New Zealand v India, 4th ODI, Hamilton

Jadeja's dead-eye throw

Plays of the day from the fourth ODI between New Zealand and India in Hamilton

Abhishek Purohit in Hamilton

January 28, 2014

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Brendon McCullum slammed 49 off just 36 balls, New Zealand v India, 4th ODI, Hamilton, January 28, 2014
Brendon McCullum followed his two ducks with a quickfire 49 © Getty Images
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The partnership breaker
Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor had put on their second century stand of the series and would have wanted to cash in on the batting Powerplay. But just an over before it started, Ravindra Jadeja played spoilsport. He dashed to the leg side after Williamson nudged him there, picked up the ball, turned around and hit the stumps at the non-striker's end to catch Williamson well short.

The instant success
Virat Kohli was opening today, meaning he had more overs to cause damage than usual. But New Zealand got him cheaply for the second time running. Kohli was kept quiet with a tight line and fuller length. The tenth delivery Kohli faced was a Tim Southee bouncer, the first one that had been bowled to him in his innings. Kohli tried to pull, top-edged it and turned back in disappointment even before the ball came down in the hands of midwicket.

The authoritative charge
Rohit Sharma edged and survived for quite a while before finally starting to middle the ball. The shot he played to get to his half-century was as emphatic a connection as many. Rohit charged James Neesham, got under the length delivery and slammed it way over the long-off boundary into the crowd on the grassbank.

The authoritative charge II
Brendon McCullum had defended his way to an uncharacteristic 8 off 17 when he decided it was time to revert to type. He charged out at Bhuvneshwar Kumar and swung so hard at a length delivery that it flew flat and fast for six over the deep extra-cover boundary.

The soft fall
You would not fall to Kane Williamson's part-time offspin. And you would definitely not want to fall to him caught by the wicketkeeper down the leg side. But that is what Rohit managed to do; in fact, he neatly guided the ball almost off the face of the bat to the keeper, who could not take it on the first attempt, but did not fail the second time.

The shocking miss
The pressure of the slog seemed to get to Neesham in the last over of India's innings. Even as one dribbled off Jadeja's pads to the keeper, MS Dhoni dashed up the pitch for the run. Jadeja responded too late, and had no chance of making it safely across. The keeper under-armed the ball to Neesham, who was close to the stumps. All the bowler had to do was to stretch and he would have been able to take the bails off. But Neesham decided to try another under-arm himself, and missed.

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Posted by sysubrceq0 on (January 29, 2014, 23:46 GMT)

More or less every country is a home track bully. No country consistenly winning a away series like the WI of 80's or AUS of 2000's. No team is superior currently, the ranking system based on occosional away series draw or win.if indian bowlers use little brain then batsmen can definitely back them up.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 6:23 GMT)

whats harm in it... australians ,newzelanders are dominating in their countries and indian dominates in their country why no one says that australianz and kiwis and african never get such succes in india they used to get in their own countries... a pakistani fan

Posted by Rufus_Fuddleduck on (January 29, 2014, 6:01 GMT)

Jadeja and Ashwin give 74 in 20 overs and others in 28.1 overs give 206. Poor old Dhoni. His batsmen let him down, his bowlers let him down. Now and then there are fielding lapses and other times the opposition strategises and executes better. What an uphill task for him - to overcome all these with his personal acumen and brilliance, and then win!

Posted by raki_s9 on (January 29, 2014, 1:14 GMT)

Damn!!! Playing for international team is not an easy task. Least rating for your performance review is 9.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 0:49 GMT)

@Asjad bhai...Problem with Irfan is he is always injured and also his pace dropped significantly. Otherwise he is the best allrounder we have.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 23:10 GMT)

This article is poor. If you read it in isolation you would think that India were the victors. The shocking miss(es) were poor Indian fielding. The best was with 4 runs to go McCullum miscued one straight up. Mid-on actually caught it before mid-off ripped it out of his hands only to drop it. Great win by New Zealand, they were superior all round.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 18:52 GMT)

we as indian are humilaited in foreign pitches everytime because of indian team performance.i still dont get why was irfan pathan was dropped after the traingular series with australia n srilanka he was good both with bat as well as bowl in that series.he was the true swinging hero in indian cricket team ..why he is been ignored everytime. truely embarrassed to see no .1 ranking india team lose to no.8 ranked team in the world

Posted by Ruvanya on (January 28, 2014, 18:47 GMT)

One thing World Champions must understand that bowler must realize batsman's weakness by bowling at least two or three overs in a match and try to attack and give pressure to the batsman. Today's match 112 made by Taylor only those runs are gifted by Indian bowlers by pitching all the balls off side except Jadeja. Even Taylor is strong on off side Indian bowlers does the rest and he hit 112. Aggression must needed at the time of bowling to get out the batsman. We don't now how to explore all about above.

Posted by hp1011 on (January 28, 2014, 17:53 GMT)

Respected Indian Team and Captain Dhoni,

As a person of Indian origin and a fan of the Indian Cricket it really hurts to see the Indian team playing so badly. You are all professionals who get paid highly and may be rightfully so. The sport is both a national pride and entertainment. Please understand that when the Indian Team members are playing they are not playing as individuals but collectively for the whole nation of 1 billion people, who put their trust, faith and wishes to the team. When bowlers consistently bowl as if some street guys have been put in a field, one wonders what about the most basic thing of line and length, swing, bounce and understanding the opposite teams batsman on the crease? Do they take the time to understand the strength and weakness of each of the batsman on the opposite team? Do they device a plan to contain and get them out?

Please show professionalism that you must!!!

Indian Cricket Fan (billion plus - One voice same concern by most of us)

Posted by Chris_P on (January 28, 2014, 17:26 GMT)

@GlobalCricketLover. And the last 10 away test matches India have yet to register a win as well! Who says they are not consistent? I say, the sooner the tier system comes in, the better. Who wants to continue trying for these records?

Posted by GlobalCricketLover on (January 28, 2014, 17:03 GMT)

In the last 10 international matches across formats this BCCI XI didnt' win a single game.....so much for such a rich board!! MS didn't win a single game in SA but says he is satisfied with team performance...wonder what is called below-par in his book?

Posted by ToTellUTheTruth on (January 28, 2014, 16:47 GMT)

Dropping Dhawan (instead of Rohit) was a surprise. Opening with your best #3 batsman who is in form, instead of another batsman, who made a name for himself opening in IPL, is another big surprise. Dropping Raina was the biggest shock of them all. Bringing in Rayudu and Binny was a pleasant surprise. Bowling Rayudu instead of Rohit when the ball is turning and bouncing was another surprise. When Bhuvi was getting tonked, giving only one over to the debutant "all rounder" is another big surprise.

No surprise then that India lost with all these surprises sprung. Wish, Dhoni does not surprise us more with sticking to the same set of pacers. Hope he surprises us by giving Yadav and Pandey a go in the last game, with the series being a goner.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 15:03 GMT)

Losing overseas matches are not something new for India, but the real shocker is after having showed some over the moon performances against Australia at home and some good resistance against world class proteas,just in the near past makes this highly bitter for any of the Indian fans to digest. Also being a defending champions and with the WC around the corner this really shows how much pressure is going to be on Dhoni and his men. Honestly myself being an Indian fan i am not convinced to beleive India as the top contenders for any big tournaments in the near future. ALL INDIA NEED IS WC2011 form of ZAK like bowler and not someone lyk steyn....COZ WE ARE GOOD ENOUGH WITH ZAK TO WIN!!!!!!

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 14:42 GMT)

I wonder what India's coaching staff do to improve skills of these bowlers. Or it is the case where bowlers don't want to learn and improve? Two things possible, bowling coach is not doing his job or bowlers. Somebody needs to address this ASAP.

Posted by tvm.bz on (January 28, 2014, 11:33 GMT)

I think the Indian batting performance through out this series is not so bad and two or three good batting partnership is enough to won the game But here the actual problem is the lack of good pace bowlers like Southee(NZ) / Michel(AUS) / Styne(SA) then only Indian team can survive on overseas matches. Also team selector should consider bowlers stamina. See Bhuvaneswar, he is not fit for ODI or even t20. He could not deliver a full length ball or yorker or a good pace bouncer as well. Sreesanth, a good pace bowler but unlucky he is not with indian team...........

Posted by class9ryan on (January 28, 2014, 11:15 GMT)

The good news for New Zealand will be the return to some kind of form for Brendon, who struggled quite a bit. Jimmy Neesham would a got a good lesson and winning the series is such a big motivation for them. I hope New Zealand are a much consistent side here after.

Posted by SameOld on (January 28, 2014, 11:12 GMT)

Taylor and Williamson have been so consistent lately! Great stuff. Taylor seems to have found another level in his batting. He is churning out amazing numbers, and I for one am glad he's giving cow corner a rest.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2014, 10:31 GMT)

To all questioning india`s strength in batting on bouncy wickets must divert there attention towards the low graded bowling performance by indian pacers who cant take wickets on bouncy tracks....Varun Aaron,Ishant Sharma,Bhuvi,Shami,Ravi Ashwin....all went for huge runs but hardly claimed a wicket or 2.

Posted by Samdanh on (January 28, 2014, 10:00 GMT)

Arrow011: It should be horses for courses. Spinners have performed well in this match because the wicket was aiding spin. Not all pitches in NZ are spin friendly. If you look at bowling analyses of matches other than those in Hamilton, in this series, you will be able to make out why I am saying horses for courses.

Posted by sayeed1973 on (January 28, 2014, 10:00 GMT)

What happens to this NZ teams with Bangladesh!!!! Beating continuously no. 1 team should boost them.

Posted by Foxymoron on (January 28, 2014, 9:40 GMT)

Neesham's miss was quite awesome.

Posted by balaji28 on (January 28, 2014, 9:31 GMT)

It's time to give opportunity for ishwar chand pandey atleast in the final odi as india has nothing to lose or gain.Even amit amit mishra can replace a batsmen. My playing xi-virat,rohit,rayudu,dhoni,ashwin,jadeja,binny,amit mishra, shami, bhuvaneshar kumar,Ishwar chand pandey

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (January 28, 2014, 9:25 GMT)

@Fast_Track_Bully you can fault dhoni for that (or BCCI for not arranging more series outside) Whats more worrying is the pace bowlers aren't doing enough outside home.

Posted by MelbourneMiracle on (January 28, 2014, 9:22 GMT)

We've seen in the history how the No.1 teams been brought down to earth but not as much as the way that this No.1 team has been brought down by Kiwis. Because we know how vulnerable the Kiwis are in short format of the game though they've managed to become Semi-Finalists in many big ICC events. On top of everything, India should've easily run-over NZ as we all the know IND's strength on the paper. Rohit & Dhawan, probably the best ODI opening pair going around...Virat, perhaps the best ODI batsman in the world at the moment and Dhoni, arguably the best Cricketing brain and the best finisher in the world. They have match winning all-rounders in Jadeja and Ashwin. However they still couldn't compete against the ever so vulnerable NZ in this series. What did exactly go wrong for India? Can't they really play on seaming, bouncy tracks? Do they need a change in helm with fresh ideas? Can they really be a force in WC 2015 on seaming, bouncy tracks in Aus, NZ? What went wrong for India?

Posted by Arrow011 on (January 28, 2014, 9:17 GMT)

Where are those pundits & commentators here who always advocated minimum 3 pacemen to be played in overseas conditions for India? In the last 2 matches only Ashiwn & Jadeja looked best, other 3 pacemen have only been good in feeding runs well over 7 runs per over. It is time Mishra is given a chance too in the final ODI which is an inconsequential match. All 3 spinners should play, only 2 pacemen + Binny's medium pace is enough for India.

The good move today was to send Ashwin as 6th batsman, he will come good for sure.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (January 28, 2014, 9:07 GMT)

Stuart Binny 0 ODIs Ambati Rayudu 4 ODIs Varun Aaron 5 ODIs Ajinkya Rahane 21 ODIs M Shami 23 ODIs Bhuvaneswar 29 ODIs This series will be a learning curve for these players when they visit here for next world cup. The one who write off Indians now will cry that India has prior experience in this ground at that time after loss. Wait and see.

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