Zaheer Khan showcased his skills as India dismissed New Zealand for just 146. He returned with figures of 4/42, dismissing Craig McMillan, Nathan Astle, Brendon McCullum and Chris Harris. It took India just over 40 overs to seal the win, with unbeaten half-centuries from Mohammad Kaif (68*) and Rahul Dravid (53*).
Having won the toss and elected to bat, India found themselves in trouble at 94/5. However, 70 from Syed Abid Ali helped them reach 230. In reply, New Zealand captain Glenn Turner led from the front. His unbeaten 114 helped New Zealand reach the target with seven balls remaining.
Having put India into bat, New Zealand managed to bowl India out for just 182. New Zealand lost just two wickets in reply, as Bruce Edgar (84*), Glenn Turner (43*) and John Wright (48) led them to victory by eight wickets.
In the first match at Bengaluru, India’s captain, Kapil Dev, showed his class by smashing 72* off just 58 balls to help his side reach 252/7 from their 50 overs. In reply New Zealand fell just 16 runs short of India’s total. In the second match at Nagpur, Sunil Gavaskar made headlines with his century, but it was a good all-round performance from India which saw them claim victory. Chetan Sharma – who shared the Player of the Match award with Gavaskar – finished with figures of 3/50 as New Zealand were restricted to 221/9.
Sachin Tendulkar top-scored for India with 84, as they finished on 230/6 after 50 overs. New Zealand opener Mark Greatbatch went on the attack in reply, smashing four sixes as he reached 73 from 77 balls. Andrew Jones helped New Zealand get over the line with an unbeaten 67.
India, winning the toss and electing to bat first, finished on 251/6 thanks mainly to a half-century from Ajay Jadeja. It wasn’t enough to stop New Zealand claiming the win though, as Matt Horne (74) and Roger Twose (60*) got New Zealand to their target.
India batting first, put up a good total of 264-6, with Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar scoring 117 and 69 respectively. In reply New Zealand chased it down with only two balls to spare thanks to a brilliant hundred by Chris Cairns who was adjudged as Man of The Match.
In a low scoring game, New Zealand were bundled out for 126, batting first. In reply India were all out at 79 with Mitchell Santner and Ish Sodi finishing with figures of 4-11 and 3-18 respectively.
Batting first the Kiwis put up a target of 240, which many thought that it would be a cakewalk for the in-form Indians. Chasing, the Indians were bundled out for 221 with gutsy knocks from MS Dhoni(50) and Ravindra Jadeja (77) going in vain.
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