India starts ODI series on a winning note.

After the Twenty-20 series fiasco, the Indian cricket team redeemed itself somewhat, with the Duckworth –Lewis method coming to their rescue.

Half-centuries from Dhoni, Sehwag and Raina and a spurt of three wickets in four balls by Harbhajan Singh, helped India to a 53-run win on the Duckworth-Lewis method in their rain-shortened opening one-day international against New Zealand.

Actually rain put paid to New Zealand’s hopes of continuing their winning ways when they were forced to chase a stiff target of 216 from 28 over’s after play was halted a second time in the match. The Kiwis floundered to162 for 9.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

NZ were 48 runs behind the par D/L score when rain stopped play.

How did rain and D/L come to India's rescue?

04/03/2009, 00:00  
Blogger Ottayan said...

The second rain interruption along with the steep revised score caused the New Zealanders to crash in a heap. Thats how.:)

04/03/2009, 04:57  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At the start required run rate was 7.31.

After second rain break run rate for overall target set was 7.7. Not much of an difference.

The reason run rate got steep in the remaining 7 overs was because NZ were batting at run rate of 5 for 21 overs.

04/03/2009, 10:54  
Blogger Ottayan said...


Precisely they lost a lot of wickets immediately on resumption which made the chase out of reach.:)

04/03/2009, 18:17  

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