Dhoni powers India to easy win in final warm-up
Indian batting, led by captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni's power hitting, forced New Zealand into submission by piling on a massive total and earned the co-hosts an easy 117-run win in the warm-up game on Wednesday.
Dhoni started cautiously but tore apart the New Zealand bowling once he got set, blasting an unbeaten 108 off just 64 balls, with 11 boundaries and three massive sixes.
Gautam Gambhir (89), Virat Kohli (59) and Suresh Raina (50) also chipped in with half-centuries as India amassed a massive 360 for five from 50 overs, after opting to bat first.
New Zealand started on a positive note and took the attack to the Indian pacemen but failed to keep the momentum going once the Indian spinners came into action.
V. Sehwag b Oram 23
S. Tendulkar b Southee 17
G. Gambhir c How b Southee 89
V. Kohli c B. McCullum b Oram 59
MS Dhoni not out 108
S. Raina c Taylor b Mills 50
Y. Pathan not out 3
Extras (lb4, w7) 11
Total (for five wickets; 50 overs) 360
Fall of wickets: 1-35 (Tendulkar), 2-42 (Sehwag), 3-148 (Kohli), 4-216 (Gambhir), 5-340 (Raina).
Bowling: Mills 10-1-81-1 (w4), Southee 10-1-67-2, Oram 9-1-70-2 (w2), Franklin 2-0-17-0, N. McCullum 10-0-61-0, Woodcock 5-0-31-0 (w1), Styris 4-0-29-0.
M. Guptill c Dhoni b Ashwin 38
B. McCullum run out 58
J. Ryder c Yuvraj b Harbhajan 32
R. Taylor c Kohli b Harbhajan 5
J. Franklin lbw b Chawla 0
S. Styris b Chawla 20
J. How c Patel b Yuvraj 15
J. Oram st Dhoni b Yuvraj 12
N. McCullum not out 29
L. Woodcock b Nehra 9
K. Mills b Nehra 2
Extras (b4, lb8, w11) 23
Total (for all out; 43.1 overs) 243
Fall of wickets: 1-94 (Guptill), 2-118 (B. McCullum), 3-140 (Taylor), 4-141 (Franklin), 5-147 (Ryder), 6-173 (How), 7-197 (Oram), 8-202 (Styris), 9-213 (Woodcock), 10-243 (Mills).
Bowling: Nehra 7.1-0-55-2, Sreesanth 5-0-38-0, Patel 3-0-19-0, Ashwin 7-0-30-1 (w5), Yuvraj 9-0-33-2 (w5), Harbhajan 4-0-17-2, Chawla 8-0-39-2 (w1).
Result: India win by 117 runs
Umpires: Asoka de Silva (SRI) and Rod Tucker (AUS)
TV umpire: Simon Taufel (AUS)
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