March 26, 2019

Sehwag century sees India into final

If I was the ball I would be very nervous right now. A painful trip to the land of boundary courtesy of Virender Sehwag is on the cards

India courtesy of 110 from Virender Sehwag have defeated New Zealand by 105 runs in Dambulla and booked a place in Saturdays Triangular Series Final against Sri Lanka.

MS Dhoni won the toss and had no hesitation in batting first. Kyle Mills had Dinesh Karthik caught behind on the 3rd ball of the day. Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina joined him in the pavilion and India were on the brink at 66 for 4 after 13 overs. The ball was seaming and the pitch offering variable bounce and movement.

The problem for New Zealand was that the batsman at the other end while wickets were falling was Virender Sehwag. He was the fifth wicket to fall but by then he was on 110 off 93 balls and India was on 173.

The remaining batsmen could not capitalise on Sehwags innings and India were eventually dismissed for 223 in 46.3 overs. The best of the New Zealand bowlers were Tim Southee (4-49) and Nathan McCullum (3-35).

In reply New Zealand stuck with their usual plan of losing early wickets to make India over confident. Martin Guptill and BJ Wattling played their part and the score was 6 for 2. New Zealand Captain Ross Taylor and senior partner Scott Styrus could not do much better and the game was effectively over after 8.5 overs with the Black Caps on 22 for 4.

Finally a bright spot for New Zealand with Kane Williamson after two ducks in the series scoring his first 13 runs in international cricket which included his first boundary. Ishant Sharma found his inside edge onto the stumps after that but at least Kane could later claim the title of second top scorer in the New Zealand innings.

Gareth Hopkins got a 5 ball duck, Nathan McCullum got 5 and Tim Southee 10. If you are thinking that New Zealand must be running out of wickets you are right – that is 80 for 9.

Kyle Mills played half a Sehwag innings and was last man out scoring 52 off 35 balls. The Black Caps however were only on 118. The statiticians got to work and after much deliberation concluded that surprisingly India were in fact the winners by 105 runs.

Newswarped congratulates India and wishes them all the best for the final against Sri Lanka. Both teams have fantastic cricketers and are great ambassadors for the game.

New Zealand if you are going to keep playing the top order collapse tactic then please make sure you have Daniel Vettori in the side to rescue you.

India 223 (Sehwag 110, Southee 4-49, McCullum 3-35) beat New Zealand 118 (Mills 52, Praveen 3-34, Praveen 3-21) by 105 runs