India crashed to a heavy 200-run defeat against New Zealand in the opening match at Dambulla after being bundled out for a paltry 88 in 29.3 overs. The Kiwi pacers got the shiny white ball to dart around quite a bit and also used the short and rising deliveries to good effect to take wickets in a heap. If the Indian bowlers could get three wickets with the new ball then the Kiwis did a lot better by dismissing half the side before the ball became semi new.
India was looking good in the chase until the 7th over when Virender Sehwag (19) was caught gloving Mills down the legside. Dinesh Karthik, the other opener fell in the very next ball, lbw to Daryl Tuffey who would go onto remove Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina cheaply in his next couple of overs. The game was as good as over when Skipper MS Dhoni was run out trying to steal a leg bye from Daryl Tuffey's follow through. Towards the end which came in the 30th over itself, all the five bowlers used by Taylor got a wicket atleast. The New Zealand Skipper had a great day taking as many as four catches to go along with his 95. He was the Man of the Match for that efforts which has brought up a bonus point win for the Kiwis.
New Zealand Innings
New Zealand bounced back superbly from a shaky position of 28 for 3 to 288 all out in the 1st Match of the Tri-Series against India at Dambulla. A lovely partnership of 190 for the 4th wicket between Skipper Ross Taylor (95 from 113 balls with 8 fours and a six) and Scott Styris (89 from 95 balls with 9 fours and a six) repaired the damages for the Kiwis and put the pressure back on the bowling side. New Zealand found itself in trouble again at 254 for 7 but luckily a cameo of 19 from 13 balls by Daryl Tuffey got them closer to the 300-run mark.
For India, the opening pair of Praveen Kumar and Ashish Nehra bowled well but lacked the wicket-taking support from the other bowlers. Nehra was the most successful with 4 for 47 in 9.5 overs while Praveen took 3 for 43 in his 9 overs along with bowling three maidens! The spinners were disappointing though the ball had turned and bounced quite consistently. For the record, New Zealand had won the toss and elected to bat first in this opening match at Dambulla.