Pacer Adams sends India hurtling to series defeat
Published: Saturday, January 4, 2003, 17:45 [IST]
Scorecard of Match 4
Adams picks 5; Indians bowled out for 122
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Queenstown (New Zealand): Andre Adams made a dream five-wicket comeback as New Zealand crushed India by seven wickets in the fourth One-day International on Saturday to gain a series-clinching 4-0 lead in the series. The 27-year-old seamer, out of international cricket for eight months due to a back injury, finished with 5 for 22 to help his team bundle India out for 122 in his maiden One-day International at the John Davies Oval. The total was too small to put pressure on New Zealand, which romped home with 24.2 overs to spare to extend India's miserable run on the tour. India had already lost both its Tests before being thrashed in the fourth successive One-dayer of the ongoing seven-match series. Skipper Stephen Fleming drove home the advantage given by Adams with a solid 47, his best in four matches against the tourists. He hit five fours and a hooked six off paceman Ajit Agarkar in his 59-ball knock before being caught in the slips to become paceman Javagal Srinath's one of the three victims. Fleming's 73-run stand for the second wicket with Mathew Sinclair (32 not out) ensured an easy New Zealand win in a low-scoring game. Scott Styris finished the one- sided contest in overcast conditions when he cut Srinath for the winning two runs. New Zealand was indebted to Adams for wrapping up the series as the seamer returned the second-best figures by a New Zealander in One-dayers after Styris' 6 for 25 against the West Indies at Port-of-Spain last year. Adams's figures were also the best by a New Zealander against India in 65 One-dayers. He plotted a dramatic Indian collapse on a good batting pitch as he wrecked the top order in his incisive opening six-over spell, grabbing the first four wickets for 18 runs. India never recovered from these blows and was all out in the 44th over, failing to bat its full quota of 50 overs in the fourth successive match. Yuvraj Singh top-scored with a 61-ball 25 as India managed to avoid its lowest-ever total of 108 against New Zealand, scored twice in the previous three games. India reshuffled its batting order in the must-win game, but only to see its batsmen repeat the same old mistakes against a disciplined seam attack. India went into the game with a specialist wicket-keeper, debutant Parthiv Patel, and without a spinner as it packed the team with four seamers for the first time in the series. But nothing worked for India with the stroke-happy batsmen yet again failing to put enough runs on the board. Virender Sehwag (23), Dinesh Mongia (12), Mohammed Kaif (0) and skipper Saurav Ganguly (2) all fell playing one stroke too many. The procession began after Sehwag's dismissal as India slipped from 55 for one to 69 for five, with Adams taking three wickets and Daryl Tuffey one. Dravid, keeping wickets and batting in the middle order in the previous three matches, 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. Mongia drove Adams for a four, but was 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. Yuvraj also fell playing strokes, pulling Styris to Tuffey at deep mid-wicket. Adams then ended the innings when he had Ashish Nehra caught behind.