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On-song India eye clean sweep

Dec. 9: The first four instalments of the five match one-day series has seen one unit camouflage their deficiencies well and another running downhill without brakes. The difference in class that looked minimal on paper at the start has now seen the Kiwis exposed thoroughly.

There is little of interest here barring the usual additions to meaningless statistics, India and New Zealand round off the series with honours well and truly decided.

The batting chart of the fourth match has been the only high point for the visitors who somehow have failed to comprehend the jigsaw. Losing momentum in the sub-continent can be fiddly. The great Indian rope trick one missed is a difficult train to catch. With many senior pros rested this was the best chance for New Zealand to record their first ODI series win in India but sadly the team have not played as a cohesive unit.

Gautam Gambhir is not complaining at all. The team have overcome a few difficult situations and nothing bigger than the chase at Bengaluru where Yusuf Pathan exploded exactly when the team required an innings of brutal brilliance. There are a few areas that the can be plugged but this Indian combination is not anywhere near the one that will play the World Cup and in all fairness they have over-performed.

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