Source: News Bharati English21 Oct 2016 10:36:31
New Delhi, October 21: Ending 6 runs shorts to pull the ball in their court, India lost against New Zealand in the 2nd ODI at the Firoz Shah Kotla stadium in Delhi. Winning the match by 6 runs by diminishing all Indian batsmen, New Zealand leveled the five match ODI series by 1-1. Kiwis captain Kane Williamson made 118 runs to push his team to victory at the away place.
India took over the crease to reach target of 243 with openers Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane. Losing early wickets, India reached 73-4 to attain a slow start. With Rohit, Rahane, Pandey and Kohli becoming easy targets by Kiwis bowler, Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav kept the hope with keeping their wickets till the total team score was 150.
However just as Jadhav seemed well set, he tickled an edge back to the 'keeper and was out to Henry. The boundaries weren't easily available and the required rate began inching upwards, but its impact was only felt when Southee pulled off a stunning catch off his bowling -- the ball just sticking in his hand -- to remove Dhoni.
India seemed dead and buried, but Hardik Pandya (36 off 32 balls) and Umesh Yadav (18 not out) played some enterprising and smart cricket, to steal the momentum back from New Zealand with a 49-run stand. It looked like the tail would haunt the visitor again, as was the case all throughout the Test series, but Pandya fell to Trent Boult (2 for 25), with India still 11 runs adrift. Southee then bowled India out for 236, taking Bumrah's wicket to leave the full house at the Kotla shell-shocked.
With the duo of Latham and Williamson looking steady, Dhoni introduced Bumrah as early as the ninth over and Patel in the 11th. Williamson, in particular, took a liking to Patel's left-arm spin, tonking him for 15 runs in the 13th over. When Mishra, too, wasn't able to trouble the batsmen, it highlighted that it wasn't enough to just have a spin-friendly pitch to spook New Zealand.
Williamson and Latham put on a 120-run partnership before the two were finally separated. The breakthrough came from an unlikely source -- Jadhav, trapping the latter lbw. The momentum slowly began to shift with that, Bumrah immediately returning to the attack and tightening the screws. The India pacer even managed to floor Williamson with a searing yorker.
But while Williamson managed to come out of that nervy phase unscathed, aside from any minor scrape after falling down, the dot balls weighed on Ross Taylor (21) and he went for a premature sweep against Mishra that found the safe hands of Rohit at deep backward square-leg.
Williamson ensured he didn't waste time to get to his century, taking 13 balls to move from 88 to 101, and tried to accelerate when Anderson fell for 21. But as he looked to hit a ball from Mishra back over his head, he didn't get the distance and was caught by Rahane at long-off. The blasts from low order batsmen gave Kiwis hype in score who ended on 242/9. India is scheduled to play three more ODI’s on 23, 26 and 29 October.