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NZ beat India by six runs to level series

In reply, India lost wickets ever so often, folding for 236 with three balls left in the match. Virat Kohli had a rare failure as he, too, was caught behind for 9, while trying to play a leg glance off Mitchell Santner
New Zealand players celebrate 6 run win over India at Feroz Shah Kotla, 2016

India fell short in the last over as New Zealand won the second one-day international on Thursday by six runs to level the five-match series at 1-1.

After losing another toss and sent out to bat, New Zealand was restricted to 242 for 9 following another average outing with the bat in the second One-Day International against India at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi. Skipper Kane Williamson scored a well timed century for the visitors. Williamson hit 118 runs off 128 balls.

In reply, India lost wickets ever so often, folding for 236 with three balls left in the match. Virat Kohli had a rare failure as he, too, was caught behind for 9, while trying to play a leg glance off Mitchell Santner.

The Indians were struggling at 73/4 in the 20th over when Kedar Jadhav and skipper MS Dhoni resurrected the innings but sadly for India that could not bail the team out of the precarious position they were in . But Jadhav’s stint at the crease ended soon. However, a surprising 49-run partnership off 48 balls for the ninth wicket between Hardik Pandya (36) and Umesh Yadav (18 not out) provided a thrilling twist but their effort  went in vain. But Pandya’s dismissal in the penultimate over of the innings dashed India’s hopes of an unlikely win.

The five-match ODI series is tied at 1-1. The third match will be played on October 23 in Mohali.

It was a must need win for the Kiwis who were till now in the India tour struggling on the India tour with a dismal outing in the Test series. The poor show had put a question mark on the Kiwi’s ability to adapt to Indian conditions. It was a rather shocking performance so far since  may of their players are part of the IPL and are hence aware of the conditions  and pitches .

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