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Ind vz NZ 5th ODI: Kiwis complete India’s rout

By on January 31, 2014

New Zealand 303 for 5 (Taylor 102, Williamson 88) beat India 216 (Kohli 82, Dhoni 47, Henry 4-38) by 87 runs…

5th ODI: Set 304 for a consolation win, India fall to a defeat by 87 runs at Wellington.

It was in the 38th over of India’s chase that Brendon McCullum raced after a typical MS Dhoni mow down the ground, and flung himself headlong to pull the ball just inside the boundary. India needed 154 to win in about 75 balls at that stage, with the cream of their batting back in the hut. McCullum, hence, didn’t really have to turn in the risky maneuver. That he did – all to save an extra run – may have had something to do with what happened on the previous delivery, on which ‘Baz’ had dropped the Indian skipper at mid-on.

India vs New Zealand ODI SeriesDhoni, who crossed 8,000 ODI runs during the course of his 47, is the definitive game-changer, and the Kiwi captain was likely atoning for having dropped him by defying the laws of inertia at the fence. But even the best finisher in the business couldn’t carry out an escape act from here. New Zealand emerged winners by 87 runs, thanks to another solid batting show from Ross Taylor (102) and Kane Williamson (88), and superlatively controlled seam bowling by Kyle Mills and the debutant Matt Henry, who returned maiden figures of 10-1-38-4. India were all out for 216 in 49.4 overs.


Taylor had earlier struck his second ton on the trot and Williamson his fifth successive half-century to drive their side to 303. The pursuit, in the hands of India’s overseas-incapable openers Rohit Sharma (4) and Shikhar Dhawan (9), failed to take off. The visitors were 34/3 after 15 overs and 78/4 after 24, following the departures of Ajinkya Rahane (2) and Ambati Rayudu (20). Mills and Henry gave absolutely nothing away. That India’s run-rate crossed three only in the 21st over was the best indicator of the state of affairs.

Virat Kohli prospered amongst the dying. His 78-ball 82 sparkled even more against the bleak backdrop of the rest. Only for a brief while, when Kohli and Dhoni added 67 for the fifth wicket, did India appear to be in the hunt. But off-spinner Nathan McCullum, who drained the Indians with figures of 10-1-33-1 in a crucial middle phase, picked up the danger man in the last over of the Power Play. The rest was routine.


A minor earthquake had earlier rippled through Wellington just as Williamson got out for 88. It is a matter of wonderment whether the seismic tremor was Mother Nature’s way of acknowledging India’s monumental feat of taking what has been New Zealand’s most valuable wicket this series. Williamson, by that time, had added 152 quick runs with Taylor – another thorn in India’s side this series – and become, with 361 runs to his name, the highest Kiwi scorer ever in a bilateral ODI engagement.

The pair rescued the hosts from a perilous 41/2 in the 13th over. Dhoni had chosen to bowl in his search for an elusive tour win, and for once Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammad Shami disallowed openers Jesse Ryder (17) and Martin Guptill (16) from getting off to a flier. Ryder slashed at Bhuvi and was caught by Rahane, on the second attempt, at gully; Guptill was taken at mid-wicket on a mis-timed flick off Varun Aaron.

Aaron clocked regularly in the region of 150 kmph, even as Jadeja, Ashwin and Kohli raced through their overs, with Taylor and Williamson showing little haste, yet scoring at a decent clip. Taylor was exquisite through the off-side – a new facet that he has developed to his batting – but mostly he was content to let Williamson dominate. The younger batsman used his feet to good effect against the spinners.


An inside-out approach served him well. Jadeja was spanked over cover for four. Against the pacier Shami, Williamson’s loft went all the way for six over long-off. A hundred looked likely when Williamson sliced Aaron to Rahane at point. Taylor, however, was not as easily dislodged. He entered the 90s after a rash of hits against Kohli’s military medium and slowed down as he neared the landmark. The tongue finally came out when a searing pull shot against Shami thudded into the deep mid-wicket fence.

India had not given away too many at the death, but New Zealand took 42 from the last three overs, despite Taylor being caught going for the slog-sweep. Jimmy Neesham, Corey Anderson’s like-for-like replacement, slammed a 19-ball 34, including 17 in Shami’s final over, and took his side across the 300-mark. It was deja-vu, a case of another same-old, unfortunate chase for Dhoni’s men. Let’s hope the Test series treats them better.

Source: Yahoo Cricket

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