India cruising at half-way point

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Published: Wednesday, February 16, 2011, 16:10 [IST]
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India cruising at half-way point

After a couple of relatively early set-backs, India have settled into a nice routine of run-scoring at Chennai's Chepauk Stadium. The home side reached 123/2 in 25 overs with Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir looking quite solid at the crease.

Winning the toss and opting to bat first, India got off to a steady and brisk start against New Zealand. While Virender Sehwag hit a four off Tim Southee in the second and fourth over, Sachin Tendulkar smacked Kyle Mills for a boundary in the third. But the Little Master took his time to settle in, playing out a maiden in the 5th over.

In the 7th over, Tendulkar glanced Southee to fine leg for four, but in the very next ball was bowled while going for an extravagant stroke. India were 35/1 in 7.3 overs with Gautam Gambhir the new man out in the middle.

But Sehwag kept the momentum going, taking a four off Mills in the next over. However, he didn't last very much longer, getting bowled by Jacob Oram in the 9th over for 23 off 30 balls. India were 42/2 in 9.1 overs with Virat Kohli replacing Segwag. In the 11th over, Gambhir took a single off Oram to bring up India's 50.

In the 12th over, Kohli cut loose, striking James Franklin for 2 fours as India climbed to 63/2 in 13 overs. Kohli and Gambhir were content mainly picking the ones and twos as they consolidated. Then in the 22nd over, Kohli smashed spinner Luke Woodcock for a four to bring up India's 100. Two overs later, Gambhit and Kohli teamed up to take two fours off the same bowler. At the end of 25 overs, India were cruising at 123/2.

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