Source: News Bharati English27 Oct 2016 11:54:39
Ranchi, October 27: With another close encounter, India lost to New Zealand in the 4th ODI in spite of getting an achievable target and powerful batting at the start of 2nd innings. New Zealand who were seemed to have made wrong decision with batting first, were the eventual heroes after the restricted India to 241, after putting a target of 261 before the hosts.
With an early powerful opening, Indian team was 128-2 after losing early wicket of Rohit Sharma (11). But the strong 78 runs partnership between Rahane and Kohli made Indian fans believe that the match will surely end into series win.
But the destiny had gone in New Zealand’s favour, when Kohli was out on an easy ball losing his chance to score a half century at 45 runs, and the match reached to a score of 135-4 after 29.2 overs with Rahane and Dhoni gone in the backyard. With all the in-form and senior batsmen being out at Pavilion, the result of the match was in the hands of newcomers who had an important chance to prove their presence.
However, it ended on a disappointing note like the 2nd ODI where the tail-enders and bowlers played an important innings to turn the heat of the match towards victory but failed at the end.
With nice bowling attack from New Zealand bowlers, Indian batsmen kept going to pavilion at regular interval at the end and the Kiwis were able to level the series by 2-2, thereby keeping a hope to take out the series on their side.
The New Zealand’s bowling attack proved nutritious for the visitors who claimed every India wicket to restrict Indian from victory. Best bowling by pacers Tim Southee and Trent Boult along with Jimmy Neesham kept the win on their side after they claimed a total of 7 wickets among themselves.
Although, Indian tail-enders Axar Patel and Dhawal Kulkarni tried to move the match in India’s favour with impressive batting, it wasn’t enough to neglect the Kiwis bolwers. Axar made an amazing score of 38 to put his best ODI figures but was bowled out by Trent bolt.
While Kulkarni made crucial 25 at the end to keep the hope alive but wasn’t able to kiss victory as all the other batsmen were out depriving him of the chance to twist the match. He scored 25* and was not able to become a victim of Kiwis bowlers. While coming down to the penultimate over, the visitors won the match by 19 runs after bowling out the entire Indian team at 241. When all Indian batters left the pitch, India needed 20 runs from 8 balls. They also keep their dream alive of a first ever ODI series victory in India.
Earlier, India was asked to field after New Zealand won the toss and opted to bat. This was put to the test early by Martin Guptill and a graceful Tom Latham. Kane Williamson’s decision to bat came as a surprise, but he was justified after the duo added 96 runs.
India missed the services of Jasprit Bumrah, who wasn’t fully fit for the game, and that meant Dhawal Kulkarni was given the nod. Guptill went after Kulkarni and subsequently the rest of India’s attack. Latham too joined in before being dismissed by Axar Patel for 39.
The real jolt came when Dhoni’s brilliance with the gloves resulted in the run out of Ross Taylor for 35. Taylor was looking for the second run after swatting the ball behind square, and Kulkarni did a good job of releasing the ball as soon as he gathered it. With that New Zealand, who put up 260 for 7 from 50 overs, notched up a 19-run win to level the five-match series 2-2.