India tour of New Zealand, 2nd ODI: New Zealand v India at Wellington, Mar 6, 2009
06 March 2009 - day/night match (50-over match)

Hello and welcome to the second ODI between New Zealand and India. The locals say there might be some rain later in the evening.

Toss: Dhoni has chosen to bat. "We are never sure whether it will rain or not. This is a fantastic track to bat on, good bounce and pace and it's a decent size ground as well. If the D/L rule comes into picture, I think the side batting second will have the disadvantage. No Changes. We are going in with the same team."

Vettori We would have batted first today. We just have to look what we did poorly (bowling) in the last game and do better today. McCullum will bat but won't be able to keep. So Peter McGlashan comes in and Broom misses out."

Sanjay Manjrekar hasn't had coffee yet I think. He murmurs in the studio, "It's good that McCullum is batting. Suddenly, it looks like he has become a key batsman in the team."

Harbhajan Singh: " I think I have bowled well in the series. I had a hamstring injury; there was bit of a tear. I went to South Africa for treatment and here I am. It's nice to be back and playing some good cricket." On adjusting to three formats. "It's all in the mind. There are lots of variations you can bowl according to different forms of the game. In Tests, you just try to hit the rhythm first. It's difficult but you just want to take responsibility as the senior spinner."

A reader, Naresh Sharma, is unable to sleep. He asks, "wondering if Peter McGlashan is in some way related to our n urs favorite Andrew McGlashan?" Lame Mr Sharma Lame! Are you related to Ishant?! And let's not insult Peter. Thankfully he doesn't look anything like Gnasher. Or is it the other way around?

I am Sriram Veera and will bring you all the action today.

Forget the rain that has been predicted for the evening, Mihir has his own problems. "Well...I'm stuck with McCullum as wicketkeeper in my Fantasy team even though he is not going to keep wickets....No Peter McGlashan to select as yet..... What are the guys doing at Cric Fantasy Team....Now, I'll just have to rely on McCullum's battting points..I prefer to select a WK as they score points for catches as well and do get more catches in pitches in NZ.... Damn!" Damn indeed. That cric Fantasy team just dreams, drinks rum and smokes.

RIght all set for the start.


Mills to Sehwag, 1 run, length delivery outside off stump, shaping away slowly, Sehwag opens the blade and runs it past cover point for a single.


Mills to Tendulkar, no run, SRT stretches well forward to defend a full-length delivery outside off.


Mills to Tendulkar, no run, length delivery curving away, pushed to the off side.


Mills to Tendulkar, 1 leg bye, drifting to the pads, Tendulkar tries to work it to the on side, misses but will pick up the leg bye


Mills to Sehwag, 1 run, short of length, shaping in towards middle, Sehwag whips it wide of square leg and sets off for a run. Tendulkar hesitates before responding and both get across in time.


Mills to Tendulkar, 2 runs, peachy punchy back-foot drive through covers. Martin Crowe goes gaga on air. It was short in length and outside off, Sachin went back and across, left-elbow high and punched it through the off side.

End of over 1 (5 runs) India 5/0 (RR: 5.00)

    • SR Tendulkar 2 (4b)
    • V Sehwag 2 (2b)
    • KD Mills 1-0-4-0

O'Brien to Sehwag, no run, our favourite blogger is here to bowl. Fullish and outside off stump, left alone


O'Brien to Sehwag, FOUR, you got to something to write Ian! Full and outside off stump, Sehwag brings his bat crashing down and square drives it to the point boundary.


O'Brien to Sehwag, no run, ah! beaten this time. He corrected the length, Sehwag went for the off-side slash anyway but couldn't connect


O'Brien to Sehwag, FOUR, fuller and Sehwag slices it again and this time the ball flies between backward point and covers. The bowler and the captain are disappointed that the it didn't go to hands


O'Brien to Sehwag, no run, length delivery just outside off stump, guided to backward point


O'Brien to Sehwag, 1 run, this one come back in, catching Sehwag by surprise but he adjusts quickly to wrist it to backward square leg for a run

End of over 2 (9 runs) India 14/0 (RR: 7.00)

    • V Sehwag 11 (8b 2x4)
    • SR Tendulkar 2 (4b)
    • IE O'Brien 1-0-9-0
    • KD Mills 1-0-4-0

The outfield looks pretty good. The pitch is slow. Rain? Well they say there would be some later on in the evening.


Mills to Sehwag, 1 run, just outside off stump, tapped to third man


Mills to Tendulkar, no run, straighter, from short of length, Tendulkar hops, works it to the on side and shouts, "wait .. wait"


Mills to Tendulkar, no run, good delivery, lands on a length around off stump and shapes away, Tendulkar pushes it to covers


Mills to Tendulkar, FOUR, overpitched on the legs and Tendulkar doesn't miss. At least not this time. He leans forward and gets the wrists working to send the ball through midwicket.


Mills to Tendulkar, no run, loud shout for a catch behind decision. Peter McGlashan cleared his throat real loudly but the ump didn't agree. No bat, though. It cut fin from short of length, found the bat and pad gap, missed the bat and kissed the right elbow. Good decision, that.


Mills to Tendulkar, no run, another one kicking in from short of length, from just outside off stump, Tendulkar gets on top of the bounce to defend to the off side

End of over 3 (5 runs) India 19/0 (RR: 6.33)

    • SR Tendulkar 6 (9b 1x4)
    • V Sehwag 12 (9b 2x4)
    • KD Mills 2-0-9-0
    • IE O'Brien 1-0-9-0

O'Brien to Sehwag, no run, slightly short of length, Sehwag goes for the pull but the ball cuts in to cramp him and he ends up jabbing it to the on side


O'Brien to Sehwag, no run, in the corridor and Sehwag lets Peter earn his money.


O'Brien to Sehwag, no run, cutting in towards off and middle, Sehwag stays adjacent as ever, opens the bat face and steers the ball to the off side


O'Brien to Sehwag, 1 run, length delivery around the off stump, again tilting in, not much but tending towards it and Sehwag steers it to the diving gully fielder. One run.


O'Brien to Tendulkar, 2 runs, this one holds its line outside off from short of length, Tendulkar hops, opens the bat face and runs the ball past backward point and will pick two by the time the third man comes across


O'Brien to Tendulkar, no run, closer to the off stump and Tendulkar shoulders arms.

Martin Crowe reckons that for Sehwag, keep a man close in at short squarish point on this slow track.

End of over 4 (3 runs) India 22/0 (RR: 5.50)

    • SR Tendulkar 8 (11b 1x4)
    • V Sehwag 13 (13b 2x4)
    • IE O'Brien 2-0-12-0
    • KD Mills 2-0-9-0

Mills to Sehwag, FOUR, Top-edged! It was the throat-high bouncer and a surprised Sehwag wnet for the pull, eyes off the ball, head up in the air and gets a top edge. The fielder wasn't fine enough at long-leg and the ball landed just inside the boundary, wide of the outstretched hands and runs away


Mills to Sehwag, no run


Mills to Sehwag, FOUR, Another short ball but this time Sehwag was waiting. It didn't climb as high, it was around the mid-riff and Sehwag pulls it over midwicket


Mills to Sehwag, FOUR, And again. Short in length and Sehwag goes for it. He fetched it from the off stump and pulled it over the on side. IT was as if he was expecting that length


Mills to Sehwag, FOUR, Whack! What a ripper of a shot. It was a short of length delivery and outside off stump, Sehwag kept his back foot back and across and carved the ball through the off side. It just flew. Whizz.........


Mills to Sehwag, no run, turned to midwicket where a diving stop is made by Ross Taylor who throws at the striker's end but misses. Had he hit, Sehwag was gone.

End of over 5 (16 runs) India 38/0 (RR: 7.60)

    • V Sehwag 29 (19b 6x4)
    • SR Tendulkar 8 (11b 1x4)
    • KD Mills 3-0-25-0
    • IE O'Brien 2-0-12-0

O'Brien to Tendulkar, no run, in the channel outside off stump, Tendulkar covers his off stump and lets it go through to Peter


O'Brien to Tendulkar, no run, hops to get on top of the bounce and works it to square leg


O'Brien to Tendulkar, no run, fuller, coming in to Tendulkar who tries to tickle it to the on side but is rapped on the pads. Going down leg, though.


O'Brien to Tendulkar, no run, full in length, lovely delivery in the zone outside off stump, left alone

Not much crowd in there. Vast empty spaces.


O'Brien to Tendulkar, 1 run, comes in towards middle and leg, worked behind square leg for a single


O'Brien to Sehwag, 1 run, short in length and outside off stump, punched to deep backward point

End of over 6 (2 runs) India 40/0 (RR: 6.66)

    • V Sehwag 30 (20b 6x4)
    • SR Tendulkar 9 (16b 1x4)
    • IE O'Brien 3-0-14-0
    • KD Mills 3-0-25-0

Don: "It's raining in Paraparaumu 50km north of Wellington. Thanks for that. PArparaumu means "scraps from an earth oven". Wikipedia of course. It also adds the local youth call it just 'Pram'

Butler to bowl now.


Butler to Sehwag, no run, fullish, around the off stump and Sehwag drives fluently but can't beat short covers. That was sweetly timed.


Butler to Sehwag, no run, nagging short of length delivery on the off stump. Since Sehwag stays adjacent to the line, he opened the bat face and guided it to backward point, pushing for a single but Tendulkar says are you mad go back. Well not exactly those words but you get the idea. For the record, he just shouted, NO


Butler to Sehwag, 1 run, flicked to the on side for a single


Butler to Tendulkar, no run, full pitched delivery on the off stump line, Tendulkar drives straight to mid-off


Butler to Tendulkar, no run, cuts in from short of length towards the leg and middle, Tendulkar shuffles across to work it to the onside but is rapped on the thigh


Butler to Tendulkar, no run, good over this. Another one moving in, defended to the on side .

End of over 7 (1 run) India 41/0 (RR: 5.85)

    • SR Tendulkar 9 (19b 1x4)
    • V Sehwag 31 (23b 6x4)
    • IG Butler 1-0-1-0
    • IE O'Brien 3-0-14-0

O'Brien to Sehwag, FOUR, He goes again. It was slightly short of length, coming in towards the off stump, Sehwag swivelled around to pull it high and over midwicket.


O'Brien to Sehwag, SIX, Oh that was hit real hard. Another shortish delivery and Sehwag pulls it to the midwicket boundary. "That's too short again," says Stephen Fleming on air.


O'Brien to Sehwag, 1 run, fuller, on the middle and leg, turned to the on side


O'Brien to Tendulkar, no run, Tendulkar goes for the pull but can't connect. He edges it to his pad and the ball rolls to the off side


O'Brien to Tendulkar, no run, 136 kmph length delivery outside off stump, left alone


O'Brien to Tendulkar, 1 run, Another attempted pull from Tendulkar but is a touch slow on the shot and edges it to his body.

'Cool Hand' Stanley says, "Bring back Chris Pringle. Nothing to do with this match. Just bring him back." And where is Gavin Larsen these days.

End of over 8 (12 runs) India 53/0 (RR: 6.62)

    • SR Tendulkar 10 (22b 1x4)
    • V Sehwag 42 (26b 7x4 1x6)
    • IE O'Brien 4-0-26-0
    • IG Butler 1-0-1-0

Raj: "Its raining here in Rimutaka ranges (about 40Km west of wellington)." PS Sidhu has a crack. "It's also raining in Kuala Lumpur, about 10,000km away."


Butler to Tendulkar, no run, good delivery, shaping in towards middle stump, dabbed to the on side

Jonathan: "Of course the stadium is nearly empty. Most people are at work (or school). Expect to see the numbers bump up significantly around 430-5pm as people wander from work to the stadium, in time to see the furious last 10 overs of India's innings..." What? You guys go to school on match days? Worse. work?!


Butler to Tendulkar, 1 run, leans forward to turn a full delivery though the on side


Butler to Sehwag, 1 run, now then .. this is a short-of-length delivery on the off and middle stump line, Sehwag swivels on the back foot and laps it over square leg


Butler to Tendulkar, no run, hits the deck hard, short of length and on the off stump line, nudged to the leg side


Butler to Tendulkar, 1 run, drifting to the pads, turned to long leg for a single


Butler to Sehwag, no run, getting too ambitious. Sehwag walks across, tries to swat-pull a full delivery and edges it to the body.

End of over 9 (3 runs) India 56/0 (RR: 6.22)

    • V Sehwag 43 (28b 7x4 1x6)
    • SR Tendulkar 12 (26b 1x4)
    • IG Butler 2-0-4-0
    • IE O'Brien 4-0-26-0

Sehwag gets some attention to his left leg. Is he going to have a bye-runner now?


O'Brien to Tendulkar, no run, leans forward to defend a length delivery to the off side

No runner as of now. Fleming confused me.


O'Brien to Tendulkar, 1 run, pushed towards mid-on for a quick single


O'Brien to Sehwag, no run, fullpitched outside off stump, creamy dreamy square drive but can't beat point.


O'Brien to Sehwag, FOUR, Full. Wide. And Smashed. Overpitched outside off and Sehwag doesn't move his front foot out, just shifts his body weight forward and that lovely bat swing comes crashing down to smash the ball wide of mid-off


O'Brien to Sehwag, no run, moves to the leg side and drives but straight to covers


O'Brien to Sehwag, FOUR, And he has reached his fifty with a murderous thumping drive through the offside. He backs away a touch, gives himself more room to crash the length delivery through covers. Imperious.

End of over 10 (9 runs) India 65/0 (RR: 6.50)

    • V Sehwag 51 (32b 9x4 1x6)
    • SR Tendulkar 13 (28b 1x4)
    • IE O'Brien 5-0-35-0
    • IG Butler 2-0-4-0

And he has got a runner now. Not sure whether it's an injury to his left ankle or thigh. Sorry about that. Suresh Raina


Butler to Tendulkar, 1 wide, slips down leg side


Butler to Tendulkar, no run, leans forward to push the length delivery to cover point


Butler to Tendulkar, 1 run, short of length, around the off stump, Tendulkar hops back, gets on top of the bounce nicely and dabs it behind square leg for a single


Butler to Sehwag, 1 run, another whip of the wrist. This time it's Sehwag who takes the full ball from off and middle for a single to deep square leg


Butler to Tendulkar, no run, short in length and outside off stump, punched away to point

Powerplay not taken yet


Butler to Tendulkar, no run, short of length, around off stump, pushed to the off side

Sundar: "Bye Runner!! hahaha. It is a gully cricket term. At the international leve. it is called a substitute runner." Gully (street) cricket boss. That's the real cricket


Butler to Tendulkar, no run, holds its line outside off stump, Tendulkar opens the bat-face to steer it to backward point region

End of over 11 (3 runs) India 68/0 (RR: 6.18)

    • SR Tendulkar 14 (33b 1x4)
    • V Sehwag 52 (33b 9x4 1x6)
    • IG Butler 3-0-7-0
    • IE O'Brien 5-0-35-0

Kristopher Alexander: "Gavin Larsen is President of Wellington Cricket these days, he's probably looking at the crowd and hoping it builds up."


Oram to Sehwag, 1 run, short and outside off stump, carved to deep backward point for a single.


Oram to Tendulkar, no run, short of length, coming in towards off and middle - that's the line they have bowled to Sachin and have tied him down so far - pushed to the off side


Oram to Tendulkar, 1 wide, a tad slower but drifts down the leg side


Oram to Tendulkar, no run, that ball again - short in length and moving in towards off and middle - Tendulkar tries to dab it to the on side but the ball goes down the track


Oram to Tendulkar, no run, leans forward to push a slower one to the on side.


Oram to Tendulkar, no run, straightens after landing on a length around the off stump, punched to covers


Oram to Tendulkar, FOUR, short of length again but a bit of width on offer and Tendulkar cuts and cuts well.

End of over 12 (6 runs) India 74/0 (RR: 6.16)

    • SR Tendulkar 18 (38b 2x4)
    • V Sehwag 53 (34b 9x4 1x6)
    • JDP Oram 1-0-6-0
    • IG Butler 3-0-7-0

Butler to Sehwag, 1 run, climbs towards rib-cage, Sehwag laps it around the corner for a single


Butler to Tendulkar, 1 run, fuller, on the middle and leg, Tendulkar wrists it to long leg


Butler to Sehwag, OUT, shout for a catch behind decision and it's been given. Sehwag shakes his head as he walks off. Not happy at all. It cut in towards the middle stump from short of length, Sehwag was on the hop, trying to work the ball to the on side and the ball clipped the flap of the pad. Did it hit the bat as well? Sehwag doesn't think so. Anyway that's that. Gautam has walked in.HOT spot says there was no bat involved in that.

V Sehwag c †McGlashan b Butler 54 (60m 36b 9x4 1x6) SR: 150.00


Butler to Gambhir, 1 run, gets off the mark with a dab to thirdman


Butler to Tendulkar, 1 run, gets off strike with a push to the off side

HOT spot says there was no bat involved in that.


Butler to Gambhir, no run, angling across Gautam who lets Peter collect that.

End of over 13 (4 runs) India 78/1 (RR: 6.00)

    • G Gambhir 1 (2b)
    • SR Tendulkar 20 (40b 2x4)
    • IG Butler 4-0-11-1
    • JDP Oram 1-0-6-0

Powerplay 2 taken.


Oram to Tendulkar, 1 run, Tendulkar shuffles to the off stump, taps the ball gently to the off side and takes a quick single


Oram to Gambhir, 2 runs, shapes to off drive and edges it to his body. The ball rolls to the off side and Tendulkar calls him over for a quick single. Oram rushes after the ball, turns around and fires in a throw at the non-striker's end. Overthrows!


Oram to Gambhir, 1 wide, pushes it wide outside off stump and the umpire Rudi extends his arms


Oram to Gambhir, no run, walks down the track, Oram keeps it on the middle, dabbed to the off side


Oram to Gambhir, no run, short in length just outside off stump, nudged to backward point


Oram to Gambhir, no run, leans forward to defend to the off side

Peter McGlashan is wearing the baseball helmet and is standing up to the stumps


Oram to Gambhir, no run, good over this. Nagging middle and off line continues, Gambhir dabs it to point

End of over 14 (4 runs) India 82/1 (RR: 5.85)

    • G Gambhir 3 (7b)
    • SR Tendulkar 21 (41b 2x4)
    • JDP Oram 2-0-10-0
    • IG Butler 4-0-11-1

Butler to Tendulkar, 1 run


Butler to Gambhir, 1 run


Butler to Tendulkar, no run, shuffles across but the ball cuts in from just outside off to cramp him and he just manages to dab it to the off side


Butler to Tendulkar, 2 runs, Dropped at mid-on. In an effort to push the run rate, Tendulkar walked down the track and tried to knife it over the in-field but it flew just above head high and Mills stretched his hand out but couldn't hold on. Poor Butler; he created the chance but it has been clanged. Mills jumped, got his right hand out but ended up palming it off


Butler to Tendulkar, SIX, What a response. Remember that six against Caddick in the World Cup? Something like that. He seemed to be expecting a short ball and got into the position quickly. Lovely pull and the white balls soars over midwicket.


Butler to Tendulkar, FOUR, Even better. Delicious off drive. He eased forward and seemed to just push the ball on the up. But it kept running away. Superb piece of timing.

End of over 15 (14 runs) India 96/1 (RR: 6.40)

    • SR Tendulkar 34 (46b 3x4 1x6)
    • G Gambhir 4 (8b)
    • IG Butler 5-0-25-1
    • JDP Oram 2-0-10-0

Oram to Gambhir, no run


Oram to Gambhir, 1 run, slightly short in length, shapes for the cut and edges it to third man


Oram to Tendulkar, no run, on the off stump line, defended to the off side


Oram to Tendulkar, 1 run, outside off stump and Tendulkar runs it down to thirdman


Oram to Gambhir, no run, short of length, cut to backward point


Oram to Gambhir, FOUR, drifts to the pads, flicked away to the boundary. Wrong line and Gambhir makes him pay.

End of over 16 (6 runs) India 102/1 (RR: 6.37)

    • G Gambhir 9 (12b 1x4)
    • SR Tendulkar 35 (48b 3x4 1x6)
    • JDP Oram 3-0-16-0
    • IG Butler 5-0-25-1

Mills to Tendulkar, no run


Mills to Tendulkar, 1 run, leans forward to punch through the off side


Mills to Gambhir, 1 run, short in length, on the off stump line, pushed to cover point


Mills to Tendulkar, 1 run, short of length outside off stump, punched to deep point


Mills to Gambhir, 1 run, overpitched outside off and Gambhir pings the sweeper cover with a sweetly-timed drive


Mills to Tendulkar, 1 run, short in elngth and outside off, Tendulkar stood up tall to flat-bat it to sweeper cover.

End of over 17 (5 runs) India 107/1 (RR: 6.29)

    • SR Tendulkar 38 (52b 3x4 1x6)
    • G Gambhir 11 (14b 1x4)
    • KD Mills 4-0-30-0
    • JDP Oram 3-0-16-0

Oram to Tendulkar, FOUR, Tendulkar keeps on with the attack. He backs away to the leg side to clout the ball over covers and to the boundary


Oram to Tendulkar, no run, he was trying to paddle sweep but saw Oram had slipped in a yorker, changed his mind and dug out the ball in a hurry.


Oram to Tendulkar, FOUR, SRT is having a ball. The left foot was cleared and he heaved the full length delivery over wide mid-on. Sehwag has gone and Tendulkar has stepped up.

Rain is in the air. Dark clouds hovering in.


Oram to Tendulkar, no run, full and around off stump line, squeezed to short third man..


Oram to Tendulkar, FOUR, Tendulkar reaches his fifty. He moved outside leg and drove the full delivery between the bowler and mid-off. India keep attacking.


Oram to Tendulkar, 1 run, retains the strike with a drive to long-on

End of over 18 (13 runs) India 120/1 (RR: 6.66)

    • SR Tendulkar 51 (58b 6x4 1x6)
    • G Gambhir 11 (14b 1x4)
    • JDP Oram 4-0-29-0
    • KD Mills 4-0-30-0

Scotty: "If we dont get a handle on this is looking like a 300+ score with McCullum half injured doesn't look great. Add in D/L to the mix- its gonna be a big run chase."


Mills to Tendulkar, 1 run, hands the strike to Gautam with a dab to third man


Mills to Gambhir, 1 run, angling away from the left-handed Gambhir who runs it down to third man


Mills to Tendulkar, 2 runs, on the middle and leg, worked to left of long leg and Tendulkar pushes hard to come back for the second run. This is called Gaaji in some parts of India.


Mills to Tendulkar, FOUR, nice shot but not no nice fumble in the deep. It kicked up from short of length and Tendulkar wristed the cut shot and the ball rolled to deep backward point where McCullum over ran the ball, stopped and lunged to his right but couldn't stop it.

Rain has arrived. Drizzling now. The ground staff get ready.


Mills to Tendulkar, 1 run, pushed to the off side and ran straight down the pitch! The comms find it funny that the umpire has missed it


Mills to Gambhir, 1 run, And Gambhir does the same. Dashes down the centre of the pitch. The tv comms are laughing away.

Game is about to start.

Rick: "What about an update on domestic cricket for the NZ fans? Team scores etc. Two teams playing this game, and it would take our mind of the pain in Wellington." The thing is I thought you would be following it anyway. I picked it up from NZ Cricket Go there. Have a look. Dravid is now on 98. His team-mate Papps had got out for 127. Correct Link has been given now.

Gautam: "I remember Siddhu going after Aamir Sohail with his bat in a match in Singapore around there a story about why he did?" Sohail had protested about Sidhu walking straight down the wicket and on the danger area. And dunno whether Sohail added some spicy words as well but Sidhu marched angrily waving his bat. I remember Sachin running after Sidhu, "Sherry Sherry! calm down"

Manie: "I envy you cricinfo commentators with such a fun job and I am sure you are living the dream. There is nothing more exciting than doing what you are passionate about. Btw...I wonder what you do off seasons." Oh we act in movies or go to a beach resort. What boss! No off season here. To paraphrase Arul, you can always see some cricket in some part of the earth.

Arul Than turns philosphical: "You can see always rain, daylight, darkness, sun and moon in some part of the earth. " Some times, keep your head straight. You might see humans also.

Venkat: "Regarding, screening of old matches, Sky is showing the 1st T20. I hate that. It is not so interesting to watch highlights when you have watched the LIVE just a week back. Instead, they could show old games. Refreshing memories. " venkat .. how about catching some old Sharjah games in the 80's when Pakistan used to beat India regularly eh?! I remember Wasim Akram, while working with an Indian television, saying once, how come you only show matches where India wins?! C'mon yaar show us some games where we won against you as well!

Danno: "I think you crashed the met service website ... probably a few thousand people hitting their site at once..." No worries, as another reader Rahul mails us with this: "I have purchased this match online in the US..! Hour by Hour forecast looks good for the rest of the day. See Wellington's weather

Kyle Sciascia has some good news: "Around 3 km from the Stadium and way up in the hills and the rain/drizzle has cleared quite considerably so hopefully we'll see some play very soon!"

In the NZ domestic cricket which would interest Indian fans as well, Rahul Dravid is still batting for Canterbury Wizards, is on 85 with 11 fours from 145 balls . Amit Mishra, playing for the opponents Central Stags, has gone wicketless from 21 overs. .

And Otago Volts' VVS Laxman fell after scoring 20. Playing in the opposite team - Wellington Firebirds- L Balaji's current figures are 15-4-39-1. No he didn't pick up VVS' wicket. It was M Burns

Partha Banerjee: "Exactly 12 hours behind you folks and thousands of kilometers away in Brussels. But staying up the whole night to watch Sachin and Sehwag bat with such ferocity is a great treat along with roasted coffee, spongecakes and Camel lights." Sipping, eating and smoking. Hmm... Enjoy guru. (to be read with the general surgeons' warning of course!)

4:08 pm Pankaj: "It is raining here in San Francisco Bay Area, thought not quite disrupting any activity as it is in Wellington. Would be nice if Cricinfo could embed the doppler radar map (like the ones the local TV station web sites have) for the location where the match is being played. Won't quite make up for the lost overs, but would give a way of getting a sense of the weather system affecting the game. For example, here is Wellington's weather report.

4:01 pm local time The drizzle has intensified. Preity Zinta, the Indian actress, is chirping away in the crowd. In the middle, more covers are being brought on.

While the TV has gone to showing old matches, you can have a look at the Cricinfo XI. Had done it yesterday. Famous last balls - of a day or match - from Test history. -- extract -- "Doug Walters was seven short of a century - and 10 short of a hundred in a session - when Bob Willis began the final (eight-ball) over of the second day. Ross Edwards took a leg bye off the first ball, handing the strike over. Walters top-edged a bouncer for a four off the second, and then remained on 97 for the next five balls, which Willis fired in full and straight. The last one, though, climbed chest-high; Walters rocked back, hooked it into the stands, tucked his bat under his arm, and walked back to the pavilion. But the dressing room was oddly deserted. Suddenly, Ian Chappell burst through the door to the showers and said, "You dopey bastard. What do you mean by playing that totally irresponsible shot and getting out on the last ball of the day. Haven't you learned anything about team first, individual second'. Chappelli glared at a confused Walters for a couple of seconds before breaking into a huge grin and enveloping him with a hug. The rest of the guys dashed out from hiding in the showers and the celebrations began." -- end extract --

It's still raining out there.

Atul sends us the Youtube link for that Caddick six. Immense fun. Justin says, "Wish I was watching this, even if my own team is getting smashed. Good to see Sachin dominate".

Philip Bradley: "It's not a baseball helmet that McGlashan is wearing. It is a specific piece of equipment designed for wicket keepers: the Aero KPR face protector. "

Mahesh: "i studied with Pete.McGlashan in high school. and played indoor cricket with him. excellent soccer midfield general too. I am over the moon that he is keeping to Sachin. That means I am one connection away from Sachin! Go Pete!"

Rain has stopped play. Rudi snatches the ball and says let's get off from here. That's that. The players rush to the pavilion. Let's recap. India were off to a breezy start courtesy, Sehwag who cut and pulled merrily. Tendulkar was quiet in that period but exploded after the exit of Sehwag. The run flood continued till the skies opened up.

End of over 19 (10 runs) India 130/1 (RR: 6.84)

    • G Gambhir 13 (16b 1x4)
    • SR Tendulkar 59 (62b 7x4 1x6)
    • KD Mills 5-0-40-0
    • JDP Oram 4-0-29-0

Vettori to Gambhir, no run

It's a 44-over game


Vettori to Gambhir, no run, tires to lat cut the delivery but can't connect


Vettori to Gambhir, 1 run, leans forward to push it through the on side for a single


Vettori to Tendulkar, 1 run, leans forward to drive to long-off for another single


Vettori to Gambhir, no run, comes forward to tickle to square leg


Vettori to Gambhir, FOUR, Gambhir chips down the track and plays a lovely pick-up shot, placed perfectly wide of deep midwicket.

It's a 44-over game now.

End of over 20 (6 runs) India 136/1 (RR: 6.80)

    • G Gambhir 18 (21b 2x4)
    • SR Tendulkar 60 (63b 7x4 1x6)
    • DL Vettori 1-0-6-0
    • KD Mills 5-0-40-0

Mills to Tendulkar, no run


Mills to Tendulkar, 1 run, waits for the ball to come to him before wristing it through the on side


Mills to Gambhir, no run, comes down the track, tries to go for the big heave but mistimes it to mid-on


Mills to Gambhir, 1 run, short in length, angling away, dabbed to third man

Faiyaz S Rehman: "Just coming from university oval, Dunedin, where i met Very Very Special Laxman batting at nets (after he got out in the match actually)....nice talking to him in telugu as i am from hyderabad as well.....and also had a chat with lakshmipathi balaji jus over the boundary....its a nostalgic feeling talking to indian cricketers at my university oval ! And forgot to mention...Nathan McCullum said 'Good on ya mate' !"


Mills to Tendulkar, no run, leans well forward to drive sweetly but can't beat mid-off


Mills to Tendulkar, no run, fullish, moving in, turned to the on side

End of over 21 (2 runs) India 138/1 (RR: 6.57)

    • SR Tendulkar 61 (67b 7x4 1x6)
    • G Gambhir 19 (23b 2x4)
    • KD Mills 6-0-42-0
    • DL Vettori 1-0-6-0

Vettori to Gambhir, 1 run, floated outside off stump, pushed through cover point


Vettori to Tendulkar, no run, on the off and middle stump, defended to covers

It has started to Drizzle again


Vettori to Tendulkar, OUT, Danny boy has struck. It landed full on a length, on the middle and Tendulkar went for the sweep but missed it completely. The ball was heading towards middle. Easy decision for Rudy. Vettori is such a good nagging bowler. He rarely gives you anything short, it's mostly full. And he has got his man.

SR Tendulkar lbw b Vettori 61 (100m 69b 7x4 1x6) SR: 88.40


Vettori to Yuvraj Singh, no run, leans forward to defend a flighted delivery around the off stump line


Vettori to Yuvraj Singh, no run, comes down the track, Vettori keeps it full and Yuvraj whips it back to the bowler who makes a half-stop


Vettori to Yuvraj Singh, no run, goes back to a length delivery that holds its line outside off, pushed back down the track

End of over 22 (1 run) India 139/2 (RR: 6.31)

    • Yuvraj Singh 0 (3b)
    • G Gambhir 20 (24b 2x4)
    • DL Vettori 2-0-7-1
    • KD Mills 6-0-42-0

Mills to Gambhir, 2 runs, slanted across Gambhir who dabs it through vacant slip region well to the left of third man

Vettori moves in a slip, wide at third slip. Ross Taylor is the man


Mills to Gambhir, 1 run, And Gambhir walks down the track for a big ugly heave across the line and edges it to short fine-leg


Mills to Yuvraj Singh, OUT, And NZ have taken out Yuvraj as well. Moving in that slip has worked. It was a length delivery slanted across the left-hander who stabs it low but straight to Ross Taylor. Gone!

Yuvraj Singh c Taylor b Mills 0 (5m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Dhoni is the new batsman


Mills to Dhoni, no run, length delivery outside off, holding its line, left alone


Mills to Dhoni, 1 run, pushed away for a quick single.


Mills to Gambhir, 1 leg bye, on the pads, rolls away to the leg side and a easy run results

End of over 23 (5 runs) India 144/3 (RR: 6.26)

    • G Gambhir 23 (27b 2x4)
    • MS Dhoni 1 (2b)
    • KD Mills 7-0-46-1
    • DL Vettori 2-0-7-1

Vettori to Gambhir, 1 wide, drifts down leg side, Gambhir can't connect with the flick and Pete does well to collect that

Dravid has reached his ton btw.


Vettori to Gambhir, 3 runs, outside off stump, Gambhir comes forward, opens the bat face and glides the full delivery through the vacant slip region


Vettori to Dhoni, no run, from round the stumps, on the off and middle, defended to the off side. Vettori is busy wiping the ball dry after every ball


Vettori to Dhoni, 1 run, on the middle and leg, turned to short fine leg

Oh it's getting dark again. It's drizzling in the middle. Light drizzle but the conditions above look bad.


Vettori to Gambhir, 2 runs, rocks back to cut to deep backward point

Vettori is having trouble keeping the ball dry.


Vettori to Gambhir, no run, quicker, fuller - as if he ever bowls short - outside off, left alone


Vettori to Gambhir, no run, lovely delivery, beaten all hands up. It sort of curled away and past the outside edge ...

Update: Three bowlers may bowl 7 overs, two bowlers for 6. first powerplay 7 overs. the other two are 3 overs each.

6:27 pm Play will start at 6.40 pm. It will be 34 overs game.

Stu: "yeah, New Zealand is pretty relaxed... I remember as a boy bowling to the players in the nets before domestic cricket matches for their 'warm-up' as a promotion. If you bowled one of them out you got a can of coke.I remember Matthew Sinclair was pretty bad for your teeth"

Sundar: "In India, they are Gods in religion called cricket. In Australia, they are normal human beings. I saw Glichrist with his children in a ferry in Sydney. As ususal, being the lone Indian in the crowd, we were the only one hassling Gilchrist for photograph and he was kind enough to pose for one with my children."

Suresh: "Seriously - what is the sheep:human ratio in NZ?"

Neeraj Iyer: "Cricketers in NZ enjoy so much anonymity. I read Sid Monga's piece on the blog about Ewen Chatfield, and now someone almost running over Chris Martin. In India, even if the exhaust of Sachin's Ferrari passes you by, you`d be the luckiest Indian!"

6.16 pm local time: Rain has stopped The umpires have walked out to the field for inspection.

Matt sends us this gem: "Speaking of Chris Martin, check this out: "

Shaun has a nasty reply! : "Canerbry you should have tried to run him over, you may have seen him dive then."

Canerbry sends us this chuckle: "That's nothing, I just almost ran over Chris Martin who was crossing Montreal St. on a red signal and entering the Dux de Lux."

Rick: "Rahul Dravid's Canterbury team end the day on 388/5. MHW Papps 127, Dravid 102, and JG Myburgh 104 n/o. BJ Diamanti took 4/43 for Central Districts."

It's still raining.

Vijay updates on Rahul's haircut! : "The haircut looks cool....I caught up with him at the hotel the day he landed in Auckand. For his age, he looks as fit as ever. We have been meeting every trip as far back as Harare in 1998. He is still the same bloke....polite, humble and most importantly solid in his batting!"

Liz: "I was at the MCG for the Viv Richards last ball bowled by Lillee. The crowd didn't leave for two hours after play. The next day Lillee got Gomes to break the record for most wickets in test cricket. Still one of the greatest test matches of all time."

Ashes sends us this bit of nostalgia: "I was at the ground. I was was 12 at the time and my father and I went to the last session. My real love for cricket started on that extraordinary Boxing Day afternoon. The chants of Lillee, Lillee in that last over remain with me and when Viv was bowled on the last ball I thought that the stadium would collapse such was the noise. To this day DK remains my sporting hero. He passed Lance Gibbs world record the next day. A magnificent cricketer."

5.57 pm Rain again. The covers are coming on again. Musical chairs continue.

Dipen sends us a link with some Sidhuisms. Click here

Bijal: "Last Saturday i.e. on 1st march i mate Rahul in hair cutting saloon in Bangalore & wished him all the best. My wishes worked wonders for him." How did the hair cut go though?! and hope you meant met Rahul!

We will have a 6pm start . 38 overs game. The fielders are training on the field.

5:51 pm Still no play. Covers are off. The rain has stopped.

Had met Rahul, just before he left for NZ. He had an interesting memory to share about last tour. As you all know, the pitches were demonish then and Indians were struggling. Even the practice wickets were too spicy. Finally, John Wright came to the team and said, lads I have finally persuaded them to make a decent practice pitch. Lets' go. So off they went. Rahul padded up first. The other batsmen were padding up. Zaheer has the ball. The first one landed well outside leg stump and cut across sharply past a surprised Dravid. The other batsmen threw the pads away and said thanks but no thanks Johnny! All went away laughing!

Steve: "Good to see Rahul enjoying his stay in Rangiora (25km north of christchurch population 9,000). I wonder if he is being billetted with anyone or staying in a local motel overnight?" Must be with some sheep, no?!

Any Australians here who watched that Lillee v Viv match live at the ground? That must have been something.

Dipen: "hey, I read that article of "Last balls XI" and I was a bit disappointed to see no mention of the famous Ind vs Aus, 18 Sep 1986, Chennai test match which ended in a tie in the very last over." Dipen that was the fifth ball. Not the last ball. Even the famous Aus-Windies tied Test wasn't included . One more from there now, with video link. +++ After Kim Hughes had hit a counter-attacking century on a spiteful first-day track at the MCG to push Australia to a fighting 198, West Indies had to bat out 35 tense minutes before close of play. Promptly, Terry Alderman removed Faoud Bacchus, and Dennis Lillee knocked Desmond Haynes and the nightwatchman, Colin Croft, over. That brought Viv Richards out into the middle. Alderman bowled his last over of the day off a short run so that Lillee could squeeze in one more over.

In the last over, Lillee sent down three bouncers in a row, which Richards uncharacteristically ducked, before he tried to hook one and was beaten for pace. For the final ball, Lillee ran in full pelt, and instead of a bouncer fired one in full. Richards, late in getting forward, was bowled. Lillee ran nearly all the way to the boundary in celebration. The crowd remained at the ground for nearly half an hour after, chanting "Lill-ee! Lill-ee."

Sensational video of the event here

The rest of the article can be read at here ++++

Vijesh is a disbeliever: "Interesting to hear that Dravid [made] 102, but what would be really interesting to know is how many balls did he score the 100 in?" From 164 balls. At the risk of clogging up that website, here is the link to the scorecard

Kyle Sciascia is back with more news: "Not a good view from up in the hills this time team ... very steady drizzle around the hills and it looks like it might be a spell before we see some play again. In the meantime Sky NZ viewers are being shown highlights of the 6th ODI NZ v India circa 6 years ago with one N Sidhu providing some absolute zinger one liners!" Ah! Sidhu. He once said about an umpire, "He is so blind that he can't find his own buttocks" On air!

While we wait, one more from that Last balls XI.

Here is the scorecard . Some famous names in there. Arthur Shrewsbury played for Non-smokers. -------- Smokers v Non-smokers, Melbourne 1887 The most interesting incident of this four-day game came right at the end. Following on after having made 356 in reply to the Non-Smokers' 803 (Arthur Shrewsbury made 236), Smokers were on 135 for 4 when time ran out. Come the final delivery of the day, William Scotton, after playing it down in front of himself, picked up the ball for a souvenir. However, the fielders appealed and Scotton was given out handled the ball. It was the third time in first-class cricket that a batsman had been given out in that fashion. ----------

Still no game. It's drizzling. And here is that video, url sent by Surya. Sidhu v Sohail

5:14 pm local time Still no play

Rick: "Canterbury's Rahul Dravid out for 102. Diamanti has 3/39 for Central; Canterbury 336/3. Meanwhile, Styris has just gone for 95, leaving Auckland 229/6 against Northern Districts." And as many of you have reminded, that Sohail-Sidhu standoff happened in Sharjah.

Dheeraj: "Funnily, I happen to remember another incident from the same series in which the Sidhu-Sohail event happened. In an India-Pak match, Ata-ur-rehman lost his shoe while bowling a ball which was eventually whacked for six by Azharuddin."

And they are off again for another Rain break. Oh well ...

Matt: "Just mentioning Dravid's past 100 and scotty styris is approaching one as well." Dravid got out for 102. C Sinclair b Diamanti, who has picked all the three wickets to fall.

I will just step out for five minutes. Will grab something to eat and be back.

End of over 24 (7 runs) India 151/3 (RR: 6.29)

    • G Gambhir 28 (31b 2x4)
    • MS Dhoni 2 (4b)
    • DL Vettori 3-0-14-1
    • KD Mills 7-0-46-1

t4jho: "11 Sheep for every person"


Ryder to Dhoni, 1 run, slightly short in length, cut away to sweeper cover


Ryder to Gambhir, 1 leg bye, full in length, lands just outside leg, moves in to hit the pad. They pick up a leg bye


Ryder to Dhoni, no run, shapes in again, Dhoni goes for the drive but is surprised by the movement and edges it to the on side


Ryder to Dhoni, FOUR, gentle-seam up stuff, overpitched outside off stump and Dhoni drives through covers for four runs.

It has started to drizzle again. Aargh..


Ryder to Dhoni, 2 runs, full toss, squirted past square leg. That must have been border line no-ball call.


Ryder to Dhoni, no run, length delivery outside off, bit more effort at the release and it bounces to beat Dhoni's intended flash. The drizzle is getting heavier.

End of over 25 (8 runs) India 159/3 (RR: 6.36)

    • MS Dhoni 9 (9b 1x4)
    • G Gambhir 28 (32b 2x4)
    • JD Ryder 1-0-7-0
    • DL Vettori 3-0-14-1

oops it's a 34-over game And Batting Powerplay has been taken. Three overs.


Butler to Gambhir, 1 run, short in length and outside off stump, dabbed to point


Butler to Dhoni, 2 runs, short-pitched delivery outside off and Dhoni hops to cut it past point

Farmer Bob: "According to the latest Agricultural Production statistics, released by Statistics New Zealand's Agricultural Production team, there were 40.1 million estimated resident sheep at 30 June 2006, which means that the sheep-person ratio has halved in the last 20 years, and now stands at 10 sheep per person. see


Butler to Dhoni, 1 run, length delivery outside off stump, pushed to the off side


Butler to Gambhir, no run, Gambhir clears the front foot and the bowler takes it full and outside off. And Gambhir can't connect with his slog


Butler to Gambhir, 1 run, fullish delivery, almost yorker length, dug out by Gautam


Butler to Dhoni, 1 run, another yorker, super delivery, Dhoni brings down his bat in a hurry to keep it out.

End of over 26 (6 runs) India 165/3 (RR: 6.34)

    • MS Dhoni 13 (12b 1x4)
    • G Gambhir 30 (35b 2x4)
    • IG Butler 6-0-31-1
    • JD Ryder 1-0-7-0

O'Brien to Dhoni, 1 run, full pitched on the off and middle line, driven to long-on. O'Brien dries the ball with a towel as he walks back to his mark


O'Brien to Gambhir, OUT, It was full and straight. Gambhir moved to the legside and went for the big slog but the ball ballooned for the sweeper cover to come running in and take it.

G Gambhir c Elliott b O'Brien 30 (65m 36b 2x4 0x6) SR: 83.33


O'Brien to Dhoni, FOUR, low full toss outside off stump, attempted yorker gone awry, and Dhoni scoops it over mid-off for a easy boundary


O'Brien to Dhoni, 2 runs, another low dipping full toss and Dhoni drills it past the bowler for couple of runs.


O'Brien to Dhoni, 1 run, length delivery this time and Dhoni lunges forward to push it through mid-on for a single


O'Brien to Raina, 1 run, short in length, on the hips, tucked to fine leg

End of over 27 (9 runs) India 174/4 (RR: 6.44)

    • SK Raina 1 (1b)
    • MS Dhoni 21 (16b 2x4)
    • IE O'Brien 6-0-44-1
    • IG Butler 6-0-31-1

Shaz: "I disagree with Sundar...obviously the cricketers outside India are not hounded like they are in India but they are still hassled by the public! I went for the book signing ceremony when Gilchrist released his book and there was a queue of fans atleast 200 metres long outside the book store during peak lunch hour..during a week day..waiting for an autograph."

Ramadoss: "Indians' regarded as cricket fanatics is such a generalisation. I would enjoy my country playing cricket. "


Butler to Raina, 1 run, yorker length but outside off stump and that allows Raina to dig it out towards backward point for a single


Butler to Dhoni, no run, full, not yorker length but Dhoni can't put it away. It was drifting to his pads and he tried to get it past the short fine-leg fielder but missed and was hit on the pad


Butler to Dhoni, 1 run, again full, again on the pad, again Dhoni misses out. This time he tried to swing it to midwicket but didn't connect well


Butler to Raina, FOUR, a short delivery and Raina went for the pull. I thought he skied it straight up but it went straight over the bowler's head and one bounce and over the ropes.


Butler to Raina, no run, length delivery this time, Raina goes for another big pull but misses. Rain getting heavier.


Butler to Raina, 1 run, fuller length, almost at the blockhole, squeezed to the on side for a run

End of over 28 (7 runs) India 181/4 (RR: 6.46)

    • SK Raina 7 (5b 1x4)
    • MS Dhoni 22 (18b 2x4)
    • IG Butler 7-0-38-1
    • IE O'Brien 6-0-44-1

Amit: "1:10......strange! Are those sheep owned by people or just forest sheep?" The sheep owns the people. Duh!


Ryder to Raina, FOUR, Another successful swing. Again didn't go where he intended. He wanted to ping cowcorner, it flew off the inner edge to deep square leg

Rain has got heavier. Vettori wants to go off the field, or so the tv comms say, Rudi says bat on


Ryder to Raina, 1 run, pushed away for a single

The umpires have a chat. The game to continue. The rain has eased off a bit.


Ryder to Dhoni, 1 run, full toss but Dhoni swings it straight to deep midwicket. The bowlers are unable to grip the ball properly

Umpires meet again. And they are off the park. The crowd boo! The groundstaff rush in with the covers. Rain is getting heavier.This should mean that the Indian innings is over. Will confirm after we get the official news.

Alex from NZ sends us this: "At any given time a New Zealander can reach out and touch a sheep." No more dirty details please!

MK from Canada: "Why bother? India should just cancel the tour and go back home. I am amazed that Cricket is actually played in NZ."

Pankaj: "The Northern Islands have almost 75% of the population with Auckland region alone accounting for over a million or so. That's where you find most of the desis, and they probably fit your techie profile (25-35 yrs old moving in all guy groups). At least thats what I saw. The other bigger citiesĀ hardly have any population, leave alone desis [Indians]. Christchurch has probably less population than Marol [a place in Mumbai]. The annual tourist to inhabitants ratio in most of the cities is also 5-7:1. This means, that in peak season, the tourists easily outnumber the locals in most cities except Auckland."

Matt from OZ: "What else would you expect from a Canadian? You guys don't even play cricket."

Kody: "Whats all this nonsense about sheep? ... that pitch will be soaked by now!"

Cam from NZ comes back with this! : "Is it time to point out that Cows wander down the streets of several Indian cities?"

Luke: "To that guy who commented about cricket played in nz, our winter is warmer than canadas summer!! its all just bad luck, im sitting at home at 19.15 and its 24degrees at rain"

Ok ... I will take a short break now.

Jimmy from Canada: "Hey Cricket is played in Canada. Played in the two world cups if you remember."

Dwaipayan Chakravarty: "Talking about the D/L method... what does everyone think of the "JD" Method or Jayadevan Calculation that the rebel ICL is using instead of D/L? See here. Some say that the J Method has a slight advantage." hmmm

Aman: "For all the nerds out there, check out the D/L website and their calculator. It's a lot of fun.

Sri: "Looks like you just crashed the site..."Service Unavailable" There we go again.

Sandeep: "That's the 6th website you have brought down today!"

Update at 7.36 pm The umpires came out for inspection now but as soon as they stepped on the field, it started raining again.

ok one last comment about sheep. From Shaz: "I'm from India but based in Sydney the past two years..I was in NZ for a long tour last June and can only say this...what a beautiful country. The sheep just add to all of the stunning scenery! Christchurch was my favourite place in NZ..such a peaceful, lovely city!" Sid Monga, our man in NZ on this tour, says he doesn't want to come back. He has fallen in love with NZ.

8:14 pm It's still raining.

William from UK: "Can someone please explain to me why Daniel has saved his bowling for overs that it was obvious even to my neighbour's cat were never going to be bowled ?" does the cat play cricket?

Dan: "I'd like to meet the cat who is a better judge of the game than Vettori - one of the most astute captains around. Dan is not omnipotent, nor does he work for the metservice - how was he meant to predict the weather?"

Vijay: "William good one about the cat there. but if you noticed Dan had trouble gripping the ball and had a tough time wiping it dry as it got wet due to the damp pitch and outfield. Its better to go with the pacers and medium fast men rather than bowling himself or anyother spinner for that matter."

According to Mathew Varghese, our in-house stats fan, New Zealand will need 218 in 28 overs. (Assumption is we will get in a 28-over game)


Ryder to Raina, 1 run, slower one, full and yorker length, Raina moves outside leg, lunges to keep it out, towards backward point






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