Thatscricket - News - Astle, Parore help Kiwis post 236

Published: Wednesday, July 25, 2001, 19:00 [IST]
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Bangalore: A little gem of an innings by Parore at the death helped New Zealand post 236 for eight in 50 overs at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Wednesday in the fourth match of the Coca Cola triangular series, featuring India as the third team.Having opted to make first use of the pitch, New Zealand got off to a cautious start to begin with. Having failed to make an impression in the first two outings, Sinclair consumed time understandably so but made sure that New Zealand was not in for early damage, as was the case so far. The first six over yielded 19 runs, which included five extras.However, having assessed the conditions, the Kiwi pair then stepped up the pace with both Astle and Sinclair finding the ropes with greater ease; picking Perera, in particular for some punishment. The next seven overs fetched New Zealand a handsome 51 runs to have the scoreboard reading 70 for no loss at the end of the 13th over.Realising it was time for a change, Jayasuriya made his first move bringing on Fernando who struck with his very first delivery. Sinclair (21 of 49 balls), who had just began to feel his way around, tried to loft Fernando over cover but only succeeded in sking it to Jaysuriya who did well to come under and safely pouch a towering catch.Astle, however, went about undeterred in his endeavour to put the runs on the board. Dharmasena who was brought on in the 15th over was greeted with a six, as Astle danced down the track and hoisted him over long-on. New Zealand ended the 15th over at 83/1.Astle went about carting Fernando too to the boundaries, which prompted Jayasuriya to bring on Muralitharan the advent of which brought about a slowdown with new man Jacob Oram not being as fluent. However, New was going at a healthy 98 for one at the end of the 19th over.When all New Zealand wanted was to consolidated from here on in, Oram (11 of 19 balls) stepped out to Darmasena only to hole out to Jayawardene patrolling at longoff to leave the Black Caps at 98 for two in the 20th over.The experienced McMillan then joined Astel - who was going great guns- and wasted no time getting out of the blocks, picking his singles from the word go.However, New Zealand was to suffer a big blow when it lost Astle who had completed his fifty and was looking good for plenty - in the 24th over when he tried to cut Russel Arnold only to watch it crash into his stumps. New Zealand at the end of the 24th over was 120 for three.This loss retarded the Black Caps progress by a couple of paces as they went about rebuilding their innings and rebuild they did successfully. Although Lou Vincent took his time, stand-in skipper McMillan struck at a healthy pace at the other end to keep things within control for New Zealand. At the end of the 36th over New Zealand had progressed to 162 for three - 42 runs coming of the last 12 overs.However, things were not to last too long as Murali struck in the very next over when he clean bowled danger man McMillan (38 of 54 balls) trying to play the short arm pull. New Zealand was thus reduced to 164 for four at the end of the 37th over.This further slowed down New Zealand in its track, with the next six over yielding only 20 runs. The Black Caps then tried to push things along and immediately Vicent (30 of 56 balls) fell caught brilliantly at mid-wicket by Gunawardene in fact a stunner of a catch. Vincent tried to pull a short one from Arnold but found himself walking back as Gunawardene plucked the ball out of thin air. At the end of the 44th over the Black Caps were struggling at 185 for five.Parore walked in and unlike his previous stint against the Indians where he choked the flow of runs he wielded his bat to strike a few hefty blows. New Zealand it looked like was get its bearings right at least towards the last few overs. But New Zealand lost Harris at this juncture when he placed the ball straight into Gunawardenes hand trying to cut a short ball. Soon Vettori followed trying to slog Jayasuria over mid-wicket to leave New Zealand at 217 for seven at the end of the 48th over. In the 49th over Kyle Mills departed without tickling the scores to reduce New Zealand to 217 for eight Dharmasena the benefactor on that occasion.New Zealands hopes now rested on Parore who did not disappoint. In stark contrast to his previous innings he clubbed the Sri Lankans spinner to fetch New Zealand 20 runs off the last two overs to land the Black Caps with 236 for eight at the end of 50 overs the highest total of the tournament.


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