New Zealand v India, 1st ODI, Napier January 19, 2014

McClenaghan, Anderson deliver win


New Zealand 292 for 7 (Williamson 71, Anderson 68*, Taylor 55, Shami 4-55) beat India 268 (Kohli 123, Dhoni 40, McClenaghan 4-68) by 24 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Crowe: New Zealand's fielding made the difference

This is new territory for Virat Kohli. He averages an astonishing 64 in chases, at an even less believable strike rate of 92, but he has now scored a second-innings century in a defeat, his first in 12. This will take getting used to, but there were other sights you better get used to. Corey Anderson scored 68 off 40 to take New Zealand to 292, and then took the wickets of Shikhar Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane to further his credentials as a limited-overs allrounder. Mitchell McClenaghan, too, reinforced a knack as clean as his side-parting of producing something special out of nowhere: with 70 required off eight overs and six wickets in hand and Adam Milne injured, McClenaghan took the wickets of MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja in one over, and Kohli in the next, to turn the game New Zealand's way.

It had all gone awry for New Zealand after they had attacked India all day long. From 129 for 4, the two best chasers of our time, two of the best of all time, coolly added 95 in 14 overs. Even the exceptional New Zealand fielding had begun to falter: Kohli was missed by Jesse Ryder on 95. Milne, whose raw pace was fodder for some and fear for others, had walked off with a sore back. New Zealand were running out of options. The conferences got longer. That's when Brendon McCullum went to McClenaghan.

Two balls later, when Dhoni came on strike, the field told you a short ball would be tried. Against one of India's best against the short ball. This bouncer, though, was perfect. Skiddy, and headed for the helmet. Dhoni was beaten for the pace, and the tope edge went into the helmet and looped towards leg gully. Luke Ronchi, who had earlier helped Anderson along with 30 off 18, covered ground and dived to take the catch. With Jadeja came a slip and a short cover. He was a rabbit caught in the headlights, and duly edged through the third ball he faced.

Kohli, already past the hundred, wasn't about to give up. He took 13 off the next five balls he faced. India were still in it. With 56 required off 35, though, McClenaghan got lucky. Kohli drove a low full toss to that man Ryder at short cover. Ryder didn't make a mistake this time. Kohli couldn't believe what had happened. Earlier in the night, he wore the same look, watching from the non-striker's end, when Nathan McCullum flew at mid-off to send back Rahane, Anderson's second wicket on the night.

Until then it had been Anderson's night. His assault came at a time when India had managed to pull New Zealand back every time they threatened to run away with aggressive cricket. From the moment Ryder hit a six in the first over, India kept producing timely wickets to slow things down. When Mohammed Shami got through Ryder, who scored 18 off 16 and threatened much more, the next 10 overs brought New Zealand just 28 runs. Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor, though, rebuilt the innings with 121-run stand in 24.2 overs, both scoring fifties, but India somehow got Williamson just before the Powerplay, slowing the hosts down again.

When New Zealand would have looked for more than eight an over, the six overs leading into the 40th brought them just 32. This was when Brendon McCullum and Anderson began to open up. Twenty-seven came off the next two, but Dhoni produced a special catch - his 301st dismissal - standing up to Bhuvneshwar Kumar to send back Brendon McCullum. Anderson, though, unfurled a vicious assault hitting mammoth sixes over the leg side. Ishant Sharma was sent onto the roof, Mohammed Shami smoked into the smoking area in the parking lot. Almost every time he got a length he could get under, Anderson set up to hit a six over the leg side. If it was too wide to go to leg, Anderson showed he could go wide of mid-off too. In all, he hit four sixes and three fours.

There was no respite: at the other end, Ronchi slog-swept Ravindra Jadeja for two sixes and a four in the 45th over. Thirty-nine came from the 44th and the 45th overs, after which India regrouped a little, but they had still conceded 75 in the last seven, and could have easily added 20 to that 293-run target, given New Zealand's fielding.

It was all going to plan for New Zealand: Rohit Sharma, Dhawan and Raina had fallen to short balls, and Rahane to an exceptional catch. It was now a matter of just one more wicket, but Kohli, batting for the first time in New Zealand, and Dhoni betrayed no signs of anxiety as they went about building their innings. Kohli was delightful in his driving through the off side, and dismissive when pulling. He once just defended a 153kmph delivery for four. The chase calculator in the back of his head had worked almost perfectly, but in the end he had to make do with a warm consolatory standing ovation from McLean Park.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Anthony on January 22, 2014, 2:48 GMT

    What a stubborn fellow this Dhoni is! He refuses to learn from past mistakes! His decision to continue with those players who are failing to perform on a consistent basis is simply perplexing.

    The openers are failing to give a good start, with Rohit Sharma looking more and more circumspect; Suresh Raina continues to have problems with the short ball while Ravindra Jadeja is not able to showcase his batting skills at all.

    The bowlers are equally listless, unable to make impact with the extra bounce in the track: Ishant Sharma is almost lethargic while Ashwin and Jadeja are unable to extract anything from it. Ashwin has taken only one wicket in his last 80 overs in international cricket and he can not be persisted in the team just on the basis of his batting, whereas Jadeja is occupying the 7th position in the team, which is of an all-rounder. But Jadeja has not been able score any runs at this position, raising a big question mark about his batting ability.

  • Dummy4 on January 21, 2014, 14:10 GMT

    @Vishwas Reddy there is no doubt that Kohli is current no 1 batsman & Sachin is all time no 1 batsman.but my point is that if check out the stats, u will find that par totals on all grounds in non Indian matches is on avg 70 runs less than totals that Indian bowling concedes..Indian batsmen have to score 70 extra runs at 1.5 rpo extra SR every match compared to any other team batsman..situation even worse in tests for Indian bowling..If Kohli or Sachin were in any other team having same batting record, their 95% innings would have been match winning & people would not have called them selfish or not a match winner....Viv Richards, SA, or Pak batsmen's match winning ability is largely due to good bowling support..Sachin's & Lara's carrier is best example of need of bowling support. Match winning rate of their 100s was 90 % till their mid carrer but decreased to meager 20 % in later half of carier despite their avg & S/R only improving, bcz WI & Indian bowling greatly declined post 2003

  • UMAPATHY on January 21, 2014, 7:40 GMT

    It is high time Ishant Sharma, Suresh Raina and Ashwin are dropped since their performances in overseas matches are poor. Varun, Ambatti Rayudu and Binny should be tried in the 2nd ODI.

  • Android on January 21, 2014, 4:47 GMT

    @Ahmad Uetian : you should check the record of pujara in list A matches before judging him as "he can't improve strike rate " he has better strike rate in list a than Rohit... and his average is more thank kohli.... and where in the innings that you saw any selfish in kohli's inning?? did you see his strike rate ( it is over 100 ) and compared to that of rohit( 3 from 23 balls) , remove his innings from score card and you find just 150 for 9... and "overrated" lol.... first match in newzeland and scored century, that's overrated??? if thisan is.overrated then what should be the batsmen from Pakistan called??? Sachin had more overseas runs than in India...what does the word overrated means anyway??18 centuries.from 120 matches with 5200 runs at average of 52 at the age of 25 is overrated???over 30000 runs in international career with more than 16000 runs overseas is overrated?? get well soon

  • karthik on January 21, 2014, 4:34 GMT

    Dear Dhoni, why this persistence with Ishant Sharma? Is he superman? Spiderman? Mandrake? Phantom? Or did he fall into a magic potion when he was a baby? What could it be? What could possibly be the reason why he is a regular in the team? Ok, I get it! He is Tarzan. The wild hair, thats the give away! Ahhhh, now its crystal clear to me. With Tarzan in your side how can you possibly lose? Thanks a lot, Dhoni, for making us all realize what a gem we have in the team.

  • Amit on January 21, 2014, 4:28 GMT

    If Indian cannot bowl their quota in allotted time limit, then the fault is that of Dhoni's and no one else's. He is responsible as a captain to ensure that his fast bowlers speed things along. It is pathetic excuse of not playing four fast bowlers. If someone continues his leisure walk back up to the mark despite warnings, bench him for next couple of games.

  • Cricket on January 21, 2014, 0:11 GMT

    India has a couple of glaring problems, but they have the potential to fix them right on their bench. A couple of swaps should do it. Varun or Pandey in for Ishant...should have been done long ago but whatever. I feel like Varun has more experience and should get preference, but if he fails/gets injured, we have a good backup. We don't need two spinners in NZ. Jadeja seems to be a better spinner than Ashwin at the moment, so retain him (or Ashwin) but we only need one. Bring in Binny for a go. A decent seam bowler and can thonk the ball for some much needed lower order impetus. Raina seriously needs to sort out his short ball problem. 9 years since his debut, he has had enough time. Give Rayudu a chance. Give Rohit one match at least and if he fails, we should get Pujara in. He has proven he can score fast when needed, and is technically, the best batsman we have. But even without him, we can improve just from our bench strength.

  • Srinivas on January 20, 2014, 23:03 GMT

    Congrats to NZ Team and NZ fans. NZ clearly was the better team and played better cricket. Baggage in the Indian team: Dhoni (in overseas tests), Raina, Nohit, Jadeja, Ishant and Ashwin (to some extent). Some of these useless fellows will have a good match at some point. That is not the same as 'answering' their critics. That is just random chance when you keep playing match after match. The bane of Indian cricket is Dhoni. Just chuck him out from captaincy and let his blue-eyed poster boys know that they are dispensable too. Things will fall in place immediately. This is just getting down to ridiculous levels that we are beginning to lose to Kiwis. What next? Lose to minnows Sri Langa?

  • Dummy4 on January 20, 2014, 20:00 GMT

    Demand of high SR every match vs all sides leave Indian batters with no option but to attack every ball be it good bad short etc against strong bowling & fielding sides.......For all those supporters of Pujara in ODI, Indian batting is only failing bcz of demand of too high SR - Every inn Ind has to produce 300.......... Pujara can only harm SR not boost it................Besides another selfish inn by overrated Kohli just like Tendulkar??????????????.......................Bhi bowlers r also supposed to do their job..........feel pity for great Indian batsmen whose great inn go in vain due to poor indian bowling leaking 300 + every time & r declared selfish

  • Dummy4 on January 20, 2014, 19:34 GMT

    I believe the credit for Indian defeat goes to a good extent to Rohit. Starting scoring rate has a great impact on the mindset and dominance of the team. Rohit has played in a similar fashion many time in one days. He's a great test player but we should replace him with Pujara for one day. Even Dravid seemed good only for test in the beginning though his run rate was great due to singles. Pujara seems new Dravid and we should replace Rohit with him.