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Bond breaks Indian batting backbone

Shane Bond's blistering bowling swept New Zealand to victory over India in the second match of the triangular series on Friday.
PTI | By Telford Vice, Bulawayo
PUBLISHED ON AUG 27, 2005 11:01 PM IST

Shane Bond's blistering bowling swept New Zealand to victory over India in the second match of the triangular series on Friday.

New Zealand won by 51 runs after fast bowler Bond destroyed India's powerful batting line-up with his career-best haul of six for 19.

The Black Caps, who won the toss and chose to bat, were all out for 215 before dismissing India for 164 in 37.2 overs.

A stubborn ninth-wicket stand of 118 between JP Yadav and Irfan Pathan added respectability to India's innings.

Yadav scored 69, Pathan made a maiden 50 and together they put on more than twice the contribution of the rest of their teammates.

New Zealand slumped to 36 for five before Craig McMillan rescued the innings with an aggressive 54.

The Indians had no answer to Bond's express pace.

He first struck in the third over when Saurav Ganguly, who scored five, gloved a short-pitched legside delivery to wicketkeeper Brendon McCullum.

With his next ball Bond yorked substitute batsman Venugopal Rao, who replaced Ashish Nehra.

Rahul Dravid successfully dug out the yorker Bond sent down to try and claim his hat-trick, but in his next over Bond bowled Dravid off the inside edge for five.

Six balls later India were 19 for four when fast bowler Andre Adams had Yuvraj Singh caught by Stephen Fleming at first slip for one.

Bond struck two more crucial blows in his first spell of five for 14 when he had a slashing Mohammad Kaif caught by McMillan at third man for nine and the dangerous Virender Sehwag brilliantly caught by a diving Hamish Marshall at point for 15.

That left India teetering on 39 for six and ended their genuine hopes of victory.

Bond returned in the 35th over, and two overs later he had Pathan caught behind to make it 162 for nine.

Seamer Jacob Oram ended the match when he had Yadav caught at mid-off by McMillan.

The win seemed India's for the taking when the left-arm pace duo of Pathan and Nehra reduced New Zealand to 36 for five in the 13th over.

Both bowlers straightened the ball sharply off the seam and obtained swing through the air to remove the Black Caps' top five for low scores.

Jacob Oram and McMillan rebuilt the innings with a brisk partnership of 91 for the sixth wicket.

Oram and McMillan survived three dropped catches between them and were finally separated in the 29th over when a mix-up saw both batsmen stranded in the middle of the pitch as Yuvraj's throw came in from the deep to Harbhajan at the bowler's end.

Oram sacrificed his wicket and was run out for 36.

The aggressive McMillan scored his 54 off as many deliveries and hit five fours and two sixes before fast bowler Ajit Agarkar had him caught at mid-off by Pathan.

Zimbabwe play India in the third match of the tournament in Harare on Monday.

Reuters

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