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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

India won series by winning final Test with innings and 198 runs

Well great performance from Indian batsmen and superb display of bowling by Indian bowlers helped India to win the series 1-0 against New Zealand at Jamtha(Nagpur). Looking at the performance of Indian team and New Zealand team in first two test matches it looked like final test will also end in a draw or will be a close finish but Indian Team rose to the challenge and played fantastic cricket to register easy win over Kiwis. At the start of this test India was handicapped in bowling department as their strike bowler Zaheer Khan got injured and pulled out of this test but despite Zaheer's loss India won this test match convincingly. It clearly shows Indian team is not depending on the individuals and they have enough and able replacements. There are lot of positives coming out of this match for Indian team like  Ishant Sharma back in his bowling form , Harbhajan's batting  and Rahul Dravid back in form by correcting his technical flaws. Now talking about negative aspects and it is Surest Raina before this series he was considered great talent and I still believe he is great talent but this series have not done any good to his confidence as he scored only 26 runs in four innings at an paltry average of  6.5 which is not good sign for him and Indian team. Another negative aspect was batting of God(Sachin Tendulkar) who accumulated only 126 runs in the series at an average of 31.50 which is not upto his standard and also missing out on his landmark of 50th Test Hundred which was eagerly awaited by the  fans across the globe. But as we all know Tendulkar is class act and he can come out of these bad situation very quickly. On the whole great series win but not that convincing. Atleast 2-0 was expected from team India after their clean sweep on Australia.
Coming to New Zealand side. They came in this series with horrible loss at the hands of Bangladesh in one-day series and were expected to lose 3-0 but to everybody's surprise they fought well in the series and drew first two test. Lot of positives they carry from this series as they got new star in batting that is Kane Williamson who scored century on debut and impressed everybody with his skill to play on sub-continent pitches and condition. Another positives for them were Jesse Ryder's return and Chris Martin's bowling . I feel Martin  bowled very well on Indian pitches but he was bit unlucky. Kiwis also suffered set-back because of poor batting form of Ross Taylor who was expected a lot to do well in the series but he couldn't live upto the expectations. I also feel New Zealand made a mistake in final test by not including Jeetan Patel as we all saw there was lot of bounce and turn in the pitch and he could have proved handy on this track. Another impressive thing from New Zealan side was their fielding and running between the wickets which was far superior than India team and on this aspect they were far ahead form team India. Overall great series win for team India and I must congratulate Kiwis for fighting hard and drawing first 2 test matches.

Well now test series is over and focus will be on one-day series and both  teams have already made few changes in their squads and I feel one-day series will give us great thrill and entertainment.

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