Kiwis off to a flying start, crush India by 7 wickets

Published: Wednesday, February 25, 2009, 14:50 [IST]
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Kiwis crush India by 7 wickets

Christchurch: New Zealand were off to a flying start as host crushed India by seven wicket victory over India in the first T20 match at AM stadium in Christchurch on Wednesday.

Riding on unbeaten knocks of McCullum (56) and Oram (29), the Kiwis achieved the target of 163 runs with 7 balls to spare. McCullum was adjudged the Man of the Match for his unbeaten knock. McCullum hit 3 sixes and 2 fours in his knock, while Oram's knock was studded with 2 fours and 3 sixes.

The unbeaten 50-run partnership came after the Kiwis were reduced to 106-3 when Harbhajan Singh removed Guptill.

New Zealand Chasing a total of 163, the Black Caps started tentatively, playing with caution against the Indian speedstars Ishant and Zaheer Khan. Both bowlers got the ball to swing around and enjoyed the breezy conditions in Christchurch.

Ishant Sharma struk in the first ball of his first over, trapping left-handed Jesse Ryder (1) to give India the kind of start they needed.

Martin Guptill could have been back in the hut in the very next ball but Kiwi umpire Evan Watkin was not impressed with the appeal.

Replacing Ryder at the wicket, Guptill offered no shot to one, which came back in and could have castled his stumps but Watkin thought otherwise. Television replays also showed that the ball could have knocked down off-stump.

The hosts moved steadily towards the target as Guptill and Brendon McCullum batted smartly, avoiding risks and putting bad balls to the fence.

Black Caps crossed the 50-run mark without losing any more wicket, causing tension in the Indian camp.

Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, making a comeback to the team, provided the breakthrough when he trapped well-set Guptill to keep India afloat in the match.

Before departing, Guptill hit four fours and three sixes and shared a 54-run stand with McCullum.

Building on the good start, Ross Taylor and McCullum carted Indian bowlers all around the park.

Earlier, Suresh Raina"s unbeaten half-century (61) steered India to a competitive total of 162 in the first Twenty20 international against New Zealand at the AMI Stadium in Christchurch on Wednesday. India recovered from a troublesome position of 101-7 thanks largely to Raina"s resilient knock and a blistering start from Virender Sehwag.


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