New Zealand levelled their one-day worldwide series against India with a 19-run win under the lights at JSCA global Stadium Complex in Ranchi. The New Zealanders are likely to have enjoyed the best of the batting conditions, regardless of any evening dew. Team India will be looking forward to winning this match, to win this series.
New Zealand defeated India by 19 runs while defending 260 in Ranchi yesterday, in a match India's premier batsman got out for 45.
The incident happened during the 46th over of the New Zealand innings being bowled by Umesh Yadav.
Now, as he leads India in the final ODI against New Zealand on Saturday, it appears this could be Dhoni's final match at the ground where he made his mark as an worldwide cricketer. "Although you always want more, 260 was not a bad effort on that surface", said Williamson.
Asked whether India were heavily reliant on Kohli, Dhoni said: "It's not like that". When he could not do that in New Delhi and Ranchi, Indian batting capitulated at the hands of Kiwi bowlers.
As his 11 off 31 balls illustrated, he wasn't equipped to do it. Ajinkya Rahane batted well for his 57, but he is not the batsman that can take you home.
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India vs New Zealand schedule: 5 ODI.
Irrespective of when the seniors - Shikhar Dhawan, Ravichandran Ashwin, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja and Mohammed Shami - return to the fold, India have enough bench strength to win ODIs at home.
Sourav though refused to read too much into India's not-so-impressive performance in the ongoing ODI series. A few of them will look to play big shots but they will play 10-15 games and learn their own way and figure things out for themselves. Tim Southee then dealt a telling blow by removing Manish Pandey (12) and Kedar Jadhav (0) off successive deliveries. For more than one reason, the over-dependency on Kohli must be addressed before it becomes an epidemic, and the signs so far have not been good for the Indians. The crowd at Mohali got entertainment worth their money as Dhoni and Kohli were involved in a magnificent 151-run partnership for the third wicket. Rahane has had a face-saving half-century in the previous ODI, but Rohit's scores of 14, 15, 13 and 11 in the last four games has certainly anxious the Indians going further into their big season.
"We gave a lot of runs away in extras". He played his usual go-to shots - the back-foot punch and the straight drive - but the real sign of intent came through a dandy upper cut off Trent Boult to hit the first six of the match.
New Zealand will look to exploit such weaknesses in the Indian unit for one last in the series on Saturday. We hope rain stays away and we have a fitting end to this well fought series.
It was a good toss to win for the New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson, who called the coin right for the first time in the series.