December 10th, 2010 by Ravi Matah | Posted in Sports   Comments Off on INDIA SWEEP ODI SERIES
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Gautam Gambhir lost the toss and New Zealand opted to bat first at the M.A.Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai on Friday. The Indian bowlers did a magnificient job and bundled out New Zealand for a paltry 103 runs in 27 overs and Parthiv Patel rubbed salt to the  New Zealand wounds by hitting up a half century simultaneously knocking the doors of the selection Commitee reminding them for a place in the World Cup squad. 

Yuvraj Singh

Yuvraj Singh

India  have thus white-washed New Zealand in the five match ODI series 5-0. India’s pacers got little swing in the air but that was sufficient for Praveen Kumar and Ashish Nehra to do the initial damage. Bowling stumps to stumps Praveen Kumar managed to send down an out-swinger to get an edge from Martin Guptill. 

New Zealand lost Brendom McCullum also very quickly and at a stage were 14 for the loss of 2 wickets. He was declared out lbw to Nehra who brought one inwards from the off stump on to his pads. 

Ross Taylor also edged the ball with his glove from Ashish Nehra for Parthiv Patel to do the rest. Ashish Nehra got two wickets for 34 runs and Praveen Kumar bagged 1 wicket for 20 runs. 

Scot Styris and How tried in vain to give some respect to the batting by notching up a 43 run stand with Styris but could not carry the baton any further. Howe’s timber was castled by Yuvraj Singh. They also faltered in judging the spin of R. Ashvin who took three for 24. Yuvraj Singh bagged 2 wickets for 5 runs and Yusuf Pathan  got 2 wickets for 11 runs to demolish the New Zealand batting. 

R. Ashwin became the top wicket-taker in the ODI series – 11 wickets at 21.90 runs  apiece and Ashish Nehra  became the eleventh Indian bowler to complete 150 wickets in ODIs – 151 at 31.03 runs.

New Zealand’s struggle is evident from the fact that only four of their batsmen viz. Brendon McCullum 14, Jamie How 23, Scott Styris 24 and James Franklin 17* could reach double figures. 

India, however, made a wobbly start in their run chase with Gambhir dismissed cheaply for a duck. Gambhir edged a Nathan McCullum delivery to wicketkeeper McCullum when he went for a cut shot and Kohli was caught at the slip by Taylor off Vettori and India were 10 for the loss of two wickets. 

Yuvraj and Parthiv played sensibly as they settled down without taking much risk. But once they settled down, the Indian duo was not troubled by the New Zealand bowlers. 

Parthiv’s unbeaten 56 came from 70 balls from which he hit six fours and a six while Yuvraj’s 46-ball unbeaten 42 was studded with six fours and two sixes. 

Parthiv hit Kyle Mills for three fours in the ninth over before hoisting Vettori for a six. Yuvraj also celeberated  with a four and a six off Nathan McCullum in the same over. He also hoisted Grant Elliot for another six later. 

Patel struck the winning runs as India reached 107 for two in 21.1 overs to rout New Zealand and wrap up a remarkable performance by a young side. 

The Man of the Match was awarded to Yuvraj Singh.

New Zealand ended their tour of India on a humiliating note. They had lost the three-match Test series 0-1 before the five ODIs. 

It was India’s second instance of a 5-0 series whitewash against any country, having achieved this against England in 2008-09.

Ravi Matah

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