Sehwag, Sachin shine before rain ends game

Published: Friday, March 6, 2009, 14:03 [IST]
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Sehwag, Sachin stars in abandoned match

Wellington : Incessant rain forced authorities to abonden the second ODI between India and New Zealand at Wellington on Friday.

Rain stopped play for the third time when India were 188/4 in 28.4 overs after the match was reduced to 34 overs. After waiting for 90 minutes, umpires decided to call off the game due to persistent rain.

India got off to a flier after winning the toss in the second One-Day International against New Zealand, racing to 130 one in 19 overs when rain first stopped the game.

Sehwag raised his 35th ODI fifty which was his third against the hosts in 32 balls with the help of nine boundaries and one six. After firing all cylinders with the bat, Sehwag lost his wicket to Ian Butler for 54 runs. Sehwag lost his wicket due to poor decision by umpire.

The Ian Butler delivery clipped Sehwag's pads and went through to the Peter McGlashan keeper, the Kiwis appealed and umpire Watkin gave it out as Sehwag went off shaking his head after smashing his 35th ODI fifty off 32 balls.

Tendulkar who changed his gears after Sehwag's departure accelerated Indian innings and took Indian score to 130/1 in 19 overs. At this juncture rain interrupted the gamed and forced the players to return to pavilion. After the first rain delay match was reduced to 44 overs.

Sachin Tendulkar suffered the most from the break as he was claimed by host" captain Daniel Vettori for 61 shortly after resumption of play.

Yuvraj Singh didn't trouble the scorers, deflecting a Mills delivery straight into Ross Taylor's hands at a wide slip. Vettori had placed the man there just two balls earlier, and suddenly things weren't going all India's way.

Rain took the players off again after 24 overs and an over after they returned, India took their three-over batting Powerplay. Gambhir's brisk 30 ended with a loft to deep cover, but Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Raina struck a few meaty blows to boost India's score only to be done in by the weather.

Earlier, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and elected to bat first and both the teams observed a minute of silence for the victims of the terror attack on the Sri Lankan team in Pakistan before the match got underway.

India have not made any change from the side that won the 1st ODI.

For New Zealand, Brendon McCullum is playing as a specialist batsman and McGlashan is keeping wickets. Neil Broom has been dropped.


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