New Zealand v India, 4th ODI, Hamilton

The difference in the first ten overs

Stats highlights from the fourth ODI in Hamilton, which New Zealand won to seal the series

S Rajesh

January 28, 2014

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Kane Williamson drives through the off side, New Zealand v India, 2nd ODI, Hamilton, January 22, 2014
Kane Williamson needs 79 more runs in the last match to become the highest run-scorer for New Zealand in a bilateral ODI series © Getty Images

  • New Zealand's seven-wicket win means they have an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the series, thus giving them their first series victory in a bilateral home series, against an opposition other than Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, since 2008-09. In that season they would beaten West Indies 2-1, with two games being washed out. (They also beat England 3-1 in February 2008.) Since then they lost at home to India, Australia, Pakistan, South Africa and England, and drew 2-2 against West Indies earlier this season. (Click here for the full list.) It's also New Zealand's first win in a series of five or more matches since that 2008-09 victory against West Indies.

  • New Zealand's total of 280 for 3 is their biggest score in a successful run-chase against India; their previous-best was 278 in Harare in 2005. They also scored 334 in Christchurch in 2009, but they lost that one, as they were chasing a target of 393.

  • The difference between the two teams over the series has largely been the manner in which they have tackled the first ten overs. Over these four matches, New Zealand averaged 5.35 runs per over, and thrice exceeded 50 after ten; India, on the other hand, went past 45 only once at the end of ten overs, and averaged 4.37 per over. In the first ten, New Zealand struck 30 fours, compared to just 17 by India. In the middle overs there was little to differentiate the two teams: India had the marginally higher run rate despite playing more dots. And in the last ten both teams were absolutely even in terms of runs scored, run rate, and dot balls. The difference in stats in the first ten, though, tilted the balance in New Zealand's favour. That was the biggest difference in Hamilton too: India's ten-over score was 28 for 2; New Zealand's was 65 for 2.

    How New Zealand and India scored their runs in the series
    Overs Team Runs/ balls Dots 4s/ 6s Average Run rate
    1-10 New Zealand 214/ 240 158 30/ 2 35.67 5.35
      India 175/ 240 169 17/ 7 29.16 4.37
    11-40 New Zealand 685/ 720 327 56/ 14 57.08 5.70
      India 704/ 720 348 61/ 17 44.00 5.86
    41-50 New Zealand 258/ 181 66 17/ 15 28.67 8.55
      India 258/ 181 66 22/ 10 23.45 8.55

  • New Zealand's chase was fashioned around a superb 130-run partnership between Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson, both of whom have had a wonderful series. Taylor's unbeaten 112, the ninth hundred of his ODI career, pushed his series aggregate up to 241, the first time he has scored more than 200 runs in a bilateral series. Williamson's 60 is his fourth 50-plus score in as many innings in this series, thus putting him in a select band of three New Zealand batsmen who've topped 50 four or more times in a bilateral series. The other two are Nathan Astle, who achieved the feat twice, and Andrew Jones.

  • The record for most runs by a New Zealand batsman in a bilateral series is 351, by Astle against Zimbabwe in 1998. Williamson, currently on 273, needs to score at least 79 in the last match to go past that mark.

  • India lost for the sixth time in eight ODIs in Hamilton, which is clearly one of their least favourite overseas venues: among overseas grounds where they've played at least five ODIs, only at two grounds do they have a worse record: in Port Elizabeth and Christchurch.

  • India's total got up to a respectable 278 thanks to the 127-run unbeaten stand between MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja, the second-highest by any team for the sixth wicket in Hamilton, and the third-best for that wicket for India when playing away from home.

  • When the match started, Dhoni was 80 away from 8000 ODI runs; he finished not out on 79, which means he is still a run short of that landmark. If he gets there in his next innings, he would have played 214, which will make him the fourth-fastest in ODI history to get to 8000 runs - only Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara have got there in fewer innings.

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Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 4:49 GMT)

@I-love-my-India, very poor comments. You are agreed Virat & Rahane got out by playing bad shots, but you are not admitting it was difficult to play on the wicket. Forget Virat & Rahane got out. Just discribe why Virat made only 2 runs in 12 balls ? According to you he should have been got out at about 12 runs. Surprisingly you are critisising the batsman who brought India out of trouble from 22/2. When Tailor was on 79 he has faced 97 deliveries. Same Williamson too faced simmillar number of deliveries. Definately all these three knocks are high level knocks for their respected teams. Only difference Tailor & Williamson knocks made NZ won the match. In this series Rohit scored 3,20,39 & 79 runs. I appriciate his efforts. Unfortunately Rahane & Shikhar failed to performed so far. But it is understandable. This is young team. We have to support every player. Its not easy atall to play on these bowling friendly tracks. But still. In all matches our younsters fought verywell. ATB India.

Posted by   on (January 30, 2014, 3:21 GMT)

The Team combination was very bad . Opening the inning abroad with makeshift openers is not a good idea ... Dhoni is so stubborn about his choice of players . If you don't have any faith in Amit Mishra and Ishwar Pandey . why did you select them ? Shami should have been rested as he is playing since his debut series against West Indies . I dont think Binny is an International cricketer . I can name 20 Cricketer who can make the playing 11 before Binny ...

Posted by I_Love_My_India on (January 29, 2014, 19:03 GMT)

I watched the last game and I must say that Rohit must be taken out of Indian team for ever. I agree that Virat and Ajinkya got out early by playing poor shots. But I still think that they are better batsmen than Rohit. All his dot balls were "poor" dot balls. I meant, the intention was not to take singles. But just to defend the ball. If you look at Ambati's shots, those were directed towards boundaries but fielded by NZ, kudos to their field placements. Rohit must understand that it is not only boundaries which makes the runs on board to advance, but also singles and rotating strikes. His intention was very clear that he did not want to rotate the strike, but accelerate just by hitting boundaries.

India lost this match due to their bowlers and the defensive captaincy of Dhoni. Look at the field placements of India and NZ. You would understand what I meant.

Posted by Leg-Breaker on (January 29, 2014, 16:21 GMT)

Guys, Chill. I am making my comments based on facts such as the one stated in this article, records (look at Rohit's average home and away difference is 20 - his away average is 27 while his home average is 58)

The whole point I am trying to make is that Rohit is a decent international batsman (not great) and let us stop irrational hero worship that we indulge in - making guys like Rohit Sharma who are decent batsmen by giving them the stamp of great.

Bowling is an issue - but we can address that separately. 1000 characters is not enough to describe this

Posted by Nampally on (January 29, 2014, 14:58 GMT)

Mr. Rajesh, The cause for slow batting in the first 20 overs is the loss of the top 2 batsmen. It would have been 3 outs had Taylor snapped Rohit's regulation catch in the slips. But the fact remains that Dhoni & Jadeja put up an outstanding display of batting to bring the total to 278 with Rohit Sharma also recovering & speeding up to 79. That is a remarkable recovery.If Dhawan was in the XI or if India got a better start, things might have been different.But the real reason for losing after such a decent total was inept Bowling of Shami & Aaron. They leaked away over 110 runs in about 13 or 14 overs whilst Ashwin & jadeja gave away just 75 runs in 20 overs. In ODI the faster rate of scoring wins he match not how many wkts. you take. Many have criticised Dhoni calling him defensive. In ODI defensive tactics are needed. If Raina was in the XI, he would also have bowled economically.So replacing Raina & Dhawan with Binny & Rayudu back fired in a crucial match. Binny's contribution Zero!

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 6:02 GMT)

Friends. We are all Indian cricket fans. What is point in critisising our youngsters ? This year having huge test stored for our youngsters. This is just a star of the year. Mighty challange of England & Auusies are waiting for evevrybody. Plus WC also taking place in NZ. Wheather its Rohit, Virat, Shikhar or Rahane, now we have this setlled unit of new tallent after Sachin, Rahul & VVS era. When we already have digested 8/0 overseas defeat with our greatest icons like SRT, RG, VVS, then why cant we just support our youngsters. To make critisism is very easy. But mere critisism can affect badly to anybody. It is a regular scene for every team to struggle overseas. We are watching England loosing 5/0 in Aussie, when NZ played in India last they also lost 2/0. But current Indian young team havent lost in SA 2/0. Infact there were some stages We were at winning position. Even in NZ all 4 matches definately were not one sided. We faught verywell in all. So friends just give our heros ATB.

Posted by akhilraj on (January 29, 2014, 4:29 GMT)

People who are criticizing rohit are really people are fond of criticizng him with no reason..when the score is 22/2..if he tries to speed up playing his shots nd got out..u will say dat he is nt playng for situations nd got out playng a poor shot..if he tries cool down the things nd speed up later u will say dat he is putting huge pressure on middle order..did u ever think what will happen if he got out playing the shot early in the innings..dis doesnt create any pressure..nd 4 the people who r sayng dat he is flat track blah..blah.. Jus try to play a single shot of him in recent match..plz dnt criticize any1 with no reason.. What is rahane,kohli,dhawan dng in previous innings..did anyone think of dem...y always rohit,if ur crazy of criticizng try any1 else...

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 2:42 GMT)

@ leg-Breaker If at all you saw how Rohit paced his innings then you realize that what Williamson does for NZ same Rohit does it for India !! What you want from Rohit Sharma !! 50 from 30 balls while opening? Why Dhawan is failing to cross even 30 run mark? Thing is Rohit is improving with every match and is not being supported by Rahane , Kohli (for a change he got out early) and Dhawan !

His 4 sixes were out of the park in rel sense....96 m being the longest !! He isplaying short ball well and please just don't criticize a player for a sake..If he is playing well appreciate :)

Main reason for India loosing the series is bowling ! OUR BOWLERS WILL NOT GET MORE BOWLER FRIENDLY CONDITIONS THEN NEW ZEALAND !! But nobody talking a word about them? Instead u bashing a guy who got india out of trouble from 22-2 !! What about Aaron? What about Shami ? Critize a team ...not single out a player and talk !:)

Posted by   on (January 29, 2014, 0:53 GMT)

India is still lion at his own home...need to prove that overseas as well

Posted by lotus70 on (January 29, 2014, 0:37 GMT)

@Anand, critics here are very fond of seeing problems in Rohit Sharma only without understanding that the same pair of Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit made 1000+ runs each last year to propel India to #1 rank. The problem for India is #4 and #5 in batting order. Suresh Raina is the biggest problem and after Yuvi we are unable to get a good #4. If Rohit is pushed back to #4 then nobody can open. Sehwag with his weakened eyesight will take time to adjust to his specs and Gambhir, with all due respect, was an average player who played above his ability for a short period of time. India should get Pujara in #4 position and Rayadu at #5. Rohit alongwith Virat is the best batsman India has at present and a matchwinner. He knows how to pace his innings and once he is in he is capable of decimating any attack in the world.

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