Buoyant India takes on beleaguered Kiwis

Published: Friday, December 12, 2003, 22:11 [IST]
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Hyderabad: A confident Indian eves would take on beleaguered New Zealand in the fourth One-day cricket match at the Lal Bahadur stadium in Hyderabad on Saturday.

Having won the five-match series 3-0, India would leave nothing to chance and like to increase the lead while the world champions will go all out to redeem their pride.

After the cliff-hanger at Bangalore that the hosts won to take the unassailable 3-0 lead, both team are cautious and would take the match seriously.

Left-arm spinner Neetu David, who is injured, is likely to be replaced by a speedster and Mitali Raj will have another chance to enthrall her home crowd though she was not impressive in this tournament so far.

India has won the three matches held at Mumbai, Aurangabad and Bangalore with Jaya Sharma being the star batswomen who compiled elegant knocks against the world champions.

Besides skipper Maia Lewis, Haidee Tiffen was the most consistent player for the Kiwis, who had nearly took away the match from India at Bangalore.

Indian skipper Mamata Maben said they would be looking for one more straight win as the wicket appears to be good.

Coach Sudha Shah said they would go for a clean sweep. "Fielding and running between the wickets has been our grey area and we will consider to accommodate new faces," Sudha said after the nets.

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