New Zealand beat India to level series
New Zealand beat India by 19 runs in the fourth One-Day International at Ranchi on Wednesday to level the ongoing ODI series 2:2. Despite defending a small total of 260, the Kiwis managed to restrict the host with some fine fast bowling display.
New Zealand won the toss came out to bat first. Openers Martin Guptil (72) and Tom Latham gave the visitors a strong start with a 96 run stand. Guptil top scored for the visitors. He was dropped twice by Amit Mishra, first at mid-on off Umesh Yadav (1-60) in the seventh over, and then at long off in the 23rd over off Kedar Jadhav (0-27).
But the Indian spinners brought MS Dhoni’s side back in the game with economical bowling displays. Spinners Amit Mishra (2/41) and Axar Patel(2/42) helped India to restrict the visitors to 260/7.
India in reply lost Rohit Sharma early in the chase with just 19 runs on the board. In form, Virat Kohli then joined Ajinke Rahane at the crease to build a solid third wicket partnership. At one stage in the game, India were 98/1 but after Ish Sodhi removed Kohli for 45 India suffered a collapse. India lost its next six wickets for just 60 runs.
A 10th wicket stand of 34 between Umesh Yadav and Dhawal Kulkarni gave India a glimmer of hope but too ended when Yadav spooned a catch to Ross Taylor at extra cover from Trent Boult, leaving eight balls spare. The final ODI will be played at Visakhapatnam on October 29.