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Vettori leads NZ to win over India
The Black Caps captain had four wickets, a catch and a run-out in the 10-run win.
Last Modified: 16 Sep 2007 12:12 GMT

Dan Vettori, Kiwis captain, was named Man of the Match after leading his side to victory [GALLO/GETTY]

Daniel Vettori, New Zealand captain, led from the front as New Zealand defeated India by 10 runs in the first Super Eight match of the Twenty20 world championships at the Wanderers stadium in Johannesburg.
The left-arm spinner claimed 4 for 20 with the ball, took a catch and effected a run out as the Black Caps, who were bowled out for 190 in their 20 overs, hit back to restrict India to 180 for 9 in good batting conditions.
India began brightly, but failed to build on Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir's blistering opening stand of 76 from 35 deliveries.
 
Sehwag struck a typically aggressive 40 from 17 balls including six fours and two sixes, while Gambhir top-scored with 51 off 33 with five fours and two sixes.
 
However New Zealand all-rounder Jacob Oram broke through when he had Sehwag caught at mid-wicket and from there India lost their way as they conceded wickets at regular intervals to hand New Zealand two valuable points.
 
"I don't think we bowled well towards the end of the innings, but the target was gettable after we got such a fine start," Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Indian captain, said.
 

"We know we must win both our remaining matches to make the semi-finals. Nothing is impossible in this game."

Mahendra Singh Dhoni,
Indian captain

"But we could not get another partnership going and lost too many wickets in a heap. There is a lesson to be learnt here and hopefully we will do better in the other games.
 
"We know we must win both our remaining matches to make the semi-finals. Nothing is impossible in this game."
 
The Black Caps had been in trouble themselves after being sent in to bat by Dhoni, as they were 91 for 5 at one stage before Oram and Craig McMillan staged a fight back resulting in 78 runs coming from the last five overs.
 
Kiwis comeback
 
Opener Brendon McCullum smashed 45 off 31 balls at the start, before McMillan (44 from 23) and Oram (35 off 15) bolstered the total by adding 73 in 33 balls for the sixth wicket.
 
McMillan hit four sixes and Oram three, but New Zealand failed to pass 200 when they lost four wickets in the final over.
 
Vettori said his side's late batting revival played a key role because he was confident his bowlers could defend a reasonable target.
 
"The way Yuvraj and Harbhajan bowled in our innings, I knew we could keep the runs down," the New Zealand captain, who was named man-of-the-match said.
 
"So the efforts of McMillan and Oram were very valuable. It showed the depth in our batting. It was a good all-round performance."
 
The Kiwis had three run outs in the final over after Vettori, later named man of the match, was bowled off the first ball by Rudra Pratap. New Zealand and India are grouped with South Africa and England in group E of the Super Eights.
 
Group F is comprised of Australia, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh with the top two teams from each group advancing to the semi-finals.
 
New Zealand next play England on Tuesday and India take on England on Wednesday, with both matches taking place at the Kingsmead in Durban.
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