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India Incredible: Its 4-0 now!

A 96-ball 123 blitzkrieg by Yusuf Pathan left the visiting New Zealand team stunned as they limped back to the pavillion, after another defeat in a high scoring ODI at Bangalore. The incredible might of Pathan singlehandedly bamboozled the Kiwi bowling to give India a 4-0 lead in the ongoing ODI series. In a tense match, which could have gone either way mid-way through the Indian chase, it was the unbeaten 133 runs partnership with Saurabh Tiwary (37 off 39 balls) that sent shivers through the New Zealand team in a rain interrupted match.

A 96-ball 123 blitzkrieg by Yusuf Pathan left the visiting New Zealand team stunned as they limped back to the pavillion, after another defeat in a high scoring ODI at Bangalore. The incredible might of Pathan singlehandedly bamboozled the Kiwi bowling to give India a 4-0 lead in the ongoing ODI series. In a tense match, which could have gone either way mid-way through the Indian chase, it was the unbeaten 133 runs partnership with Saurabh Tiwary (37 off 39 balls) that sent shivers through the New Zealand team in a rain interrupted match.

It was an Indian fairytale surely, but for the Royal Challengers, it was a sad display as both the Challengers in the Indian side drew blanks today. Praveen Kumar, playing for the first time in the series, was belted for 42 runs without any luck off seven overs. The India hero of the first 3 ODIs, Virat Kohli couldn't repeat the magic in his IPL club home ground, as he fell for a mistimed hook for a duck. If the Indian side of the Challengers had a bad night, it was the turn of the Kiwi Challenger Ross Taylor to return to form in his IPL home ground. Taylor, the favourites of the Bangalore crowd, started cautiously to regain his touch and then played a patient knock of 44 off 73 deliveries to rebuild the Kiwi innings, after Brendon McCullum gave them a rollicking start. James Franklin then blasted a 69-ball 98 to take the score to 315/7 in 50 overs - one of the highest totals in the ground.

But Yusuf Pathan believed no target is big enough on his day. He first partnered for 80 runs with Rohit Sharma to consolidate the innings and as play resumed after a short spell of drizzle, it was a blatant display of power hitting as Pathan ripped apart the Kiwi bowling to take India to a 4-0 lead.

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Yusuf Pathan atlast proved his critics that his talent is not only in the IPL but also in the International Arena..

Well done Yusuf!
VishuRD on 10 Dec 2010, 10:27 AM
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