result
1st ODI (D/N), Napier, Mar 3 2009, India tour of New Zealand
273/4
(28/28 ov, target 216)162/9
India won by 53 runs (D/L method)
Player Of The Match
84* (89)
ms-dhoni
12y
• The Bulletin by Dileep Premachandran

New Zealand overpowered in rain-hit match

Virender Sehwag set the tone with a typical fire-starting innings, and fine hands from Suresh Raina and Mahendra Singh Dhoni were also instrumental as India eased to a comfortable 53-run victory [by Duckworth-Lewis] in a match twice interrupted by rain

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Scorecard summary
India273/4(38 overs)
New Zealand162/9(28 overs)
end of over 285 runs
NZ: 162/9CRR: 5.78 
Daniel Vettori26 (15)
Iain O'Brien3 (8)
Harbhajan Singh 4-0-27-3
Yuvraj Singh 6-0-42-1

A comfortable victory for India. The only time it seemed New Zealand stood a chance of overhauling their score was when Taylor and Guptill added 58 for the third wicket. The rain interruption really hurt the hosts as they were left with over a 100 to get in less than eight overs. Harbhajan, in particular, had a superb time, taking three wickets in four balls to complete a comprehensive win for the visitors, who go up 1-0 in this five-match series. Stay tuned as we'll bring you some bites from the presentation.

Vettori: "Disappointing result and some serious lack of execution cost us. We bowled pretty poorly and Raina's innings, in particular, took the game away from us. We put ourselves in a difficult situation while batting second and the revised target was never within reach."

Dhoni: "The important thing was to get a good start, and when you manage that you'll often end up setting a good enough target for the bowlers to defend. Raina batted really well, and so did Sehwag. There were times in the Twenty20 games when we went all guns blazing and lost too many wickets doing so, but our overall approach has been very good. Praveen Kumar bowled well too, he's a street smart cricketer, has some good variations and bowls according to the conditions."

Dhoni has been handed the Man-of-the Match award for his unbeaten 84. That's all from here folks, thanks for tuning in and sending us your feedback. Join us for the second ODI in Wellington on the 6th. Until then, it's goodbye from all of us here at Cricinfo.

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27.6
1
Harbhajan to Vettori, 1 run

quicker ball bowled full on the off stump, driven down to long-off

Last ball coming up

27.5
2
Harbhajan to Vettori, 2 runs

short and wide, cut away through point, the fielder there fumbles, and they get a couple

27.4
1
Harbhajan to O'Brien, 1 run

full on the pads, turned away wide of short fine for a single

27.3
Harbhajan to O'Brien, no run

flighted on middle and off, tries to work it away to midwicket, it's the doosra that zips away to just miss the off stump

27.2
Harbhajan to O'Brien, no run

tossed up outside off, pushed off the front foot to cover

27.1
1
Harbhajan to Vettori, 1 run

full toss outside off, swats it to deep cover for a single

end of over 2715 runs
NZ: 157/9CRR: 5.81 RRR: 59.00
Daniel Vettori22 (12)
Iain O'Brien2 (5)
Yuvraj Singh 6-0-42-1
Harbhajan Singh 3-0-22-3
26.6
1
Yuvraj to Vettori, 1 run

low full toss on leg stump, driven to long-on for a single

26.5
4
Yuvraj to Vettori, FOUR runs

short outside off, comes down the track and slaps it wide of Yuvraj, and down the ground for a boundary, he's doing a good job boosting his overall strike rate here

26.4
2
Yuvraj to Vettori, 2 runs

very slow through the air, is into the slog sweep a little too early, ends up getting an inside edge through the keeper for a couple wide of short fine

26.3
4
Yuvraj to Vettori, FOUR runs

full toss on leg stump, swept away over square leg for a one bounce four, some lusty blows, but of little consequence

26.2
4
Yuvraj to Vettori, FOUR runs

flat on middle and off, gets down on one knee and slog-sweeps it over midwicket, well struck

26.1
Yuvraj to Vettori, no run

full on middle, almost yorked himself there, dug out back to Yuvraj

74 needed off 12, the rain surely hasn't helped New Zealand's cause. Yuvraj to bowl

end of over 268 runs
NZ: 142/9CRR: 5.46 RRR: 37.00
Daniel Vettori7 (6)
Iain O'Brien2 (5)
Harbhajan Singh 3-0-22-3
Zaheer Khan 6-1-19-1
25.6
3
Harbhajan to Vettori, 3 runs

well played, an arm ball bowled short outside off, cuts it away off the back foot between cover and point for three more

25.5
1
Harbhajan to O'Brien, 1 run

tossed up outside off, lands on a good length, O'Brien tries to dismiss it to the deep-midwicket boundary, gets an inside edge wide of short fine for a single

25.4
1
Harbhajan to Vettori, 1 run

on and outside off, makes room and chops it behind point for a single

25.3
Harbhajan to Vettori, no run

short outside off, quicker delivery, attempts a similar shot but misses

25.2
2
Harbhajan to Vettori, 2 runs

short and wide, dabs it off the back foot wide of slip, Zaheer slips as he tries to stop that and the batsmen manage a couple

25.1
1
Harbhajan to O'Brien, 1 run

tossed up outside off, reaches forward and chips it just over Harbhajan for a single

end of over 252 runs • 1 wicket
NZ: 134/9CRR: 5.36 RRR: 27.33
Iain O'Brien0 (3)
Daniel Vettori1 (2)
Zaheer Khan 6-1-19-1
Harbhajan Singh 2-0-14-3
24.6
1lb
Khan to O'Brien, 1 leg bye

full on leg stump and sliding down further, tries to clip it off his pads, misses but settles for a leg bye

24.5
Khan to O'Brien, no run

full and wide, drives hard at it from the crease, misses again

Best performances - batters
MS Dhoni portrait
MS Dhoni INDIA
84 runs (89)
6 fours
0 six
Control73%
Productive shot
leg glance
27 runs
2 fours
0 six
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Virender Sehwag portrait
V Sehwag INDIA
77 runs (56)
11 fours
1 six
Control84%
Productive shot
leg glance
30 runs
4 fours
0 six
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Best performances - bowlers
Harbhajan Singh portrait
Harbhajan Singh INDIA
O
4
M
0
R
27
W
3
ECO
6.75
Praveen Kumar player pic
P Kumar INDIA
O
6
M
1
R
28
W
2
ECO
4.66
Match details
McLean Park, Napier
TossIndia, elected to bat first
SeriesIndia tour of New Zealand
Season2008/09
Player Of The Match
MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni
Series resultIndia led the 5-match series 1-0
Match numberODI no. 2821
Hours of play (local time)14.00 start, First Session 14.00-17.30 Interval 17.30-18.15, Second Session 18.15-21.45
Match days03 March 2009 - daynight (50-over match)
Umpires
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Rudi Koertzen
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Tony Hill
TV Umpire
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Gary Baxter
Reserve Umpire
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Evan Watkin
Match Referee
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Ranjan Madugalle
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