Player of the Match
Player of the Match
    13.1 you just can't keep that man away from proceedings as Anderson strikes again, getting Rohit to go for a lofted shot through extra-cover, but instead miscues it down to third man, with Bennett taking a safe catch. Ends yet another promising innings from Rohit, who had done all the hard work, but has given it away 72/2
    9.2 advances down the track as Dhawan decides to go after him, but gets the direction all wrong as he pulls this straight into deep midwicket's throat, with Guptill full stretch as he dove forward to take this catch. You just can't keep him out of the action for long. I suspect Dhoni will not be too pleased with the manner of the dismissal, especially when he had spoke at length after the second ODI about the importance of the top-order to stick around deep into the innings 64/1
    14.5 and Bennett gets the Big One as he has Kohli, who was looking quite scratchy in his short stint, edge a good length ball from just outside off to the keeper, who takes the catch comfortably. Kohli knows it right away as he trudges back to the keeper, while Bennett kicks off some rather gregarious celebrations from the New Zealanders 74/3
    17.4 and this time it is Rahane's time to depart as he tickles this leg side delivery from Anderson straight to the waiting paws of Ronchi behind, who doesn't make a mess of it 79/4
    27.4 and there goes Raina in trademark style as he goes for the pull but gets a feather of an edge on it which carries to Ronchi behind 146/5
    35.4 and Southee takes a blinder of a catch at deep square leg as Dhoni is enticed into a pull shot which he has smashed towards that direction, with Southee getting to it before kneeling down and sticking his right hand out to pluck this. Sensational catch to get rid of the Indian captain, and suddenly India's hopes feel dashed 184/6
    44.5 Guptill. Not sure how to begin here. But. Simply. Amazing. Ashwin belts yet another one over midwicket, and for all accounts this looks as good as gone, but then all of a sudden Guptill displays some brilliance just before the rope as he catches this, with the momentum taking him over the rope, then pops it over to the field of play, before plucking the catch on the good side of the rope to claim it. Ends a fantastic rearguard effort from Ashwin, who has taken the scruff of this match and brought India back into it 269/7
    not out
    45.4 back of a length and Kumar has no choice but to go after it, but doesn't quite get enough meat on it as this spoons harmlessly over to the long-on area, with mid-on doubling back to claim this one 275/8
    47.5 another slower bouncer from Anderson has helped him to a maiden five-wicket haul as Shami, looking for quick runs, ends up hitting this straight up in the air, with point getting under it to take a straightforward catch. NZ on top now as Varun Aaron joins the party 286/9
    not out
    18 (b 1, lb 3, w 14)
    314/9 (50 Overs, RR: 6.28)
    Fall of wickets: 1-64 (S Dhawan, 9.2 ov), 2-72 (RG Sharma, 13.1 ov), 3-74 (V Kohli, 14.5 ov), 4-79 (AM Rahane, 17.4 ov), 5-146 (SK Raina, 27.4 ov), 6-184 (MS Dhoni, 35.4 ov), 7-269 (R Ashwin, 44.5 ov), 8-275 (B Kumar, 45.4 ov), 9-286 (Mohammed Shami, 47.5 ov)
    TG Southee10.007417.40268240
    MJ McClenaghan10.007607.60304520
    HK Bennett10.024124.10415120
    CJ Anderson10.016356.30376360
    KS Williamson2.001708.5031100
    NL McCullum8.003914.87201100

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