New Zealand v India, 5th ODI, Wellington January 31, 2014

Baz stumbles a single

Plays of the Day from the fifth ODI between New Zealand and India, in Wellington

The stumbled run
Brendon McCullum stretched so much forward to Ravindra Jadeja in the 43rd over that he lost balance. He tried to recover even as he hauled himself up to take the single, but stumbled again. The sequence repeated itself till half the run had been completed, by which time McCullum finally managed to regain composure and start running. Rohit Sharma had all the time in the world to steady himself from cover, but his throw was way off target.

The shot I
Jesse Ryder was in ridiculous touch in the series, although that won't reflect with scores of 18, 20, 20, 19 and 17. But it did in the outrageous strokes he played. New Zealand had managed ten runs by the sixth over when out of nowhere, Ryder bent his back knee, and swung a Bhuvneshwar Kumar length ball high over midwicket for six.

The shot II
Kane Williamson's touch only kept improving through his innings, if that is possible for a man who's made five successive fifties. Fourth ball of the batting Powerplay, he stepped out to Mohammed Shami and lifted it solidly with a high followthrough, timing it so well that the ball soared over deep extra-cover.

The drop I
In the tenth over, Martin Guptill pulled Bhuvneshwar straight to mid-on. Varun Aaron appeared to dive initially, then realised there was no need to. He tried steadying himself on one knee but it was too late by then, and he could not hold on. Aaron had to begin bowling from the next over, and as he made his way to the pitch, a disappointed MS Dhoni strode right past him, head down, making no attempt to say anything to his bowler at the start of his spell.

The drop II
Dhoni swung Mitchell McClenaghan to mid-on in the 38th over of the chase. The ball was dying a bit on Brendon McCullum, who leaned forward and got both hands to it, only to put it down. Dhoni flat-batted the next ball past McCullum, who tried to make up somewhat for the drop with a spirited dash. The ball had almost touched the boundary when McCullum flung himself at it. He covered quite a distance, and pulled it back in the nick of time to save one run.

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Sandeep on February 1, 2014, 4:13 GMT

    @Akhter786 : Don't get overexcited mate. Yes nz played exceptional , bt remember they are playing at home. Aus too playing at home. Every team is playing good at their home except Pak(your team). Bt have to admit they are playing at home away from home. Every team goes thru rough periods and its not permanent, same as staying at top is not a permanent thing. Last time India went to NZ we Won matches and we have done it all over the world, and winning one match doesnt make your team world class.

  • Jagan on January 31, 2014, 20:39 GMT

    Aaron and Shami seem to bowl good pace but they need good bowling coach. Hiring McDemott or Mcgrath would to world of good for the them and other bowlers. As for as Coach is concerned, it would be good if they can hire Kirsten again. He has good rapport with the team and BCCI.

  • Ramesh on January 31, 2014, 20:07 GMT

    Like somebody pointed out earlier... if india were to go into a match with all 11 batsmen and no bowler, the score india would be chasing would not be too different. It is so embarrassing to have to have to hear Ashwin, Zak and co to say they are better prepared and pull off the exact same bad performance time in and again.Dhoni I am sure knows that this set of bowlers are young, relative less experienced, why is there no special attention paid to it. Send them to MRF academy (or similar ones) before a major tournament to the corresponding country to acclimatize with the conditions and bring in a better performance from them? I was under the impression that there is no need for 2 spinners but I gues I was wrong. 4 Fast/medium fast bowlers would have let go off more runs and may be lesser wickets.Indian bowling is easily the worst bowling unit of any cricket playing team right now. Y not let 2 off the following Ishant/Shami/Bhuvi stay back in Australia/NZ after t20 to be better at WC 15

  • Naman on January 31, 2014, 15:57 GMT

    India needs a bowling coach for its fast bowlers. Shawn Pollock, Glenn McGrath, Venkatesh Prasad or Wasim Akram can be hired to do that job. As for the spinners, why cannot we have a similar facility as MRF pace foundation? BCCI has a lot of money and India can avail the help of great spinners like Prasanna, Bedi, Venkat Raghvan, Raju, Chauhan or Anil Kumble. Send the rising spinners there every year for a month or so for guidance. The batting line needs to include Pujara. He has shown that he can score quickly. A batsman with good technique can score runs quickly on any surface but a batsman with faulty technique gets exposed on fast and bouncy tracks. Rohit needs to be told how many chances he will get. 2 centuries after 100 matches is no good for an opening batsman. The way current openers are performing, they are no better than Sehwag and Gambhir.

  • Dummy4 on January 31, 2014, 15:51 GMT

    I think Its time for India to change their Coach...He has done nothing to improve the technical aspects of the team... Most of the Indian players are not thinking as their counter parts are and I believe its the work of Coach to help players improve on those grounds. Its not always strength which helps to Win matches consistently. You got to be skillful enough to utilize your strengths.And this was what Gary Christian doing. Pull fletcher out bring a new guy in who is good at turning strengths to skills and things will start falling in place.

  • farah on January 31, 2014, 15:44 GMT

    To be honest any subcontinent team on a foreign tour ( specially to this part of the world) have failed to perform. But generally its the batsmen who fail due to lack of practice on lively wickets. However the alarming issue is the failure of the bowlers not only medium pacers but spinners as well. This is an area of real concern. With this kind of bite less attack India looks very ordinary and definitely not deserving top ranking.

  • Dummy4 on January 31, 2014, 13:47 GMT

    Going by the current form of Team India, drawing even one test should be considered as great accomplishment

  • Dhairy on January 31, 2014, 10:53 GMT

    India have to rebuilt their lineup. Fast bowlers are not much good. Batsmen are failing to score. What is a roal of Rayudu/Rahane in this team? neither they are scoring good score nor they are hard hitters. What about Dhavan? Dhavan is never scored big after slower start. Then why he is playing so? Just 3 players played at their best in the series : Dhoni, Kohli & Jadeja.

  • Mohammad on January 31, 2014, 10:36 GMT

    Number one ODI team, India!!!who??

    Flat track bullies tag is now going to remain with them for a considerable time , barring Kohli!!

    Was it all bowlers fault? No. 300 scores are chasable when your strength is batting. And you have to.

    Atleast we don't have an outright best ODI team in the world as present. All rich and powerful teams (big 3) are struggling. And those of second tier funancially and whatever, are doing incredible.

    NZL beat SA England and now India. But r still too down the ranking system.!!! I think they had put that system in place to make big 3 feel good long before the current scenario.

  • Bhaskar on January 31, 2014, 10:28 GMT

    @ cmatnz - I clearly agree with you mate. The biggest problem with Dhoni, he never plays 3 spinners & 2 pacemen. India's strength is spin & not mediocre pacemen they have in their team. Mishra deserves a place like Ashwin & Jadeja in the 11. Anyway you are getting clobbered why can't you mend your ways? It is time for Dhoni to produce results overseas or he should be stripped of the captaincy along with the coach Duncan Flethcer who both seem to have become over sure of their positions. Why cannot Rohit sharma be dropped from the team, he has always been good in wasting overs at the top. Rayudu is a misfit in the 11, even Raina's contribution was good.

    ODI 11 - Dhawan, Ashwin, Kohli, Dhoni, Jadeja, Raina, Rahane, Binny, Mishra, Bhuvi & Ishwar

    The following tests series everybody can expect 4 bowlers false theory by the Indian management, playing 3 pace & 1 spin. Play all 3 spinners & 2 pace

    Test 11- Dhawan, Vijay, Pujara, Kohli, Dhoni, Rahane, Ashwin, Jadeja, Mishra, Bhuvi & Zaheer

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