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    Tendulkar and Dravid smash Kiwis to pulp

    It was a day when Sachin Tendulkar could do nothing wrong. He called correctly, read the wicket with uncanny accuracy and chose to make the first use of it in the second one-dayer against New Zealand here today.

    He then waded into the Kiwi attack to rattle up the highest one-day score by an Indian batsman. His team went on to win the match by a massive margin of 174 runs. He himself walked away with the man-of-the-match award. Indeed, he could do nothing wrong this day. On the other hand, most of the things went awry for the New Zealanders. Their bowlers sent down a clutch of wides and no-balls. The batsmen ran without much thought and were guilty of poor shot-selection. They could not do much right.

    But the story about the match was all about Rahul Dravid’s and Sachin’s elegant hitting. When in full flow, both of them are bowlers’ nightmare and spectators’ delight. And they were in full cry.

    If Dravid started the carnage, Tendulkar completed the decimation. None of the Kiwi bowlers was spared as they put on a record 331 for the second wicket.

    Fours and sixes came in a deluge for both these Indian batsmen and there was a drought of wickets for the Kiwi bowlers. Tendulkar finished unbeaten with 186 and Dravid fell after scoring 153 as India finished with 376 for two from their 50 overs. Such a mammoth score put tremendous pressure on the New Zealand batsmen and they wilted under it.

    If Stephen Fleming had won the toss, he would not have hesitated to bat first, the wicket at the Lal Bahadur Stadium here was of such a genre. It was flat with even bounce to begin with. The ball came on nicely on to bat and shot-making was a treat. As the day wore on, it became slow. The ball started turning and keeping low and hitting became harder. But that should in no way take away credit from from Tendulkar and Dravid. It is not everyday that a batsman scores in excess of 150 in a one-dayer, but still does not win the man-of-the-match award. Dravid’s was a gem of an innings but Tendulkar's was studded with more jewels. Dravid’s innings also had one blemish, whereas Tendulkar’s knock was blemishless. When dravid was on 74, Daniel Vettori dropped a return catch and it proved extremely expensive for the Kiwis. To compound their misery, the New Zealanders conceded 32 extras.

    It was a complete reversal of roles from the first one-dayer at Rajkot last Friday. There, the Kiwis amassed a huge total and here the Indians piled up a gargantuan score. But where the Indians were able to make a fight out of it at Rajkot, here the New Zealanders buckled without a fight.

    All their batsmen fell to hasty shots and they had lost nine wickets for 156. The last pair of Scott Styris and Chris Drum hung around to take the final score to 202. Styris top-scored with 43 and three batsmen ran themselves out. It was desperate chasing and New Zealand were never in the match.

    Away from the playing field, there was plenty of action elsewhere too. Serpentine queues, jostling , pushing and chaos were all there. The outfield was sub-standard with several uneven patches. Surely not good enough for international cricket. And the security arrangements were lax, to put it mildly.

    Spectators raced on to the middle when Tendulkar got to his 24th one-day hundred and again when he crossed the 150-mark. Members of some local security outfit, attired in black bandanas and wielding batons, chased the miscreants without much success. Serious thought should be given to the security aspect and it should not be treated in a frivolous manner because it is the players’ well-being which is at stake. Such scenes appear very hilarious, but could also turn out to be traumatic.

    With the series level at 1-1, both the teams head towards Gwalior for the next game on Nov 11. This loss has given the Kiwis a lot to think about. Dion Nash, who was injured at Rajkot, has returned home. They have already lost Craig McMillan to injury. And they have run into Tendulkar and Dravid.

    They will have to produce something extraordinary at Gwalior to extricate themselves from this imbroglio.

    Tendulkar said he was surprised the way the wicket eased up soon after the start. “It was damp before the game and I wanted to bat first because I was not sure how it would play in the second innings,” he said. “But it was easy to bat on and once Rahul and I had settled, there was no problem.” Srinath, Prasad rested: The national cricket selectors rested Javagal Srinath and Venkatesh Prasad while making three changes to the 14-member Indian team for the last three one-day internationals.

    Srinath and Prasad have been rested in view of the forthcoming Australia tour and have been replaced by two other medium-pacers bound for the Antipodes - Mumbai's Ajit Agarkar and Tamil Nadu rookie T Kumaran.

    The other change has been necessitated by a stiff shoulder experienced by opener Sadagopan Ramesh and his place has gone to Bengal's Devang Gandhi who is also bound for Australia, adds PTI.

    The team: Sachin Tendulkar (captain) , Sourav Ganguly, Devang Gandhi, Rahul Dravid, Ajay Jadeja, Vijay Bhardwaj, Robin Singh, MSK Prasad, Nikhil Chopra, Anil Kumble, Ajit Agarkar, T Kumaran, Sunil Joshi, Debashish Mohanty.

    That's lovely Durrango, but what's the point in coming onto a Pakistani forum and cut and pasting this drivel about Indian team. Wait til the world series cup when you are playing against us and then you then come here and tell us about your team.

    In the meantime we want to talk about our team. Not waste time on Marathis or whatever.


      Mr Xtreme

      Why are you contradicting your own statements, you wait and watch your bowlers cry. Naday tere khiladi khe bhi yehi haal hoga.