India-New Zealand ODI reduced to 38 overs (Second Lead)

March 3rd, 2009 - 11:00 am ICT by IANS  

Napier, March 3 (IANS) The first one-day international (ODI) between India and New Zealand resumed after two hours and 20 minutes of play was lost due to rain forcing the officials to reduce it to a 38 overs per side here Tuesday.
With 12 overs short, three bowlers can bowl eight overs and two can bowl seven. The Powerplays will be in blocks of eight, four and three overs.

Gloomy weather with a persistent drizzle stopped play in the fifth over with India 27 for no loss. Virender Sehwag was batting on 23 off 19 balls and Tendulkar three when play was halted.

India’s skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and decided to bat on the batsman-firendly McLean’s Park pitch.

India made three changes from the side that lost the two-match Twenty20 series against the Black Caps, bringing in star batsman Tendulkar and medium-pacers Praveen Kumar and Munaf Patel in place of Irfan Pathan, Ravindra Jadeja and injured Ishant Sharma.

Fast bowler Kyle Mills returns to the New Zealand eleven after missing the Twenty20 games with an injury. He comes in for Tim Southee.

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