Indians Dazzled, Kiwis Crushed

The warm up match between India and New Zealand played at Chennai on Feb.16 once again demonstrated the strength of MS Dhoni and his team as well as the poor form of the New Zealand team.

In spite of being a team of potential players, the Kiwis again failed to make an impact on the field.

Tendulkar and Sehwag, though made a promising start, were out with few runs. The powerful partnership between skipper Dhoni and Suresh Raina brought the landslide victory with a much impressive total of 360 runs at the loss of five wickets. Dhoni with spectacular 11 fours and stunning 4 sixes heaped 108 runs and was not out through out. Suresh Raina’s half century out of just 26 balls was also a great contribution. When Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli also added 89 and 59 runs respectively, it was up to the Black Caps to chase a winning score of 361. When all the Kiwis were out in their 44th over, they were nowhere near to the 360 mark.

The impressive score of 58 runs out of 54 balls by Brendon McCullum could not save the New Zealand team since the batsman could not withstand the attack from the Indian spin bowlers. Yuvraj singh, Piyush Chawla, Ashish Nehra and Harbhajan Singh claimed 2 wickets each.

However, the New Zealand bowlers were not at all aggressive in their bowling. Two of the bowlers – Jacob Oram and Tim Southee managed to take a couple of wickets each.

Unless Captain Daniel Vettori and his team mates start playing positively and with determination, even the survival up to semi-finals will be too difficult for them.

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