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India rebuild after losses at the top

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Published: Tuesday, December 7, 2010, 20:35 [IST]
 
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India rebuild after losses at the top

Riding on a strong start from Gautam Gambhir and Parthiv Patel, India are on course in their chase of 316, but have suffered some major blows en route to the score of 132/4 at the completion of 25 overs. The top-order didn't do as well as they might been expected to, with Gambhir getting out for 24, Kohli, for a duck and Yuvraj, for 20. But now, Rohit Sharma and Yusuf Pathan are slowly building up momentum.

India's innings got off to a slighty cautious start with Gautam Gambhir and his new opening partner Parthiv Patel, just fending off Kiwi seamers Kyle Mills and Tim Southee. But soon enough Patel hit his stride. He got Mills away for two fours in the 5th over and then in the next, smashed Southee for two more. India were 30/0 after 6 overs. Gambhir and Patel kept the momentum going, picking Mills for 9 runs in the 7th over.

Then in the next over, Gambhir got into the act, smacking McKay for two consecutive boundaries, one a beautiful cover-drive and one down the leg side. Then it was Patel's turn to swing again and he swung at Mills for two more fours in the 9th over. India had raced to 60/0 after 9 overs.

But then against the run of play, Gambhir cut McKay straight to Martin Guptill at point, getting out for a pacy 27 off 24 balls. McKay got a second strike just two balls later, when the new batsman Virat Kohli top-edged a bouncer straight down the throat of Kyle Mills at long leg. India were in some distress at 68/2 with Yuvraj Singh, the new man at the crease. A period of rebuilding was in order.

Yuvraj Singh stuck around just long enough for India to cross the 100-run mark before pulling McCullum into the hands of Jamie How at midwicket. The comeback man - Rohit Sharma - was the next man to take guard at India stuttering on 103/3 in 17.4 overs. Sharma immediately came in for some luck when he had inside-edged a ball off Vettori which was caught by McCullum. The umpire was unmoved and Sharma survived.

But in the next over, McCullum had Patel caught at long-on and India were floundering on 107/4 in 19.3 overs. What followed was a few quiet overs as the new batsmen tried to play themselves in, reaching 130/4 in 25 overs.

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