New Zealand v India, 4th ODI, Hamilton January 28, 2014

Jadeja's dead-eye throw

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

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • 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.

  • dummy4fb 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

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • dummy4fb 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.

  • dummy4fb 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.

  • dummy4fb 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

  • 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.

  • 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)

  • 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?

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