

32.4

Harbhajan Singh to Guptill, 1 run, tossed up outside off, lands short, struck to deep cover

32.5

Harbhajan Singh to McCullum, 1 run, full on middle and leg, driven down the ground to long-on for a single

32.6

Harbhajan Singh to Guptill, no run, fullish on middle, pushed back uppishly, but it lands well short of the bowler, the spinners doing an excellent job here

End of over 33 (4 runs) New Zealand 153/2
MJ Guptill    19* (40b)      Harbhajan Singh    4-0-12-0
BB McCullum    75* (91b 7x4 2x6)      Yuvraj Singh    9-0-40-1

Wonder when NZ will take the batting powerplay . Batting Powerplay has been taken now. This should be fun.

Karthik: "India seem over-confident with their fielding. We used to call teams like this Rappesh-11 in Mumbai - catch rapna - dropping catch"

33.1

Khan to McCullum, 2 runs, fires in a yorker, dug out towards covers and they rush across for a quick single. The throw misses the stumps at the non-striker's end and they cross over again for the second run

33.2

Khan to McCullum, no run, length delivery, worked to backward point

33.3

Khan to McCullum, no run, shuffles towards off, Zak follows him and Mac drives to covers

33.4

Khan to McCullum, OUT, loud loud shout from Zaheer and after a while, the umpire agrees with him. It was a yorker on the leg stump, McCullum shuffles, tries to work it to the on side and is struck on the boot. Zaheer appealed. Umpire unmoved. Zaheer appeals again. Still no luck. He screams out, How zaattttttt again. FInally the finger goes up. That was out. Replays confirm that.

BB McCullum lbw b Khan 77 (129m 95b 7x4 2x6) SR: 81.05

33.5

Khan to Oram, 1 run, low full toss as he attempts another yorker, 143 kmph, pushed to the off side

33.6

Khan to Guptill, no run, short in length, outside off stump, dabbed to backward point

End of over 34 (3 runs) New Zealand 156/3
MJ Guptill    19* (41b)      Z Khan    7-0-26-1
JDP Oram    1* (1b)      Harbhajan Singh    4-0-12-0

Raja: "I wonder why NZ are not hurrying here. With rain if the play stops here they are in real trouble. With D/L numbers Indians could easily take care of the run chase. "

34.1

I Sharma to Oram, OUT, Oh boy another one down. New Zealand are wobbling here at Hamilton. Ishant got this one to burst off short of length and cramped Oram who was trying to back away to create room; he stabbed it in the end and the ball flew off the glove straight into Dhoni's gloves.

JDP Oram c †Dhoni b I Sharma 1 (4m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

34.2

I Sharma to McGlashan, 2 runs, another edge but doesn't carry to Dhoni. Another lifter from short of length, jabbed off the outside edge and Dhoni dived to his right but couldn't reach. It fell short and ran past the first slip

34.3

I Sharma to McGlashan, 1 run, worked to wide midwicket region

34.4

I Sharma to Guptill, 2 runs, cutting in to the middle stump line, wristed through the on side

The drizzle is getting heavier.

34.5

I Sharma to Guptill, no run, in the zone outside off stump and the batsman pushes inside the line and is beaten

34.6

I Sharma to Guptill, 1 run, on a length, around off stump, nudged to cover point for a single

End of over 35 (6 runs) New Zealand 162/4
MJ Guptill    22* (44b)      I Sharma    4-0-33-1
PD McGlashan    3* (2b)      Z Khan    7-0-26-1

35.1

Khan to Guptill, 1 run, almost holed up to deep midwicket. It was short in length and he went for the pull but didn't connect well.

35.2

Khan to McGlashan, no run, leans forward to push a really full delivery to the off side

35.3

Khan to McGlashan, no run, shorter in length, nurdled to the on side and Zaheer rushes after it.

Liam from NZ: "Oram the worlds 'Number 1 all-rounder' appears as if he is being retained because of his bowling, 8 runs in 4 games, Chris Martin could of edged better than that!" Chris Martin .. the World Cricket misses him. What a batsman!

35.4

Khan to McGlashan, FOUR, goes for the yorker, ends up as a low full toss, steered to backward point where Harbhajan Singh makes a mess as he slips and the ball rushes past him.
he puts his hand up to apologize to Zak.

35.5

Khan to McGlashan, 1 leg bye, on the pads, rolls away for a leg bye

35.6

Khan to Guptill, 1 run, short in length, moves away to the leg side, can't find the timing on the flashy on-the-up drive and the ball rolls towards covers and off they run for the single

End of over 36 (7 runs) New Zealand 169/4
MJ Guptill    24* (46b)      Z Khan    8-0-32-1
PD McGlashan    7* (6b 1x4)      I Sharma    4-0-33-1

Chris: "And as a kiwi supporter i still ask the question.. Why is Jacob Oram in this team??? he has barely played domestic cricket this year shouldn't someone in form ala James Franklyn be in the team."

Haroldo captures the NZ mood with, "Grrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!"

The knives are out : "Jacob Oram is potentially the most over rated, injury prone player to ever play for New Zealand. Again he lets New Zealand down when they needed him most," says Luke.

36.1

I Sharma to Guptill, 1 run, short in length, goes for the big pull but it runs off the toe end of the bat to third man.

36.2

I Sharma to McGlashan, FOUR, lovely! He bent his back knee, got into a nice position to paddle a short-of-length delivery from outside off to deep backward square leg boundary. Paddling away a fast bowler.

36.3

I Sharma to McGlashan, 1 run, as expected this is a lifter, dabbed to the off side

36.4

I Sharma to Guptill, no run, fuller, on the middle, straightening, pushed back to the bowler

36.5

I Sharma to Guptill, OUT, Guptil's struggles end. Short and outside off, he top edged the cut shot to third man where D Karthik, the sub, catches. He almost spills it but manages to hold on inches off the ground. Will catch a replay and see how close the ball was to the ground.

MJ Guptill c sub (KD Karthik) b I Sharma 25 (55m 49b 0x4 0x6) SR: 51.02

36.6

I Sharma to McGlashan, 2 runs, rising delivery from short of length, curdled to backward square leg for two runs. What is curdle? I don't know. It's a sort of a mix between tickle and nurdle

End of over 37 (8 runs) New Zealand 177/5
PD McGlashan    14* (9b 2x4)      I Sharma    5-0-41-2
GD Elliott    0* (0b)      Z Khan    8-0-32-1

37.1

Khan to Elliott, 1 run, shuffles to the off stump and works a full delivery to midwicket for a single

Tony: "James Franklin, give me a break. This guy has proven time and again he is not up to this level."

37.2

Khan to McGlashan, FOUR, McGlashan continues to be unorthodox. It was a full toss and he paddled it from the off stump to the boundary.

37.3

Khan to McGlashan, no run, short in length, outside off, punched to backward point

Phil: "I still believe that Nathan McCullum, Brendans brother, should be given a go. Fantastic spinner - certainly in ODI situations where he has been one of the most economical in First Class cricket for the past couple of years. And certainly adds a heck of a lot more to the batting lineup than Jeets or Oram."

37.4

Khan to McGlashan, 1 run, from round the stumps, short in length, punched uppishly to right of covers where Rohit dives but can't reach the ball but deflects it towards Raina who rushes in from extra cover and fires in a throw at the non-striker's end but missed. Had he hit, he would have got the man.

37.5

Khan to Elliott, 2 runs, short in length, guided wide of third man for couple of runs

37.6

Khan to Elliott, no run, slips in a slower one and that one literally slips as well and ends up as a full toss but the surprised batsman can only tap it gently

End of over 38 (8 runs) New Zealand 185/5
GD Elliott    3* (3b)      Z Khan    9-0-40-1
PD McGlashan    19* (12b 3x4)      I Sharma    5-0-41-2

Peter from OZ: "Oram over-rated? Are you kidding? Anyone who can take it up to Australia in Australia is not over-rated. Ditto Tim Southee. It's typical of NZ to ditch players because they lose form. Remember form is temporary, class is permanent. Oram is class."

38.1

Harbhajan Singh to McGlashan, 5 wides, oh dear .. it landed around leg and middle and turned away down leg. Dhoni can't get across in time and misses it completely. "It's not good wicketkeeping," coos Ian Smith on air.

38.1

Harbhajan Singh to McGlashan, 1 run, turned behind square leg

38.2

Harbhajan Singh to Elliott, no run, turns in from off stump, worked to midwicket

38.3

Harbhajan Singh to Elliott, no run

38.4

Harbhajan Singh to Elliott, 1 run, spins in from outside off, pushed to cover point for a single

38.5

Harbhajan Singh to McGlashan, no run, bit more air, a tad slower, defended to the off side

38.6

Harbhajan Singh to McGlashan, no run, full and on the middle, flicked towards midwicket

End of over 39 (7 runs) New Zealand 192/5
PD McGlashan    20* (15b 3x4)      Harbhajan Singh    5-0-19-0
GD Elliott    4* (6b)      Z Khan    9-0-40-1

Micky from Aus: "When big Jake does fire up he is irresistible, he is having a bad run, so what! He'll come back! I still remember sitting in the crowd when he pummelled his 100 against Aus, bloody awesome!"

39.1

I Sharma to Elliott, 1 leg bye, from over the stumps, coming into the body and raps him high on the thigh

39.2

I Sharma to McGlashan, 1 run, short in length, outside off, pushed to covers

Jono: "I think the true technical term for a tickle and nurdle is a 'turdle'" Ha! Turdle it is. Let's run with it.

39.3

I Sharma to Elliott, 1 run, short in length again, just outside off, turdled towards third man

39.4

I Sharma to McGlashan, no run, spits up from short of length, catching the batsman by surprise but he adjusts to stab it down

39.5

I Sharma to McGlashan, 1 run, comes down the track, Ishant slips in a slower one and that has been nurdled to square leg for a single

39.6

I Sharma to Elliott, no run, full and just outside off stump, driven well but straight to mid-off

End of over 40 (4 runs) New Zealand 196/5
GD Elliott    5* (9b)      I Sharma    6-0-44-2
PD McGlashan    22* (18b 3x4)      Harbhajan Singh    5-0-19-0

Arun: "That catch by Dinesh to get Guptil out looks mighty suspect. I didnt think he took that one clean. The ball may have touched the ground." Unfortunately, I haven't caught another replay yet. So I can't confirm or kill that suspicion.

40.1

Harbhajan Singh to McGlashan, 1 run, spins in towards middle and leg, turned past square leg

40.2

Harbhajan Singh to Elliott, 1 run, on the middle and leg, goes for the reverse paddle, top edges it over Dhoni who tries to grab it but can't reach

40.3

Harbhajan Singh to McGlashan, FOUR, Forget reverse paddle, go for the hard reverse sweep Mate, says McGlashan. He swept it hard and past backward point

40.4

Harbhajan Singh to McGlashan, no run, turning in towards middle stump, patted gently to the off side

40.5

Harbhajan Singh to McGlashan, 1 run, flighted full outside off, driven to long-off

40.6

Harbhajan Singh to Elliott, 1 run, on the off stump line, slower through the air this time, dabbed to left of short third man

End of over 41 (8 runs) New Zealand 204/5
GD Elliott    7* (11b)      Harbhajan Singh    6-0-27-0
PD McGlashan    28* (22b 4x4)      I Sharma    6-0-44-2

Kris won't let go: "How long can a player feast on previous performances - he has scored 1 hundred and has been in the team for 100+ ODIs, Elliot has been in the team for 10 and already has scored as many 100s. He and NZ need to let go. "

Neither does Tim: "Oram?! Class?! Averages 37 in tests and 25 in ODIs and only 6 international 100s. This is not class. He may be awesome on his day, but they come once in a blue moon!"

41.1

I Sharma to Elliott, no run, The bouncer arrives and he shapes to pull but withdraws from the shot

41.2

I Sharma to Elliott, FOUR, Superb shot. He took couple of steps down the track and knifed through the line, up and over mid-off, couple of bounces and over the ropes

Andy: "Turdle is indeed better than Curdle. A curdle you would think would happen only if a player's stopped creaming the ball and has gone off the boil."

41.3

I Sharma to Elliott, 1 run, overpitched outside off, sliced to deep point

Update Play about to begin. No reduction in overs.

update: Covers are off, the sun came out but it's overcast again.

Rain stops play. Deja-vu in New Zealand. Players run towards the pavilion as the covers come on

Still no play.

Raju: "Remember what I had said earlier? What were NZers thinking? With the rain stopped now and D/L Indians will take care of the business so easily - unless rain stops them and a new D/L produces a weird number at that stage. Indians were much smarter to play fast against the rain in 2nd ODI." Ok ok don't crow!

Saravanan: "Well, If Oram needs a home, he can come to Chennai. He is a Superking for us."

Petey BC: "want to see some of our performers at First Class level given a run instead of the likes of Jacob Oram. When are the Shannon Stewarts and Richard De Groens of this world going to be given a chance?? "

Kashyap: "OMG! Reading these comments & hearing TV commentators you would think NZ one day cricket is in crisis. They had a fantastic series in Aus and they are still very much in this match.What is all this doom & gloom? "

Craig: "I agree with Peter and Micky - as an Australian supporter Oram is one player who the Australian players and crowds respect. He is one fantastic player when in form. Big Jake will be back. Patience !"

Lakshman: "When people are busy slashing Oram, I think its time to include Dhoni also. His wicketkeeping has been pathetic. Last match he missed a regulation catch and a stumping and in this match too he missed a stumping and gave away some easy byes."

Peps: "Jacob Oram is an All-rounder, NOT a batsman. If he is not going to bowl then he MUST go. Give Broome or Watling a go while they are young and stick with them so they mature into true INTL cricketers! "

Petey BC: "I'm perplexed and a little disillusioned - how does McGlashan make the cut. If McCullum can't keep then give the gloves to Broom, he can bat and his keeping couldn't be any worse than Dhoni's..."

41.4

I Sharma to McGlashan, 1 run, banged in short on the middle, worked behind square leg for a single

41.5

I Sharma to Elliott, 1 run, fullish on the off stump, shuffles across to drive towards mid-on for a single

41.6

I Sharma to McGlashan, 1 run, short and climbing, pushed close to the off side for a quick single

End of over 42 (8 runs) New Zealand 212/5
PD McGlashan    30* (24b 4x4)      I Sharma    7-0-52-2
GD Elliott    13* (15b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    6-0-27-0

42.1

Harbhajan Singh to McGlashan, no run, flighted delivery, slow in the air, on the off stump line, defended on the front foot

42.2

Harbhajan Singh to McGlashan, 1 run, flighted full on the middle and leg, wristed away for a single

42.3

Harbhajan Singh to Elliott, 1 run, full again, square driven to cover point

42.4

Harbhajan Singh to McGlashan, no run, shorter, flatter, on the middle, backed away to the leg side but all he can do is to push it to covers

42.5

Harbhajan Singh to McGlashan, 1 run, reverse sweeps the flighted doosra to sweeper cover region where Gautam makes a sliding stop

42.6

Harbhajan Singh to Elliott, 2 wides, moves outside leg stump and Harbhajan fires it on the pads, rolls away to short fine leg

42.6

Harbhajan Singh to McGlashan, 2 runs, switches to round the stumps and flights on the leg stump line, swept to right of Zaheer at long leg for couple of runs

End of over 43 (7 runs) New Zealand 219/5
PD McGlashan    34* (29b 4x4)      Harbhajan Singh    7-0-34-0
GD Elliott    14* (16b 1x4)      I Sharma    7-0-52-2

43.1

I Sharma to Elliott, 1 run, short in length and outside off, cut away past point

43.2

I Sharma to McGlashan, 1 wide, charges out and Ishant fires it short but pushes it wide outside off stump, the batsman misses and Dhoni underarms a throw at the striker's end but he is in

Rain again

43.2

I Sharma to McGlashan, 2 leg byes, He took a step down and attempted to reverse sweep with the wrong side of the bat but doesn't connect

Rain stops play again. Heavy rain this time. The ground staff have quickly reached the middle and covered the pitch.

Yogesh: "As i expeceted it seems that lot of people were waiting for Dhoni to have a couple of bad matches. It is still ridiculously early to criticize Dhoni. And reminds me of the truism that wicketkeepers and umpires are only noticed when they make mistakes."

Flynn: "I don't know how you can put up with all this whinging and moaning commentator! Ha! Cricket fans .. I tell you ..

It's still drizzling, not so heavy though, but enough to keep the covers on.

Talking about moaning, that lovely gentleman from New Zealand Andrew Dunford (rather the famous Dungford (TM) ) pings me with: "Richard de Groen was given a chance in 1994 - I'm still waiting for him to take it." Still going through old scorecards are we?

Will be back in couple of minutes.

It will be a 47-overs game Players are walking out to the middle. Ok enough of the complaints. The boys in the office are compiling hostile fast bowling spells from Test history. For tomorrow's Cricinfo XI. Send in your suggestions here. Like Imran Khan in 1983 against India. Mitchell's recent spell. The Sabina Park bloodbath by Holding n co in 1976.. Ambrose's ambush against England ....

Update Covers are coming off

Steven: "Raju is not crowing. NZ is still not realizing their mistake. They have scored only 7 runs/over since the last rain delay. This is going to be a costly mistake. I will bet big on that." Righto!

43.3

I Sharma to McGlashan, 4 leg byes, ha! what does he do in the first ball post resumption? Attempt a reverse paddle, misses but it runs off the pad through vacant slip region and to the boundary. He was struck just outside off

43.4

I Sharma to McGlashan, 1 run, fires in a yorker, takes the left leg out, pushed to the on side

Ravi Shaz says, "McGlashan has IShant fired up, few words exchanged".

43.5

I Sharma to Elliott, 1 run, outside off stump, cut away for a single

43.6

I Sharma to McGlashan, 1 run, banged in short from round the stumps, McGlashan clears the front foot and tries to pull but can't find much power

End of over 44 (11 runs) New Zealand 230/5
PD McGlashan    36* (33b 4x4)      I Sharma    8-0-57-2
GD Elliott    16* (18b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    7-0-34-0

44.1

Kumar to McGlashan, SIX, six over backward point! Wow. McGlashan backed away and PK fired it short but the batsman adjusted well to upper cut it up and over the boundary

44.2

Kumar to McGlashan, 1 run, moves away again and this time Praveen follows him, dragged to long leg for a single

For Elliot, fine leg comes up in the circle

44.3

Kumar to Elliott, 1 wide, bowls a slower one but slips just down leg, Elliot shuffles across and tries to paddle it away but can't connect

44.3

Kumar to Elliott, 1 run, fires in a yorker, edged to the on side

44.4

Kumar to McGlashan, FOUR, More of the paddle sweeps. McGlashan doesn't have a orthodox bone in his body. He stepped down the track, PK kept it really full and he paddled it away fine. Immense fun.

44.5

Kumar to McGlashan, 1 run, pulls away to deep midwicket region

44.6

Kumar to Elliott, 1 run, just short of the blockhole, driven down the ground for a single

End of over 45 (15 runs) New Zealand 245/5
GD Elliott    18* (20b 1x4)      P Kumar    7-0-51-0
PD McGlashan    48* (37b 5x4 1x6)      I Sharma    8-0-57-2

Kaushik Deb: "Arrogance from Mcglashan.. I like I like. Long time since seen some one like him."

45.1

Khan to Elliott, 1 run, driven through the off side

Kunal: "Are we forgetting the famous (or was it infamous?) body-line series - the most cliched and hostile spell of fast bowling?" Keep them coming..

45.2

Khan to McGlashan, 2 runs, DRopped by Gautam at deep midwicket. And that brings up McGlashan's fifty. Innovations galore. He stepped down and pulled it high in the air, Gautam charged in and swooped down, got both hands to it, but clanged it

45.3

Khan to McGlashan, 1 run

45.4

Khan to Elliott, 1 run, slower one, full and outside off, early into the shot and ends up dragging it to Harbhajan at square leg

45.5

Khan to McGlashan, no run, another full delivery outside off, McGlashan turns around to play a reverse sweep but misses it completely

45.6

Khan to McGlashan, FOUR, what a shot. He walked down the track and swept it to the deep square leg boundary. Yeah, swept the seamer away.

Brad North: "Ambrose's 7 for 1 vs Australia at Perth 1993/94 I think is an unmissable spell. It had more to do with the pitch of course but still brutal. I can still remember Ambrose's bat getting caught in a crack and being run out by Healy."

End of over 46 (9 runs) New Zealand 254/5
PD McGlashan    55* (41b 6x4 1x6)      Z Khan    10-0-49-1
GD Elliott    20* (22b 1x4)      P Kumar    7-0-51-0

46.1

Harbhajan Singh to Elliott, no run, full and outside off, pushed to the off side

46.2

Harbhajan Singh to Elliott, SIX, The white ball is flying everywhere at Hamilton. Harbhajan dragged it short and Elliot pulls it high and over deep midwicket

46.3

Harbhajan Singh to Elliott, 1 run, rotates the strike with a drive down the ground

Rajesh Ramaswamy: "Talking of hostile spells, how about Ladha Amar Singh's 7/86 against England in Chepauk? Or his feat at Lord's in 1936 when he took 4/10 in his first 9 overs against the Brits?" Crack of doom eh? Remember the spells have to be really hostile and intimidating ones.

46.4

Harbhajan Singh to McGlashan, 1 run, another reverse sweep but just a single this time

46.5

Harbhajan Singh to Elliott, FOUR, The sweeps keep coming. The conventional one this time. It was a full toss on the middle and leg and he put it away for another boundary

46.6

Harbhajan Singh to Elliott, FOUR, Four more! He went down on his knee and slog swept a flighted delivery to yet another boundary. Great cracking finish by the Black Caps. 270 for 5.

That's the end of the New Zealand innings. We have lost three overs due to rain as you know. 281 runs to win by D/L method.

Dr Hubrus: "Surely Donald v. Atherton deserves a mention."

Sandeep: "Freddie to Kallis - 3rd Test in Eng vs SA 2008"

Kumar: "Please dont say " immense fun" again...you have said it only a millon times so far." Much fun. Nah I have said that as well. Ok both shelved. Will be morose throughout.

Adil Rehman: "how about Shoaib Akhtar's against Australia in the test played at Colombo I think. Also, Shoaib Akhtar's hostile bowling in New Zealand few years back, which helped Pakistan win a match out of nowhere." No use saying numerous spells from Wasim and Waqar or Dennis Lillee.. The devil lies in the detail folks. Pin it down. Get the spell right.

Sam: "Javagal Srinath's 6/21 vs South Africa Ahmedabad, Nov 1996."

Ram Dwivedi: "It was the West Indies tour of India in 1983 and Malocom Marshall reduced India to 0/3 in 3 overs at Green Park, Kanpur... As a kid, my all enthusiams was gone in a matter of few overs :-) " Yeah that was some spell. SMG's bat got knocked out of his hand. Imm... no i won't say that.

Prashant: "How about Ishant vs Ricky Ponting, Perth 2008, for the hostile fast bowling spells list."

281 runs to win by D/L method.

Mark: "Malcolm Marshall to Ken Rutherford in 1985 - brings back fond memories for every Kiwi cricket fan!! Did Rudders ever recover? Also Colin Croft's demolition of Fred Goodall has got to be rated highly!" For the uninitiated, Fred Goodall was the umpire shoved by that angry fast bowler. And Mark how is John Hastie btw? Holding kicked the stumps, remember? He was the ump then.

Narayan: "what about the 9/81 by Kapil at Mortera" And remember folks, only Test matches and hostile intimidatory stuff from Fast bowlers.

Suhas: "Who can forget Bob Willis' 8 for 43 at Headingley? Definitely hostile and intimidating."

Todd: "What about the demon Fred Spofforth's bowling in 1980 that created the whole history of the Ashes and probably made cricket ther game it is today. He is the very first express bowler with a licence to bowl express."

Meanwhile back here, New Zealand's target need 281 runs to win as per the D/L method.

Sunil: "How about the famous Devon Malcolm spell against the unsuspecting SA team. Fannie Devillers trying to bounce Malcolm which fires up the big guy and he returns the favour by taking 9 for 51."

Kami: "What about Shoaib Akhtar's 6 for 11 against NZ in Lahore on dead surface where Inzamam scored triple ton."

Subbu: "Here's a list of synonyms (from thesaurus.reference.com) for 'fun' that you can use - absurdity, ball*, big time*, blast*, buffoonery, celebration, cheer, clowning, distraction, diversion, enjoyment, entertainment, escapade, festivity, foolery, frolic, gaiety, gambol, game*, good time, grins, high jinks, holiday, horseplay*, jesting, jocularity, joke, joking, jollity, joy, junketing, laughter, living it up, merriment, merrymaking, mirth, nonsense, pastime, picnic*, playfulness, pleasure, recreation, rejoicing, relaxation, riot, romp, romping, solace, sport, tomfoolery*, treat, whoopee " huh! Thanks but some how "much recreation" doesn't have the same zing, na? Horseplay eh? hmm..

Sulaiman: "Harmison vs WESTINDIES 7-12 .. in 2004.. deserves a mention...probably the inspiration for him behind the 2005 ashes win "

Ravi: "I think we are confused between brilliant bowling spell and hostile bowling spell. I will not categorize Ishant vs Ponting at Perth test as a hostile bowling but great impressive bowling spell a batsman of Ponting's calibre would encounter especially in his own country." Hostile, Blood. Helmets clanged. Like Walsh and Bishop against Robin Smith. Primal fears.

Phat Boy sends a correction: "Brad Rose - Ambrose's spell was in 1992-93, and I can tell you it had very little to do with the cracks on the pitch..... which didn't conspire to run him out until four years later at the same ground. "

Mark G Halliwell: "Not sure why Holding lost his cool that day - John Parker was clearly NOT OUT!" Ha!

Siddhartha Banerjee: "how about 8-29 by Colin Croft against Pakistan or 8-21 by Dennis Lillee against World XI which had the likes of Gary Sobers and Gavaskar."

Reghu Anguswamy: "Lillee vs Viv Richards '76 in Australia is definitely a top pick, and its amazing how Vivian used to bat without a helmet those days, looking cool chewing gum and facing Lillee's bouncers."

Tattu: "How about THAT over from Micheal Holding against Boyycs.Best over ever."

Pathrakkaran Sunny: "Frank Tyson at Melbourne and Sydney in 1955"

End of over 47 (16 runs) New Zealand 270/5
GD Elliott    35* (27b 3x4 1x6)      Harbhajan Singh    8-0-50-0
PD McGlashan    56* (42b 6x4 1x6)      Z Khan    10-0-49-1
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