Adams picks 5; Indians bowled out for 122
Published: Saturday, January 4, 2003, 14:32 [IST]
Saurav and his men under pressure to perform
Queenstown: Andre Adams celebrated his return to New Zealand's squad with a maiden five-wicket haul as India were shot out for 122 in the fourth one-day international here on Saturday. Adams, out of international cricket for eight months due to a back injury, finished with 5-22 to return the second-best figures by a New Zealander in One-dayers after Scott Styris' 6-25 against the West Indies last year. The 27-year-old seamer plotted the dramatic Indian collapse at the John Davies Oval as he wrecked the top order in his impressive opening six-over spell, grabbing the first four wickets for just 18 runs. He was superbly supported by fellow-seamer Daryl Tuffey (2-36) who kept non-stop pressure on the Indian batsmen from the other end. Left-handed Yuvraj Singh top-scored with a 61-ball 25 as India managed to avoid their lowest-ever total of 108 against New Zealand, scored twice in the previous three one-dayers. India reshuffled their batting order in the must-win game, but only to see their batsmen repeat the same old mistakes against the hosts' disciplined seam bowling. Virender Sehwag (23), Dinesh Mongia (12), Mohammad Kaif (0) and skipper Sourav Ganguly (2) all fell playing one stroke too many early in their innings. India got off to a decent start for the first time in four matches after being put in to bat as Sehwag and make-shift opener Rahul Dravid put on 38 for the opening wicket. Sehwag looked in good form as he cracked four boundaries in his 39-ball knock before he was dismissed trying to attack Adams in the bowler's opening over. He was beaten by the bounce as he edged Adams to Nathan Astle, who took a head-high catch at first slip. The procession began after Sehwag's dismissal as India slipped from 55-1 to 69-5, with Adams taking three wickets and Tuffey one. Dravid, a middle-order batsman, looked uncomfortable at the top as he faced 52 balls for his 18 runs before being bowled middle-stump playing a wrong line. Kaif had not even settled down when he tried an ambitious pull-shot, with Craig McMillan making no mistake at short square-leg. Left-handed Mongia, who joined the squad only on Wednesday, drove Adams for a four but caught hooking the next delivery by Daniel Vettori. Ganguly's poor run with the bat continued as he was caught by Kyle Mills at third-man while attempting to cut a rising ball from Tuffey. The Indian skipper has so far made just 20 in his four one-dayers. Debutant Parthiv Patel (13) inside-edged a Mills delivery on to his stumps, while Ajit Agarkar was run out following a brilliant piece of fielding by Mathew Sinclair at short cover. Yuvraj also fell playing strokes, pulling Styris to Tuffey at deep mid-wicket. Adams then finished the innings when he had Ashish Nehra caught behind for his fifth victim.