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

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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  • Dummy4 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.

  • Rishi 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.

  • Devbrata on January 23, 2014, 5:09 GMT

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

  • Tahir 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 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

  • rohit 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.

  • Dummy4 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.....

  • Aidan 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.

  • M.G. on January 22, 2014, 22:13 GMT

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

  • Kieran 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.

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