Sri Lanka Triangular Series, 2010 / Commentary

Sri Lanka Triangular Series - 6th match

India v New Zealand

India won by 105 runs

Right all set for play! here we go!

Toss: MS Dhoni wins and elects to bat first. Munaf Patel comes in for Pragyan Ojha while Virat Kohli replaces Rohit Sharma. The bad news for New Zealand is that Jacob Oram is out with injury, he is in fact headed back home.

Teams 1 Martin Guptill, 2 BJ Watling, 3 Ross Taylor (capt), 4 Kane Williamson, 5 Scott Styris, 6 Grant Elliott, 7 Gareth Hopkins (wk), 8 Nathan McCullum, 9 Tim Southee, 10 Kyle Mills, 11 Andy McKay

1 Virender Sehwag, 2 Dinesh Karthik, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Yuvraj Singh, 5 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 6 Suresh Raina, 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 Praveen Kumar, 9 Munaf Patel, 10 Ishant Sharma, 11 Ashish Nehra

2.10pm While we wait for the toss, here's something to read: Cricinfo's Sharda Ugra on the Indian team's slipping standards while dealing with the media.

2.02pm Weather update from Sid Ravindran in Dambulla: "The drizzle has cleared now.. There are some clouds, but the sky also has big patches of blue, and there is bright sunshine." A bit of everything, literally.

1.55pm Hello and welcome to the crunch game between India and New Zealand. It was a sunny morning in Dambulla, but there was a light drizzle some time back. The covers came on, but things have cleared and they are off now, except for those on the square.

The winner of this match goes through to the final, and a washout will see New Zealand through - they are two points ahead of India. Toss coming up soon.

0.1

Mills to Karthik, no run, length delivery around the off stump line, Dk leans forward to defend to the off side

0.2

Mills to Karthik, no run, lovely teasing delivery that shapes away from the off-stump line, DK covers his off stump and shoulders arms

DK is standing well outside the crease

0.3

Mills to Karthik, OUT, That doesn't help him! Edge and gone! Another failure. It was a length delivery outside the off stump and DK has a lame poke at it. He fished out and got an edge. DK's time as opener (at least on tracks where the ball moves) has to come under immense scanner. Here, he seemed to shape for an on-the-up drive before just wafting softly at it. Just pushed weakly. Limply.

KD Karthik c †Hopkins b Mills 0 (2m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

0.4

Mills to Kohli, no run

0.5

Mills to Kohli, no run, leans forward to defend compactly to the off side

0.6

Mills to Kohli, no run, straightens a touch on the middle stump line, Kohli gets a leading edge back down the track. he was looking to push it to the on side

End of over 1 (wicket maiden) India 0/1 (RR: 0.00)
V Kohli    0* (3b)      KD Mills    1-1-0-1
V Sehwag    0* (0b)     

1.1

Southee to Sehwag, no run, kicks up from back of length around the off stump line, defended to the off side

1.2

Southee to Sehwag, no run, hint of movement, really full delivery just outside off stump, pushed out to the off side

1.3

Southee to Sehwag, 3 runs, on the middle stump line, straightens. Sehwag rushes back to work it through midwicket

1.4

Southee to Kohli, 2 runs, lovely cover drive. He leans well across, gets close to the pitch of the curving delivery ,opens the bat-face to adjust to the away movement and drives through cover point

1.5

Southee to Kohli, no run, in the channel outside off stump, left alone

1.6

Southee to Kohli, no run, just outside off stump, on a length and Virat pushes it to covers.

End of over 2 (5 runs) India 5/1 (RR: 2.50)
V Kohli    2* (6b)      TG Southee    1-0-5-0
V Sehwag    3* (3b)      KD Mills    1-1-0-1

2.1

Mills to Sehwag, no run, around the off stump, straightens again, Sehwag presses back and presents the full bat-face in defense. The ball rolls back down the track.

2.2

Mills to Sehwag, no run, stays back to punch it out to covers. He mistimed that as he was moving back towards the leg stump and had to reach out to play well away from the body.

2.3

Mills to Sehwag, no run, Edged but falls short of mid-off. It was another delivery that straightens, this time on the middle and leg line, Sehwag shaped to work it through midwicket but got the leading edge

2.4

Mills to Sehwag, 1 no ball, around the off stump line, squeezed out to point. Free hit coming up!

2.4

Mills to Sehwag, 1 run, low dipping full toss outside off stump, Sehwag stays back and tries to drive through the off side but the ball dips on him and he makes contact with the bottom-half of the bat. The ball rolls to mid-on

2.5

Mills to Kohli, no run, just outside off stump, from short of length, pushed out to point.

2.6

Mills to Kohli, 1 run, Hmm .. let me explain my hmm.. ! : It was a fullish delivery just outside off stump and Kohli leaned across to fetch it from there and wristed it down to fine-leg region

End of over 3 (3 runs) India 8/1 (RR: 2.66)
V Kohli    3* (8b)      KD Mills    2-1-3-1
V Sehwag    4* (8b)      TG Southee    1-0-5-0

3.1

Southee to Kohli, no run, stays back to push the length delivery out to covers

3.2

Southee to Kohli, no run, full in length and Virat drives neatly to the right of covers where Guptill makes a fine diving stop. His team-mates applaud the effort

3.3

Southee to Kohli, 1 run, gets forward to push this to extra cover for a single

3.4

Southee to Sehwag, no run, high bouncer and Sehwag ducks. Ashoka signals that it's the one for the over. Sehwag looks at the square-leg umpire who is nodding in agreement to Ashoka

3.5

Southee to Sehwag, 1 run, back of length and straightening outside off stump, Sehwag goes back to steer it down to third man

3.6

Southee to Kohli, FOUR, Wristy clip! it was the back-of-length delivery on the middle stump or thereabouts, Virat pressed back and used that length to wrist it past square-leg. Crispy!

End of over 4 (6 runs) India 14/1 (RR: 3.50)
V Kohli    8* (12b 1x4)      TG Southee    2-0-11-0
V Sehwag    5* (10b)      KD Mills    2-1-3-1

Again tons of mails on Jadeja have come in! I think over the course of this series, we have already had enough! Just like the Hopkins issue!

4.1

Mills to Sehwag, no run, around the off stump line, punched out to mid-off

4.2

Mills to Sehwag, no run, gets well back to tap this to midwicket

4.3

Mills to Sehwag, 1 wide, fullish and down the leg side, Sehwag tries to flick it up and over but fails to connect

And oops! 3.4 mey it was Sehwag who ducked. Not virat of course. Typo or as they say, it was a pyto!

4.3

Mills to Sehwag, FOUR, Twhack! Thanks for bowling it in the slot! It was right up there - full and in the driving range- and Sehwag blasts it through covers. Full clean swing of the bat.

4.4

Mills to Sehwag, FOUR, She Wag! Short and wide, carved away to backward point boundary. Well, it wasn't exactly a wide but since Sehwag stays so adjacent to the line, and wonderfully still, he can make use of the slightest width

4.5

Mills to Sehwag, FOUR, And that's his 1000th ODI four. He got that recently in the Tests as well. It was a short-of-length delivery around off stump and Sehwag pressed back to punch it on the up and through extra cover.

4.6

Mills to Sehwag, no run, on a length this time and straightening around off stump, pushed out to covers

End of over 5 (13 runs) India 27/1 (RR: 5.40)
V Sehwag    17* (16b 3x4)      KD Mills    3-1-16-1
V Kohli    8* (12b 1x4)      TG Southee    2-0-11-0

5.1

Southee to Kohli, no run, in the corridor, left alone by Virat

5.2

Southee to Kohli, no run, on the off and middle, wristed to the on side

Sehwag is only the 4th batsman to have scored 1000 fours in both formats. Tendulkar, Lara and Ponting are the other three

5.3

Southee to Kohli, no run, around the off stump line, pushed out to the off side

5.4

Southee to Kohli, OUT, Virat is stunned. He doesn't move. He stares at the umpire Ashoka. He looks at his partner. Now he stirs into action and walks away slowly. Very slowly. This is what happened: It was a length delivery just outside off stump and Virat pushed out at it, bat away from the body. The keeper went up straight away. The fatal finger went up. Got to see the replays to confirm the edge. Replays in: There was some noise plus the snickometer shows there was a nick!

V Kohli c †Hopkins b Southee 8 (22m 16b 1x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

5.5

Southee to Yuvraj Singh, no run, slants away from Yuvraj who pushes inside the line. The keeper collects. Some extra bounce on that

5.6

Southee to Yuvraj Singh, no run, around the off stump line, defended to covers

End of over 6 (wicket maiden) India 27/2 (RR: 4.50)
Yuvraj Singh    0* (2b)      TG Southee    3-1-11-1
V Sehwag    17* (16b 3x4)      KD Mills    3-1-16-1

6.1

Mills to Sehwag, no run, around the off-stump line, he inside-edges it to his pad

Replays : There was some noise plus the snickometer shows there was a nick!

6.2

Mills to Sehwag, no run, stays behind the line to defend

6.3

Mills to Sehwag, (no ball) 1 run, on the pads, rolls away to the on side

Free hit coming up

6.3

Mills to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, he clears the front foot and forces it down to long-on

6.4

Mills to Sehwag, FOUR, Whiplash! It was the short-of-length delivery outside off stump, Sehwag is well inside the crease, leans further back and carves it up and over backward point

6.5

Mills to Sehwag, FOUR, Ala Gordon Greenidge there! He stood up on one leg, fetched the short-of-length delivery from the off stump and whipped it through midwicket. Very Greenidgeish I must say ..

6.6

Mills to Sehwag, no run, full and curving away, left alone

I repeat: On Virat dismissal - The snick showed an edge and also there was heavy noise as well. Virat looked stunned, though! Oh well ..

End of over 7 (11 runs) India 38/2 (RR: 5.42)
V Sehwag    26* (22b 5x4)      KD Mills    4-1-27-1
Yuvraj Singh    1* (3b)      TG Southee    3-1-11-1

7.1

McKay to Yuvraj Singh, no run, stays back to push this one to the on side of the pitch

7.2

McKay to Yuvraj Singh, no run, around the off-stump line,. pushed to covers

Harsha Bhat: "Hey India team, I am going home after my shift. I need 30 min to reach home, Please stay in till that time."

7.3

McKay to Yuvraj Singh, no run, in the zone outside off stump, shapes away, Yuvraj lets it go through to the keeper

7.4

McKay to Yuvraj Singh, no run, full in length around the off stump line, Yuvraj was hanging on the back foot as if he expected a short delivery and was very late in getting forward eventually to get some bat on it

7.5

McKay to Yuvraj Singh, no run, gets forward this time, covers the off stump and shoulders arms

7.6

McKay to Yuvraj Singh, no run, in the off-stump channel and Yuvraj lets the keeper collect. Fine over this.

End of over 8 (maiden) India 38/2 (RR: 4.75)
Yuvraj Singh    1* (9b)      AJ McKay    1-1-0-0
V Sehwag    26* (22b 5x4)      KD Mills    4-1-27-1

8.1

Southee to Sehwag, no run, gets back to turn it to the on side

Nishad: "This is a pretty good track to bat on. There is a slight movement after pitching. Indian batsman have once again got out to straight deliveries. If India does not post in excess of 250, they just have themselves to blame."

8.2

Southee to Sehwag, FOUR, What a fine shot this is! It was a full-length delivery around the off stump, he waited for it to arrive, opened the bat-face and just steered it past backward point. No violence. Almost like what Laxman would have done.

8.3

Southee to Sehwag, no run, the bouncer on the leg stump line and Sehwag ducks

8.4

Southee to Sehwag, FOUR, Up and over! It was the length delivery and he went on the up and through the line and over to the left of mid-off. Two bounces and it goes past the boundary

8.5

Southee to Sehwag, no run, Hmm ..! He backed away outside leg stump this time and carved a length delivery on the middle to backward point

8.6

Southee to Sehwag, 1 run, on the leg and middle line, whipped to deep midwicket

Cricinfo's Nitin chimes in: "India playing four frontline seamers is not so rare after all. It has happened several times, especially when Irfan Pathan was around."

End of over 9 (9 runs) India 47/2 (RR: 5.22)
V Sehwag    35* (28b 7x4)      TG Southee    4-1-20-1
Yuvraj Singh    1* (9b)      AJ McKay    1-1-0-0

Abhishek Das: "Virat was hoping for a Reversal of Decision cos he is not aware of the NEW rules that you are out if you nick a ball to the keeper.. Atrocious"

9.1

McKay to Sehwag, 1 run, Fine shot and even better fielding. It was the shortish delivery outside off and Sehwag flashed it past backward point. Southee ran across from his wide third man position and dived neatly in the end to stop it

9.2

McKay to Yuvraj Singh, no run, stays back to wrist this back-of-length delivery to square-leg. They would do well to pitch it up a bit for Yuvraj, on a length around the off stump ..

9.3

McKay to Yuvraj Singh, no run, short in length again, punched back to the bowler

9.4

McKay to Yuvraj Singh, 1 wide, very high and harmless bouncer. Wide

9.4

McKay to Yuvraj Singh, no run, around the off stump line, short in length, Yuvraj tries to punch on the up but bottom edges it to the off side

9.5

McKay to Yuvraj Singh, no run, just outside the off stump, again tries to punch on the up but edges it to the on side

Venkat: "Oh...Pls try to keep sehwag for another 15 overs..such that india can win the match..."

9.6

McKay to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, Gorgeous! It was the full-pitched delivery outside off stump and Yuvraj leaned forward to caress it through covers. High front elbow and all that jazz.

End of over 10 (6 runs) India 53/2 (RR: 5.30)
Yuvraj Singh    5* (14b 1x4)      AJ McKay    2-1-6-0
V Sehwag    36* (29b 7x4)      TG Southee    4-1-20-1

Bowling powerplay taken

10.1

Southee to Sehwag, 1 run, goes back to work this short-of-length delivery past square-leg

10.2

Southee to Yuvraj Singh, no run, the length delivery arrives, in the zone outside off, and Yuvraj shoulders arms

10.3

Southee to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, on the middle stump line, straightens, turned behind square-leg

10.4

Southee to Sehwag, FOUR, short in length and on the leg and middle line, Sehwag, aware that the fine-leg was up in the circle, went back and across, got almost outside the line and wristed it past that short fine-leg fielder

10.5

Southee to Sehwag, 1 run, stays back to work this one through to deep midwicket

10.6

Southee to Yuvraj Singh, no run, goes back to defend a length delivery back to the bowler

Akshay: "Sehwag - The only reason that i tune into Indian Cricket anymore"

End of over 11 (7 runs) India 60/2 (RR: 5.45)
Yuvraj Singh    6* (17b 1x4)      TG Southee    5-1-27-1
V Sehwag    42* (32b 8x4)      AJ McKay    2-1-6-0

11.1

McKay to Sehwag, 1 run, shortish, angling away from Sehwag who runs it down to third man

11.2

McKay to Yuvraj Singh, no run, hmm .. it was a length delivery that straightened outside off, Yuvraj was moving towards the leg stump as if he thought it would come in .. he lunged out in the end, bat away from the body, to jab it out to the off.

11.3

McKay to Yuvraj Singh, OUT, And he is gone now. Again the balance was all awry. It was a shortish delivery outside the off stump and he went for the pull but only top edged it and the keeper jogged back to collect it. It climbed just below chest high and Yuvraj tried to pull it from well outside off stump. That did him in.

Yuvraj Singh c †Hopkins b McKay 6 (29m 19b 1x4 0x6) SR: 31.57

11.4

McKay to Sehwag, no run, the bouncer on the middle stump line, Sehwag sways away

11.5

McKay to Sehwag, no run, gets behind the line to defend to covers

11.6

McKay to Sehwag, 1 wide, this one slips down the leg side ..

It climbed just below chest high and Yuvraj tried to pull it from well outside off stump. That did him in.

11.6

McKay to Sehwag, 1 run, back of length , on the middle, tucked towards midwicket for a single

End of over 12 (3 runs) India 63/3 (RR: 5.25)
V Sehwag    44* (36b 8x4)      AJ McKay    3-1-9-1
SK Raina    0* (0b)      TG Southee    5-1-27-1

12.1

Southee to Sehwag, no run, pushes this to the on side

12.2

Southee to Sehwag, 1 run, the shortish delivery, around chest-high, on the off and middle, Sehwag arches back to create his own room where none seemed to exist and upper cut/steered it to third man

12.3

Southee to Raina, no run, banged in short outside off, left alone

12.4

Southee to Raina, 1 run, full in length, on the pads, tucked behind square-leg

12.5

Southee to Sehwag, 1 run, short in length on the middle and off, Sehwag presses back to push it to right of mid-on for a single

12.6

Southee to Raina, OUT, he has had problems with the short delivery and the pull shot. He falls to another faulty pull. This one wasn't even that short .. Raina was quick to get on to the back foot but pulled it to short midwicket fielder who lunged to his right to take a good catch. It was not a short ball, just back of a length, but Raina perhaps was anticipating a short ball and went back for the pull. He made contact with the top half of the bat.

SK Raina c Williamson b Southee 1 (7m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

End of over 13 (3 runs) India 66/4 (RR: 5.07)
     TG Southee    6-1-30-2
V Sehwag    46* (39b 8x4)      AJ McKay    3-1-9-1

13.1

McKay to Sehwag, 1 run, on the back foot and flicks it behind square-leg

13.2

McKay to Dhoni, no run

13.3

McKay to Dhoni, no run, lunges forward to jab the length delivery to the off

13.4

McKay to Dhoni, no run, It was the bouncer and Dhoni was late to duck and it brushed his helmet on the way to the keeper

13.5

McKay to Dhoni, no run

13.6

McKay to Dhoni, no run, short in length and there is some extra bounce on this ... Dhoni jabs at it and it brushed the pad high and moved to the keeper

End of over 14 (1 run) India 67/4 (RR: 4.78)
MS Dhoni    0* (5b)      AJ McKay    4-1-10-1
V Sehwag    47* (40b 8x4)      TG Southee    6-1-30-2

14.1

Styris to Sehwag, FOUR, Sehwag wages on a lone battle. He leans forward, waits on the slower one and crashes it inside-out over covers!

14.2

Styris to Sehwag, 1 wide, this one slips down the leg side for a wide

14.2

Styris to Sehwag, 1 run, on the middle and leg line, turned past square-leg

14.3

Styris to Dhoni, no run, on a length on the middle stump line, turned to midwicket

14.4

Styris to Dhoni, FOUR, gentle back-of-length delivery outside off stump and Dhoni leans back to flash it through backward point

14.5

Styris to Dhoni, FOUR, length delivery outside off stump and Dhoni drives on the up through covers ..... Very easily done .. He just drove through the line there

14.6

Styris to Dhoni, no run, turns this one to the square-leg region

End of over 15 (14 runs) India 81/4 (RR: 5.40)
MS Dhoni    8* (9b 2x4)      SB Styris    1-0-14-0
V Sehwag    52* (42b 9x4)      AJ McKay    4-1-10-1

15.1

McKay to Sehwag, 1 run, banged in short outside off stump, steered to third man

15.2

McKay to Dhoni, no run, kicks up outside off stump, Dhoni goes back to push at it and the ball flies past the edge

15.3

McKay to Dhoni, 1 run, fullish outside off stump, Dhoni edges the square-drive to third man

15.4

McKay to Sehwag, no run, stays back to clip the short-of-length delivery to the on side

15.5

McKay to Sehwag, FOUR, Almost caught at third man. It was the short ball just outside off and he arched back to upper cut it.. He steered it up and over well to the left of the third man fielder placed wide. Southee rushed to his left and threw in a dive but couldn't reach the ball .. .. Valiant effort

15.6

McKay to Sehwag, 1 run, gets forward to push this one away for a single

End of over 16 (7 runs) India 88/4 (RR: 5.50)
V Sehwag    58* (46b 10x4)      AJ McKay    5-1-17-1
MS Dhoni    9* (11b 2x4)      SB Styris    1-0-14-0

16.1

Styris to Sehwag, no run, pushes this one on the up and chips in the air clear of the bowler

16.2

Styris to Sehwag, 1 run, presses back to work this to deep midwicket

16.3

Styris to Dhoni, no run

16.4

Styris to Dhoni, 1 run, floats this off break on the middle and leg line, turned past square-leg

16.5

Styris to Sehwag, 1 run, really full, and straight, driven to long-off

16.6

Styris to Dhoni, no run, on the middle stump line, slow off cutter, worked to short midwicket

End of over 17 (3 runs) India 91/4 (RR: 5.35)
MS Dhoni    10* (14b 2x4)      SB Styris    2-0-17-0
V Sehwag    60* (49b 10x4)      AJ McKay    5-1-17-1

17.1

McKay to Sehwag, no run, fullish, just outside the leg stump, Sehwag clears the front foot and tries to whip it away but only manages to squeeze it back down the track

17.2

McKay to Sehwag, 1 run, short in length around the off stump line, worked past square-leg

17.3

McKay to Dhoni, no run, low full toss, dips on Dhoni who jabs it to mid-on

17.4

McKay to Dhoni, no run, banged in short on the middle and moves away, Dhoni sways away

17.5

McKay to Dhoni, no run, presses back to defend a length delivery to the off side

17.6

McKay to Dhoni, no run, short in length that straightens just outside off, Dhoni stutters and ends up pushing well inside the line of the delivery. The keeper collects. It wasn't that far away from the off stump

End of over 18 (1 run) India 92/4 (RR: 5.11)
MS Dhoni    10* (18b 2x4)      AJ McKay    6-1-18-1
V Sehwag    61* (51b 10x4)      SB Styris    2-0-17-0

18.1

Styris to Sehwag, no run, off cutter around off stump, driven to the off side of the pitch and Styris makes a tumbling stop

18.2

Styris to Sehwag, 1 run, hit just past the bowler it was the off cutter on the leg and middle line, Sehwag stays beside the line of the delivery and drives it on the up and in the air just past the lunging bowler . Stryis tried to reach out with his left hand but couldn't reach

18.3

Styris to Dhoni, no run, gets forward to defend to the on side

18.4

Styris to Dhoni, no run, fullish, on the middle, lunges out to stab it to the on side

18.5

Styris to Dhoni, 1 run, short in length on the middle, punched down to long-on

18.6

Styris to Sehwag, 1 run, that slow off cutter, fullish, driven down to long-off

End of over 19 (3 runs) India 95/4 (RR: 5.00)
V Sehwag    63* (54b 10x4)      SB Styris    3-0-20-0
MS Dhoni    11* (21b 2x4)      AJ McKay    6-1-18-1

19.1

McCullum to Sehwag, 1 run, leans forward to drive to deep cover

19.2

McCullum to Dhoni, 1 run

19.3

McCullum to Sehwag, no run, checks his shot and almost chips it back to the bowler .. it went just wide of the bowler ..

19.4

McCullum to Sehwag, 1 run, fetches it from outside off and swipes it to deep midwicket

19.5

McCullum to Dhoni, 1 wide, pushes this well wide outside off stump

19.5

McCullum to Dhoni, 1 run, moves across to push it to the off side for a single

19.6

McCullum to Sehwag, 1 run, leans forward to drive to long-off

PAddy Upton, India's mental conditioning coach, is seen reading the book "secret". Hmmm

End of over 20 (6 runs) India 101/4 (RR: 5.05)
V Sehwag    66* (58b 10x4)      NL McCullum    1-0-6-0
MS Dhoni    13* (23b 2x4)      SB Styris    3-0-20-0

20.1

Styris to Sehwag, 1 wide, Hello! That was a very high short ball! The keeper leaped to bring it back to earth! He was standing up the stumps

20.1

Styris to Sehwag, 1 run, backs away to drive to long-off

20.2

Styris to Dhoni, no run, full in length on the middle and leg, turned to midwicket

20.3

Styris to Dhoni, 1 run, floated full on the leg and middle, squeezed behind square-leg

20.4

Styris to Sehwag, no run, on the pads, tries to swat it to fine-leg but jabs it to square-leg

20.5

Styris to Sehwag, 1 run, on the leg and middle line, turned behind square-leg

20.6

Styris to Dhoni, 1 run, on the pads, turned around the corner for a single

End of over 21 (5 runs) India 106/4 (RR: 5.04)
MS Dhoni    15* (26b 2x4)      SB Styris    4-0-25-0
V Sehwag    68* (61b 10x4)      NL McCullum    1-0-6-0

21.1

McCullum to Dhoni, 2 runs, floated around off and middle, forced wide of long-on for couple of runs .. Mills was slow to get to the ball and Sehwag seizes the op to call Dhoni for the second

21.2

McCullum to Dhoni, 1 run, gets back to punch it to long-on

21.3

McCullum to Sehwag, 2 runs, flighted on a length outside off and Sehwag reaches across for the big square drive and ends up slicing it over point

21.4

McCullum to Sehwag, no run, goes back to punch it back to the bowler

21.5

McCullum to Sehwag, no run, turns from well outside off, Sehwag goes for a big sweep shot but doesn't connect

21.6

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

End of over 22 (5 runs) India 111/4 (RR: 5.04)
V Sehwag    70* (65b 10x4)      NL McCullum    2-0-11-0
MS Dhoni    18* (28b 2x4)      SB Styris    4-0-25-0

22.1

Styris to Dhoni, 1 run, punches this one down to long-on

22.2

Styris to Sehwag, no run, around the off stump line, full on a length, tapped towards non striker

22.3

Styris to Sehwag, 4 leg byes, around the leg stump line, Sehwag went back, opened his stance and tried to to lap it around to fine-leg ... it goes of the pad .. the fielder throws in a dive but his elbow touches the ropes ..

22.4

Styris to Sehwag, FOUR, short and outside off and Sehwag carves it up and over backward point. The pressure when you bowl to Sehwag - you can never give him any width..

22.5

Styris to Sehwag, 1 run, leans forward to drive to long-on

22.6

Styris to Dhoni, no run, backs away to punch it to the bowler

End of over 23 (10 runs) India 121/4 (RR: 5.26)
MS Dhoni    19* (30b 2x4)      SB Styris    5-0-31-0
V Sehwag    75* (69b 11x4)      NL McCullum    2-0-11-0

23.1

McCullum to Sehwag, no run, tries to cut this one away but doesn't connect

23.2

McCullum to Sehwag, no run, leans forward to drive back to the bowler

23.3

McCullum to Sehwag, no run, fetches this from well outside off and swipes it across the line! The short midwicket fielder intercepts.

23.4

McCullum to Sehwag, 1 run, reaches across outside off and chips this in the air towards sweeper cover

23.5

McCullum to Dhoni, 1 run, gets forward to punch this one away for a single

23.6

McCullum to Sehwag, no run, works this to short midwicket..

Some thing from a Paddy Upton interview where he talks about his relationship with India. "I started my own spiritual path there; my spiritual life is formed out of India and I also got married in India in a traditional Vedic ceremony. So I am not a stranger in that respect. I got married to a South African in one of the Indian ashrams"

End of over 24 (2 runs) India 123/4 (RR: 5.12)
V Sehwag    76* (74b 11x4)      NL McCullum    3-0-13-0
MS Dhoni    20* (31b 2x4)      SB Styris    5-0-31-0

24.1

Williamson to Dhoni, no run, backs away outside leg to dab the off break to straightish short midwicket

24.2

Williamson to Dhoni, no run, lunges across in his typical fashion to push it to covers

24.3

Williamson to Dhoni, 1 run, drags it short and Dhoni forces it towards deep midwicket

24.4

Williamson to Sehwag, 1 wide, slips this down the leg side

24.4

Williamson to Sehwag, no run, moves outside leg and punches the off break that turns into the leg stump to covers!

24.5

Williamson to Sehwag, 1 run, flighted delivery and it has been dragged down to long-on

24.6

Williamson to Dhoni, no run, stretches well forward to push it to covers

End of over 25 (3 runs) India 126/4 (RR: 5.04)
MS Dhoni    21* (35b 2x4)      KS Williamson    1-0-3-0
V Sehwag    77* (76b 11x4)      NL McCullum    3-0-13-0

Matthew: "New Zealand just can't apply any pressure with only three bowlers. The good early work is being undone by the particularly average spin of McCullum and the dibbly-dobblers, who on a decent pitch prove ineffectual. "

25.1

McCullum to Sehwag, SIX, Blast! He pressed forward and tonked the flighted delivery right over the straight boundary!

25.2

McCullum to Sehwag, FOUR, inside-out carve! He reached well forward, fetched the ball from outside off and lifted it over to the right of sweeper cover who makes a mess of it . He should have covered that one

25.3

McCullum to Sehwag, no run

25.4

McCullum to Sehwag, 1 run, gets forward to drill this - he hit it really hard - to long-off

25.5

McCullum to Dhoni, 1 bye, floated outside off stump, Dhoni tries to push it to point and misses .. The keeper doesn't collect cleanly

25.6

McCullum to Sehwag, no run, leans across to drive to covers

End of over 26 (12 runs) India 138/4 (RR: 5.30)
V Sehwag    88* (81b 12x4 1x6)      NL McCullum    4-0-24-0
MS Dhoni    21* (36b 2x4)      KS Williamson    1-0-3-0

simon: "Matthew, have you ever seen the NZ team before? We've punched way above our weight for about 30 years using dibbly dobblers to great effect! "

26.1

Williamson to Dhoni, 1 wide, this one spins down the leg side

26.1

Williamson to Dhoni, no run, leans forward to on drive but misses .. the ball turns to hit his body

26.2

Williamson to Dhoni, no run, stays back to defend this off break to the leg side

26.3

Williamson to Dhoni, no run, almost walks out to push this off break to short midwicket

26.4

Williamson to Dhoni, FOUR, turns from outside off stump, Dhoni backs away to steer it very late and through backward point. Morrison informs on air that this is the first boundary of Kane's bowling

26.5

Williamson to Dhoni, no run, goes back to dab this off break to midwicket

26.6

Williamson to Dhoni, no run, on the middle stump line, Dhoni gets forward to push it to midwicket

End of over 27 (5 runs) India 143/4 (RR: 5.29)
MS Dhoni    25* (42b 3x4)      KS Williamson    2-0-8-0
V Sehwag    88* (81b 12x4 1x6)      NL McCullum    4-0-24-0

27.1

Mills to Sehwag, 1 run, leans forward to drive to sweeper cover

27.2

Mills to Dhoni, no run, on the off stump line, pushed back to the bowler

27.3

Mills to Dhoni, no run, gets back to defend the length delivery to the off side

27.4

Mills to Dhoni, no run, fine delivery .. that straightens outside off and Dhoni is beaten, pushing inside the line

27.5

Mills to Dhoni, no run, And again. Unlucky not to get the edge both times

27.6

Mills to Dhoni, no run, just outside off stump, steered to backward point

End of over 28 (1 run) India 144/4 (RR: 5.14)
MS Dhoni    25* (47b 3x4)      KD Mills    5-1-28-1
V Sehwag    89* (82b 12x4 1x6)      KS Williamson    2-0-8-0

28.1

Williamson to Sehwag, 1 run, backs away to slice this past point for a single

28.2

Williamson to Dhoni, 1 wide, spins down the leg side for a wide

28.2

Williamson to Dhoni, 1 run, moves down the track and smears this down to long-on . He ended up dragging it down

28.3

Williamson to Sehwag, FOUR, Fab strike! He leaned forward to drive it inside-out over extra cover. Superbly struck

28.4

Williamson to Sehwag, 1 run, goes back to guide it to point for a single

28.5

Williamson to Dhoni, no run, gets forward to defend it back to the bowler

28.6

Williamson to Dhoni, 1 run, stretches forward to on drive to long-on

End of over 29 (9 runs) India 153/4 (RR: 5.27)
MS Dhoni    27* (50b 3x4)      KS Williamson    3-0-17-0
V Sehwag    95* (85b 13x4 1x6)      KD Mills    5-1-28-1

Matthew Vincent: "Real problem is Nathan McCullum...his first class and list a bowling averages are decidely, well, average. He's even getting out bowled by a part time spinner."

29.1

Mills to Dhoni, no run, moves down the track and then adjusts to the shortening of the length by pushing it to covers

29.2

Mills to Dhoni, 2 runs, shuffles across to flick the full delivery to deep backward square-leg region

29.3

Mills to Dhoni, no run, pushes it to right of midwicket and sets off for a single but Sehwag sends him back .. Dhoni turns and dives to get back to the crease..

29.4

Mills to Dhoni, no run, lifting delivery outside off, left alone

29.5

Mills to Dhoni, no run, full in length outside off, pushed back to the bowler

29.6

Mills to Dhoni, 1 run, banged in short, tapped behind square-leg

End of over 30 (3 runs) India 156/4 (RR: 5.20)
MS Dhoni    30* (56b 3x4)      KD Mills    6-1-31-1
V Sehwag    95* (85b 13x4 1x6)      KS Williamson    3-0-17-0

30.1

Williamson to Dhoni, no run, goes back to swat this to midwicket

30.2

Williamson to Dhoni, no run, moves down the track and tries to work it across the line and is hit on the body

30.3

Williamson to Dhoni, 1 run, flighted full, on driven to long-on

30.4

Williamson to Sehwag, FOUR, Lovely inside-out whack! It was a flighted delivery outside off stump and Sehwag stretches forward to go inside-out. And he crashes it over extra cover.

30.5

Williamson to Sehwag, 1 run, 100 up! And he gets there with a gentle push through cover point. They were collapsing all around him but he stood firm and has come up with yet another fab knock. Whaddaplaayaaa

30.6

Williamson to Dhoni, no run, stays back to push it back to the bowler

End of over 31 (6 runs) India 162/4 (RR: 5.22)
MS Dhoni    31* (60b 3x4)      KS Williamson    4-0-23-0
V Sehwag    100* (87b 14x4 1x6)      KD Mills    6-1-31-1

31.1

Mills to Sehwag, FOUR, an edge or a deliberate steer? it is 80 per cent deliberate, he was looking to steer it fine, but it got finer than he wanted, for four past the wicketkeeper

31.2

Mills to Sehwag, FOUR, oh this is 100 per cent deliberate, no doubt after that, flick-glance from in front of the stumps, deliberately fine of fine leg, superb shot

31.3

Mills to Sehwag, no run, slower ball, Sehwag's bat has to check its speed when coming down, but he does well

31.4

Mills to Sehwag, 1 leg bye, moving into the pads, misses, but gets a leg-bye

31.5

Mills to Dhoni, no run, looks to work it into the leg side from off and middle, ends up playing it back to the bowler

31.6

Mills to Dhoni, no run, short outside off, shapes to cut but pulls out

End of over 32 (9 runs) India 171/4 (RR: 5.34)
MS Dhoni    31* (62b 3x4)      KD Mills    7-1-39-1
V Sehwag    108* (91b 16x4 1x6)      KS Williamson    4-0-23-0

32.1

McCullum to Sehwag, 2 runs, around the off stump line, leans across to go inside-out again .. superbly done square drive

32.2

McCullum to Sehwag, OUT, He has holed out at deep midwicket. He picked the flighted delivery from outside off and swung it straight to the fielder. Out after another fine knock. Valuable and entertaining.

V Sehwag c Watling b McCullum 110 (136m 93b 16x4 1x6) SR: 118.27

Iain Lloyd: "Given India's recent middle-order struggles, I feel Dhoni needs to step up and bat higher in the order. He is a class act and could offer protection to the younger players in the batting line-up."

32.3

McCullum to Dhoni, no run, leans forward to push it to short midwicket

32.4

McCullum to Dhoni, no run, full and outside off, dhoni plays for the turn and tries to steer it to point but is beaten

32.5

McCullum to Dhoni, no run, More troubles as Dhoni tries to drive against the turn , through covers ala Sehwag but edges it to the on side

32.6

McCullum to Dhoni, 1 run, gets back to punch the short-of-length delivery through the off side

End of over 33 (3 runs) India 174/5 (RR: 5.27)
MS Dhoni    32* (66b 3x4)      NL McCullum    5-0-27-1
RA Jadeja    0* (0b)      KD Mills    7-1-39-1

Manu: "I feel Dhoni has missed a trick here, by not using the batting powerplay, while Sehwag was at the crease.."

33.1

McKay to Dhoni, no run, gets back to defend the length delivery to the off side

33.2

McKay to Dhoni, 1 run, fullish, on the middle and off, Dhoni uses that bottom-hand to whip it through midwicket

33.3

McKay to Jadeja, no run, kicks up from short of length just outside off and Jadeja is beaten, pushing inside the line

33.4

McKay to Jadeja, FOUR, shortish delivery outside off, Jadeja presses back, hops and punches it pretty awkwardly but some how manages to get the ball through cover point! He seemed in no position to play that kind of a shot but either by design or not, has managed to punch it through the off side

33.5

McKay to Jadeja, no run, short and climbing, pushed to the on side of the pitch.

33.6

McKay to Jadeja, no run, in the zone outside off stump, left alone

End of over 34 (5 runs) India 179/5 (RR: 5.26)
RA Jadeja    4* (4b 1x4)      AJ McKay    7-1-23-1
MS Dhoni    33* (68b 3x4)      NL McCullum    5-0-27-1

34.1

McCullum to Dhoni, 1 run, moves down the track and works it wide of midwicket for a single

34.2

McCullum to Jadeja, no run, pushes it through quickly outside off, left alone

34.3

McCullum to Jadeja, no run, slower, closer to the off, left alone again

34.4

McCullum to Jadeja, no run, stretches well forward to defend to the off side

34.5

McCullum to Jadeja, no run, floated full around off, turned to midwicket

34.6

McCullum to Jadeja, 1 run, short and wide, cut away to sweeper cover

End of over 35 (2 runs) India 181/5 (RR: 5.17)
RA Jadeja    5* (9b 1x4)      NL McCullum    6-0-29-1
MS Dhoni    34* (69b 3x4)      AJ McKay    7-1-23-1

35.1

McKay to Jadeja, no run, short in length, on the off stump line, pushed out to covers

35.2

McKay to Jadeja, no run, full in length, Jadeja is late in getting forward but drives to covers

35.3

McKay to Jadeja, 1 run, short in length and kicks up outside off. Jadeja hops to punch it to deep point ...Last time around he hit a boundary and had his back towards the bowler .. this time he didn't twist his body so much

35.4

McKay to Dhoni, 1 wide, slips down the leg side for a wide

35.4

McKay to Dhoni, 1 run, shortish, pulled away for a single

Cricinfo's Nitin: "Jadeja's style of playing through the off side is redefining how to get back and across.. He seems to be getting his back, across... and facing the bowler when he is playing the shot."

35.5

McKay to Jadeja, 1 wide, short and moving down the leg side for another wide

Ground staff getting ready .. they anticipate a cloudburst

35.5

McKay to Jadeja, no run, stays back to defend the short-of-length delivery to the off

35.6

McKay to Jadeja, FOUR, this one is on the hips and Jadeja whips it away to the backward square-leg boundary. Neatly clipped away

End of over 36 (8 runs) India 189/5 (RR: 5.25)
RA Jadeja    10* (14b 2x4)      AJ McKay    8-1-31-1
MS Dhoni    35* (70b 3x4)      NL McCullum    6-0-29-1

36.1

McCullum to Dhoni, 1 run, gets forward to on drive to long-on

36.2

McCullum to Jadeja, 1 run, leans forward to tap it to cover point for a quick single. dhoni made that call

36.3

McCullum to Dhoni, 1 run, tossed up full, driven through point

36.4

McCullum to Jadeja, no run

36.5

McCullum to Jadeja, no run, leans forward to squeeze it back down the pitch

36.6

McCullum to Jadeja, no run, gets forward to off drive ...

End of over 37 (3 runs) India 192/5 (RR: 5.18)
RA Jadeja    11* (18b 2x4)      NL McCullum    7-0-32-1
MS Dhoni    37* (72b 3x4)      AJ McKay    8-1-31-1

37.1

Styris to Dhoni, 1 run, the off cutter on the middle and leg, tapped to the on side

37.2

Styris to Jadeja, FOUR, Short in length and Jadeja moves to 15 with a neat cut shot. he leaned back to crack it past backward point

37.3

Styris to Jadeja, no run, leans forward to defend to the off

37.4

Styris to Jadeja, no run, floated outside off stump, left alone

37.5

Styris to Jadeja, 1 run, reaches across to drive the off cutter to deep cover

37.6

Styris to Dhoni, no run, just outside off stump, sliced out to backward point

End of over 38 (6 runs) India 198/5 (RR: 5.21)
MS Dhoni    38* (74b 3x4)      SB Styris    6-0-37-0
RA Jadeja    16* (22b 3x4)      NL McCullum    7-0-32-1

38.1

McCullum to Jadeja, no run, on the off stump line, punched back towards the bowler who makes a tumbling stop

38.2

McCullum to Jadeja, 1 run, on the pads, turned behind square-leg for a easy single

38.3

McCullum to Dhoni, OUT, Nathan takes out Dhoni. It was a flighted delivery outside off that didn't turn in. Dhoni lunged out for the square drive and edged it behind! Hopkins caught it on the rebound. It had popped out but he crouched quickly to take it again

MS Dhoni c †Hopkins b McCullum 38 (96m 75b 3x4 0x6) SR: 50.66

38.4

McCullum to Kumar, no run, flighted on the off, defended to the on side

38.5

McCullum to Kumar, no run, fullish, driven back to the bowler

38.6

McCullum to Kumar, no run, on the middle and off, Pk jabs it to the on side

End of over 39 (1 run) India 199/6 (RR: 5.10)
P Kumar    0* (3b)      NL McCullum    8-0-33-2
RA Jadeja    17* (24b 3x4)      SB Styris    6-0-37-0

Ravi Kiran: "I think Jadeja is reading cricinfo comments on his performance - 17 runs with 3 fours is excellent by his standards. what an improvement!"

39.1

Southee to Jadeja, no run, hops to get on top of the shortish delivery and pushes it to the off side

On DHoni's dismissal: Hopkins caught it on the rebound. It had popped out but he crouched quickly to take it again

39.2

Southee to Jadeja, OUT, The readers' curse strikes! Done in by the bouncer. It reared up sharply at Jadeja who had no clue;. he hopped, took his eyes of the ball and fended it in an ungainly manner. The ball popped up for a easy catch behind the stumps.

RA Jadeja c Taylor b Southee 17 (27m 26b 3x4 0x6) SR: 65.38

39.3

Southee to Nehra, no run, Another fine bouncer, Nehra stands tall and jabs it away .. he stabbed it to his body

39.4

Southee to Nehra, no run, fuller, on the middle, Nehra reads the length late but manages to lunge out to stab it away

39.5

Southee to Nehra, no run, another one that kicks up towards the rib cage .. Nehra jabs it out to the off side .. bat and body ..

Nehra was bounced out by the Sri Lankans in the last game

39.6

Southee to Nehra, no run, fuller, on the middle and leg, Nehra is hanging way back inside the crease, brings his bat in front to keep the ball out

End of over 40 (wicket maiden) India 199/7 (RR: 4.97)
A Nehra    0* (4b)      TG Southee    7-2-30-3
P Kumar    0* (3b)      NL McCullum    8-0-33-2

40.1

McCullum to Kumar, no run

40.2

McCullum to Kumar, no run, leans forward to defend

Alok: "With that, I think we can safely say that the "debate" about Jadeja is no longer one, but just a uniform chorus of people begging the BCCI to get rid of this anti-all rounder; can't bat, can't bowl, can't field!"

40.3

McCullum to Kumar, 1 run, fullish outside off ,squeezed through point

first 200+ score for India in 4 games

40.4

McCullum to Nehra, no run, floated full around off, tapped t othe off side

40.5

McCullum to Nehra, no run, turns in from outside off, worked towards short midwicket

40.6

McCullum to Nehra, no run, leans forward to defend to point

End of over 41 (1 run) India 200/7 (RR: 4.87)
A Nehra    0* (7b)      NL McCullum    9-0-34-2
P Kumar    1* (6b)      TG Southee    7-2-30-3

41.1

Southee to Kumar, no run, bouncer on the middle and leg line, Pk takes the bottom-hand of the handle and jabs it down to the on side

41.2

Southee to Kumar, no run, fuller and PK gets forward to steer it through point

41.3

Southee to Kumar, FOUR, Smash! He moved outside leg stump and flat-batted the short ball - just above waist high- between the bowler and mid-off. A forehand whack! And he, as ever, doesn't show much emotion. Just stands there before slowly walking towards his partner.

41.4

Southee to Kumar, no run, the slower one this time and PK pushes it out to the off

41.5

Southee to Kumar, 2 wides, goes for the bouncer and it flies down the leg side. Pk gets out of the way and HOpkins dives to deflect it

41.5

Southee to Nehra, no run, slower one, gets behind the line to defend down the track

41.6

Southee to Nehra, no run, cuts in from short of length, Nehra pushes out at it and edges it to his hip

End of over 42 (6 runs) India 206/7 (RR: 4.90)
A Nehra    0* (9b)      TG Southee    8-2-36-3
P Kumar    5* (10b 1x4)      NL McCullum    9-0-34-2

Batting Powerplay has been taken

42.1

McCullum to Kumar, 1 run, fullish, PK backs away to drive it hard towards long-on

42.2

McCullum to Nehra, no run, flighted on the middle and off, almost scooped to short midwicket

42.3

McCullum to Nehra, no run, leans forward to dab this to the off side

42.4

McCullum to Nehra, OUT, What a soft dismissal! It was flighted really full and Nehra scooped it straight back to the bowler. A golf putt.

A Nehra c & b McCullum 0 (12m 12b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

42.5

McCullum to Sharma, no run, tossed up outside off, Ishant is beaten, pushing inside the line

42.6

McCullum to Sharma, no run, driven well to the left of Nathan, who like his brother Brendon, makes a spectacular diving stop

End of over 43 (1 run) India 207/8 (RR: 4.81)
I Sharma    0* (2b)      NL McCullum    10-0-35-3
P Kumar    6* (11b 1x4)      TG Southee    8-2-36-3

43.1

Southee to Kumar, OUT, And PK too combusts spontaneously.. He moved outside the leg stump and top-edged the intended flat-batted pull to mid-on. Gone!

P Kumar c Mills b Southee 6 (19m 12b 1x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

43.2

Southee to Patel, 1 run, banged in short outside off stump, Munaf backs away to steer it down to third man

43.3

Southee to Sharma, 1 run, short ball, Ishant shapes to duck before realising it hasn't climbed all that high and jabs it behind square-leg

43.4

Southee to Patel, no run, backs away again and tries that steer/dab/chop and the ball rolls to backward point

43.5

Southee to Patel, no run, short of length delivery and Munaf moves to leg and chops it to point

43.6

Southee to Patel, no run, kicks up outside off, Munaf thinks about his trademark shot - back away to the on and chop through gully - but decides against it

End of over 44 (2 runs) India 209/9 (RR: 4.75)
MM Patel    1* (4b)      TG Southee    9-2-38-4
I Sharma    1* (3b)      NL McCullum    10-0-35-3

44.1

Mills to Sharma, no run, swing and a miss. Ishant moves outside leg and has a wild swish at it

44.2

Mills to Sharma, no run, cuts in towards middle, pushed out to the off side

44.3

Mills to Sharma, no run, length delivery around off, steered to backward point

44.4

Mills to Sharma, 1 run, short and rising outside off, run down to third man

44.5

Mills to Patel, no run, short delivery outside off, Munaf tries that chop behind off but no wood on leather

44.6

Mills to Patel, no run, moves outside leg to stab the short-of-length delivery to the on side of the pitch

End of over 45 (1 run) India 210/9 (RR: 4.66)
MM Patel    1* (6b)      KD Mills    8-1-40-1
I Sharma    2* (7b)      TG Southee    9-2-38-4

45.1

Southee to Sharma, FOUR, Ishant gets inspired by Munaf and tries the Munaf-chop! He moved outside leg and went for a crude cut and the ball flew of the edge over the keeper

45.2

Southee to Sharma, 1 run, around the off stump, run down to third man

45.3

Southee to Patel, 1 wide, high bouncer and it flies over Munaf

45.3

Southee to Patel, FOUR, More vital runs. India reach 220. It was the short delivery around off stump and Munaf does what Munaf does - moves outside leg and chops it .. eyes shut! the ball flies over slips

45.4

Southee to Patel, 1 run, goes for the yorker, Munaf backs away for the big drive and edges it behind square-leg .. SOuthee has a few things to say at Munaf

45.5

Southee to Sharma, no run, really full delivery on the leg stump line, eased to mid-on

45.6

Southee to Sharma, no run, in the zone outside off, full in length, left alone

End of over 46 (11 runs) India 221/9 (RR: 4.80)
I Sharma    7* (11b 1x4)      TG Southee    10-2-49-4
MM Patel    6* (8b 1x4)      KD Mills    8-1-40-1

46.1

Mills to Patel, 1 run, And again! He backs away and runs the ball down to third man

46.2

Mills to Sharma, 1 run, length delivery outside off, punched away to sweeper cover

46.3

Mills to Patel, OUT, Munaf rushes down the track for the big lofted hit. But he didn't pick the slower one. He ended up lobbing it straight up. It went really high before it came down at mid-on. India all out 223

MM Patel c McKay b Mills 7 (15m 10b 1x4 0x6) SR: 70.00

India have much to thank Virender Sehwag for the final output. He hit a fine ton while the top-order crumbled around him. Dhoni chipped in with a useful contribution but once Sehwag fell, things again went down south for India. Still they have a total up on the board. New Zealand have to go get it. Will they? Join us around 6.20 pm.

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Aug 25, 2010

Virat Kohli stood at the crease for a long time after being given out, India v New Zealand, tri-series, 6th ODI, Dambulla, August 25, 2010

Virat Kohli stood at the crease for a long time after being given out

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Aug 25, 2010

Kyle Mills cuts during his innings of 52, tri-series, 6th ODI, Dambulla, August 25, 2010

Kyle Mills cuts during his innings of 52

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