India vs New Zealand Cricket Series 2008-09

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IND v NZ, 3rd Test, Wellington, Day 5: India register historic series victory against New Zealand (IND 1:0)

India has clinched its first test series win in New Zealand in 41 years when the third test is drawn after a rain-shortened final day.
India won the first test by 10 wickets and the remaining two matches were drawn. A century by Ross Taylor his second in successive tests and his record 142-run fifth wicket partnership with James Franklin (49) carried New Zealand to 281 for eight when rain began to fall Tuesday.
India declared its second innings Monday at 434 for seven, with an overall lead of 616, and New Zealand was still 335 behind when rain hastened the close of play.
IND v NZ, 3rd Test, Wellington, Day 5: India 379 & 434-7d drew with New Zealand 197 & 281-8

IND v NZ, 3rd Test, Wellington, Day 4: India six wickets away from historic series triumph

India needed just six wickets to clinch a historic series triumph over New Zealand after tightening the noose on the hapless Kiwis in the third and final cricket Test at Wellington today.
Set a near impossible target of 617, the hosts were struggling at 167 for four before bad light brought an early end of the fourth day's play. The Indians first declared their second innings at 434 for 7 in the morning session by adding 85 quick runs to their overnight tally and then had the Kiwis on the mat to put themselves on the threshold of a 2-0 series triumph.
With one more day left, the Kiwis have to bat out three more sessions to save the game on a Basin Reserve pitch which has not shown any signs of drastic deterioration.
IND v NZ, 3rd Test, Wellington, Day 3: New Zealand 197 & 167-4 v India 379 & 434-7d

IND v NZ, 3rd Test, Wellington, Day 3: Gambhir hits another hundred

Gautam Gambhir who hit his sixth Test century (167), and Rahul Dravid added 170 runs for the second wicket, effectively taking the game and series away from New Zealand at Wellington. After Dravid fell for 60, Gambhir and Laxman (61) took India to 314 before both fell in quick succession.
India were 319 for five, 501 runs ahead at stumps with MS Dhoni (16 not out) and Yuvraj Singh (15 no) at the crease.
IND v NZ, 3rd Test, Wellington, Day 3: India 379 & 349 for 5 v New Zealand 197/10 in 65.0 overs

IND v NZ, 3rd Test, Wellington, Day 2: India leads New Zealand by 233 runs at stumps

Zaheer Khan claimed his sixth five-wicket bag and Mahendra Singh Dhoni held six catches as New Zealand was dismissed for 197 runs in reply to India's first innings of 379 on the second day of the third cricket Test Saturday.
Zaheer had figures of 5-65 and Harbhajan Singh had 3-43 as India established a 182-run first-innings lead at Wellington. Earlier, India was out in the morning after resuming its first innings at 375-9. At stumps, India had reached 51-1 with Gautam Gambhir 28 not out and Rahul Dravid 9, an overall lead of 233.
IND v NZ, 3rd Test, Wellington, Day 2: India 379 & 51/1 in 16.0 overs v New Zealand 197/10 in 65.0 overs

IND v NZ, 3rd Test, Wellington, Day 1: Dhoni, Harbhajan help India reach 375 for 9

Brisk half-centuries from Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Harbhajan Singh helped India post a commanding 375 for nine in the first innings on the first day of the third cricket Test against New Zealand at Wellington on Friday.
Dhoni (52) and Harbhajan (60) helped India recover from a middle-order crisis after Sachin Tendulkar (62) scored a half-century. In the morning, the visitors were asked to bat at the Basin Reserve. For New Zealand, Chris Martin picked up three for 95 while Iain O'Brien and Tim Southee got two wickets each.
IND v NZ, 3rd Test, Wellington, Day 1: India 375-9 (90.0 overs) v New Zealand

IND v NZ, 3rd Test, Wellington: India vow to chase win in decisive Test

India have vowed to chase victory in the third and decisive cricket Test against New Zealand starting at Wellington Friday, rather than seal the series by seeking a draw.
India lead the series 1-0, and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is adamant his team will be trying for their 100th Test victory instead of a conservative draw that would ensure their first series victory in New Zealand since 1967-68.
New Zealand's only question mark is over batsman Daniel Flynn, who missed the second Test after injuring his hand in the first. He batted in the nets Thursday and a final decision will be made on Friday morning.
Their selection quandary is whether Jeetan Patel will stay in the side to partner Vettori as a second spinner, or be replaced by another pace bowler. If New Zealand win the toss and decide on the strategy of taking advantage of any early favourable bowling conditions, Patel would likely miss out.
The 20-year-old pace bowler Tim Southee has returned to the squad after struggling in the one-day series against India, and he will be vying for the final place with Patel and pace bowler Kyle Mills. The often windy conditions in Wellington may give the bowlers some assistance, and the cool autumn conditions in the New Zealand capital may favour the home team, who have won their last four Tests against India at the Basin Reserve.

IND v NZ, 2nd Test, Napier, Day 5: Gambhir, Laxman guide India to draw (IND 1:0)

Gautam Gambhir batted nearly 11 hours for 137 and V.V.S. Laxman made a stylish 124 not out as India batted through the final day to reach 476 for four and draw the second cricket test against New Zealand, consolidating a 1-0 series lead.
Gambhir batted 17 minutes less than 11 hours to secure the match for India on Monday, sharing partnerships of 133 for the second wicket with Rahul Dravid (62), 97 with Sachin Tendulkar (64) and 96 with Laxman.
He was out in the 160th over of the innings, when India was 356 for four, leading by 42 runs overall after following on 314 behind on the first innings. India was out for 305 in its first innings, replying to New Zealand's 619 for nine declared.
IND v NZ, 2nd Test, Napier, Day 5: India 305 & 476-4 drew with New Zealand 619-9d

IND v NZ, 2nd Test, Napier, Day 4: Gambhir leads India's fight for survival

Gautam Gambhir scored an unbeaten century to lead India's fightback on the fourth day of the second cricket Test against New Zealand at Napier on Sunday.
At stumps, India reached 252 for two in their second innings with Gambhir batting on 102 and Tendulkar on 58. India, forced to follow on after being bowled out for 305 in reply to New Zealand's first innings score of 619, now trail by 62 runs with eight wickets in hand.
Rahul Dravid was the only wicket to fall for the day, scoring 62 runs and raising 133 runs with Gambhir.
IND v NZ, 2nd Test, Napier, Day 4: India 305 & 252-2 v New Zealand 619-9d

IND v NZ, 2nd Test, Napier, Day 3: India stare at innings defeat at Napier

Following on, India were 47 for one in the second innings at stumps on the third day of the second cricket Test against New Zealand at Napier on Saturday.
Gautam Gambhir (14) and Rahul Dravid (11) were at the crease after stand-in skipper Virender Sehwag was dismissed by Jeetan Patel. India trail by 267 runs.
New Zealand scored 619 in the first innings and bowled out India for 305 to take a lead of 314 runs.
IND v NZ, 2nd Test, Napier, Day 3: India 305 & 47-1 v New Zealand 619-9d

IND v NZ, 2nd Test, Napier, Day 2: Ryder double ton puts New Zealand in firm control

A Jesse Ryder double ton and centuries from Ross Taylor and Brendon McCullum put New Zealand in a commanding position at the close of day two in the second Test against India at Napier Friday.
New Zealand declared their first innings at 619-9 and then took three quick wickets to have India 79-3 at stumps. Spinners Daniel Vettori and Jeetan Patel did the damage as India ended the day 540 runs in arrears.
IND v NZ, 2nd Test, Napier, Day 2: India 79-3 v New Zealand 619-9d

IND v NZ, 2nd Test, Napier, Day 1: New Zealand pair dominate India bowlers

Ross Taylor and Jesse Ryder combined to produce a record fourth-wicket partnership of 271 runs as New Zealand recovered from a shoddy start to finish on 351 for four in the second Test against India in Napier.
Earlier in the morning, NZ lost three wickets for 23 runs after Virender Sehwag, leading India in the absence of Dhoni who is out with a back problem, lost the toss and New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori decided to bat.
Having laid the perfect foundation for a big score, New Zealand is now looking for a first innings total of 500-550 against India, centurion Kiwi batsman Ross Taylor said after the match.
IND v NZ, 2nd Test, Napier, Day 1: New Zealand 351-4 v India

IND v NZ, 2nd Test, Napier: India looks for series win

New Zealand face an uphill battle to deny India a rare Test series win on New Zealand soil when the teams begin the second Test in Napier on Thursday.
Having claimed their first Test victory in New Zealand in 33 years in emphatic fashion in Hamilton, the visitors are poised to end a run of series defeats dating back to 1967-68. Given the talent at captain MS Dhoni's disposable and the vast experience key players such as Sachin Tendulkar (157 Tests), Rahul Dravid (132), VVS Laxman (103), Virender Sehwag (67) and Zaheer Khan (63) possess, it would be a brave person who backed against the in-form and confident Indians to end their poor run in New Zealand.
Black Caps wicket-keeper Brendon McCullum admits the home side cannot match India for experience but insists they are gaining plenty from the batting master-classes being given by the tourists. New Zealand's top six - Tim McIntosh (three), Martin Guptill (one), Daniel Flynn (10), Ross Taylor (15), Jesse Ryder (seven) and James Franklin (24) - have just 60 Test caps between them.
McCullum has also called for greater application and determination from his team-mates after the selectors opted not to make wholesale changes despite plenty of below-par performances in Hamilton.

IND v NZ, 1st Test, Hamilton, Day 4: Harbhajan six gives India historic win (IND 1:0)

India broke a 33-year drought when a six-wicket haul by Harbhajan Singh spun them to a 10-wicket victory over New Zealand in the first Test at Hamilton on Saturday.
Harbhajan's 6-63 wizardry, following an iconic 160 by Sachin Tendulkar, formed the cornerstone of India's first Test success in New Zealand since 1976. They wrapped the game up with more than a day to spare after New Zealand were all out in their second innings for 279, and India knocked off the required 39 runs in 5.2 overs.
Brendon McCullum kept the Test alive longer than expected with a fighting 84 at the New Zealand tail, but it had been a lopsided match from day one when the hosts' top order crashed to 60-6 on a benign wicket. Gambhir, not out 30, and Rahul Dravid with eight then wasted no time wrapping up the match.
IND v NZ, 1st Test, Hamilton, Day 4: India 520 & 39-0 beat New Zealand 279 & 279 by 10 wickets

IND v NZ, 1st Test, Hamilton, Day 3: Tendulkar's ton puts India in commanding position

A near flawless 160 by Sachin Tendulkar and three early wickets in New Zealand's second innings gave India total charge on the third day of the first Test at Hamilton on Friday.
At stumps New Zealand were 75-3, 166 runs short of wiping out an imposing 241-run deficit after India posted 520 in their first innings.
Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (47) and Zaheer Khan (51 not out) chipped in with useful contributions as the visitors took advantage of a good batting track of Seddon Park to put the host team on the back-foot. With two full days left, the Black Caps will have to bat out of their skin to prevent India from taking a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
Indians took the wicket of night watchman Kyle Mills in the very last ball to cap a day, completely dominated by them with Tendulkar standing out with his heroic knock. It was Tendulkar's third hundred in four Tests since the 109 against Australia at Nagpur last November, pulling further ahead of Ricky Ponting's 37 hundreds (129 Tests).
IND v NZ, 1st Test, Hamilton, Day 3 (stumps): New Zealand 279 & 75-3 v India 520

IND v NZ, 1st Test, Hamilton, Day 2: India 278 for 4 at stumps, trail New Zealand by 1 run

India trailed New Zealand's first innings of 279 by one run when bad light stopped play 6.1 overs before the scheduled close of the second day of the first cricket test at Seddon Park.
India were 278 for four after resuming at the start of the day on 29 without loss. Sachin Tendulkar was unbeaten on 70 and Yuvraj Singh was not out on eight when India's batsmen were offered the light. Chris Martin took two for 53 to be New Zealand's most successful bowler
Resuming at 29 for no loss, India lost dashing Virender Sehwag in the morning session but Gambhir and Dravid ensured there was no further setbacks with a 105-run partnership.
IND v NZ, 1st Test, Hamilton, Day 2 (stumps): India 278-4 (90.5 overs) v New Zealand 279 all out (78.2 overs)

IND v NZ, 1st Test, Hamilton, Day 1: Vettori and Ryder inspire New Zealand fightback

Centuries by New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori and Jesse Ryder inspired a New Zealand fightback on day one of the first Test against India.
A horror start had the hosts reeling at 61 for six at lunch after India won the toss and opted to bowl first at Seddon Park in Hamilton. But Vettori and Ryder steadied the ship with a 186-run partnership to take New Zealand to 246 before Vettori was finally caught behind by MS Dhoni off the bowling of Munaf Patel for 118.
Ryder faced some nervous moments in the nineties before earning a deserved maiden Test century. At 98 the big left-hander was forced to watch as Chris Martin, described by many as the worst batsmen in Test cricket with an average of 2.17, fended off Harbhajan Singh for almost a full over before Ryder was handed his chance.
He took it, smacking his 14th boundary of the innings to reach 102 in 161 balls before skying the next Ishant Sharma delivery to VVS Laxman and bringing New Zealand's innings to a close on 279. Indian openers Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag survived seven overs to be 29 for nought at the close. Sehwag hit five boundaries, including three off one Kyle Mills over, to be 22 not out, while Gambhir was unbeaten on six.
IND v NZ, 1st Test, Hamilton, Day 1 (stumps): India 29-0 (7.0 overs) v New Zealand 279 all out (78.2 overs)

IND v NZ, 1st Test, Hamilton: India favourites to avenge New Zealand record

India regroup after outplaying New Zealand in the one-day series with an even more ominous line-up for the first cricket Test starting at Hamilton on Wednesday.
With Sachin Tendulkar appearing to be over a stomach strain that restricted his limited-over appearances, and the injection of fellow legends Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman, this is an Indian side stacked with run-makers. Having won the one-dayers 3-1, with Virender Sehwag slaughtering the New Zealand attack, India start as firm favourites to win their first Test series in New Zealand in 40 years.
Although the green tinge on the Seddon Park wicket will give the bowlers hope on the opening session the pitch should favour the batsmen for the remainder of the five days.
Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni prefers to bat first but said he would wait until the toss here as the weather conditions could influence his final decision.

IND v NZ, 5th ODI, Auckland: Ryder leads Kiwis to consolation win (IND 3:1)

The all-round talents of Jesse Ryder helped New Zealand race to a consolation one-day international victory by eight wickets over India.
Ryder took three for 29 with his medium-pace as India were all out for 149 in 36.3 overs of the rain-affected fifth match of the series in Auckland. The left-handed opener then hit 63 from only 49 balls to help the Kiwis pass their target with almost 20 of their 43 overs unused.
Ryder, who plundered six fours and four sixes, shared a second-wicket stand of 84 with Martin Guptill after the early loss of Brendon McCullum. Ross Taylor then finished the job alongside Guptill - but India have nonetheless won the five-match series 3-1.
India had earlier chosen to bat first but struggled as change bowler Ryder saw off the middle order, after Iain O'Brien and Jacob Oram had already put the tourists in trouble. Only Rohit Sharma (43no) resisted for long, once opener Virender Sehwag had gone for a typically belligerent 40 from only 27 balls.
IND v NZ, 5th ODI, Auckland: New Zealand 151-2 (23.2 overs) beat India 149 (36.3 overs) by 8 wickets

IND v NZ, 4th ODI, Hamilton: Sehwag smashes New Zealand to seal series (IND 3:0)

India sealed their first ever one-day international series in New Zealand on Wednesday after Virender Sehwag smashed a brutal quick-fire century in the rain-shortened fourth match.
India won by 84 runs to go 3-0 up in the five-match series as openers Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir treated the New Zealand bowling attack with disdain.
Fastest ODI hundreds
Player Country Opposition Venue Year Runs Balls
Shahid Afridi Pakistan Sri Lanka Nairobi 04/10/1996 102 37
MV Boucher South Africa Zimbabwe Potchefstroom 20/09/2006 147* 44
Brian Lara West Indies Bangladesh Dhaka 09/10/1999 117 45
Shahid Afridi Pakistan India Kanpur 15/04/2005 102 45
S Jayasuria Sri Lanka Pakistan Singapore 02/04/1996 134 48
V Sehwag India New Zealand Hamilton 11/03/2009 125* 60
M Azharuddin India New Zealand Baroda 17/12/1988 108 62
S Jayasuriya Sri Lanka Netherlands Baroda 04/07/2006 157 64
Yuvraj Singh India England Rajkot 14/11/2008 138* 64

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New Zealand scored 270 for five in 47 overs in their innings and more rain interruptions saw India declared the winners after reaching 201 for none from 23.3 overs.
Sehwag scored 125, reaching three figures off just 60 balls to record the seventh fastest one-day century ever and the fastest by an Indian player, ensuring India's first one-day series win in New Zealand in six attempts. Sehwag's armoury of pull shots, drives and cuts saw the opener finish with 14 fours and six sixes from his 74 ball innings.
The squat 30-year-old now has 11th ODI centuries in a career known more for brute force than deft touches, and he said after his latest hundred he was loving the flat pitches and short boundaries in New Zealand.
Earlier, New Zealand battled to 270 for five, after openers Brendon McCullum and Jesse Ryder got the home side off to a flying start, putting on 102 for the first wicket.
IND v NZ, 4th ODI, Hamilton: India 201-0 (23.3 overs) beat New Zealand 270-5 (47 overs) by 84 runs (D/L)

IND v NZ, 4th ODI, Hamilton: Tendulkar ruled out of Hamilton ODI

India's Sachin Tendulkar has been ruled out of the fourth one-day international against New Zealand at Hamilton on Wednesday, boosting the home side's hopes of turning their fortunes around.
India are 2-0 up in the five-match series after the second game was abandoned due to rain and a win in Hamilton would seal a series win. Star batsman Tendulkar hit a brilliant 163 in Christchurch in leading India to a massive total of 392 for four in a comprehensive 58-run victory on Sunday.
The "Little Master" retired hurt with a bruised abdomen and Indian management confirmed Tuesday he will miss the Hamilton game.
They said it was uncertain if he would play in the series finale in Auckland at the weekend, although he is believed likely to return for the three-Test series starting next week.
Tendulkar is expected to be replaced by Rohit Sharma, while pace bowler Ishant Sharma may return to the side, subject to a fitness test, after suffering a shoulder injury while fielding in a Twenty20 match last month.

IND v NZ, 3rd ODI, Christchurch: Indians comfortably win third one dayer (IND 2:0)

New Zealand slumped to a 58 run loss in the third one day cricket match against in India in Christchurch. Batting first after losing the toss, Sachin Tendulkar scored 163* (133 balls, retd. hurt) of the Indian total of 392/4, the highest total ever set in New Zealand. It was Man of the Match Tendulkar’s 43rd ODI century and included 16 fours and five sixes. The Indian batters hit 18 sixes, which is also a record for Test-playing nations.
The Blackcaps were bowled out for 334 in the 46th over. Jesse Ryder scored his maiden limited overs century for the home side.
IND v NZ, 3rd ODI, Christchurch: India 392-4 (50.0 overs) beat New Zealand 334 all out (45.1 overs) by 58 runs.

IND v NZ, 2nd ODI, Wellington: Rain washes out Wellington ODI (IND 1:0)

Rain continued to plague New Zealand's cricket season on Friday with another one-day international against India spoilt by the weather.
The series against the West Indies was ruined by rain and India won a weather-affected match by 53 runs in Napier on Tuesday. But in Wellington any chance of a result ended when the players were called off for the final time at 7.04pm local time with India having reached 188 for four in 28.4 overs.
The match was finally abandoned at 8.22pm with captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni 23 not out and Suresh Raina unbeaten on 13. India lead the five-match series 1-0.
What cricket there was however was entertaining with Virender Sehwag striking the ball beautifully, despite being hampered by a leg injury and calling for a runner partway through his knock, and Sachin Tendulkar showing his class as both reached half-centuries.
IND v NZ, 2nd ODI, Wellington: India 188-4 (28.4 overs) v New Zealand : Match abandoned

IND v NZ, 2nd ODI, Wellington: Sehwag warns New Zealand bowlers

India's aggressive opening batsman Virender Sehwag has warned New Zealand's bowlers to expect more fireworks in Friday's second one-day international.
The strike power of Sehwag, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Suresh Raina against a sometimes-wayward New Zealand attack took India to a 53-run win in the rain-marred opening game of the five-match series on Tuesday.
"If we are careful at the beginning, we are confident of scoring 300 every time," Sehwag told reporters.
When India last visited New Zealand in 2002-03 they lost the one-day series 5-2 after being confronted by green, seaming wickets. This year, the pitches do not harbour the same dangers. In contrast, New Zealand's batting line-up faces the possible loss of batting strike weapon Brendon McCullum, who aggravated an old injury when he was struck on the right thumb while wicketkeeping in Napier.
He has already been ruled out from keeping on Friday and a decision will be made before the game on whether he will be able to play as a batsman only.
Wicketkeeper Peter McGlashan is in line to make his ODI debut, with middle-order batsman Neil Broom likely to miss out. New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori is hopeful McCullum will bat on Friday.

IND v NZ, 1st ODI, Napier: India beat New Zealand by 53 runs (IND 1:0)

India beat New Zealand by 53 runs in the rain-disrupted opening one-day cricket international at Napier on Tuesday.
India made 273 for four in their 38 overs and after a second rain disruption New Zealand made 162 for nine when set a target of 216 in 28 overs. For India, Mahendra Singh Dhoni was unbeaten on 84 while Virender Sehwag made 77 and Suresh Raina scored 66.
Martin Guptill top-scored for New Zealand with 64.
IND v NZ, 1st ODI, Napier: India 273-4 (38.0 overs) beat New Zealand 162-9 (28.0 overs) by 53 runs (D/L)

IND v NZ, 1st ODI, Napier: Ishant likely to miss first ODI due to injury

India's pace sensation Ishant Sharma is likely to miss Tuesday's first cricket one-dayer against New Zealand due to injury.
The sinewy fast bowler had hurt his shoulder while fielding in the second Twenty20 international against New Zealand at the Westpac Stadium. An MRI scan carried out on his shoulder today revealed a bruise. The impact of falling on the ball is said to have aggravated an old injury.
"The MRI scan has disclosed that there is a bruise. We will watch him over the next two days. But it is likely that Ishant may miss the first ODI against New Zealand," said administrative manager Niranjan Shah, who is accompanying the Indian side.

Indian Test stars get New Zealand warm up

Six Indian Test cricketers will get match practice in New Zealand's domestic competition under an arrangement that avoids any conflict over the Indian Cricket League (ICL).
Test specialist batsmen Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman and Murali Vijay along with bowlers Amit Mishrah, Lakshmipathy Balaji and Dhawal Kulkarni will make guest appearances to acclimatise to New Zealand conditions. The Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) demanded the six players get time in the middle before the Tests start on March 18, but there was to be no contact with any player linked to the Indian Cricket League (ICL).
The BCCI's opposition to the so-called "rebel" ICL league was underlined last week when it barred Sachin Tendulkar and Dinesh Karthik from an exhibition Twenty20 game because a former ICL player was also involved. Under the pre-Test deal, five of the Indian players will join New Zealand teams with no ICL connection and playing teams without any ICL players.
The exception is Dravid who will play for Canterbury but their ICL players Chris Harris and Shane Bond will not be involved. New Zealand Cricket chief executive Justin Vaughan said he was pleased they were able to meet the Indian requirement for game time for the players.

IND v NZ, 2nd T20, Wellington: New Zealand clinch last ball win against India (NZ 2:0)

New Zealand beat India by five wickets in the second and final Twenty20 cricket international in Wellington to take the series 2-0.
Brendon McCullum broke the deadlock on the last ball of the match when a skied single carried the hosts to 150 for five. McCullum topscored with an unbeaten 69 from 55 balls.
Yuvraj Singh led India's 149 for six with 50 off 34 balls. New Zealand won the opening match by seven wickets in Christchurch on Wednesday.
Brendon McCullum was declared "Man of the Match" and "Man of the Series". A five-match cone-day series between the teams starts in Napier on Tuesday.
IND v NZ, 2nd T20, Wellington: New Zealand 150-5 (20.0 overs) beat India 149-6 (20.0 overs) by 5 wickets

IND v NZ, 2nd T20, Wellington: India look to level series

World champions India would seek to restore their pride after being trounced in the first match as they go into the second and final Twenty20 game against New Zealand at Wellington, fully aware that only an inspired show will help them to level the series.
The seven-wicket defeat at Christchurch in the first match must have taken the reputation of Mahendra Singh Dhoni's young bravehearts as kings of Twenty20 a serious beating which they can only rectify by winning. A victory will also boost their morale ahead of the five-match ODI series starting on March 3 and put a balm after their second successive loss against New Zealand in the shortest format of the game.
However, the visitors will have to do a lot of catching up as the Kiwis have the distinct advantage of having bowling all-rounders in their ranks, in contrast to India who rely on their batsmen to bowl in the middle overs.

IND v NZ, 1st T20, Christchurch: New Zealand thrashes India in tour opener (NZ 1:0)

Brendon McCullum made 56 not out and shared an unbroken 60-run partnership with Jacob Oram to lead New Zealand to a seven-wicket win over India on Wednesday in the first of two Twenty20 cricket internationals.
McCullum fashioned a restrained half century from 48 balls with three sixes and two fours to steer New Zealand past India's total of 162 for eight with seven balls to spare. New Zealand was 166 for three in the 19th over when Oram (29 not out) struck the game's 41st six to clinch the win.
India's innings, highlighted by an unbeaten 61 by Suresh Raina, included 13 sixes, one fewer than the record for a single innings in a Twenty20 international. When New Zealand peppered the short boundaries at AMI Stadium with 11 more sixes, delighting a crowd in excess of 16,000, it established a record for most sixes in an international Twenty20 match.
The second match is at Wellington on Friday. The tour also involves a limited-overs series and three test matches.
IND v NZ, 1st T20, Christchurch: New Zealand 166-3 (18.5 overs) beat India 162-8 (20.0 overs) by 7 wickets

IND v NZ, 1st T20, Christchurch: Kiwis to target Sehwag-Gambhir

New Zealand have drawn on the inside knowledge of former India coach John Wright as they prepare to play the side they regard as the best in the world.
India's tour of New Zealand starts at Christchurch Wednesday with the first of two Twenty20 matches to be followed by five one-day internationals and three Tests. Wright, the former Kiwi opener who coached India from 2000-2005, has been heavily involved with preparations for the series, according to New Zealand's Andy Moles. Despite Wright's tips, and India's reputation as poor travellers, Moles insists New Zealand are still the underdogs.
India have not won a Test series in New Zealand in 41 years, but they arrive on the back of home series victories over Australia and England and a 4-1 one-day away win against Sri Lanka. New Zealand, on the other hand, squandered a 2-0 one-day lead against Australia to draw the series 2-2 and then lost the Twenty20 by one run.
Moles is demanding more backbone from his team which has been strengthened by the return of the often injured all-rounder Jacob Oram, who will play as a specialist batsman. With the big-hitting Brendon McCullum and Jesse Ryder as openers, Moles believes New Zealand can hurt any bowling attack, and are capable of out-fielding the Indians as well.
But the Kiwi bowling looks a shade light without Kyle Mills, who has an Achilles injury. When India toured New Zealand six years ago, and faced green wickets, they were humbled 0-2 in the Tests and lost the ODIs 2-5.
New Zealand team (from): Brendon McCullum, Martin Guptill, Jesse Ryder, Ross Taylor or Neil Broom, Grant Elliott, Jacob Oram, Nathan McCullum, Daniel Vettori (Captain), Ian Butler, Tim Southee, Iain O'Brien.
India team (from): Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain, Ravindra Jadeja, Yusuf Pathan, Irfan Pathan, Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma.

Ryder, Oram back for Twenty20

New Zealand recalled Jacob Oram and Jesse Ryder for the two Twenty20 international cricket matches against India next week, while also naming fast bowler Ewen Thompson in the 13-man squad.
The first match is scheduled for February 25 at the AMI Park here, while the second will be played at Wellington on February 27.
New Zealand T20 Team: Daniel Vettori (capt.), Neil Broom, Ian Butler, Grant Elliott, Martin Guptill, B. McCullum, Nathan McCullum, Iain O’Brien, Jacob Oram, Jesse Ryder Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Ewen Thompson.

Indian team leaves for New Zealand

The Indian squad, led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni, left early Thursday morning for New Zealand on a 47-day tour comprising two Twenty20 Internationals, five One-Day Internationals and three Test matches.
The squad for the limited overs events departed while the members of the Test team, who are not part of the T20 and ODIs squads, would leave later.

Team India gets new ODI jersey

Team India’s jersey sponsors Nike unveiled a new cricket kit for India on Wednesday, as the team prepares to leave for the New Zealand tour.
The new jersey, this time, changed for the second time in two years. Team India skipper M S Dhoni, pacer Zaheer Khan, Yuvraj Singh, Dinesh Karthik, Pragyan Ojha and Rohit Sharma unveiled the jersey.
The occasion became more special when former players like Venkatesh Prasad, Vinod Kambli, Robin Singh and Laxman Sivaramakrishnan were also present wearing the old blue jersey of the Team India.
This time the colour of the jersey is totally different from the traditional colour, which the players were wearing. Skipper MS Dhoni also praised the new jersey.

Stiff Kiwi test awaits India's Dhoni

Mahendra Singh Dhoni faces the toughest challenge of his fairytale-like career to date when he leads India in New Zealand from this month, his first full tour as captain.
The 27-year-old has reached dizzy heights in a short space of time, rising from a lowly and poorly paid railway employee in his home town Ranchi in eastern India to become one of the country's most celebrated sportsmen. The dashing batsman-wicketkeeper, who made an uninspiring one-day debut in December 2004, captained India when senior players opted out of the inaugural Twenty20 world championships in South Africa in 2007.
Dhoni and his rank outsiders went on to win the tournament and he found himself elevated to both the one-day captaincy and deputy to Test skipper Anil Kumble after Rahul Dravid resigned. Dhoni was finally given charge for all three forms last October when Kumble called it a day, even as critics feared the excessive workload of keeping wicket and leading the team could burn him out.
But the cool, composed and supremely fit Dhoni has shrugged off any concerns, securing wins in four of his five Tests as captain, with the fifth ending in a draw. Under him, India have won 28 of 46 one-day matches and six of 10 Twenty20 internationals, raising Dhoni to the status of cult figure in the cricket-obsessed country.
Lucrative sponsorship deals have followed -- Dhoni currently endorses 19 products -- and he is the highest-paid home star in the Indian Premier League with a 1.5-million-dollar-a-year contract with the Chennai Super Kings. Dhoni's India begin the New Zealand tour next week buoyed by victories in the recent home Test series against Australia and England, and a 4-1 rout of hosts Sri Lanka in a one-day series.
But Daniel Vettori's New Zealand, playing on home soil, will test the Indian team's mettle.
History is also against the tourists -- India last won a Test series in New Zealand 41 years ago, when Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi's team prevailed 3-1. On the previous tour of New Zealand, in December 2002, India lost both Tests inside three days with totals of 161, 121, 99 and 154 in the four innings on bowler-friendly seaming wickets.
The Black Caps also went on to win the one-day series 5-2. Only six players in the touring squad have played a Test in New Zealand before -- Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Dravid, Venkatsai Laxman, Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan Singh.

Dhawal, Balaji in Test squad for New Zealand series

Mumbai pacer Dhawal Kulkarni is the only new face in the 16-member Indian Test squad scheduled to tour New Zealand while Tamil Nadu paceman Lakshmipathy Balaji is back in the team after a prolonged injury-enforced break.
Also returning to the Indian squad is off-spinner Harbhajan Singh who missed the recent tour of Sri Lanka owing to injury, while wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik figures in all the three squads as a cover for skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
The national selection committee that met here Friday announced the Indian teams for the three Test matches, five ODIs and two Twenty20 matches for the New Zealand series starting Feb 25.
Twenty20 Team: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Captain), Virender Sehwag (vice-captain), Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, Yusuf Pathan, Rohit Sharma, Harbhajan Singh, Ishant Sharma, Zaheer Khan, Suresh Raina, Irfan Pathan, Ravindra Jadeja, Munaf Patel, Pragyan Ojha, Praveen Kumar and Dinesh Karthik.
ODI Team: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Captain), Virender Sehwag (vice-captain), Gautam Gambhir, Sachin Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh, Yusuf Pathan, Irfan Pathan, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Ishant Sharma, Zaheer Khan, Munaf Patel, Pragyan Ojha, Praveen Kumar, Harbhajan Singh and Dinesh Karthik.
Test Team: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Captain), Virender Sehwag (vice-captain), Gautam Gambhir, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, V.V.S. Laxman, Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma, Munaf Patel, Murali Vijay, Amit Mishra, Lakshmipathy Balaji, Dhawal Kulkarni and Dinesh Karthik.

Editor: Nishanth Gopinathan.