Bangalore: Yusuf Pathan butchered the New Zealand bowlers as he struck a 79-ball century to guide India to a fantastic five-wicket victory in the fourth ODI here on December 7.
Courtesy Yusuf’s (123, 96 balls, 7×4, 7×6 and three for 49) all-round performance, India now lead the five-match series 4-0.
Yusuf had two fruitful partnerships — first with Rohit Sharma (44, 48 balls, 4×4, 1×6) when they added 80 runs in 13.5 overs and then 133 runs with Saurabh Tiwary (37 not out 3×4, 1×6) for the sixth wicket.
This was incidentally the highest run-chase in an ODI at this ground. It was young Saurabh, who finished the proceedings with a six off Nathan McCullum.
Parthiv Patel (53, 57 balls, 8×4) playing his first one day match after six and half years got his maiden ODI fifty.
Earlier, James Franklin once again turned out to be an unlikely hero with the willow as his smashing innings of an unbeaten 98 from only 69 deliveries helped New Zealand reach a commanding 315 for seven in 50 overs.
Pathan (three for 49) turned out to be the most successful bowler as he made good use of the bowling Powerplay as he was able to breach through the defences of rival skipper Daniel Vettori (17) and Kyle Mills (1).