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43dThe Report by Deivarayan Muthu

New Zealand defend 260 to keep series alive

Martin Guptill's rapid half-century, and canny bowling from Tim Southee and James Neesham, were vital to New Zealand forcing the series into a decider at Visakhapatnam

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

MJ Guptill
72(84) 12x4 - 0x6
Control %80%
  • Productive Shot
  • off drive
  • 15 runs
  • 3x4 - 0x6
10 5 0 1 24 17 11 4
AM Rahane
57(70) 5x4 - 1x6
Control %83%
  • Productive Shot
  • cover drive
  • 12 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
3 0 8 15 17 2 3 9

Best performances - Bowlers

TG Southee
O9
M0
R40
W3
Eco4.44
RHB
OFFLEG
2W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
JDS Neesham
O6
M0
R38
W2
Eco6.33
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Match Details

Toss

New Zealand , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Series result

5-match series level 2-2

Match number

Season

Hours of play (local time)

13.30 start, First Session 13.30-17.00, Interval 17.00-17.45, Second Session 17.45-21.15

Match days

26 October 2016 - day/night match (50-over match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Scorer: M Venkat Raghav | Commentator: Sidharth Monga

So with players' views coming in, we are done with our coverage of the fourth ODI. On Saturday, a day before Diwali, this series will witness its decider, in Vizag. There has been wretched news of rain threatening that match, but here is hoping we have an uninterrupted decider. This has been an excellent series so far. Thanks for joining us today

"It certainly is a great feeling," says Martin Guptill, Man of the Match. "To put up a performance myself and give the team a defendable total is satisfying. We thought we could have got more but it was a defendable total. It came down to our bowlers to do the job, and they did. Virat Is a class player and to get him early was a big step."

"Absolutely happy and proud," says Kane Williamson. "What we wanted was build partnerships. It was not an easy surface. Although you always want more, 260 was not a bad effort on that surface. Coming here, we had to decide between dew that may or may not come in versus the deterioration. The dew didn't come in, so that perhaps worked in our favour. Tough decisions to drop Anderson and Ronchi. We have played on different surfaces so that affects selection. Also it has been a long tour. It's exciting to go 2-2; India is a great side, it is exciting to go level into the final match."

"I think it was the first 10 where we gave away a lot of runs and the extras,". says MS Dhoni. "I think we could have still chased 260 if we had wickets in hand. Quite similar to Delhi where we kept losing wickets. The wicket was best to bat on in the afternoon, and it kept getting slower and slower. The new ball under lights still came on but as it got older it became difficult. The Nos 5 and 6 are quite new, they will learn their own way. Some will play big shots, some will take it deep. Once they have played 15-20 games, they will figure out what works for them. Cricket has changed, people like to play big shots. It is important to not tell them to stop playing the shots; you don't want them to go into their shells. They played their shots when the ball was in their area. They will learn after they have played 15-20 games. Usually there is dew at this time of the year, and in Indian cricket the moment you talk about dew you want to bowl first. We will have to be at our best in the decider."

9.20pm This win has "New Zealand" written all over it. They are technically not as good as India in these conditions, but what they do well is read the conditions excellently and have the tactics spot on. They saw a dry pitch, picked three spinners, batted first despite the prospect of dew, and went hammer and tongs in the first 10 overs knowing the spinners would be very difficult to get away once the balls grow older. Their start was perhaps a bit better than even they would have expected, which is what would have left them disappointed with just 260 on board, but once they crossed 230 you knew this was going to be a tight chase

In response the New Zealand spinners - bar Santner didn't start that well - and the Rahane-Kohli partnership seemed to be running away with it. However, once Sodhi got Kohli out, New Zealand put the squeeze on. Wickets came regularly, the batsmen didn't seem prepared to take it deep, and New Zealand fielders were excellent when the batsmen took undue risks. Just a really canny team effort in what Santner says was "a scrap". And New Zealand love it when you make it a bit of a scrap. Do hang around for the presentation

48.4
W
Boult to Yadav, OUT, and a big wind-up it is but the slower ball has been mis-hit straight to extra cover to level the series. Boult just too good for No. 11 with that asking rate that high. Slower, on a length, and it has been sliced

UT Yadav c Taylor b Boult 7 (26m 12b 0x4 0x6) SR: 58.33

Yadav on strike. Expect a big wind-up

48.3
1
Boult to Kulkarni, 1 run, short, at the stumps, he backs away to run it down to third man for one

SG: "Like that the crowd are still staying in, shows the change in people enjoying the game and not about just winning. 10 years ago I would've switched off the TV like an hour ago."

48.2
1
Boult to Yadav, 1 run, slower ball, full, driven hard, but straight to long-off. Gets just the single

Two a ball required now

48.1
1
Boult to Kulkarni, 1 run, into the wicket, short of a length, cut to third man for one

Southee's over - just four runs - has now brought it up to 23 off 12. India need a boundary early in this over. They have Nos 10 and 11 at the wicket. New Zealand inching closer

Boult round the wicket

END OF OVER:
48 | 4 Runs | INDIA: 238/9 (23 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 4.95, RRR: 11.50)

  • DS Kulkarni23 (24b)
  • UT Yadav6 (10b)
  • TG Southee9-0-40-3
  • TA Boult9-1-45-1
47.6
1
Southee to Kulkarni, 1 run, Southee stays short and slow, pulled to deep midwicket for a single

So now three men deep on the leg side. Slower ball coming up. Mid-off should be his zone

47.5
1
Southee to Yadav, 1 run, slower short ball, offcutter too, pulled away, and gets just the single off the top half of the bat

Excellent over so for for NZ

First loss in Ranchi

0

No. of ODIs India had lost in Ranchi, before this. They had played 2 and had won chasing both of them. They failed to chase this time.

New Zealand's comeback

98

India's score before the fall of second wicket. New Zealand have taken six wickets for 69 runs since then.

Rahane gets going

66

No. of runs accumulated by Rahane in the first three ODIs of this series - 33, 28, 5. He has got to a fifty today.

Lucky Ground

216

Number of runs scored by Kohli in ODIs in Ranchi, before this match. He made 77* vs Eng in 2012-13 and 139* vs SL in 2014-15, both while chasing.

spinners' impact

3.82

Economy of India spinners in this match - 107 runs in 28 overs. The fast bowlers went at 6.81 - 150 runs in 22 overs.

Prolific Mishra

10

No. of wickets for Mishra in this series. No other bowler has taken more than 6 wkts in the series so far. His figures: 3/49, 3/60, 2/46, 2/41.

Opening Woes

1

Number of instances since March 2012 when New Zealand have had a 100+ opening stand in ODIs. In 49 innings they average 30. Today they added 96.