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On Thursday evening, India’s somewhat casual approach with the bat resulted in a narrow series-levelling victory for New Zealand at the Ferozeshah Kotla ground here.For the better part of the second one-day international, India looked in control. But the Kiwis gradually regained lost ground, saw off Hardik Pandya’s 32-ball 36 cameo and snatched a six–run victory to make it 1-1 in the five-match series.

Pandya and Umesh Yadav added 49 runs off 48 balls for the ninth wicket to reignite India’s hopes. However, with 11 runs needed off eight deliveries, Pandya’s tennis-like shot off Trent Boult spelt doom. In the final over, India needed 10 runs to win but Tim Southee yorked last-man Jasprit Bumrah.

As a result, India folded at 236 in chase of New Zealand’s 242 for nine, built largely around skipper and Man-of-the-Match Kane Williamson’s 118 and his second-wicket stand of 120 with in-form Tom Latham.

India looked in serious trouble at 73 for four in the 20th over after losing two quick wickets. Thereafter, Kedar Jadhav and Mahendra Singh Dhoni stitched a 66-run stand but India steadily fell behind the asking run-rate.

Jadhav departed in trying to run the ball down to third man, Dhoni exited when paceman Southee pulled off a brilliant return-catch, Axar Patel holed out off a full-toss from part-time bowler Martin Guptill who also accounted for Amit Mishra. Thereafter, Pandya and Yadav launched a counter-attack but the Kiwis were not to be denied a hard-earned victory.

The target set by New Zealand looked inadequate after the team tumbled from 204 for three in the 41st over. The loss of six wickets, in the space of 52 deliveries that produced just 33 runs, gave the team a sub-250 total. But it was to prove enough for the evening.

Mishra, carted for 60 runs in 10 overs, had a good bargain as he claimed Williamson, Taylor and Anderson. Bumrah claimed the last three wickets and kept the Kiwis in check.

score board

NEW ZEALAND

Guptill b Yadav    0

(2b)

Latham lbw b Jadhav    46

(46b, 6x4, 1x6)

Willamson c Rahane b Mishra    118

(128b, 14x4, 1x6)

Taylor c Sharma b Mishra    21

(42b, 2x4)

Anderson lbw b Mishra    21

(32b, 2x4)

Ronchi c Dhoni b Axar    6

(10b)

Santner (not out)    9

(16b)

Devcich c Axar b Bumrah    7

(6b)

Southee b Bumrah    0

(2b)

Henry b Bumrah    6

(12b)

Boult (not out)    5

(4b, 1x4)

Extras: (W-3)    3

Total (for 9 wkts, 50 overs)    242

Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Guptill), 2-120 (Latham), 3-158 (Taylor), 4-204 (Anderson), 5-213 (Williamson), 6-216 (Ronchi), 7-224 (Devcich), 8-225 (Southee), 9-237 (Henry)

Bowling: Umesh Yadav 9-0-42-1 (W-2), Hardik Pandya 9-0-45-0, (w-1), Jasprit Bumrah 10-0-35-3, Axar Patel 10-0-49-1, Amit Mishra 10-0-60-3, Kedar Jadhav 2-0-11-1.

INDIA

Sharma c Ronchi b Boult    15

(27b, 1x4, 1x6)

Rahane c Anderson b Southee    28

(49b, 3x4)

Kohli c Ronchi bt Santner    9

(13b, 1x4)

Pandey (run out)    19

(25b, 1x6)

Dhoni c&b Southee    39

(65b, 3x4)

Jadhav c Ronchi b Henry    41

(37b, 2x4, 2x6)

Axar c Santner b Guptill    17

(22b, 1x6)

Pandya c Santner b Boult    36

(32b, 3x4)

Mishra c sub b Guptill    1

(3b)

Yadav (not out)    18

(23b)

Bumrah b Southee    0

(1b)

Exras: (LB-5, W-8)    13

Total (all out, 49.3 overs)    236

Fall of wickets: 1-21 (Sharma), 2-40 (Kohli), 3-72 (Rahane), 4-73 (Pandey), 5-139 (Jadhav), 6-172 (Dhoni), 7-180 (Axar), 8-183 (Mishra), 9-232 (Pandya).

Bowling: Matt Henry10-0-51-1 Trent Boult 10-2-25-2, Tim Southee 9.3-0-52-3 (W-1), Anton Devcich 9-0-48-0 (W-2), Mitchell Santner 10-0-49-1 (W-1), Martin Guptill 1-0-6-2 (W-4).


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