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Thursday, August 06, 2009

India Wins the 3rd ODI by 58 Runs, Stretching their Lead to 2-0

(This entry was originally published on Sunday, March 8th, 2009)

India pulled off an excellent 58-run victory against New Zealand in the third ODI in Christchurch today. The run-flooded match amused the cricket fans to the fullest as both sides’ combined total stands at 726 runs for the loss of 14 wickets in 95.1 overs. Batting first, India amassed a huge total of 392 runs losing 4 wickets in 50 overs with Sachin Tendulkar scoring a thrashing hundred. In reply, host side also started off well thanks to fiery batting of their openers, but they lost momentum in the middle of the innings and lost wickets pretty regularly and got all out for 334 with Jesse Ryder scoring a brilliant century.

Tendulkar scored 163 runs before being retired hurt off 133 balls. Yuvraj Singh played an excellent innings of 87 runs off 60 balls, while Dhoni contributed 68 runs off 58 balls. In the end, Suresh Raina’s 18-ball 38 also helped India towards the huge total. New Zealand openers Jesse Ryder and Brendon McCullum shared 166 runs in their opening stand in just 22 overs. However, middle order batsmen lost the momentum as they failed to capitalize on the solid start. Kyle Mills and Tim Southee gave a last try to chase down the total but Mills’ 54 and Southee’s 32 were not enough to help New Zealand win the match.

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