The one day triangular tournament in Sri Lanka kicked off this week with an emphatic win for New Zealand over India. The Kiwi’s won the match comfortably by 200 runs in Dambulla. Scott Styris and Ross Taylor put on 190 runs for the fourth wicket as the Black Caps were bowled out for 288 after choosing to bat first.
India collapsed in reply, 88 all out was their fifth lowest one day total. Daryl Tuffey was the pick of the bowlers for New Zealand with 3-34, he was backed up well by Kyle Mills and Jacob Oram who claimed two wickets a piece.
Cricket Betting pundits note how the Kiwi’s innings didn’t get off to a good start as they slumped to 28-3 in the seventh over, Praveen Kumar and Ashish Nehra looked dangerous with the new ball to put pressure on the New Zealand top order. Taylor, who is captaining his country after regular captains Daniel Vettori and Brendan MaCullum were rested for the tournament, saved the innings with help from Styris. Taylor hit eight fours and a six in his innings of 95, while Styris reached 89 off 95 deliveries, including nine fours and a six. Both batsmen fell in quick succession and the tail failed to deliver and the Black Caps were all out for 288 in 48.5 overs, Nehra finishing as India’s best bowler with 4-47.
India would have been confident of reaching the total when they started their innings, that confidence was short lived as Tuffy tore through the top order. Tuffy was also responsible for running out India’s captain M S Dhoni. Mills claimed the key wicket of Virender Sehwag for 19 as India exposed their tail after only 20 overs. Jacob Oram and Mills again cleaned up the India tail end to skittle the Indians all out for 88 after only 29.3 overs. The series continues on August 13, when the Kiwi’s face another battle against the Cricket Odds with a match against the hosts Sri Lanka.