Over the recent past, India and New Zealand have been two extremely entertaining sides. Both units are powerhouses in limited overs and have been renowned for doing exceedingly well in multilateral tournaments. Their bilateral rivalry too has been an entertaining one as the two sides have churned out some extremely entertaining games in the recent past.
The 2010 ODI series between these teams played in India might have been a one-sided one, with the Gautam Gambhir led Indian side winning it comprehensively 5-0. But in that very series, the fourth ODI at Bangalore still stands as one the most resilient performances from the men in blue in their ODI history.
The teams got to Bangalore for the fourth ODI with the series already being decided as India wrapped up the first three games with relative ease. It was this attitude of having nothing to lose which brought the best out of the New Zealand batsmen as the Kiwis enjoyed batting on the flat track at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium.
The Daniel Vettori led New Zealand amassed a mammoth total of 315 on board as all-rounder James Franklin finished the innings off in style, remaining unbeaten on 98 off just the matter of 69 deliveries.
In a big run chase, India needed a solid start, which they got as Gautam Gambhir and Parthiv Patel got the hosts off to a flier. Patel got to this maiden ODI fifty but within minutes was sent back as India lost their top order in a heap.
At 108-4 in 19.3 overs and with the then two mercurial men in Yusuf Pathan and Rohit Sharma in the middle, it seemed like the chase was good as over for India. The two men though, were in some mood as they resurrected the innings, putting up an 80 run stand for the fifth wicket.
Despite Rohit getting out, Yusuf didn’t lose his touch as he went on the all-out offensive against the Kiwi bowlers. The marauding Pathan was ruthless against the slow left-arm spin of Daniel Vettori especially, as he belted the New Zealand captain for sixes with utmost ease.
Finding an able partner in Saurabh Tiwary, Pathan blazed to his maiden ODI ton as India got closer with every monstrous hit from his bat. With Tiwary too chipping in, India eventually won the game with seven balls to spare, as the two added 133 for the 6th wicket in the matter of just 93 deliveries.
The innings from Yusuf Pathan remains among the more enigmatic knocks from an Indian batsman in a run chase as he took India to a win from the jaws of defeat. Below, is the video of that epic run chase from the men in blue.