Thatscricket - News - Nash, Oram star in New Zealand~~s win over India
Published: Friday, July 27, 2001, 0:00 [IST]
Copyright AFP 2001
Colombo: India crashed to its third successive defeat when it lost to New Zealand by 67 runs in the triangular One-day cricket series on Thursday.India, chasing a modest 201 off its allotted 48 overs, gave yet another fragile batting performance and was all out for 133. The defeat severely affected India's chances of qualifying for the August 5 final as Sri Lanka and New Zealand have already won three and two matches, respectively.India will meet Sri Lanka in its next game on Saturday. Man-of-the-match Dion Nash and Jacob Oram were the star performers for New Zealand. Nash batted extremely well in the closing overs and top-scored with a 57-ball 42 to help his team reach the 200-mark and then finished the match with the wicket of Ashish Nehra.Oram made a 37-ball 40 with five fours and one six and claimed the prize wicket of Rahul Dravid (27). He shared a 64-run stand off 78 balls for the second wicket with opener Matthew Sinclair (36) before striking with the ball to play a big role along with Nash in his team's superb fight back. Dravid was India's main hope after skipper Saurav Ganguly and Venkat Sai Laxman had fallen in the opening three overs. He put on 50 for the third wicket with make shift opener Virender Shewag, who contributed a fine 33 which included three fours in one over from medium-pacer Kyle Mills.Shewag was adjudged run out backing up by TV umpire Lalith Jayasundara following a smart piece of fielding by left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori on his follow-through in the 16th over.Two overs later, Oram virtually ended India's chances when he bowled Dravid, the ball hitting the pads and then the stumps. India never recovered after being reduced to 99 for five as its batting continued to wobble against a tight New Zealand bowling and fielding. Three Indian batsmen were run out under pressure kept by New Zealand from the beginning. India, thus, failed to capitalise on Ganguly's three-wicket performance which restricted New Zealand to a small total after Oram's initial onslaught.New Zealand slipped from 85 for one to 126 for six in the space of 14 overs, playing one shot too many against Ganguly and left-arm spinner Yuvraj Singh.Ganguly kept line, length and batsmen under control during his nine-over spell, conceding 32 runs. He won the toss and put New Zealand in to bat in his team's third match, started an hour late due to the wet wicket and reduced to 48 overs-a-side.Left-handed Oram was in the limelight early in the day, dominating the Indian attack with his hard and clean hitting. He exploded with a flurry of shots, flicking left-arm seamer Nehra and then steering him past the second slip for successive boundaries. The pick of his shots, however, was a straight-driven four off Nehra.Oram then reverse-swept Harbhajan for a four and then swung him over mid-wicket for a six in the same over. It was the reverse-sweep that led to his dismissal, caught by lone-slip Dravid.His effort, however, did not go waste as New Zealand fought back through its bowlers and fielders to successfully defend a small total.