India won the second ODI in the series against the Kiwis in New Zealand today. India scored 392 and in reply New Zealand got 334. The day belonged to the batsemen. Lots of sixes hit on this small ground in Christchurch. The bowlers were carted all around the park. It was a day which was exhilarating and at the same time frustrating if you are an Indian supporter. Yes, India piled up runs, a lot of them, but then also went for plenty when they bowled; Munaf Patel being the main culprit.
But then, it was also a day when the bat of God came down on New Zealand and hit them real hard. The bat of God played straight, slashed, drove, cut, pulled, and eventually swept the Kiwis out of the match. We were fortunate to witness this. A very good innings by Sachin Tendulkar. He scored 163* off 130 odd balls. Unfortunately he pulled a muscle in his stomach while batting and eventually had to retire, otehrwise 200 was on the cards. Continue reading