Player of the Match
Player of the Match

Gambhir led India's domination again, with an in-form Kohli continuing to impress. Another comprehensive win, achieved with as much ease, if not more, as the previous game, and New Zealand have been shut out, slipping to their ninth consecutive defeat in completed ODIs. India's seamers set it up with Zaheer marking an excellent return after not playing the first couple of games, and the spinners then doing their bit. On a track that needed at least 270, New Zealand mustered 224 and true to the track's reputation, the chase was easy with Gambhir leading the way. Expect the teams to make some changes in the next couple of games. Stay put, we'll get you the presentation details in a short while.

Time for the presentation.

Vettori: "A good toss to win. The ball seamed and spun and the track was a bit damp. But as the wicket dried out, 224 was never going to be enough. It was really tough early on. The track got better, and India played exceptionally well, with Gambhir leading the way. We were pushing hard to be as simple as possible. The pressure is not off our backs, we have to keep fighting and it's about time we showed we some good players in the team. Our top order needs to stand up, and hopefully that'll happen in the next couple of games."

Gambhir is Man of the Match: "It was an important game because we did not want to give New Zealand any scope for a comeback this series. Zaheer is a quality bowler and he got Brendon McCullum in the first over, and that set up the game for us. Munaf has been bowling well throughout, as well in the Ranji Trophy. It's good for Indian cricket. Any hundred would be important because I have seen a lot of low scores in the recent past. We've decided before the game that this is a three-game series after the first two matches, and we'll try to put the best side forward."

That's it folks. Thanks for your feedback. See you again for a couple of dead rubbers, on December 7 and December 10. Before you log off for the day, catch up on all the action from a full Saturday of Premier League action on ESPNsoccernet, and follow another two games later on Sunday. Also, don't forget to read Sid Monga's bulletin for the match which is up. Okay, adios.

39.3
6
McKay to Kohli, SIX runs, all over, pitched up on middle and he picks it up beautifully, launching it over long-on to seal a series win
39.3
1w
McKay to Kohli, 1 wide, straying down the leg side and gifts India a free run with that wide
39.2
0
McKay to Kohli, no run, length ball on middle, just pushes it to mid-on
39.1
0
McKay to Kohli, no run, short of a good length on the off, punched straight to extra cover

END OF OVER:
39 | 11 Runs | INDIA: 222/1 (3 runs required from 10.3 overs, RR: 5.69, RRR: 0.27)

  • Gautam Gambhir126 (117b)
  • Virat Kohli57 (67b)
  • James Franklin4-0-34-0
  • Andy McKay6-0-35-0
38.6
0
Franklin to Gambhir, no run, yorker length on the off, is dug out towards cover
38.5
1
Franklin to Kohli, 1 run, short on middle, pulled away to deep square leg for a single
38.4
0
Franklin to Kohli, no run, tries to pull that slower one away, it cuts in to rap him on the arm
38.3
6
Franklin to Kohli, SIX runs, this is ending soon, length ball and he wastes no time, deposits it with one clean swing over the long-on boundary, actually it just landed on the rope, still six
38.2
4
Franklin to Kohli, FOUR runs, banged in short on middle, whipped away through square leg into that gap between deep square leg and fine leg, Nathan McCullum dived to his right but scraped against the rope at the point of contact, Kohli raises another half-century, his second in a row and his fourth consecutive fifty-plus score

Franklin it is

38.1
0
Franklin to Kohli, no run, back of a length on the off, punches it back to the bowler

END OF OVER:
38 | 4 Runs | INDIA: 211/1 (14 runs required from 10.3 overs, RR: 5.55, RRR: 1.16)

  • Virat Kohli46 (62b)
  • Gautam Gambhir126 (116b)
  • Andy McKay6-0-35-0
  • Daniel Vettori9-0-41-0
37.6
1
McKay to Kohli, 1 run, back of a length, crunched off the back foot to deep cover for a single
37.5
0
McKay to Kohli, no run, yorker from round the wicket, on the off stump, it's dug out into the off side
37.4
0
McKay to Kohli, no run, full on the off, driven straight to mid-off
37.3
1
McKay to Gambhir, 1 run, full outside off, steered towards deep point for a single
37.2
1
McKay to Kohli, 1 run, back of a length on middle, worked to deep square leg for a single
37.2
1w
McKay to Kohli, 1 wide, banged in short outside off, backed out of a shot, was tempted to go for it but withdrew at the right time
37.1
0
McKay to Kohli, no run, short of a good length, punched off the back foot to mid-off