Thatscricket - News - India succumbs as Nash rips top order

Published: Saturday, July 21, 2001, 3:38 [IST]
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Bangalore: The Indians on Friday came undone at the hands of New Zealand as they succumbed to some good bowling from Nash and a deteriorating pitch. New Zealand inflicted an 84-run defeat on India at the R Premadasa Stadium to put up its first points on the board in the Coca Cola triangular series being played at Colombo.Chasing 212 runs for a win, India got into a mess early in the game and was never able to get out of it. For New Zealands part, it made good use of the prevailing conditions to effect a runaway victory. Nash in particular was exemplary - making the ball jump of a good length, he accounted for three crucial Indian wickets - Dravid, Badani and Sehwag. Apart form the pitch, the Kiwis also swung the ball in the air to compound things for India. Harris in particular posed a lot of problem later on, after Nash had done the early damage. In the final analysis, India might have paid a price for not going in with another genuine spinner in order to derive maximum benefit from the pitch. That apart, Indian batsmen looked woefully short without their star Sachin Tendulkar. Not to forget the piece of luck that came New Zealands way when Astle survived a Nehra delivery, which went on to hit the stumps but failed to disturb it.However, it must be said that the day belonged to Nathan Astle (117) who seems to have a liking for the Indian attack. Although he got a reprieve, he played some gorgeous strokes early on and then later as wickets kept falling around him he bide his time to build a strong foundation for the Kiwis. However, it is a different story that the New Zealand lower order failed to cash in on it. Especially Parore who came unstuck, as he played a poor innings of nine coming off 22 deliveries when much more was needed from him coming in at the 39th over.Apart from Parores lacklustre effort, the loss of Harris (run out) immediately after the fall of Lou Vincent also proved to be very dear to New Zealand (so one thought) as he was one player who could have upped the tempo with his crisp batting and quick running between wickets, which would have got New Zealand those crucial 20 odd runs in order to put real pressure on India. In the end, all that was not needed as New Zealand beat India by a handsome margin of 84 runs. Man-of-the-match: Nathan Astle

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