Winning the yusuf way
Bengaluru,India Vs New Zealand , 4th Odi
This was not any consequential match of the series nor its result any important.India has won the series hands down and got nothing to lose and Nz who have lost 7 matches in a row and lost the series and to win this match would help them restore some pride.but, Boy!what a match it turned out to be especially for Monstrous Yusuf Pathan .
Gambhir won yet another toss and decided to bowl and the decision immediately backfired as guptill and McCullum fired their way through by scoring quick runs and then came Nehra to bowl his spell and immediately got two wickets bringing Nz to the mat and the kiwis were losing wickets @ frequent intervals and then came Franklin holding the kiwi innings and @ the finishing overs sent the Indian bowlers to all parts of the ground scoring a very brisk 97 and boosting the kiwi score to 317 to every body’s surprise.Nobody expected the kiwis to score past 300 but Franklin single-handedly took kiwi to a match winning score.
Then came Indian innings ,this time with different openers in Parthiv Patel and Skipper Gambhir and they gave a good start especially Parthiv who was dominating rather than Gambhir and gambhir departed and another star of the series Kohli stepped in and went out for a duck then came yuvi had a decent time with the bat. Parthiv went on to make his first 50 then he departed. Pathan and rohit shared a match saving partnership but rohit departed to poise the match evenly and to the regret of everyone rain interrupted the proceedings and India was in a spot of Bother courtesy D/L method and to everyone’s delight and match resumed without any adjustments in numbers and Pathan came back witha motive and bolstered the first delivery after rain for a six and S.Tiwary gave him a much needed partner to take India home and kiwi bowlers bowled beautifully in the batting powerplay with only 16 runs coming from 3 of the overs but mills one decisive over went on for 21 courtesy Pathan to swing the match in India’s favor and then a periodical six and four made the path easier for India and S.Tiwary scored a six to finish the victory in style .
This is India’s 5th consecutive Victory in recent times and Nz’s 8th consecutive loss.
Vadodra,3rd odi,India Vs New Zealand
The Vadodra odi was one more dead rubber in the India Vs Nz series. the summary is simple. Zaheer returns to the team takes a wicket in the very first over ,rest of the batsmen could not do much ,there was late resistance from lower order and Nz end with 224/9 from 50 overs, Gambhir & vijay give a solid start ,Vijay departs, Kohli comes in and scores yet another 50 and Gambhir scores 2nd consecutive ton and India finishes comfortably.
The first session of play when India won the toss and chose to bowl , the bowling was too impressive and proved too hot for kiwi batsmen to handle.Zaheer and Nehra were swinging both ways and was constantly troubling the umpires The fielding of the Indians were also surprisingly good and other bowlers chipped in and Franklin and Nathan Mccullum played an innings to restore some pride and it was not enough and they finished witha score of 224/9. Then came their bowling which was wayward and totally flat and even Vettori did not impress. Gambhir was fluent in his strokes and Vijay was pushing for singles and doubles and vijay went back after yet another good start then came Kohli and continued his form scoring yet another 50 and accompanied Gambhir through to the victory with Ga\mbhir scoring another Captains knock, his 2nd ton in a row and India won the match with 63 balls and 9 wickets to spare
Guwahati 1st odi,India Vs New zealand
It isn’t the most awaited Odi series or one of the closely contested series or does not have any impact on rankings or Big players playing but still it is an series involving India which is one of the strongest team in the world and NZ coming to the series with 4 consecutive loses against Bangladesh.Whoever the captain of India , losing the toss is almost inevitable,but India was put into bat by Taylor and the Indian openers immediately made Taylor to regret his decision. Vijay was it his best but his inexperience cost his wicket then came the Hero of the Day Virat Kohli .It was a well constructed innings with controlled aggression,his innings did not have too many boundaries but a lot of singles & doubles.After his fall then came the downfall, The other batsmen fell like domino’s with a light dazzle from Yusuf Pathan.Then came Nz to start it’s innings and the Bench strength of India showed it’s prowess with Nehra, ashwin and sreesanth firing at right time with part timer yuvraj performing above par. The performance of Yuvraj was exceptional as he performed with both bat and ball.then Indian bowlers ran through the Nz batting order until Nathan McCullum and Kyle mills springed surprise and nearly took the game away from India but Sreesanth came back and took 2 wickets of 2 balls to finish the match in style.India overall out played Nz in all departments.
“The six saved by Guptill needs a special mention here”