Thatscricket - News - Ganguly, Yuvraj restrict Kiwis to 200
Published: Thursday, July 26, 2001, 20:02 [IST]
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Bangalore: India bundled out New Zealand for 200 runs on a drying wicket on Thursday at the R Premadasa Stadium in the fifth match of the Coca Cola triangular series being played in Colombo. After having been put in on a wicket that held dampness and moisture, New Zealand got off to a very good start - although it lost Astle early - to post 82 runs in the first 15 overs. However, the New Zealand batsmen muffed things up from there on in. The surprise package of the first session - or maybe not a surprise given that he has done well in conducive conditions - was skipper Saurav Ganguly's destructive spell, in which he ripped open the heart of the New Zealand top-middle order. Coming on to bowl on a drying wicket, Ganguly posed problems for the Black Caps in terms of choking the runs. But instead of realising that the ball is holding on to the surface hence getting Ganguly off for desired amount of runs wont be easy, the Black Caps tried to hit their way out and paid a huge penalty. As the ball gripped the surface all they managed was presenting the in-field with catches. All three who got out to Ganguly tried to break the shackles by going over the in-field and all three failed to go over.For Gangulys part, he bowled an excellent line and more importantly kept the field up realising the state of the wicket - full marks to him on that count. Ganguly found an ideal foil in Yuvraj who bowled a miserly spell of 10 overs giving away only 24 runs for two wickets.New Zealand, however, recovered slightly to post 200 runs after being down 126 for six and then later 143 for seven.In this all important match for the Indians, 201 should not pose a major threat and they should be able to post their first points on the board - unless they don't want to.