McCullum, McGlashan take New Zealand to 270/5 (Lead)

March 11th, 2009 - 2:43 pm ICT by IANS  

Hamilton, March 11 (IANS) New Zealand batsmen did well to finish with a competitive total of 270 for five in 47 overs in the rain-affected fourth One-day International against India here Tuesday. But India have to chase a target of 281 runs according to the Duckworth-Lewis System to clinch the five-match series 3-0.
After opting to bat the Seddon Park, New Zealand got off to a good start with a century run stand by openers Brendon McCullum (77) and Jesse Ryder (46). And a sixth significant sixth-wicket partnership of 95 runs between Peter McGlashan (56) and Grant Elliot (35) helped New Zealand finish with a competitive total in a do-or-die contest.

Two rain interventions curtailed the game to a 47-overs per side contest. India are eyeing a win to clinch a 3-0 series victory - their first-ever ODI series victory on New Zealand soil.

Ryder, who scored a century at Wellington, looked in sublime touch and raced to 46 runs off 57 balls but part-time spinner Yuvraj Singh dismissed him to pull things back a bit.

The onus then shifted to McCullum, who brought up his 15th one-day half-century and helped consolidate the brisk start by New Zealand. McCullum made the most of the life he got after India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni missed an easy stumping chance when the batsman was on 43. Zaheer trapped McCullum leg before wicket to end his 95-ball stay while Ross Taylor (5) holed out to deep mid-wicket off Yusuf Pathan’s to give an easy catch to Rohit Sharma.

Ishant Sharma, who missed the last three matches due to a shoulder injury, looked rusty but picked up the wicket of Jacob Oram, who tried to steer an away going delivery to third-man but edged the delivery to Dhoni. In his next over, Ishant snared up the wicket of Martin Guptill (25) caught at third man by substitute Dinesh Karthik.

With half the side back in the pavilion, young wicketkeeper batsman McGlashan, playing at his home ground, then impressed with his innovative strokeplay and cracked his maiden half-century. With Elliot he shared a 95-run stand to take New Zealand to a competitive total.

Earlier, Daniel Vettori, who came back after missing the third ODI due to the birth of his first child, won a rare toss for New Zealand and decided to bat.

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