Kiwis prevail over India in close clash

Chasing 191, India lost to New Zealand by 10 runs in the first Super Eights match of the ICC Twenty20 World Cup at Johannesburg on Sunday.

updated: September 19, 2007 15:48 IST
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Chasing 191, India lost to New Zealand by 10 runs in the first Super Eights match of the ICC Twenty20 World Cup at Johannesburg on Sunday.

NZ captain Daniel Vettori was adjudged the Man of the Match for his bowling figures of 4-0-20-4.

Earlier, Indian Captain M S Dhoni chose to field after winning the toss against New Zealand and they put up a total of 190 after being bowled out in 20 overs.

Getting off to a flier, Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir reached a 56-run partnership in just 4.3 overs with both batsmen smashing the ball all around.

The 76-run partnership lasted up to the fifth over till Sehwag, 41(17b, 6x4, 2x6), was caught by Scott Styris off a Jacob Oram delivery.

Robin Uthappa fell in the next over by Vettori as he was caught and bowled for a duck. Vettori hit again in his next spell, taking out Gambhir (51 off 33 balls), as he was caught behind by Brendon McCullum.

Yuvraj Singh(5) also fell in quick as Ross Taylor caught him off a Jeetan Patel ball. Dhoni was run out by the Kiwi skipper for 24.

Vettori added another wicket to his bag as he bowled out Irfan Pathan for 11. Three balls later Dinesh Karthik(17) also fell to him as he was caught by Shane Bond.

Ajit Agarkar was run out for 1 as India was put in a dire situation. In the next over Harbhajan Singh (7) was caught by Vettori on a ball by Bond, which ended the Indian innings.

New Zealand closes at 190

Earlier, NZ had lost its first wicket early on, when Lou Vincent (3) was caught by Dinesh Karthik off a RP Singh delivery.

McCullum then stepped up the momentum and hit a couple of boundaries in the third over and took the Kiwis run rate to close to 9 per over. He shared a 58-run partnership with Peter Fulton before the latter's wicket was taken by Harbhajan Singh for 21.

Singh struck again in his next over taking out McCullum as he got caught by Gambhir at long on, ending a well-struck innings of 45 off 31 balls.

Taylor followed him as he was caught leg before wicket by Yuvraj Singh after scoring 11 runs.

Scott Styris (2) was quick to return back as he was run out on a direct hit by Yuvraj Singh.

Oram and Craig McMillan registered a quick 50-run partnership coming off just 23 balls to put New Zealand back on track with a 8.5 run rate.

Oram struck hard, his 35 coming off just 15 deliveries but was caught on another big hit at long on by RP Singh off a Sreeshanth delivery.

Four wickets fell in the last over starting from Vettori (15) as he was bolwed by RP Singh on the first ball. Shane Bond was run out for 4 after a mix up made him lose his crease.

Following him back after two balls was McMillan who was also run out,after scoring 44runs. The last ball saw the dismissal of Jeetan Patel with yet another run out for a duck.

India had retained the same XI that played against Pakistan while New Zealand had brought in Jeetan Patel for Chris Martin.


India: Virender Sehwag, Robin Uthappa, Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, Dinesh Karthik, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt & wk), Irfan Pathan, Ajit Agarkar, Harbhajan Singh, RP Singh, Sreesanth.

New Zealand: Brendon McCullum (wk), Lou Vincent, Peter Fulton, Ross Taylor, Scott Styris, Jacob Oram, Craig McMillan, Daniel Vettori (capt), Shane Bond, Mark Gillespie, Jeetan Patel.