Defeating New Zealand by 105-run in the sixth ODI match at the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, India has made their place into the final of the on-going Tri-Series Cricket Tournament in Sri Lanka.
They came into the match with a must-needed victory to book their place in the final round. Now, they will encounter the host team, Sri Lanka, to snatch the trophy. The final ODI match will take place on 28th August 2010 at the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium.
India has got 10 points from their four matches. On the other hand, their opponent team is one point ahead than them with playing equal number of games.
Winning the toss, Indian skipper decided to bat first and scored 223 after losing all wickets in 46.3 overs. It was India’s opening batsman, Virender Sehwag, who led his team playing a match saving 93-ball 110 innings, including 16 boundaries and 1 six. Thanks to his 13th ODI century, India could make a challenging score ahead of New Zealand despite their early precarious 66 for four.
Indian pace bowlers bundled out the New Zealand cricket team for 118 runs in 30.1 overs. Kyle Mills was the highest run scorer for his team with scoring 52 runs. It would have been a worst defeat if he did not score his second ODI fifty. New Zealand were struggling hard falling four wickets for 22 in the ninth over to 53 for eight in the 23rd over.
Indian bowlers Praveen Kumar and Munaf Patel made the victory easier and quicker picking three wickets apiece. Ashish Nehra also helped them taking two wickets while the rest of two wickets were shared between Ishant Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja.
The final ODI match against Sri Lanka is going to be a revenge game for Indian cricket team as they lost to them by eight wickets with 209 balls remaining at hand.