India End 33 Year Drought, Winning Test Match Against New Zealand
Well what can I say on such an occasion. India finally won a test match in New Zealand.
Hamilton saw a great spectacle of batting and bowling over the last few days with
Knocks by Jesse Ryder and Daniel Vettori which took their team to a decent total of 279 after they were in a absolute crisis situation and may very well have folded up below 100
Indian bowling saw a job well done by pacers Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma and Munaf Patel.
Then of course it was India's chance to bat and they ensured that the Kiwis had no chance of a win. Tendulkar who got the Man of the Match for that 160, Gambhir, Dravid, Dhoni, Yuvraj, Laxman, Sehwag all played a part in the batting.
Their effort was further boosted by Zaheer Khan who ended up with a unbeaten fifty at over a run a ball. The final score was 520 all out.
In this Innings as well we saw some decent bowling from Ian O'Brien who on the third day bowled his heart out and got some rewards too. Chris Martin was also good. Vettori was tight as ever.
Once you give the opposition a first innings lead of over two hundred, then you know there is only won team winning the test match. An Eden gardens does not happen everyday.
India this time round bowled well with the seamers, but Harbhajan Singh stole the show with a brilliant haul of six wickets.
The Kiwi fight back was a fairly good one with McCullum getting a fine fifty, but all they could manage was a lead of 38 runs. Therefore the target for India was a meagre 39 runs.
Then of course the Indian openers Gambhir and Dravid (Sehwag was injured) got done with the match in about five overs.
The match highlighted how much experience counted in cricket. The Indian batsmen played out tough times with application compared to most of the Kiwi batters who could not apply themselves for very long.
In the bowling as well, the Indian pace bowlers kept the ball pitched up consistently and got results. The Kiwis despite having success when they pitched the cherry up, they could not do it consistently.
Spin was the only department where Vettori and Harbhajan were equally good. But here as well Bhajji had more success.
This victory has also helped in showing India in much better light as some people who thought India was only good at home, may change their minds.
But complainers always complain...all India have to do is to prove them wrong again and again.
As for the hosts New Zealand, I just hope they provide better competition.
I also hope they like James Bond's martini, were shaken not stirred!
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