September 19, 2017

New Zealand cricket team thrash India

Captains Knock - Well done Ross Taylor, feel free to continue with the same attitude

The New Zealand Black Caps have started of the Tri-Series tournament in Sri Lanka with an upset win over India.

With Shane Bond now retired, Jesse Ryder injured and Daniel Vetorri and Brendon McCullum being rested New Zealand was given little chance of beating India in the opening game of the 50 over tournament that includes Sri Lanka.

At 28-3 New Zealands innings was looking on the verge of collapse before captain Ross Taylor and Scott Styris teamed up for what became a New Zealand record partnership in one-dayers for the 4th wicket.

When Styris was out for 89 the score had moved on to 218 and 300 was looking likely. A flurry of late wickets meant New Zealands innings finished 7 balls short of 50 overs, but at 288 it was going to be a testing total for India to chase under lights.

Apart from Styris, the outstanding knock was Ross Taylors. He should be captain all the time because he reigned in some of his customary rash shot selection and got to 95 before being out lbw. If he keeps applying himself like that in this series then he will get the century that he deserved today.

India are missing Tendulkar, Harbhajan and Gambhir for this series but a batting line-up that included Sehwag,Yuvraj, R Sharma,Jadeja and Dhoni should have been good enough to deal with New Zealands bowling attack.

Using some skillful detective work and applying some complicated mathematical formula newswarped can conclude that if Jadeja was the top scoring Indian batsman with 20 and they were chasing a score of 288 then unless ‘Extras’ chimes in with a maiden century India were toast. Yes, toast to the tune of a 200 run deficit.

India win the fair play award though because after young Kane Williamson was out for a duck on debut. India kindly made him feel better about his day by giving him his first maiden over in international cricket and more importantly his first wicket – that of top scorer Jadeja. Well done India.

Match Result: New Zealand 288 (Taylor 95, Styris 89, Nehra 4-47, Praveen 3-43) beat India 88 (Tuffey 3-34, Oram 2-16, Mills 2-26) by 200 runs