Chennai, Dec. 10: It took a little over than two hours for the New Zealand innings to fold up without a fight in the fifth and final one-day international at the MA Chidambaram Stadium here on Friday and a target of 104 was never enough to test the strong Indian top-order.
The writing on the wall was clear and the brownwash duly achieved. It was another professional display from this young Indian side much in tune with what had transpired in the earlier matches. Yuvraj Singh was named man of the match for his all-round effort.
The first 30 minutes set the tone for India’s most dominant win of the series. The overcast conditions and damp wicket were ideal for Praveen Kumar and Ashish Nehra. The seamers did a fine job in not exceeding their limitations and bowling within themselves. It was a clinical display by India with the ball and on the field.
The only trick skipper Gautam Gambhir missed was not attacking with more men catching around the bat when the spinners were introduced.
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