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12-08-2010, 01:41 AM #1
Pathan's blitzkrieg ensures India an empathic winChasing a formidable 316 to win, the home team eased through with seven balls to spare. It was India's fourth successive win over New Zealand in this series and kept them on course for a whitewash.
Yusuf PathanIt was Pathan's maiden one-day hundred. His 96-ball blitzkrieg was inclusive of seven hits to the fence and equal number of hits (all mighty heaves) over it.
Considering he was also India's best bowler earlier in the day (three for 49), there was not an iota of doubt when he was named the man-of-the-match.
More importantly, he was involved in two crucial partnerships that helped India recover from 108 for four at one stage. Pathan first added 80 runs for the fifth wicket with Rohit Sharma [ Images ] (44).
Then, he and Saurabh Tiwary [ Images ] put on 126 runs in an unbroken stand that came off just 90 balls and carried India home.
Tiwary made 37 off 39 balls. His knock was inclusive of three boundaries and a maximum, the latter ensuring the match in India's favour.
Earlier, a resolute half century by James Franklin (98 not out) helped New Zealand to a formidable total. The visitors made 315 for seven in their stipulated 50 overs, in what was by far their best batting effort in the series.
And no player deserves more credit for the same than Franklin. For a player sans a significant innings in his 74 matches prior to this tour, the 30-year-old has been a revealation with the bat.
His 69-ball knock was a belligerent one and was inclusive of 12 hits to the fence and three huge ones over it.
It was the second successive half-century for Franklin following his unbeaten 72 at Vadodara. It also happened to be his second career fifty.
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