Thatscricket - News - New Zealand crushes India on easy-paced pitch

Published: Thursday, July 26, 2001, 23:15 [IST]
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Bangalore: Chasing 201 India crumbled for the second time against New Zealand this time not on a Lankan dust bowl on Thursday at the R Premadasa Stadium in the fifth match of the Coca Cola triangular series being played in Colombo.Last time the Indians crumbled against New Zealand there was much talk about how the pitch did them in. This time around, Im afraid, they wont have that kind of a protective peal pasted around them.There is nothing much one can comment on with respect to Indias performance except that it played poor cricket for the nth time. However, a pat for the Black Caps who did their basics right and fielded exceptionally to put early pressure on India.The difference for New Zealand on Thrusday was the experience of Dion Nash, which it sorely missed on Wednesday against Sri Lanka. He helped New Zealand to 200 with his batting (42) in the morning session and in the second session bowled a tight line and made sure the pressure stayed with the Indians. This effort earned him the man-of-the-match.

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