India win toss, decide to bat (Lead)

March 14th, 2009 - 11:43 am ICT by IANS  

Auckland, March 14 (IANS) Indian skipper Mahendra Singh won the toss and decided to bat in the rain-delayed fifth and final One-Day International (ODI) cricket match against New Zealand at Eden Park here Saturday.The match had been shortened to 43 overs with the three powerplays being reduced to nine, four and four overs. Three bowlers can bowl nine overs and two eight each.

India have already clinched the five-match series 3-0, with one match abandoned due to rain.

India retained the side that won the fourth match at Hamilton, while New Zealand brought in veteran all-rounder Scott Styris in place of Even Thompson who failed to clear a fitness test.

This the first time an India team won a ODI series in this country and for hosts it is easily their worst defeat at home.

The teams:

India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain and wicketkeeper), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Suresh Raina,Yuvraj Singh, Rohit Sharma, Yusuf Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Praveen Kumar, Ishant Sharma. 12th man: Munaf Patel.

New Zealand: Daniel Vettori (captain), Brendon McCullum, Jesse Ryder, Martin Guptill, Ross Taylor, Scott Styris, Grant Elliott, Jacob Oram, Peter McGlashan (wicketkeeper), Kyle Mills, Iain O’Brien. 12th man: Jeetan Patel

Umpires: Rudi Koertzen and Gary Baxter.

Third umpire: Evan Watkin.

Match referee: Ranjan Madugalle.

–Indo-Asian New Service

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