Saturday, March 14, 2009


New Zealand staged a remarkable form reversal on Saturday to dismiss India for 149 in 36.3 overs in the fifth one-day cricket international at Eden Park.After being heavily beaten in three of the four previous matches in the series— the other was washed out — part-timer Jesse Ryder took 3-29 from nine overs while Jacob Oram, Iain O'Brien and Kyle Mills shared five wickets as New Zealand's attack fired for the first time in the series.The match was reduced to 43 overs a side from 50 due a delayed start from rain showers.New Zealand made its key breakthrough when Oram, who had made little impression in the series to date, dismissed dangerman Virender Sehwag for 40 in the 12th over.Sehwag made 125 not out as India won the fourth match of the series in Hamilton on Wednesday by 10 wickets, but his comparative failure Saturday allowed New Zealand to take charge of the match.The aggressive left hander, India's star batsman in the series, faced only 27 balls and hit three fours and three sixes before playing an indecisive shot at a rearing delivery from Oram and offering an outfield catch to Brendon McCullum.Rohit Sharma, who played his second match in the series as a replacement for the injured Sachin Tendulkar, made the only other significant contribution, facing 74 balls to remain 43 not out. Tendulkar has an abdominal muscle strain.Yuvraj Singh, who made 11, was the only other India batsman to reach double figures and extras, which contributed 18, provided the third highest score.

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