India vs New Zealand
India won by 8 wkts
And they complete a 5-0 whitewash of the Black Caps, who have now lost all nine matches in their last two one-day series on the subcontinent. This was a particularly hapless effort with the bat, as they folded for just 103 at the end of a long tour. New Zealand's frustration was shown in their captain's behaviour today, with Vettori not exactly doing himself any good with the way he interacted with the umpires. There will be a couple of fines dished out no doubt, and I think we're all pretty relieved to see the back of this series now. Thanks for following it with us, and do put the next four hours of your life to good use since things have finished early here. Cheers.
Over 22 Elliott 4-
107-2 - Elliott must be desperate to finish, because with the field up he bowls a half-tracker which Patel pulls over midwicket for four.
Over 21 Vettori 1-1-0-0-3-0
103-2 - Patel goes to his half-century (69 balls, 5x4s, 1x6) by coming down the track to clip neatly past mid-on for three. That leaves India requiring one run for victory, but the field comes in to prevent the single so we'll start another over with the scores level.
Over 20 Elliott 0-0-0-6-0-0
98-2 - The replay has just shown that the ball would have hit leg stump square on for that lbw shout in Elliott's last over, but in fairness he was bowling around the wicket and the umpire couldn't be sure of the angle. Elliott continues, but Yuvraj is playing this nicely in the way that he's waiting for the right delivery to hit. Here he finally gets a length ball and strokes it over long-on for six.
Over 19 Vettori 0-2-0-0-0-0
92-2 - Vettori returns, and Patel cuts away nice and late. Although he gets it through the infield, the outfield is slow enough for point to chase after it and prevent the boundary. Just 12 more runs required now.
Over 18 Elliott 1-0-0-4-1-0
90-2 - Neatly played by Patel, who spots the wider one and just reaches out to deftly dab over where slip would be standing. The ball runs away for four, and then he clips to the leg side for a single. He's played a good, composed innings thus far. Elliott has a big shout for lbw against Yuvraj, but the umpire felt it was going down. He was probably right.
Over 17 Styris 1-0-0-2lb-0-0
83-2 - Styris strays onto the pads, and a little deflection off Yuvraj's leg earns India a couple of leg-byes to fine leg. Otherwise Yuvraj patiently blocks out anything on a good length, so we still have 21 runs needed with 15 minutes to the dinner interval. Surely the umpires will show common sense and play on if India don't quite make it.
Over 16 Elliott 0-0-0-1-4-0
80-2 - Lovely shot from Yuvraj, rocking onto the back foot to cut away a delivery that wasn't that short. Good timing gets it to the boundary. The Black Caps look dejected now - there's been an air of inevitability to proceedings ever since Patel hit his first boundary to get India back on track after those two early losses.
Over 15 Styris 0-0-0-0-1-0
75-2 - We've had no fewer than six bowling changes in the opening 15 overs now that Styris has replaced McCullum. Just a single in that over, but India will surely finish this before the dinner break.
Over 14 Elliott 4-0-0-0-0-1
74-2 - Vettori gives Grant Elliott a run, but he starts with a long hop which is pulled away for four by Patel. They're playing the 'highlights of the city of Chennai' clip now - getting it in while they can! Just 30 runs needed now.
Over 13 N McCullum 0-0-0-4-0-6
69-2 - The fight is slowly draining out of New Zealand as the Indian batsmen turn it on. Yuvraj sweeps away strongly through wide midwicket and beats the fielder in the deep, then rocks onto the back foot to pull a short ball handsomely over wide long-on for six. The crowd are coming to life now as they get something for their hard-earned money.
Over 12 Vettori 1-6-0-0-0-0
59-2 - I believe the expression is... 'Start the car!' Patel has seen enough, and plays the most curious yet effective wristy flick to loop the ball over the midwicket rope for six. Just carried the distance. Vettori fires the ball in a bit quicker to keep him pinned down thereafter.
Over 11 N McCullum 0-0-0-4-0-1
52-2 - No surprise at all as Mills is taken off and McCullum returns with a slip and a gully in place. However the offspinner overpitches to Yuvraj, allowing him to free his arms and drive brilliantly through a gap in the off side for four. That takes India past 50, and then he sweeps away behind square for a single to keep the strike.
Over 10 Vettori 0-0-0-2-0-0
47-2 - Vettori back on now with three men around the bat as New Zealand look to put some pressure back on the home side. Eventually Patel gets one short enough to cut away and picks up a couple of runs. Just 57 more runs required for a series whitewash now, and the only question is whether they'll get there before the dinner break, which is in around 40 minutes' time.
Over 9 Mills 4-2-0-4-1-4
45-2 - Pace for the first time as Kyle Mills joins the attack, and Patel tucks in. First ball is short and wide and he cuts it just past a diving backward point for four, then he drives and bounces the ball over short cover for a couple. Clearly the extra pace helps on this surface, and he uses that to play a glorious square-drive to the point boundary. Yuvraj pulls the final ball away to midwicket for four more, so that's 15 from the over and any jitters India were feeling from those two early wickets have dissipated.
Over 8 Styris 0-0-0-0-4-0
30-2 - Good batting by Yuvraj, who waits patiently for the length delivery and then drives it over extra cover for four. He'd looked to wind up at previous deliveries but each time he spotted that the ball wasn't quite there to hit.
Over 7 N McCullum 0-0-4-0-2-0
26-2 - Patel gets his first boundary, driving through wide mid-on for four. Then he gives McCullum the charge to get to the pitch and whip through midwicket for a couple. That shifts things along a bit, and India are a quarter of the way to victory already.
Over 6 Styris 0-0-1-0-0-0
20-2 - Doesn't look like the quick will get much of a look-in for New Zealand today, because the slower bowlers are doing a handy job. Scott Styris comes on and bowls around the wicket to the left-handers, who only manage a single.
Over 5 N McCullum 1-0-1-0-0-1
19-2 - The frantic action has meant we've only just seen the lbw shout against Patel in McCullum's last over, and it shows that it was plumb. No inside edge, not outside the line, just out. But Kettleborough obviously had some residual guilt lingering from that Gambhir decision. McCullum has a couple more shouts in this over but both look to be sliding down the leg side.
Over 4 Vettori 2-W-0-4-1-1
16-2 - WICKET! Well that's definitely out. Vettori gets one to bounce and turn and catch the edge of Kohli's bat, with Taylor pouching a simple catch at slip. Vettori turns around to appeal to umpire Saheba a little sarcastically. Oh dear. Anyway it's all happening here, Vettori's worked up and now Yuvraj Singh pushes one just wide of slip and the ball runs away for four.
Over 3 N McCullum 2-0-0-0-0-0
8-1 - This is turning into a bit of a dogshow now. The players have picked up that these two inexperienced umpires aren't on top of their game, and there's some serious appealing going on. McCullum appeals for lbw against Patel but it was outside the line and probably hit bat first.
Over 2 Vettori 5wd-0-0-1-0-0
6-1 - Awful start from Vettori, firing five wides down the leg side. I reckon all the responsibility and pressure has caught up with him - he used to be so controlled but his bowling has taken a little dip recently. Huge appeal! And Vettori is convinced he's trapped Virat Kohli lbw. But the replay shows a huge inside edge, so it's a little disgraceful that Vettori mouths off at umpire Saheba at the end of the over. Frustration getting the better of him and he'll definitely be fined.
Over 1 N McCullum 0-0-W-0-0-0
0-1 - WICKET! We've had some poor umpiring from Saheba in favour of India in the last two matches, and Kettleborough tries his best to even things out. It wasn't so much the decision itself here but the way he seemed to arrive at it. McCullum skidded the ball through, Gambhir tried to cut and New Zealand were convinced he'd edged it. There were two noises, Kettleborough started shaking his head, then saw how convinced the Kiwis were and seemed to say, "well, alright" and raised his finger. The replays suggest the sound was Gambhir hitting the ground.
A little like...
...pulling off a Band-Aid, let's hope we can get this done quickly. New Zealand a minor miracle, and they've turned to Nathan McCullum to open the bowling.
New Zealand 103 all out
There isn't really much one can say about that, it was pretty terrible stuff from the Black Caps. One can't take anything away from the likes of Ashwin, Yuvraj and Yusuf, but really, you expect more from New Zealand, even though they're struggling. Join us shortly for the Indian reply.
Over 27 Ashwin 1-0-0-W-W
Ashwin is bowling really well, he's getting some great drift and turn and to top it off he's mixing things up well. Wicket! Do I need to say it? Another one gone. A soft dismissal as Mills is beaten by the carrom ball and lobs it up to the man in the covers. Oh boy. Never mind the rain later, it looks like this one will be over long before it arrives! Wicket! And that's New Zealand's lowest ODI score against India as Southee goes second ball! Turn and bounce and Southee turns the ball to the man at forward short leg (yes, there is one in position even though it's an ODI). Sorry, sorry stuff.
Over 26 Yusuf 0-W-0-4-0-0
102-8 - Franklin is nearly caught out at the non-striker's end as some smart work from Kohli sees him throw down the stumps but Franklin is in. Wicket! Another shocker from umpire Saheba. Appalling stuff as McCullum sweeps, the ball loops up into the air where Yuvraj takes the catch at slip. The only problem was the ball was nowhere near McCullum's glove or bat, it hit him well up on the forearm. McCullum is going to get fined too as he shows his displeasure at the decision, you can't blame him really.
Over 25 Ashwin 0-0-6-0-0-0
98-7 - The first six of the New Zealand innings - and oh how they need a few more of them - as he slog sweeps a good length delivery on off stump over the midwicket fence for a maximum! That's the first boundary in 79 deliveries - wow.
Over 24 Yusuf W-1-0-0-0-1
92-7 - Wicket! Edged and gone! Yusuf gets it to drift in and then spin away from Vettori who pushes forward and the outside edge is found. Yuvraj takes the catch and New Zealand slip further into the quagmire.
Over 23 Ashwin 0-3-0-2-2-0
90-6 - Three to Vetori as he his sweep is top edged and it flies into the leg side, luckily for the skipper it's wide of the fielders.. Franklin angles the ball past Yuvraj at slip and picks up two for his troubles. Franklin sweep, it's in the air and jsut over the head of the man at square leg.
Over 22 Yusuf 1-1-1-1-0-1
83-6 - Yuvraj is rewarded for taking two wickets in two overs b being removed from the attack. It's a harsh world. Yusuf enters the attack, he took three wickets in the last game. Franklin and Vettori look to consolidate, just nudging the ball around for a few singles.
Over 21 Ashwin 0-1-0-1-0-0
78-6 - Ashwin's impressive spell continues as he restricts the batsmen to a single each.
Over 20 Yuvraj 1-0-0-W-0-2
76-6 - Wicket! Another one gone! Elliot isn't happy with the decision as he's hit in front pushing forward. It probably would have hit leg I imagine. The Black Caps' skipper strides to the crease and he's off the mark immediately, turning the ball around the corner for two.
Over 19 Ashwin 1-1-0-W-0-0
73-5 - That wicket was almost typical of New Zealand at the moment, a batsman gets in, starts to look good and then gets out. Not exactly what one would be looking for. Anyway, it's Ashwin to continue. Wicket! Another one gone, Ashwin has Styris again! Like How, Styris is punished for playing across the line. He looked to sweep and the ball hit him low down right in front, no question about it. Wow, four men around the bat for the new man Elliot.
Over 18 Yuvraj 0-1-0-1-W-0
71-4 - Yuvraj Singh enters the attack. Wicket! Yuvraj strikes in his first over! Just as How was looking set he's departed. How looks to get back and play the ball into the leg side but he's beaten by one that straightens and his stumps are disturbed.
Over 17 Ashwin 1-0-0-0-0-0
69-3 - Ashwin continues after the break. Styris is struggling a touch against the spinner, not able to get him away. The bowler gets excited as Styris is rapped on the pads as he goes on the sweep but he the impact was well outside the line.
Over 16 Munaf 1-0-0-0-1-0
68-3 - Styris drives out to deep cover for a single, but then How hits straight to fielders in the packed extra cover region. Eventually he gets a toe-end down to third man for one, but those are the only runs in the over. And it's time for a drinks break
Over 15 Ashwin 1-0-1-2-1-0
66-3 - Better batting from Styris, who manages to pick the gaps and work Ashwin around this time. There was a bit of risk as he top-edged a sweep shot, but it falls safely on its way to deep square-leg.
Over 14 Munaf 0-0-0-0-0-2
61-3 - India going into strangle mode now, with Munaf hitting the right lengths to keep How honest. The batsman finally manages to drive the final delivery but it's picked up by the sweeper on the cover boundary so he's limited to two.
Over 13 Ashwin 0-0-0-0-0-0
59-3 - Ravichandran Ashwin is introduced, and immediately looks able to stifle the run-flow. He has a slip and leg gully in place to prevent the turn around the corner, and Styris can only prod out a maiden.
Over 12 Munaf 0-4-1-0-0-0
59-3 - First bowling change of the day as Munaf Patel replaces Nehra, but his second delivery is too full and Styrus crashes it through the covers for four. New Zealand maintaining a healthy run rate of just under five per over despite those early wickets. However it's increasingly looking like a good pitch to bat on so they're going to need a big score to defend.
Over 11 P Kumar 0-0-0-3-4-0
54-3 - As expected, the bowling powerplay is taken by India as Praveen continues. Styrus is almost tempted into a hook shot but then realises it's the slower bouncer and pulls out of the shot. However he shows some attacking intent the next ball when he gives Praveen the charge and pulls through midwicket off the front foot. Styris gets three as Murali Vijay muddles around on the boundary, and then How swivel-pulls a short ball away behind square for four.
Over 10 Nehra 0-0-2-1-0-wd-4
47-3 - Dropped! Tough chance though, and the bearded Yusuf Pathan allows himself a wry smile as he lifts himself off the floor. Styris drove a rising ball off the back foot, and Yusuf got his right hand to the ball down low at short cover. Would have been a good'un. How finishes the over with a sumptuous flick off his pads which sends the ball flying through the gap between midwicket and mid-on for four.
Over 9 P Kumar 0-0-0-0-1-wd-0
39-3 - Praveen is allowed to continue, which is fair enough given that his pitch map shows 62% of deliveries have been on a 'good' length. He sends down another tight over, with just a single and a wide, as Styris and How bide their time.
Over 8 Nehra 0-4-0-0-0-1
37-3 - New Zealand are actually going at a decent rate having cashed in on any hittable deliveries, and Styris grabs four more as Nehra overpitches to allow the batsman to ease him through wide mid-off. The run rate is sitting at a little more than 4.5 per over, so if New Zealand can just get a partnership together then there's certainly a way back into this match for them.
Over 7 P Kumar 0-0-0-4-0-0
32-3 - Taylor looked peeved when he walked off, but there was a good sound as ball passed glove. Meanwhile, Kumar drifts onto How's pads and is flicked away neatly square of the wicket. How has looked nice and composed thus far.
Over 6 Nehra 0-4-0-W-0-0
28-3 - WICKET! Another one bites the dust! Taylor had driven beautifully on the up and beaten mid-off for his second boundary, but two balls later he takes on the short ball and gloves through to the wicketkeeper Patel. It was actually a very good bouncer from Nehra, and the extra lift he got led to the miscalculation from Taylor. Scott Styris is the new man in, so there's no promotion for the form batsman James Franklin. Superb comeback from Nehra after he went for 13 in his opening over.
Over 5 P Kumar 0-1-0-1-4-0
24-2 - Classy shot from How, who sort of stoops into a square cut, hits the ball on the up and times it nicely past backward point for four. That's a bonus boundary for New Zealand given that they're content to rebuild for a few overs at the moment.
Over 4 Nehra 0-0-W-0-4-0
18-2 - WICKET! Some clever cricket from India sends McCullum on his way. They fancied he was an lbw candidate, so Gambhir brought fine leg up in the circle. That encouraged McCullum to shuffle across his stumps to try and flick past the fielder, but as soon as he missed he was going to be trapped dead in front and that's what happened. Big blow for the Kiwis, because conditions haven't been so tough for batting. Ross Taylor shows that by getting off the mark with a sweet drive through extra cover for four.
Over 3 P Kumar 1-0-0-0-0-0
14-1 - The keeper comes up to the stumps to prevent McCullum from giving Kumar the charge, so the Kiwi batsman rides one down to third man with a lavish flick of the bat. Kumar's tight line prevents How from getting off the mark, so it's another cheap over from the right-armer.
Over 2 Nehra 4-0-4-0-4-1
13-1 - McCullum up and running in good fashion with a flurry of boundaries. Ashish Nehra's first ball was a touch too short, and although it didn't bounce a great deal McCullum was waiting on the back foot to pull over square leg for four. A shorter ball is cut away through point for an easy boundary, but the best is saved for last as he gives Nehra the charge, then lashes a short ball through cover to send the ball flying into the advertising boards.
Over 1 P Kumar 0-0-0-1-0-0
0-1 - WICKET! Oh dear. Awful start for New Zealand as Guptill edges a gentle away-swinger through to the keeper. What made it so difficult to watch was the fact that Guptill had started so watchfully, content to see out a few deliveries because he knew it would swing, and yet when it came along he just hung his bat out in a tame dismissal. Jamie How sees out the final two deliveries so Kumar starts with a wicket maiden.
We're ready to begin. Praveen Kumar will bowl the first over to Martin Guptill and Brendon McCullum.
Parthiv Patel (wk), Gautam Gambhir (capt), Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Rohit Sharma, Yusuf Pathan, Saurabh Tiwary, Ravichandran Ashwin, Praveen Kumar, Munaf Patel, Ashish Nehra
Martin Guptill, Brendon McCullum (wk), Jamie How, Ross Taylor, Scott Styris, James Franklin, Grant Elliott, Daniel Vettori (capt), Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Tim Southee
There are some heavy looking clouds around the MA Chidambaram, and rain is expected for later which could make things interesting. Meanwhile Sunny Gavaskar is talking about the fact that gaps have been made between some of the stands to allow the breeze to blow through. To start with though, the overcast conditions should help the fast bowlers attain some swing first up. Daniel Vettori said at the toss that he expected that but felt it's a really good batting wicket - hence the decision to bat first.
One change for each side. Grant Elliott replaces Andy McKay for the Black Caps, while Munaf Patel comes in for Zaheer Khan.
Straight to it then. New Zealand have won the toss and they will bat first.
And welcome to our over-by-over coverage of the fifth and final one-day international between India and New Zealand. The tourists are desperate for a win after a 4-0 whitewash in Bangladesh, but they have their work cut out if they're to deny India a similar pleasure in Chennai today.
- 10th Dec 2010
- MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
- R A Kettleborough and A M Saheba
india BATTING CARD
|Gambhir||c McCullum b McCullum||0|
|Kohli||c Taylor b Vettori||2|
|Total||Close, 21.1 Overs||107 - 2|