Reviewing India’s last win in Christchurch

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India will be playing the third and final ODI of the series at Christchurch on Wednesday, 30th November. The visitors must win this match to level the series 1-1. In 1dia was badly beaten by the hosts at Eden Park making a mockery of the target. 

In the six ODIs that Team India has played in Christchurch so far, they have only won one, lost two—one to Australia, and one to the hosts, New Zealand, 5-4. But the contests were held in Christchurch’s AMI Stadium. In 2014, Hagley Oval was chosen as the eighth test location in New Zealand.

This is the biggest ground in terms of dimensions in New Zealand. This venue is good for batting, with the ball coming onto the bat very nicely. But rain might play a spoilsport in the contest. 

What happened when India last played at Christchurch?

India last won a game at this venue way back in 2009. It was a great batting day for India, as Sachin Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh, and Suresh Raina played exceptional knocks. 

Tendulkar scored 163 off just 133 deliveries in an era where run scoring was not easy. Sachin played with a Strike Rate of 122.25 which is difficult, even today. He had the chance to score his maiden ODI double hundred but he was forced to retire. 

The free-flowing Yuvraj Singh came to all guns blazing scoring 87 runs. Dhoni (68) and Raina (38*) made a late surge to help India reach an above-average total of 392/4.

New Zealand had an explosive start with an opening stand between McCullum and Ryder of 166 in just 21 overs. But the middle order collapsed and were eventually all out for 334 runs in the 46th over.

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