Player of the Match
Player of the Match

India's misery is over at last. This has been a dismal performance by the much fancied Indians. Except for Laxman, no batsman made a a fist of this match. this has been a most spirited performance by the Kiwis, bouncing back after their disappointing loss against Sri Lankans Dion Nash coming back after a long lay off, almost nine months out of international cricket, dealt the killer blows today, ripping apart the Indian middle order, Dravid, Badani and Sehwag were his victims. 6-0-13-3 is a wonderful spell indeed. make no mistake, India was completely outplayed today. Nathan Astle played a brilliant hand earlier in the day making a defiant, unbeaten 117, his tenth ODI hundred. Chris Cairns must be beaming at home, so must all the Kiwis be. For India, Harbhajan Singh did well with the ball. Laxman was the only batsman to score some runs, 60 as a matter of fact, he struggled to make those runs, his footwork failing him time and again. The lack of footwork that is. The pitch too played its part, keeping slow as the day progressed and keeping low at times. This is the second consecutive match on this track, something the officials must look at. Chasing any score above 200 under the lights on a pitch not too condusive for batting was always going to be tricky. `Yuvraj Singh who opened with Ganguly today is probably the only batsman who was a bit hard done by a decision that should have gone for him. rapped on the pads after the ball pitched a little outside the line of leg stump. was given out lbw It is the margin of loss that must trouble the Indian think tank. massive 84 runs! and to add to it, the tail did not show any commitment at all as they didnt hang around and were bowled out with almost nine overs to go. The run quotient might come into play, with all the monsoon clouds hanging over south Asia. Nathan Astle is the Man of the Match! Harris contributed his bit, which was three catches and three wickets! (8-1-23-3) Kindly send in your opinions and views to comms@cricinfo.com. It has been a pleasure bringing you all the action live from Colombo. We hope to have your company on Sunday 22nd July 2001. It is a big day, Sri lanka will take on India in the day/night match. We will be be back with all the live action as it unfolds, starting 1430 local time, 1400 Hrs IST, 0830 GMT. So long.

41.1
W
Vettori to Khan, OUT, slower ball on the leg stump, sweeps at it, a forehand stroke, in the air, straight to McMillan at long leg. All over!

END OF OVER:
41 | 3 Runs 1 Wkt | INDIA: 127/9 (85 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 3.09, RRR: 9.44)

  • A Nehra2 (2b)
  • Z Khan2 (5b)
  • CZ Harris8-1-23-3

India will have to play at a different level on Sunday against Sri Lanka

40.6
0
Harris to Nehra, no run, beats Nehra with a beauty
40.4
W
Harris to Harbhajan Singh, OUT, slow full toss, wonder what... Harbhajan kncoks it back to Harris, good catch moving to his left, India's abject surrender almost complete

END OF OVER:
40 | 5 Runs 1 Wkt | INDIA: 124/8 (88 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 3.10, RRR: 8.80)

  • Harbhajan Singh0 (1b)
  • Z Khan1 (2b)
  • DL Vettori8-0-39-1
39.6
0
Vettori to Harbhajan Singh, no run, Harbhajan goes searching for it, gets outside edge
39.3
W
Vettori to Laxman, OUT, goes on the attack, mistimes the shot, straight to Harris in covers, end of Laxman's knock

END OF OVER:
39 | 4 Runs 1 Wkt | INDIA: 119/7 (93 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 3.05, RRR: 8.45)

  • VVS Laxman56 (100b)
  • Harbhajan Singh0 (0b)
  • CZ Harris7-1-20-2
38.6
1
Harris to Laxman, 1 run,
38.4
W
Harris to Dighe, OUT, mistimes the stroke, caught at deep extra cover fence

END OF OVER:
38 | 9 Runs | INDIA: 115/6 (97 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 3.02, RRR: 8.08)

  • VVS Laxman54 (97b)
  • SS Dighe7 (29b)
  • NJ Astle5-0-16-0
37.6
1
Astle to Laxman, 1 run,

END OF OVER:
37 | 5 Runs | INDIA: 106/6 (106 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 2.86, RRR: 8.15)

  • VVS Laxman46 (93b)
  • SS Dighe6 (27b)
  • CZ Harris6-1-16-1
36.6
1
Harris to Laxman, 1 run, driven down the ground to long on, looks for two Laxman calls for it too, McMillan is too quick on it, denies the second

END OF OVER:
36 | 1 Run | INDIA: 101/6 (111 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 2.80, RRR: 7.92)

  • SS Dighe4 (24b)
  • VVS Laxman43 (90b)
  • NJ Astle4-0-7-0

Required Run Rate is climbing up steadily it is almost eight now!

35.6
0
Astle to Dighe, no run, beats Dighe with a perfect leg cutter, trying to run the ball down to third-man

END OF OVER:
35 | 5 Runs | INDIA: 100/6 (112 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 2.85, RRR: 7.46)

  • VVS Laxman42 (86b)
  • SS Dighe4 (22b)
  • CZ Harris5-1-11-1

Laxman is playing a slow and steady innings here, perhaps India's last hope. Only hope even, Laxman seems to be more active now

34.6
1
Harris to Laxman, 1 run, pushed firmly down to long on for a single.

END OF OVER:
34 | 4 Runs | INDIA: 95/6 (117 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 2.79, RRR: 7.31)

  • SS Dighe3 (19b)
  • VVS Laxman38 (83b)
  • NJ Astle3-0-6-0
33.6
0
Astle to Dighe, no run, pushes forward in defense

END OF OVER:
33 | 1 Run | INDIA: 91/6 (121 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 2.75, RRR: 7.11)

  • SS Dighe3 (15b)
  • VVS Laxman35 (81b)
  • CZ Harris4-1-6-1
32.6
1
Harris to Dighe, 1 run,

END OF OVER:
32 | 1 Run | INDIA: 90/6 (122 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 2.81, RRR: 6.77)

  • SS Dighe2 (9b)
  • VVS Laxman35 (81b)
  • NJ Astle2-0-3-0
31.6
1
Astle to Dighe, 1 run, opens the face of the bat and plays it down to third-man

END OF OVER:
31 | 2 Runs 1 Wkt | INDIA: 89/6 (123 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 2.87, RRR: 6.47)

  • SS Dighe1 (3b)
  • VVS Laxman35 (81b)
  • CZ Harris3-1-5-1
30.6
1
Harris to Dighe, 1 run, drifting the ball in, one could see the seam rolling over, Dighe's eyes lit up for a moment, plays it all along the ground to deep mid-on for a single

Dighe comes in to bat

30.3
W
Harris to Sodhi, OUT, pitched outside the off stump, the gentle of all harris specials, Sodhi looking confident, plays for the gentle leg break, oh no! the ball jags back in, through the gate and BOWLED!

END OF OVER:
30 | 2 Runs | INDIA: 87/5 (125 runs required from 20 overs, RR: 2.90, RRR: 6.25)

  • VVS Laxman34 (79b)
  • RS Sodhi18 (24b)
  • NJ Astle1-0-2-0
29.6
1
Astle to Laxman, 1 run, played behind the square leg umpire, just the single

END OF OVER:
29 | 1 Run | INDIA: 85/5 (127 runs required from 21 overs, RR: 2.93, RRR: 6.04)

  • VVS Laxman33 (78b)
  • RS Sodhi17 (19b)
  • CZ Harris2-1-3-0

A maiden over by Harris

28.6
0
Harris to Laxman, no run, pushes it forward to mid-on

END OF OVER:
28 | 4 Runs | INDIA: 84/5 (128 runs required from 22 overs, RR: 3.00, RRR: 5.81)

  • RS Sodhi17 (17b)
  • VVS Laxman33 (74b)
  • DL Vettori7-0-34-0
27.6
1
Vettori to Sodhi, 1 run, short again, Vettori not bowling a good line and length, punched off the backfoot to covers

END OF OVER:
27 | 3 Runs | INDIA: 80/5 (132 runs required from 23 overs, RR: 2.96, RRR: 5.73)

  • VVS Laxman31 (71b)
  • RS Sodhi15 (14b)
  • CZ Harris1-0-3-0
26.6
1
Harris to Laxman, 1 run, driven past a diving Harris towards long on

END OF OVER:
26 | 9 Runs | INDIA: 77/5 (135 runs required from 24 overs, RR: 2.96, RRR: 5.62)

  • RS Sodhi14 (13b)
  • VVS Laxman29 (66b)
  • DL Vettori6-0-30-0

Nash's first spell of 6-0-13-3 comes to an end. It is Chris Harris time!

25.6
0
Vettori to Sodhi, no run, tries to defend, ball spins a bit too much, blocks the ball rather clumsily.

END OF OVER:
25 | 5 Runs | INDIA: 68/5 (144 runs required from 25 overs, RR: 2.72, RRR: 5.76)

  • VVS Laxman23 (63b)
  • RS Sodhi11 (10b)
  • DJ Nash6-0-13-3
24.6
1
Nash to Laxman, 1 run,

END OF OVER:
24 | 3 Runs | INDIA: 63/5 (149 runs required from 26 overs, RR: 2.62, RRR: 5.73)

  • VVS Laxman22 (60b)
  • RS Sodhi8 (7b)
  • DL Vettori5-0-21-0
23.6
1
Vettori to Laxman, 1 run, fuller and on the off, stroked nicely to long off

END OF OVER:
23 | 1 Run | INDIA: 60/5 (152 runs required from 27 overs, RR: 2.60, RRR: 5.62)

  • VVS Laxman20 (56b)
  • RS Sodhi8 (5b)
  • DJ Nash5-0-9-3
22.6
1
Nash to Laxman, 1 run, just short of a length and on the pads, stroked past mid on for a single

END OF OVER:
22 | 9 Runs | INDIA: 59/5 (153 runs required from 28 overs, RR: 2.68, RRR: 5.46)

  • RS Sodhi8 (5b)
  • VVS Laxman19 (50b)
  • DL Vettori4-0-19-0
21.6
0
Vettori to Sodhi, no run, well flighted and ouytside the off, the ball grips the wicket and spins away, left alone