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By Abhijit Banare
The windy conditions and cold weather has often haunted Indian batsmen in New Zealand. The Kiwis on their part have used their home conditions to good effect. As India play their five-match One-Day International (ODI) series, we look at some of the memorable bowling performances in matches between the two sides in New Zealand. While the list is mostly dominated by the Kiwi bowlers, Javagal Srinath is the only Indian bowler who looked effective in those conditions.
The 2002-03 seven-match ODI series was a memorable one for Andre Adams. The all-rounder, who doesn’t generate enough pace to pose a threat to the batsmen could also swing his arms well with the bat, plotted India’s downfall on many occasions. The 2002-03 series was anyway a nightmare for India, losing 2-5 and falling like ninepins. Adams was the leading wicket-taker for New Zealand in the series with 14 wickets.
1. Andre Adams 5/22 at Queenstown in 2003
The Kiwis had already outclassed India in the first three matches and another win would just seal the series. Skipper Stephen Fleming had no issues in putting the Indians into bat again. Adams came in to ball in the 12th over of the match and removed Virender Sehwag on the second ball. He went on to rip through the Indian top-order removing the first four batsmen. The Indians dragged their innings all along and kept losing wickets. Adams had to wait until the 44th over to get his fifth wicket when he dismissed last man Ashish Nehra as India folded up for 122.
Result: New Zealand won by seven wickets.
2. Andre Adams 4/21 at Hamilton in 2003
It was the same old story! India were put into bat and they were bowled out for 122 again. The only difference was, Adams got only one top-order wicket i.e. of Sourav Ganguly who was back as opener. The skipper was bowled by Adams. The other three were lower-order wickets that of Mohammad Kaif, Anil Kumble and Srinath. Adams neither had the pace nor accuracy of a traditional fast bowler, but he got good movement off the pitch. The green tops and an embarrassing Indian batting display made things easier for Adams.
Result: New Zealand won by six wickets
3. Manoj Prabhakar 3/37 in Rothmans Cup Triangular Series at Wellington in 1990
Manoj Prabhakar was a part of this memorable match between the two sides which the Indians won by just one run. He was the most economical bowler in the match and that mattered as much as the wickets he took in the end. New Zealand needed just 27 runs with five wickets in hand. The situation could have been much more comfortable if Prabhakar hadn’t bowled the well set Ken Rutherford for 44. With Richard Hadlee, the situation was very much in control. Atul Wassan struck with the wicket of Ian Smith. However, it was Prabhakar who brought India back into the game with the wickets of Shane Thomson and Gavin Larsen. His efforts were overshadowed by the brilliant yorker from Kapil Dev which got Hadlee.
Result: India won by one run.
4. Jacob Oram 5/26 at Auckland in 2002
After the drubbing in the Test series came the seven-match One-Day Internationals (ODIs). Even Jacob Oram was left shocked and surprised that he actually ended up with five wickets. Apart from the wicket of skipper Ganguly, Oram bagged almost all the middle and lower-order wickets. He dismissed Yuvraj Singh, Kaif, Kumble and Srinath. His five for 26 are his career-best bowling figures in ODIs till date. India folded up for an embarrassing 108. For fans back then, it was just the start of witnessing many more such matches where the Indian batting fared miserably. Oram went onto help a stuttering New Zealand go past the finish line. At 52 for six, even the Kiwis looked set to collapse to a low score but Oram carried them ahead.
At the same time, Srinath’s four-wicket haul in this match needs to be praised. After the dismal show in the Tests, India could have been blown away. But Srinath bowled exceptionally well to pull back New Zealand and make their victory a hard-earned one.
Result: New Zealand won by three wickets.
5. Anil Kumble 5/33 at Wellington in 1994
It was an impressive performance by the Indians with the bat and later recued by Anil Kumble’s key strikes which kept India in the hunt and avoided a surprise New Zealand victory after they were five down for 131. It was a laudable performance from the spin-pace combo of Kumble and Srinath. While Srinath bagged the top-order wickets, Kumble pitched in with crucial wickets, especially that of Shane Thomson and Adam Parore who threatened to upset India’s victory in their chase of 256. Thomson and Parore shared an 85-run sixth-wicket stand before Kumble got the former stumped for 60 and then removed the latter for 47. Kumble went onto complete his five-wicket haul with the wicket of Dion Nash who was the last man dismissed, thereby helping India to a 12-run victory. Without much doubt, Kumble was adjudged as Man of the Match.
Result: India won by 12 runs.
6. Richard Collinge 5/23 at Christchurch in 1976
It was a lacklustre performance from the Indians in the first ever ODI between the two teams in New Zealand. The Indians struggled to score at the start. Collinge drew first blood with the wicket of Parthasarthy Sharma. Collinge struck with lower-order wickets to help his team bundle out India for just 154. The Kiwis went onto win comfortably by nine wickets. In the 15 ODIs he played in his career, this performance was his best. The left-arm pacer Collinge was also known for his nagging accuracy.
Result: New Zealand won by nine wickets
Among the ones not mentioned above is the performance of Danny Morrison in the first ODI of the 1994 series at Napier. Morrison bagged a hat-trick dismissing Kapil Dev and Salil Ankola on the last two balls of his eighth over and dismissing Nayan Mongia on the first ball of his next.
Result: New Zealand won by 28 runs
(Abhijit Banare is a reporter at CricketCountry. He is an avid quizzer and loves to analyse and dig out interesting facts which allows him to learn something new every day. Apart from cricket he also likes to keep a sharp eye on Indian politics, and can be followed on Twitter and blog)
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