full again, but around middle and off. Clipped to deep square leg
So a tour which started with an abandoned match ends with a no result. New Zealand keep their winning streak alive in home ODI series, as they now plan for Pakistan, while some of India's players fly to Bangladesh. Cricket has become like time: it never stops. But thanks for your company for this series, as Raghav, Suds and me, Himanshu, bid you goodbye!
Daniel: "Don't mind it, it's been part of the rules for ages and adds to the intrigue of the contest. The NZ bowling innings was very slow because it only had two overs of spin, maybe if they'd sped up, we'd have got two more in before the rain" --- After all, there's always more than one way of looking at the same thing
Kane Williamson, the series-winning captain: "It's been going on reasonably well. The first game became series-defining. Little bit odd to have so much rain. [On using Mitchell] The seamers were getting something from the wicket. He did a fantastic job bowling with the wind. The focus shifts to the Test arena [for the Pakistan series]. There's freshness to that, new faces. But it'll be good to have time off."
Shikhar Dhawan after another washout: "We are a young unit, and they must have learnt about bowling in the good-length areas. We were on the shorter side. Also, taking the partnerships deep, especially when it's overcast. In Bangladesh, all senior players will be back. That will be a more practical journey towards the World Cup. [For the juniors] It is important to pick up the details: like where to pitch the ball and the lengths."
Tom Latham is the Player of the Series: "You can reflect nicely [on the 145* in the first ODI]. We bowled fantastically well. There was a little bit of assistance from the wicket. The way Finn and Devon played, they absorbed pressure at the start. The more we play with each other around the world, the more you build friendships."
Three out of six games on the tour get rained out, and one ended in a tie because of rain. So technically, only two games produced a result, as India took the T20Is by the same scoreline as New Zealand won the ODIs.
Neil: "Context should be taken into consideration. If NZ was chasing 300 then fair enough for it to be called a draw after 18 overs. But NZ were around half the total still with 9 wickets in hand"
10.03pm The match has been called off. The India players are seen shaking hands in the dressing room, and a washout has been confirmed. Time for the old debate of cut-off targets or DLS rules to be reconsidered. This makes it consecutive washouts in the series, with New Zealand winning it 1-0. It's a shame that we were two overs - barely eight to ten minutes - away from a result.
10pm It continues raining, with another 50 minutes left for even two overs to play and thus have a result. A fair bit of crowd is still around, hoping some cricket can happen.
Radha Krishna: "I live just beside the Stadium and the rain has come to a halt 2 minutes back. Let's see what happens for the game. Fingers crossed" --- Hmmm, it's happening, it's happening...
9.50pm Here I come again... Will there be any more rain?
Back to Himanshu for some more rain watch...
9:20pm It still continues to pour down and the covers are firmly in place. Shouldn't be long before we start losing overs. And as Himanshu mentioned early on, NZ are 50 ahead of the DLS par score. But that comes into picture only AFTER 20 overs are bowled. And so the wait continues...
Dan C: "About 4km away here from the ground and all we have had all day is very light drizzle....good conditions for nighttime running rugby" Is this fair? C'mon, try and stop this downpour if you can, Dan!
Mustafa Moudi: "Let me try to divert our CON(way)-(William)SON-centration a bit, are you sure tomorrow the final month of the year is going to begin ?? Cant believe 2022 will end so soon !!" Haha well tried. But it was not subtle at all :p And yes, 2022 seems to have flown by!.
Vasu: "Time,tide and rain wait for no man- Suds or Himanshu! NZ have won the series anyway and they don't need one more feather (!) in their cap."
Daniel: "I am at the ground and I think everything is contextual but no one from Christchurch would call this a downpour. It's a steady frustrating appears to be easing."
Enough of me in the rain break. Here comes Suds to try and change everything.
9.10pm The umpires have a discussion amidst the umbrellas in the middle, as rain continues to fall steadily. Anyway, we still have a lot of time in hand even for a shortened game, especially since we are just two overs away from a result. Until then, we can enjoy this familiar pair - both in consistency and style - motor along in a Test.
Daniel: "While we're on the subject of rules, what is the worst rule that has ever been part of cricket and why is it the 2019 boundary-countback rule?" --- Among some worst rules, this from an ODI in 2018 springs to mind
Toby: "As a Kiwi fan I'm still not sure that a 'mercy win' here could counter the pain of that boundary-count rule" --- I'm pretty sure nothing ever can do that
8.46pm It is raining sharply in Christchurch at the moment, and even if it stops immediately, it should take some time to clear up the damage.
Jacob: "Could we invoke some kind of a mercy rule, and declare New Zealand the winner?" --- A counter for the boundary-count rule?
Andrew: "Would be filthy if this changed the series result, but as it doesn't, think there's been a clear winner for the series if it ends as it stands" --- As of now, we are extremely far away from rain - or even a shortened game - turning this match around
8.35pm Never mind the rain break here, you can always follow live cricket in another part of the world. Marnus Labuschagne is close to a hundred for Australia against West Indies, who got Usman Khawaja out to break a century stand.
The big covers quickly make their way out on the ground after the pitch was protected first. This seems like steady rain.
Jason: "Got to ask, why did they bother taking a drinks break with rain looming? Ridiculous" --- Fair question, but just one more over might have been completed even if not for the break
Huzaifa Ali: "@Himanshu.. The entire Blackcaps army is coming for you if rain doesn't stop. Run while you can!!!" --- I'm here to stay; no place to hide
8.21pm We are just two overs away from a result, even if rain washes this out. And just as I say this, rain stops play. Please don't blame me for the interruption! New Zealand are currently 50 ahead on DLS, but it doesn't matter since we need at least 20 overs of play to have been completed.
much better delivery. Pitches on a fullish length, and around sixth stump, and angles away from Conway, who shoulders arms
slapped to deep midwicket! Arshdeep goes back to the short delivery outside off, as Conway pulls from deep in the crease in the wide gap available on the leg side
pretty full ball just outside off, as he leans forward to drive to cover
It is rather a second slip, and not a gully, for Conway
fuller line, but wider of off. Goes on straight after pitching after Conway lets it pass
Narayanan: "Looking for more bets from Ranjeet :)"
short ball outside off, and swung to deep midwicket. The man at deep square leg gives the chase to his right
Arshdeep back. A gully in place.
sharp inward movement now. Fullish and a bit wide of off, and shapes back in to end just outside off as Williamson lets it go
good bounce and carry now. Again on a good length, but slightly wider of off. Left alone this time
beaten first ball! Good, tight line and length. Bowls on the shorter side of a good length in the channel outside off, as Williamson poked his bat but the ball zipped past the outside edge
Williamson at No. 3. A slip and gully there.
gone, taken well at cover by Surya! He went low to his right, and tumbled to complete the catch. Allen saw a short delivery again outside off, with the ball climbing on to him. He swatted with a horizontal bat, but the ball seemed to have come from the bottom of the bat. Can this wicket help India claw back into the match?
Ranjeet: "@Himanshu, my bet is on a century!"
short again at 144kph, and this time shaping in to end just outside off. Tapped down
swung for four! The sound seemed like glove more than bat, as the ball was on a good length and angling into leg stump. Allen pulled beyond Pant's reach to his left
Malik will resume after the break. India's discussion must have been longer.
Tautoru: "At last a 6! It was starting to become boring watching ones and sometimes twos. "
Time for a drinks break
shortish again, and some turn in. Clipped to long-on
how did that land beyond the boundary? swatted for six expertly! He hits a short ball outside off over mid-off by rocking back in the crease, and riding the bounce. Fifty up for Allen too
short again, and just outside off. Turns in to end on middle and off. Pushed to cover
short of a length outside off. Punched to deep point with the full face of the bat
tosses it up full, as it goes on with the angle to hit his pad
Around the wicket to Conway
short of a length, and turning in sharply to end on middle and leg. Clipped to midwicket
Hello everyone. Who knows, I might as well bring a century tonight?
15 overs done, time for Himanshu to try and pick up a wicket via the bowlers.
Length ball and outside off, he lifts his bat to let it pass.
Very full on middle and leg, driven to mid-on.
Is it time to start talking about Shikhar Dhawan's strike rate?
Pant: 'Compare my numbers when I'm 30-32, no logic before that'
New Zealand take ODI series 1-0 after yet another no-result
|DP Conway||not out||38||51|
|KS Williamson||not out||0||3|
|Extras||(lb 6, w 3)|
|Total||104(1 wkt; 18 ovs)|