New Zealand pull off nail-biting six-run win over India to square series at Delhi

The second game of the series between India and New Zealand was played at Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi. The hosts came into game with 1-0 lead in the series after brushing aside visitors comfortably in first game played at Dharamsala.

MS Dhoni won the toss for India and elected to bowl first.Indian opening bowlers made a good start as fast bowler Umesh Yadav managed to dismiss Martin Guptill in the opening over of the innings. Tom Latham was joined by Captain Kane Williamson who put on a crucial partnership of 120 runs to stabilize the innings after loss of early wicket. The duo played clever cricket rotating the strike well by taking singles and picking an odd boundary in the process. Williamson went onto complete his half century off 56 balls while Latham provided an able support from the other end. India for the first time in the series faced a stern challenge from the visitors as they toiled hard during the partnership between Williamson and Latham. Dhoni changed plans and brought on part time spinner Kedar Jadhav who dismissed Tom Latham for 46 runs to see the Kiwis placed at 120 for 2 after 21 overs.Ross Taylor has been in wretched form in the series as his struggles with the bat continued in this game. He scored 21 off 42 before taken out by leg spinner Amit Mishra. Corey Anderson came in and scored 21 but was dismissed by Mishra to get his second wicket of the game. New Zealand innings suddenly got rattled in the last ten overs as once placed at 204 for 4 after 40 over lost the remaining wickets for just 38 runs to see them post 242 runs on the board off 50 overs. Kane Williamson top scored with a brilliant 118 runs off 128 runs as he anchored the whole New Zealand innings to reach a decent total.

India were tipped to win the game easily as chase began in uncharacteristic slow fashion as openers Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane played cautiously against tidy spell from Southee and Boult. Rohit was dismissed for 21 runs as he edged a delivery to the keeper off the bowling of Trent Boult. Virat Kohli also fell for 9 dismissed by left arm spinner Mitchell Santner. Ajinkya Rahane worked hard for 28 runs but he was undone by short pitch delivery from Tim Southee to see India in a tricky situation at 72 for 3 after 19 overs. Manish Pandey went for reckless second run and was out. Dhoni started slowly and picked up singles as Jadhav came in and started playing some shots just to ease the pressure. Jadhav was going well but was dismissed for 41 by fast bowler Matt Henry.Dhoni played sensibly for his 39 runs off 65 balls but he was dismissed by Southee to put New Zealand in box seat in the game.

India lost the momentum quickly as they slumped to 183 for 8 after 41 overs. Hardik Pandya and Umesh Yadav did produce a fight back to give New Zealand a scare in the game. In the end, New Zealand picked up the last three wickets to clinch a close win by six runs and managed to the level the series to 1-1.The series is now at an interesting stage as New Zealand have made a comeback in the series as the next game will be played at Mohali on Sunday.

 

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