no result
2nd ODI (D/N), Wellington, Mar 6 2009, India tour of New Zealand
(28.4/34 ov)188/4
No result

8:23 pm Abandoned. Game has been called off. This is Sriram Veera, signing off. Let's crash more sites in the next game. Till then, Good bye and good luck. For now, please hop to the South Africa V Australia game. Hopefully, it will be another cracker of a contest.

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28.4
1
Ryder to Raina, 1 run

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

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 cities 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 night...no 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)

28.3
1
Ryder to Dhoni, 1 run

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

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

28.2
1
Ryder to Raina, 1 run

pushed away for a single

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

28.1
4
Ryder to Raina, FOUR runs

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

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

end of over 287 runs
INDIA: 181/4CRR: 6.46 
Suresh Raina7 (5)
MS Dhoni22 (18)
Ian Butler 7-0-38-1
Iain O'Brien 6-0-44-1
27.6
1
Butler to Raina, 1 run

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

27.5
Butler to Raina, no run

length delivery this time, Raina goes for another big pull but misses. Rain getting heavier.

27.4
4
Butler to Raina, FOUR runs

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.

27.3
1
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

27.2
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

27.1
1
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

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. "

end of over 279 runs • 1 wicket
INDIA: 174/4CRR: 6.44 
Suresh Raina1 (1)
MS Dhoni21 (16)
Iain O'Brien 6-0-44-1
Ian Butler 6-0-31-1
26.6
1
O'Brien to Raina, 1 run

short in length, on the hips, tucked to fine leg

26.5
1
O'Brien to Dhoni, 1 run

length delivery this time and Dhoni lunges forward to push it through mid-on for a single

26.4
2
O'Brien to Dhoni, 2 runs

another low dipping full toss and Dhoni drills it past the bowler for couple of runs.

26.3
4
O'Brien to Dhoni, FOUR runs

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

26.2
W
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.

Gautam Gambhir c Elliott b O'Brien 30 (65m 36b 2x4 0x6) SR: 83.33
26.1
1
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