Indian spinners stall NZ's charge

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Published: Wednesday, February 16, 2011, 20:29 [IST]
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Indian spinners stall NZ's charge

At the half-way stage of the Kiwi innings in their World Cup warm-up match at Chennai, the visitors were had been pegged back by the Indian spinners to 141/4. Harbhajan Singh, R Ashwin and Piyush Chawla each picked up a wicket whiel Brendon McCullum was run out for 58 off 54.

With no choice but to go after the bowling from early on, New Zealand's openers showed they were equal to the task. Martin Guptill smacked Ashish Nehra for a four in the first over, while McCullum did the same to Sreesanth in the second. Then in the following over, McCullum went after Nehra again, carting him away for two fours.

Boundaries came off the 4th, 5th and 6th overs as well as the Kiwis climed to 43/0 in 6 overs. In the 8th over, Guptill lofted Sreesanth for a straight six to bring up New Zealand's 50. Then in the next over, Guptill came down heavily on Nehra, clobbering him for two more fours as New Zealand climbed to 66/0 in 9. Then first-change bowler Munaf Patel was welcomed to the crease by McCullum who got him away for a boundary.

In the 14th over, McCullum took a single off Yuvraj to bring up his 50. Then R Ashwin got the opening breakthrough when he got a delivery to turn and bounce, taking Guptill's top edge and popping up for a simple catch to Dhoni. The batsman was on his way for 38 off 45 as the Kiwis were 94/1 in 15 overs with the in-form Jesse Ryder coming to the crease.
In the 17th over, McCullum took a single of Ashwin to bring up the Kiwis' 100.

A short while afterwards, Ryder misjudged a single to get McCullum run out as the Kiwis slipped to 118/2 in 19.1 overs. Ross Taylor was struggling against the spin of Ashwin anhd Harbhajan and eventually succumbed to the latter, for 5 off 14 as New Zealand was now 140/3 in 24 overs. Then in teh 25th over, Piyush Chawla trapped James Franklin in front for a duck as New Zeland slid to 141/4 in 24.3 overs.

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