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12-02-2010, 01:38 AM #1
Jaipur ODI: Gambhir's ton helps India thrash NZAn aggressive 138 not out by Gautam Gambhir ensured India a comprehensive eight-wicket win over New Zealand in the second One-Day International at the Sawai Mansingh stadium in Jaipur on Wednesday.
Chasing a competitive 259 to win, the home team eased through with seven overs to spare.
It was India's second successive win in the five-match series, after an equally comprehensive 40-run triumph at Guwahati, and reiterated the fact that New Zealand will need something special to avoid a whitewash.
Two dominant wins by a second string Indian side clearly underlines the fact that the Kiwis have some serious homework to do not only to salvage the ongoing series but also to brighten their chances in the World Cup, to be played on the subcontinent in a few months time.
As things stand at present, following an embarrasing defeat in Bangladesh and an impending similar result in theis series, things aren't looking rosy for the Kiwis.
Gautam GambhirThe captain led from the front with a majestic innings that made the match a no contest. It was Gambhir's eighth ODI hundred, his first against New Zealand and palpably his first as a captain.
The 29-year-old's 116-ball knock was inclusive of 18 hits to the fence.
No points for guessing he was awarded the man-of-the-match for his magnificent effort.
Virat Kohli impressed yet again, following his majestic 105 at Guwahati with an equally well-made 64.
The Delhi duo put on 116 runs for the second wicket to build on the foundation provided by an equally impressive opening wicket stand of 87 between the captain and fellow opener Murali Vijay [ Images ] (33)....being a human...