New Zealand v India, 2nd ODI, Hamilton January 22, 2014

Lucky three for Anderson

Plays of the Day from the second ODI between New Zealand and India, in Hamilton
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The triple whammy
For a few overs, during the onslaught by Corey Anderson and Ross Taylor, India just forgot their lengths. The usually reliable Bhuvneshwar Kumar was no exception. He began the 37th over with figures of 5-1-20-0, but his numbers were to soon take a turn for the worse. That was because he hurled down four successive full tosses. Corey Anderson faced the first one, but could only get a single to long-on. Bhuvneshwar wasn't going to be as lucky with the next three. Taylor came on strike and swung the second full toss to the wide long-on boundary. The third one was paddled past short fine-leg. The fourth one was thick-edged to the fine third-man rope, and also gave Taylor his fifty.

The quick reaction
After Taylor was done with Bhuvneshwar, it was Anderson's turn against R Ashwin. Seeing the batsmen were looking to slog-sweep him, Ashwin tried to cramp Anderson for room by firing a quick one into the batsman. Anderson had hardly any room to swing his arms, but even as the ball was almost onto him, he burst into a slog-sweep that sent the ball soaring into the stand beyond the deep-midwicket boundary. When you have power and such sharp reflexes, why bother about anything else?

The emphatic response
Virat Kohli likes to stretch right forward to defend but in the 14th over, his feet did not travel in accordance with the arc of the bat. The ball bounced, took the inside edge, hit the pad and popped up. The bowler Tim Southee tried desperately to reach it before it fell short. The batsman's response was outrageous. Next ball, a determined Kohli stepped down the track and slammed Southee over extra cover for six.

The long hop
There is plenty of sting in Kohli's batting but there is none in his bowling. A quirky action is probably the only eye-catching aspect of the latter. The same action can lead to the most innocuous of deliveries coming out of his hand. In the 17th over, he bowled one that was so short it took an age to reach Martin Guptill on the slow Seddon Park pitch. When it did, even the recently out-of-sorts Guptill was more than ready to play dispatcher, and heaved it high over midwicket.

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on January 23, 2014, 10:52 GMT

    @shortsillypoint: LOL, yeah i see how it looks. but it wsnt such a general statement. on fielding, yes it is a general statement that nz is better as a team. but on the other 2 skills, we r not bad, its jst 3 rotten apples that hv been rotten for ages and been stinking up the entire basket!! overall, shami bhuvi and jadeja are a match, if not better, than the nz bowlers. also, all our batters apart from rohit, are man on man better than nz.

  • Viratkohlirocks on January 23, 2014, 5:18 GMT

    T20 is not india's problem, people. They only played one t20 last year, 2013 which i was very happy of.

  • Dev....k on January 23, 2014, 5:09 GMT

    Please remove both the Sharma's and bring Pujara , Aaron

  • BustIPL on January 23, 2014, 4:26 GMT

    Another season of IPL and indian players will get refreshed as they did in champions trophy. Later on they remained on top outside and inside india before losing aura right before the IPL. Rohit was a discarded player for long time before coming in CT. Dhawan also capatilized on IPL. Jadeja perhaps the most overrated all rounder in the world. Ashwin the lost island. Simply india do not have the backup players at all. Benched players from past have been good marginally. Losing to NZ where WI did so well a short while ago shows that indians are not able to cope with the pressure of being number 1 side in ODIs.

  • gops_k on January 23, 2014, 4:25 GMT

    Real happy that experts commenting here are not selectors. If they are, India would be fielding new 11 every match and may be running out of players. Who knows, there will be no more players left to play for India and may be I will get a chance to play some day ;) why should only 11 players repeatedly play, give chance to every one in India to play

  • barryrichardsfan on January 23, 2014, 4:11 GMT

    no drastic changes reqd at least for this series. move rohit to 4 and rahane to open. dhawan rahane kohli rohit dhoni rayudu binny jadeja bhuvi aaron shami.

  • on January 23, 2014, 0:44 GMT

    Maybe the T20's are finally upsetting India's abilities. Looking on last night, India's bowlers seemed to be able to bowl well for only 4 overs , so maybe its too much T20 cricket.....

  • BatBowlCatch on January 22, 2014, 23:39 GMT

    Just because your team has a couple of failures you cant just change three batsmen a wicketkeeper and two bowlers and appoint a new captain to fix the problems. Firstly, India is having a rebuilding period and consistent selection will see most of these guys come through as better players. You can't have five Sachin's, two Kapil's and three Javagal's. Secondly, India needs to get out of their own back yard a little more. Especially to places like New Zealand and play on pitches that offer more for bowlers. It's much more entertaining than watching Dravid bat for two days on a block of rolled asphalt. Come to NZ every two years, play a full test series (three tests) and in the long term you will be back to having the best batsmen in the world and much improved bowlers. The problem is the BCCI only thinks about the money so I guess the Indian cricket team will be back in about 2022 for another thrashing at the hands of NZ.

  • i_amVIVA on January 22, 2014, 22:13 GMT

    That's a good showing by the leader of the B3..... All the way for NZ

  • Underbelly83 on January 22, 2014, 21:18 GMT

    Great to see New Zealand stepping up and delivering when the pressure has got to boiling point twice in a row now. They are a good team at home but away from NZ, that's where they lose a lot. A lot like India I suppose.

    Very hard to see India defending their World Cup title next year on NZ & Australian pitches.

  • on January 23, 2014, 10:52 GMT

    @shortsillypoint: LOL, yeah i see how it looks. but it wsnt such a general statement. on fielding, yes it is a general statement that nz is better as a team. but on the other 2 skills, we r not bad, its jst 3 rotten apples that hv been rotten for ages and been stinking up the entire basket!! overall, shami bhuvi and jadeja are a match, if not better, than the nz bowlers. also, all our batters apart from rohit, are man on man better than nz.

  • Viratkohlirocks on January 23, 2014, 5:18 GMT

    T20 is not india's problem, people. They only played one t20 last year, 2013 which i was very happy of.

  • Dev....k on January 23, 2014, 5:09 GMT

    Please remove both the Sharma's and bring Pujara , Aaron

  • BustIPL on January 23, 2014, 4:26 GMT

    Another season of IPL and indian players will get refreshed as they did in champions trophy. Later on they remained on top outside and inside india before losing aura right before the IPL. Rohit was a discarded player for long time before coming in CT. Dhawan also capatilized on IPL. Jadeja perhaps the most overrated all rounder in the world. Ashwin the lost island. Simply india do not have the backup players at all. Benched players from past have been good marginally. Losing to NZ where WI did so well a short while ago shows that indians are not able to cope with the pressure of being number 1 side in ODIs.

  • gops_k on January 23, 2014, 4:25 GMT

    Real happy that experts commenting here are not selectors. If they are, India would be fielding new 11 every match and may be running out of players. Who knows, there will be no more players left to play for India and may be I will get a chance to play some day ;) why should only 11 players repeatedly play, give chance to every one in India to play

  • barryrichardsfan on January 23, 2014, 4:11 GMT

    no drastic changes reqd at least for this series. move rohit to 4 and rahane to open. dhawan rahane kohli rohit dhoni rayudu binny jadeja bhuvi aaron shami.

  • on January 23, 2014, 0:44 GMT

    Maybe the T20's are finally upsetting India's abilities. Looking on last night, India's bowlers seemed to be able to bowl well for only 4 overs , so maybe its too much T20 cricket.....

  • BatBowlCatch on January 22, 2014, 23:39 GMT

    Just because your team has a couple of failures you cant just change three batsmen a wicketkeeper and two bowlers and appoint a new captain to fix the problems. Firstly, India is having a rebuilding period and consistent selection will see most of these guys come through as better players. You can't have five Sachin's, two Kapil's and three Javagal's. Secondly, India needs to get out of their own back yard a little more. Especially to places like New Zealand and play on pitches that offer more for bowlers. It's much more entertaining than watching Dravid bat for two days on a block of rolled asphalt. Come to NZ every two years, play a full test series (three tests) and in the long term you will be back to having the best batsmen in the world and much improved bowlers. The problem is the BCCI only thinks about the money so I guess the Indian cricket team will be back in about 2022 for another thrashing at the hands of NZ.

  • i_amVIVA on January 22, 2014, 22:13 GMT

    That's a good showing by the leader of the B3..... All the way for NZ

  • Underbelly83 on January 22, 2014, 21:18 GMT

    Great to see New Zealand stepping up and delivering when the pressure has got to boiling point twice in a row now. They are a good team at home but away from NZ, that's where they lose a lot. A lot like India I suppose.

    Very hard to see India defending their World Cup title next year on NZ & Australian pitches.

  • Kiwiheart on January 22, 2014, 20:44 GMT

    Indian fans are quick to judge! As a New Zealand fan and supporter I know that good things take time and when you have a batsmen who scored 209 and another who was in exhilarating form only last year, there is much reasoning to persevere. I'd agree with Ishant being dropped, but please keep him in until the end of the NZ series.

  • on January 22, 2014, 19:30 GMT

    30 sixes for Anderson in 10 innings. WOW. (And 28 fours for him so far only).

  • on January 22, 2014, 19:13 GMT

    There is nothing to debate, i think. Simply Indian are HERO at home grounds only, and ZERO at outside. You can compair their performance, stats are there.

  • Karnamkotil on January 22, 2014, 16:51 GMT

    Reason Ind lost 2 matches: 1. Poor form of Rohit, Dhawan, Jadeja, Raina 2. Horrible bowling by Ishant, followed by mediocre bowling by Ashwin. 3. Corey Anderson's quick runs plus chiping 2-3 wkts 4. NZ's tight fielding. Good catches & avoiding extra runs 5. Ind not introducing new players.. Binny, Raydu,..Call few bowlrs frm Ind, V Kumar, use Zaheer, Aaron .. some changes in team 6. If Sehwag. Gautam, Bhajji, Zaheer can be dropped, than Y waste time in Ishant? Already 5 yrs r over

  • class9ryan on January 22, 2014, 16:28 GMT

    Dhoni could we please bring Aaron and Binny in this team or you are waiting for another Faulkner in Anderson/Ronchi ?

  • BalaSenty on January 22, 2014, 16:23 GMT

    India will loose steadily as it has lost the fire power to play overseas. Dhoni can better resign and let Kohli lead the side. Give chance for new comers. Enough of Rohit, Ishant, Dhawan, Raina, Jadega and Ashwin. BCCI Selectors Patil & Co had removed Virender, Gambir and others. Now it is others turn. Indians do not have consisitency, watch out for another white wash in NZ, a new record by dhoni!!!

  • godshand on January 22, 2014, 14:57 GMT

    Both the Sharmas have got enough opportunities. Time to look beyond them and give Rayudu, Pujara the much needed break. MSD, please don your thinking hat.

  • on January 22, 2014, 14:54 GMT

    Lucky three? I thought it come down to going for the run and getting out under pressure....

    Think Dhoni needs to pull his head in....Dhoni does not talk to radio....

  • on January 22, 2014, 14:47 GMT

    Dhoni can be a lucky captain - the way he play with Bhuvneshwar Kumar sounds very odd. Bhuvneshwar Kumar is very good with new ball. you need to finish him off before the new ball loose shine. Bhuvneshwar Kumar cant bowl after 30th over (more link zaheer and srinath). bCCI/srinivasan shld talk to Dhoni abt this. also Mr Ishant, wht he is doing in indian team.

    bad captancy from Dhoni n bad selectors

  • on January 22, 2014, 13:54 GMT

    Till the the time, Ishant Sharma in the team, we'll keep lossing by 15-30 runs... The extra which he gives while bowling..

  • jimmyvida on January 22, 2014, 13:52 GMT

    As I said before this game, Rohit is not an opening batsman. Try Rahane instead. Pujara, who bats at #3 in tests would be an ideal opener. Drop Raina and bat Rohit in Raina's place. Inshant out, another bowler or all rounder in. Dhoni must start experimenting in preparation for world cup 2015.

  • srnandhan on January 22, 2014, 13:36 GMT

    THE PROBABLE INDIAN TEAM SHUD B THIS IF IT NEEDS 2 WIN THE NEX 3 MATCHES Shikhar Dhawan Ajinkya Rahane Virat Kohli MS Dhoni Ambati Rayudu Suresh Raina Stuart Binny Amit Mishra Bhuvneshwar Kumar Mohammed Shami Ishwar Pandey /Varun Aaron

  • shortsillypoint on January 22, 2014, 13:11 GMT

    Rachit Sharma - you say its the batting, bowling and fielding that have made the difference between the two teams? Hmmm interesting.

  • NareshPodi on January 22, 2014, 13:01 GMT

    Kohli is brilliant and a perfect feast to the eyes.... Dhoni is also excellent... happy to see his improvement in the position.

    why raina in the team and why not yuvi.. try at least Pujara/Binny. Binny can be useful for bowling option as well.

    Jaddu need to wake up and remember that he is an all-rounder. and Aswin needs to come up the order.

    Dhoni, why do you punish us by keeping Raina and Ishant in the team and not trying new bowlers in the squad? Zaheer would have been a mush better option.

    Instead of Rohit-Dhawan, opening pair could be Ajinka and Dhawan. Rohit is punishing us and the team by struggling to rotate the strike. Luckily, he is getting out early, otherwise, we would have lost the game by 100 runs. NZ can keep him for 20 overs and get him out, so they will win even more easily.

  • syednaym on January 22, 2014, 12:54 GMT

    Even though I am Indian fan but feel sorry to see the performance of Indian team. According to me Dhoni is just playing his favourites who are not performing. We have an "All-rounder" coming in at No-7 who has never played notable innings leave alone match winning knock. we all know how Ishant was cornered by Australia in ODIs and Ashwin is suppose to be our prime spinner and failing consistently but all of these three have been persisted with despite failures we need horses for courses. There are some match winners who have not been dealt properly discouraged and sidelined. Unless India makes the required changes in the team it will keep on losing. Do you India can defend world cup with Jadejas, Ishant Sharmas and never improving Ashwin and Raina.

  • on January 22, 2014, 12:23 GMT

    @shane-oh: i knw wat u mean. its a thing with us in the sub-continent. failure is a big thing, since we have jst started to do well in comparison to the western world. but these 2 matches have ben lost mainly because of 3 things. A. the fielding. we hvnt been bad, but NZ hv been brilliant, saving atleast 15-20 runs in each match, and at the end that turned out to be the factor. B. our bowlers (yes, done to death, but its still true). ishant n ashwin consistently non performers - ashwin, outside the subcontinent. ishant, globally! C. rohit sharma. while dhawan hasnt done well either, but he hasnt wasted balls. rohit sharma always has a painfull slow start. he succeeds once in 10 times and gets the opportunity to make up for that start. but the remaining 9 times, he dsnt jst fail, he also puts undue pressure on the entire team

  • CricBash on January 22, 2014, 12:03 GMT

    Even though I'm an Indian Cricket Team fan, I've always admired the New Zealand Cricket Team for their fighting spirit and now seeing them perform so magnificently against India I sure hope that they reach the top three in rankings. New Zealand has outplayed India in every aspect this series, be it batting, bowling or fielding. They are clearly the better team and deserve all accolades coming their way.

  • nzcricket174 on January 22, 2014, 10:45 GMT

    I reckon one of the IPL teams need to bid well over $1m for Anderson and hope the money goes to his head, causing his performances to drop. Only then can they hope for a win in this series.

  • shane-oh on January 22, 2014, 10:20 GMT

    @CricketMaan - I hope the Indian team aren't subjected to hatred, as this is only sport afterall. I do get rather annoyed with the many Indian fans who look all over the place for something to blame when they are beaten by a team they believe they are infinitely better than - surely it isn't hard to simply admit you were outplayed on the day? FYI, I am not referring to you, just the many other fans that comment on these pages.

  • CricketMaan on January 22, 2014, 9:48 GMT

    Corey has been the difference between the two teams. India rightly no more No.1 but does Aus have the credits! May be not, but that is how the ODI rankings are at the moment. That is 5-0 on trot for India in ODIs overseas! Tough one to cope of with all criticisms and hatred that will come across them! NZ have taken the moementum and confidence from those two T20s right into this series. It makes such a huge differene. BCCI could have at least managed a practise game in those 8 days they enjoyed in NZ prior to the series.

  • Alexk400 on January 22, 2014, 9:35 GMT

    corey anderson can bat like crazy and bowl really well. If he can bat like he bats on chase , he will be bonafide star.

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  • Alexk400 on January 22, 2014, 9:35 GMT

    corey anderson can bat like crazy and bowl really well. If he can bat like he bats on chase , he will be bonafide star.

  • CricketMaan on January 22, 2014, 9:48 GMT

    Corey has been the difference between the two teams. India rightly no more No.1 but does Aus have the credits! May be not, but that is how the ODI rankings are at the moment. That is 5-0 on trot for India in ODIs overseas! Tough one to cope of with all criticisms and hatred that will come across them! NZ have taken the moementum and confidence from those two T20s right into this series. It makes such a huge differene. BCCI could have at least managed a practise game in those 8 days they enjoyed in NZ prior to the series.

  • shane-oh on January 22, 2014, 10:20 GMT

    @CricketMaan - I hope the Indian team aren't subjected to hatred, as this is only sport afterall. I do get rather annoyed with the many Indian fans who look all over the place for something to blame when they are beaten by a team they believe they are infinitely better than - surely it isn't hard to simply admit you were outplayed on the day? FYI, I am not referring to you, just the many other fans that comment on these pages.

  • nzcricket174 on January 22, 2014, 10:45 GMT

    I reckon one of the IPL teams need to bid well over $1m for Anderson and hope the money goes to his head, causing his performances to drop. Only then can they hope for a win in this series.

  • CricBash on January 22, 2014, 12:03 GMT

    Even though I'm an Indian Cricket Team fan, I've always admired the New Zealand Cricket Team for their fighting spirit and now seeing them perform so magnificently against India I sure hope that they reach the top three in rankings. New Zealand has outplayed India in every aspect this series, be it batting, bowling or fielding. They are clearly the better team and deserve all accolades coming their way.

  • on January 22, 2014, 12:23 GMT

    @shane-oh: i knw wat u mean. its a thing with us in the sub-continent. failure is a big thing, since we have jst started to do well in comparison to the western world. but these 2 matches have ben lost mainly because of 3 things. A. the fielding. we hvnt been bad, but NZ hv been brilliant, saving atleast 15-20 runs in each match, and at the end that turned out to be the factor. B. our bowlers (yes, done to death, but its still true). ishant n ashwin consistently non performers - ashwin, outside the subcontinent. ishant, globally! C. rohit sharma. while dhawan hasnt done well either, but he hasnt wasted balls. rohit sharma always has a painfull slow start. he succeeds once in 10 times and gets the opportunity to make up for that start. but the remaining 9 times, he dsnt jst fail, he also puts undue pressure on the entire team

  • syednaym on January 22, 2014, 12:54 GMT

    Even though I am Indian fan but feel sorry to see the performance of Indian team. According to me Dhoni is just playing his favourites who are not performing. We have an "All-rounder" coming in at No-7 who has never played notable innings leave alone match winning knock. we all know how Ishant was cornered by Australia in ODIs and Ashwin is suppose to be our prime spinner and failing consistently but all of these three have been persisted with despite failures we need horses for courses. There are some match winners who have not been dealt properly discouraged and sidelined. Unless India makes the required changes in the team it will keep on losing. Do you India can defend world cup with Jadejas, Ishant Sharmas and never improving Ashwin and Raina.

  • NareshPodi on January 22, 2014, 13:01 GMT

    Kohli is brilliant and a perfect feast to the eyes.... Dhoni is also excellent... happy to see his improvement in the position.

    why raina in the team and why not yuvi.. try at least Pujara/Binny. Binny can be useful for bowling option as well.

    Jaddu need to wake up and remember that he is an all-rounder. and Aswin needs to come up the order.

    Dhoni, why do you punish us by keeping Raina and Ishant in the team and not trying new bowlers in the squad? Zaheer would have been a mush better option.

    Instead of Rohit-Dhawan, opening pair could be Ajinka and Dhawan. Rohit is punishing us and the team by struggling to rotate the strike. Luckily, he is getting out early, otherwise, we would have lost the game by 100 runs. NZ can keep him for 20 overs and get him out, so they will win even more easily.

  • shortsillypoint on January 22, 2014, 13:11 GMT

    Rachit Sharma - you say its the batting, bowling and fielding that have made the difference between the two teams? Hmmm interesting.

  • srnandhan on January 22, 2014, 13:36 GMT

    THE PROBABLE INDIAN TEAM SHUD B THIS IF IT NEEDS 2 WIN THE NEX 3 MATCHES Shikhar Dhawan Ajinkya Rahane Virat Kohli MS Dhoni Ambati Rayudu Suresh Raina Stuart Binny Amit Mishra Bhuvneshwar Kumar Mohammed Shami Ishwar Pandey /Varun Aaron