Ind-NZ 2nd ODI called off

6 03 2009

A persistent rain forces match official to call off the play in 2nd ODI between India and New Zealand. So India still leads the series by 1-0 and next game of the ODI series will be played in AMI Stadium, Christchurch on Sunday 8th of March.

Indians were well on course of setting another huge target for New Zealand in rain reduced game of 34 over. However rain started to fall heavily during 29th over and afterwards it doesn’t seem to stop. SO Umpire finally decided to abandon the second ODI. At that stage India were 188/4 in 28.4 overs with S.Raina batting on 13 runs of 8 balls and M.S.Dhoni batting on 23 runs of 19 balls.

Earlier Indian captain M.S.Dhoni once again manages to won the toss and elected to bat first on a flat run-feast wicket. Indian opener V.Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar gave India a perfect start. V.Sehwag started his inning in same fashion from where he left in Napier. He reached his second fifty of series in just 32 balls before adjudging caught behind the wicket for blistering 54 runs of 36 balls.

Sachin Tendulkar who started his inning slowly but soon after Sehwag dismissal, he stepped out of the block and started to smash the New Zealand bowlers all over the park. Sachin reached his fifty of 57 balls. Indians were placed comfortable at 130/1 in 19 overs when the skies opened up!

After the play resumed Sachin Tendulkar (61 runs of 69 balls) and Yuvraj Singh (0 runs of 4 balls) fell in quick succession. The Indian looked like loosing their momentum in the possible four overs of play between first and second resumption.

However Indians once again walked on to bat with 141/3 in 23 overs and reached 188/4 in 28.4 overs before the final interuption. One really hope this will not be a occuring trend in this serie. Indian team went on to this match with an unchanged lineup. On the other hand New Zealand was forced to make a change owing to Brendon McCullum’s thumb injury, which meant he would not keep wickets, leading to Peter McGlashan (with his funny helmet) making his ODI debut.

Match Summary

India – 188/4 in 28.4 Overs

S.Tendulkar- 61 V.Sehwag –54

I.Butler– 7-0-38-1 D.Vettori– 3-0-14-1

For highlights from the match visit http://cricketsbestvideos.blogspot.com/2009/03/new-zealand-vs-india-2nd-odi-highlights.html

Rohit Kanakan

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