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Around the Grounds ~ IndA vs Aus - Eng vs NZ

February 18th 2013 16:53
Australia began their tour to India with what you’d probably call ‘a losing draw’. India A were captained by recently dropped Gautum Gambhir, while the touring Australians were lead by Shane Watson, the Test vice-captain.

Gambhir won the toss on day 1 of this 3 day game, and he decided to have a bat. The hosts had a brilliant first day with Gambhir and Manoj Tiwary both scoring excellent centuries. Rohit Sharma also looked good for his 77 while the Australian seamers were found lacking as Moises Henriques and Peter Siddle shared just a single pair of wickets. The touring spinners had a better time of it however, as Nathan Lyon, Xavier Doherty and Ashton Agar shared the remaining 8. India A scored a huge 451 all out and then set about tearing the Aussie batting line-up apart. Captain, Shane Watson, top scored with a blistering 84, his opening stand of 116 with Ed Cowan (40) wouldn’t have suggested the collapse that would follow. The tight, consistent bowling of Rakesh Dhurv and Jalaj Saxena was surprisingly lethal as they combined to take 9 wickets as the tourists capitulated to 235 all out, and were forced to follow on.

Manoj Tiwary and Gautam Gambhir put on 128 for the 3rd wicket vs The Australians

Their second innings was a little bit more successful, another century opening stand gave both Watson and Cowan half-centuries. Phil Hughes (19) looked a little flustered while Usman Khawaja (30*) and Matthew Wade (19*) looked comfortable as they look Australia up to the close. The fight for positions in the batting line-up seems to be going to Khawaja, but will they need him as they still have Michael Clarke and Dave Warner to come back into the side.

England’s continuing obsession with bowling short has cost them another win as New Zealand superbly chased down their 258 to win the first ODI in Hamilton.

Mitchell McClenaghan furthered his already blossoming reputation with what will be his last 4 wickets of the tour as he injured his side late into the England innings. McClenaghan removed Cook early on, before coming back on later to rush through England’s tail. Earlier, Ian Bell, Jonathan Trott and Joe Root all made half-centuries, but unfortunately for the tourists, none could go on to bigger things. For the first time in a while neither, Eoin Morgan or Jos Buttler could hit their straps as England capitulated from 190-4 to 258 all out. Stalwarts of Kiwi cricket, Kyle Mills and James Franklin took 2-32 and 3-42 respectively as New Zealand came back at England after it looked like they would be chasing 300 . When England came out to bowl the ball was moving and batting looked tough. Jimmy Anderson removed BJ Watling in the first over to become the highest wicket-taking bowler in England history. The removal of martin Guptill looked to give England some impetus, but Kane Williamson and then Brendon McCullum had other ideas.

Williamson looked an all round class act scoring 74 before being brilliantly run-out by a combination of Ian Bell and Chris Woakes. This just brought McCullum to the crease, and he began to punish England. Stuart Broad just kept bowling short at him and he absolutely loved it, smashing the ball to all parts of the leg side boundary. When Andrew Ellis was removed New Zealand needed 41 from 25 balls, this proposed a question, should Guptill risk his injury to help the team? He did. Despite being barely able to run, opener Guptill defied the odds to see his side over the line going from 3 from 19 to 27 from 27 to win the game with 7 balls remaining. Just when England needed a couple of good over's, the ball was thrown to Broad and his obsession with half trackers took over as he was smashed everywhere enabling the Kiwi’s to rush over the line. Very, very poor.

Martin Guptill forgets about his injured hamstring to celebrate New Zealand's unlikely victory.

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Comment by Anonymous

February 20th 2013 08:55
Brave performance but as you say poor from England.

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