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Jan 28, 2014
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Ross Taylor is the Man of the Match for his unbeaten 112. That is it from us, join us for the fifth ODI between the two sides on January 31 which will be played in Wellington.
NZ 280/3 | Overs 48.1 | Taylor 112*, B McCullum 49*
Aaron comes in and McCullum finishes it off on the first ball of the over with a big six over wide long-off. New Zealand have won the match by seven wickets. They also win the series and now lead the five-match series 3-0 with one ODI to go.
NZ 274/3 | Overs 48 | Taylor 112*, B McCullum 43*
Shami comes into the attack. McCullum uses his feet and hits a low full-toss for a four through the extra-cover region. Shami then bowls a wide down the leg side. McCullum then comes down the track and pulls a back of a length delivery towards deep mid-wicket. Aaron misfields and it goes for a four. McCullum then hits one high in the air. Three fielders converge and in the end it is dropped. Rayudu and Jadeja finally get their hands towards the ball, but the coming together makes the ball fall on the ground.
NZ 261/3 | Overs 47 | Taylor 111*, B McCullum 32*
Jadeja to bowl his 10th and final over. He is bowling with two slips to the right-handed batsmen. He only concedes three runs off the over. But it is not enough as New Zealand need only 18 runs to win the match. Jadeja finishes his quota of overs giving only 33 runs. But like Ashwin, he too has gone wicket-less.
NZ 258/3 | Overs 46 | Taylor 109*, B McCullum 31*
Bhuvneshwar comes in and bowls short and wide. McCullum cuts and gets a four towards third-man as Ashwin fails to collect the ball. McCullum then cuts and gets two runs towards deep point.
NZ 251/3 | Overs 45 | Taylor 108*, B McCullum 25*
Jadeja comes into the attack. He offers width and Taylor plays the cut shot and gets a four towards third-man. Jadeja then bowls one on middle-stump and makes it turn away. Taylor misses and the ball just misses the stumps.
NZ 246/3 | Overs 44 | Taylor 103*, B McCullum 25*
Bhuvneshwar to bowl his ninth over. He strays onto the pads and McCullum plays it to long-leg for a single. Taylor then gets a single through the covers. McCullum gets a single behind point. Taylor then hits one through mid-off for a single. McCullum then gets an single towards third-man. Taylor makes it six singles in the over as he opens the face of the bat and guides it to third-man.
NZ 240/3 | Overs 43 | Taylor 100*, B McCullum 22*
Aaron comes into bowl. Taylor gets a single off the first ball with an edge on the off side. McCullum then comes down the track and smashes one way over long-off for a six. The batsmen then exchange three singles. Taylor then cuts one over point and gets a four. That is his ninth century. Very good innings from the New Zealand batsman.
NZ 226/3 | Overs 42 | Taylor 94*, B McCullum 14*
Bhuvneshwar continues. He bowls a full delivery down the leg side and Taylor works it away towards the mid-wicket region for a single. Bhuvneshwar bowls a length delivery and McCullum charges down the track and creams it over extra-cover for a flat six.
NZ 219/3 | Overs 41 | Taylor 93*, B McCullum 8*
Aaron comes into the attack. He bowls a short and wide delivery outside off-stump. Taylor reaches out and cuts that over the slip region for a four. He then takes a single towards third-man. McCullum takes a single through covers. Taylor also takes a single through covers.
NZ 212/3 | Overs 40 | Taylor 87*, B McCullum 7*
Bhuvneshwar has been brought back into the attack. He bowls five dot deliveries to McCullum. The over then becomes better for New Zealand as McCullum hits the last ball for a four towards cover-point.
NZ 208/3 | Overs 39 | Taylor 87*, B McCullum 3*
Shami offers width and Taylor smashes that through the covers for a four. He then takes a quick single after towards short mid-wicket with very soft hands. There is a direct hit, but Taylor makes it in time. McCullum then gives the strike back to Taylor with a single towards mid-wicket. Taylor then opens the face of the bat and hits the ball over wide mid-off for another four.
NZ 198/3 | Overs 38 | Taylor 78*, B McCullum 2*
Ashwin to bowl his 10th and final over. He bowls a tight over and gives only one run away. Taylor got a single towards mid-wicket. Ashwin has finished with 41 runs, but has also gone wicket-less.
NZ 197/3 | Overs 37 | Taylor 77*, B McCullum 2*
Shami replaces Jadeja. He bowls one short and Taylor pulls to wide long-on for a single. Shami bowls one straight and McCullum hits it straight back to the bowler. Shami reaches out his left hand and tries to stop it, but the ball is just away and the chance goes by. The ball almost goes to Jadeja at mid-off, but falls short to him as well.
NZ 194/3 | Overs 36 | Taylor 75*, B McCullum 1*
Ashwin bowls one that turns in slightly and McCullum misses. The ball hits the pads and Ashwin appeals, but the umpire says not out. Replays show that the ball would have clipped the bails. McCullum gets off the mark with a single towards mid-wicket. Ashwin then bowls to Taylor and he pushes it towards thye mid-wicket region and goes for the single. Dhon shouts ‘easy easy’ but Kohli shies at the stumps and the ball goes for four overthrows. That is five runs to Taylor and New Zealand.
NZ 188/3 | Overs 35 | Taylor 70*, B McCullum 0* | OUT! Williamson 60 (82)
Jadeja bowls one to Williamson and he pushes it away on the leg side and goes for the single. Jadeja is quick to react and collects the ball turns and hits the stumps with a direct hit and Williamson is run-out. Is that what India needed? Time will tell…
Brendon McCullum is the next man in, but is is at the non-striker’s end. Taylor is unable to score of the remaining four deliveries off the over. So, that is also a wicket-maiden.
NZ 188/2 | Overs 34 | Williamson 60*, Taylor 70*
Ashwin bowls one straight and Williamson flicks it away for two runs towards deep square-leg. Shami dived in to save the boundary. Ashwin then bowls another length delivery on the stumps and Williamson works it away for two runs towards square-leg. Another two singles from the over make it six.
NZ 182/2 | Overs 33 | Williamson 55*, Taylor 69*
Jadeja is now bowling with a slip as Dhoni looks to get a wicket. But the batsmen are well set and are taking the singles easily. Jadeja bowls one short and Taylor rocks back onto the back-foot and cuts it to the third-man region for four. A total of nine runs came off that over.
NZ 173/2 | Overs 32 | Williamson 53*, Taylor 62*
Williamson comes down the ground and hits past Ashwin for a single. Ashiwn then bowls a wide to Taylor down the leg side. Ashwin then flights one on off-stump and Taylor opens the face of the bat to get a single towards covers.
NZ 170/2 | Overs 31 | Williamson 52*, Taylor 61*
Jadeja has been brought back into the attack. Williamson flicks one behind square on the leg side for a single. Taylor then gets a single towards long-off. Williamson then reaches out to a wide delivery and gets a single towards covers.
NZ 167/2 | Overs 30 | Williamson 50*, Taylor 60*
Ashwin comes into the attack to replace Rayudu. Williamson reaches his 10th half-century with a single towards square on the leg side. This is also his fourth consecutive fifty in the series. Ashwin bowls a front-foot no-ball to Williamson. On the free-hit delivery, Williamson comes down the track and misses a yorker. Dhoni also fails to collect it and it is one bye. Taylor then cuts one behind point for a four.
NZ 158/2 | Overs 29 | Williamson 49*, Taylor 54*
Shami has been brought into the attack. He bowls one short on middle-stump and Williamson pulls behind square-leg for two runs. Williamson then gets another two runs through third-man. The last ball of the over is short and wide and Williamson plays it uppishly off the back-foot over the point region for a four.
NZ 150/2 | Overs 28 | Williamson 41*, Taylor 54*
Rayudu bowls a wide delivery and Williamson comes down the track and hits it inside-out for a six over extra-cover. Taylor then gets to his 27th half-century with a single towards long-off. Either side of that, Williamson gets singles as well. The last ball is cut very fine on the off side by Taylor and he gets a four. The 150 is also up for New Zealand.
NZ 137/2 | Overs 27 | Williamson 33*, Taylor 49*
Aaron comes in to bowl. He bowls a short delivery and Williamson pulls towards deep mid-wicket for a single. Aaron offers width and Taylor cuts that for a four towards cover-point. The next delivery is short and wide and Taylor cuts that over backward-point for another four. Aaron then bowls a short delivery and it is way too high and called a wide. He then bowls a back of a length delivery that bounces a little extra and goes over Taylor’s bat. Tha last ball is a back of a length delivery and that is blocked by Taylor.
NZ 127/2 | Overs 26 | Williamson 32*, Taylor 41*
Rayudu continues. Taylor plays a late cut to a wide delivery and gets a single. Williamson then comes down the track and whips one towards long-on for a single. The ball just went past Virat Kohli at short mid-wicket, who got a slight hand to it, but it was a very tough chance. Taylor and Williamson exchange a single each after that to get four runs in the over.
NZ 123/2 | Overs 25 | Williamson 30*, Taylor 39*
Aaron has been brought back into the attack. Williamson edges one over point and gets a single. Taylor then cuts one towards third-man for a single. Aaron bowls a bouncer at Williamson and he sways away. Aaron again bowls a bouncer and Williamson again sways away. He is bowling at a consistent speed around the 140 kmph mark. Williamson then plays a cross-batted shot over mid-off for two runs.
NZ 119/2 | Overs 24 | Williamson 27*, Taylor 38*
Rayudu has been brought into the attack. He is a right-arm slow bowler. Not sure anyone has seen him bowl in a competitive match before. He has a very unique action there. Taylor does get a four in the over through the covers. The New Zealand batsmen only got six runs off the over. They would be a little unhappy not to score more.
NZ 113/2 | Overs 23 | Williamson 26*, Taylor 33*
Bhuvneshwar bowls one on a good length and Williamson drives on the up for a six over long-on. Williamson then opens the face of the bat and gets a single to deep point. Bhuvneshwar bowls a short and wide delivery and Taylor cuts it away for a single towards third-man.
NZ 105/2 | Overs 22 | Williamson 19*, Taylor 32*
Stuart Binny is going to bowl. This is his debut. He is India’s 200th player in ODIs. The first ball is straight to Taylor and is a dot delivery. He does bowl one on a back of a length and down the leg side. Taylor flicks it behind square on the leg side for two runs. He then bowls one on the pads and Taylor hits it through mid-wicket for a single. The last ball of the over is a half-volley on off-stump, but Taylor drives through covers for a four.
NZ 97/2 | Overs 21 | Williamson 18*, Taylor 25*
Bhuvneshwar has been brought back into the attack. Dhoni is standing right behind the stumps. Williamson opens the face of the bat and guides one to third-ma for a single. Bhuvneshwar bowls one full and slightly outside off-stump and Taylor misses a low cut shot. But Dhoni collects it easily. Taylor does cut the last ball towards third-man for a single.
NZ 95/2 | Overs 20 | Williamson 17*, Taylor 24*
Ashwin drifts down the leg side and Williamson hits it past backward square-leg for a single. He then bowls full and Taylor drives towards long-on for a single. Ashwin then bowls a length delivery and Williamson plays it towards long-leg for another single. The last ball of the over is glanced by Taylor towards fine-leg for a four. Drinks have been taken.
NZ 88/2 | Overs 19 | Williamson 15*, Taylor 19*
Jadeja bowls three dot deliveries to Williamson first up. Then the batsman gets a single towards long-off. Taylor then drives a full delivery towards long-off for another single. Jadeja bowls short and Williamson pushes it towards cover for a single.
NZ 85/2 | Overs 18 | Williamson 13*, Taylor 18*
Ashwin bowls one on the middle-stump line and makes it turn away from Taylor. He misses and the ball hits the pads, but it is doing a little too much and would have missed the stumps.
NZ 84/2 | Overs 17 | Williamson 12*, Taylor 18*
Jadeja bowls one straight and Taylor drives it towards long-off for a single. Jadeja then flights one outside off-stump and Williamson reaches out and plays through the covers for a single.
NZ 82/2 | Overs 16 | Williamson 11*, Taylor 17*
Ashwin flights one and pitches it full. Taylor leans forward and flicks it behind square on the leg side for a single. Ashwin then bowls short and Williamson works it behind for a single.
NZ 79/2 | Overs 15 | Williamson 10*, Taylor 15*
Jadeja offers the slightest of width and Taylor plays a late cut for a four towards third-man. That was the first boundary in a while. Jadeja then bowls outside off-stump and Taylor punches off the back-foot for a single.
NZ 74/2 | Overs 14 | Williamson 9*, Taylor 10*
Ashwin bowls one on the pads and Taylor flicks it towards square-leg for a single. Williamson then works a short of a length delivery from Ashwin towards mid-wicket for a single.
NZ 71/2 | Overs 13 | Williamson 8*, Taylor 9*
Jadeja bowls three dot deliveries. He then bowls outside off-stump and Williamson pushes it on the off side for a single. Jadeja bowls a dot delivery to Taylor before conceding a single off the last ball to end the over. He is running through his overs quickly.
NZ 69/2 | Overs 12 | Williamson 7*, Taylor 8*
Its spin from both ends as Ravichandran Ashwin comes into the attack. He has a leg slip for Williamson. The batsmen take two singles each in the over.
NZ 65/2 | Overs 11 | Williamson 5*, Taylor 6*
Ravindra Jadeja has been brought into the attack. As usual he comes from round the wicket and fires his deliveries into the right-handed batsmen turning them away after pitching. He bowls a maiden to Williamson. He is also getting some bounce off the surface.
NZ 65/2 | Overs 10 | Williamson 5*, Taylor 6*
Aaron continues. He offers width and Taylor cuts it between point and cover for a four. He then gets a single towards third-man. Aaron is bowling at a fairly good pace clocking speeds of 140 kmph regularly. Williamson also gets a single off the over towards third-man.
NZ 59/2 | Overs 9 | Williamson 4*, Taylor 1* | OUT! Guptill 35 (27)
Shami comes in and bowls one straight. The ball just comes in slightly and hits Guptill on the pads. The Indians appeal and the umpire raises his finger. India have struck twice now. Ross Taylor is the next batsmen in. He cuts his first delivery, but Ajinkya Rahane at point dives acrobatically to stop it from going past him. Taylor does get off the mark with a single off a short of a length delivery towards fine-leg.
NZ 58/1 | Overs 8 | Guptill 35*, Williamson 4* | OUT! Ryder 19 (18)
Varun Aaron has been brought into the attack. He bowls one on a back of a length and around off-stump. Ryder plays the cut without any feet movement and inside-edges it onto the stumps. Kane Williamson is the new man in. Aaron strays one onto the pads and Williamson flicks it through the mid-wicket region for a four.
NZ 54/0 | Overs 7 | Guptill 35*, Ryder 19*
Bhuvneshwar bowls on the pads and Ryder flicks it away for a single on the leg side. Bhuvneshwar bowls a full delivery and Guptill goes for the drive. But he under-edges it and the ball evades Dhoni on the leg side and goes for a four. The next ball is smashes over mid-wicket for a six by Guptill.
NZ 43/0 | Overs 6 | Guptill 25*, Ryder 18*
Shami bowls one short and Guptill pulls it away for a four towards deep mid-wicket. SHami then bowls short and offers width outside off-stump. Guptill plays a brilliant back-foot drive in-between point and cover for a four.
NZ 33/0 | Overs 5 | Guptill 15*, Ryder 18*
Bhuvneshwar starts off better in this over. He bowls much closer to the batsmen. But on the fifth delivery, he bowls full and wide and Ryder plays a delightful cover drive for a four. Every now and then the Indian bowlers bowl boundary balls and the New Zealand batsmen welcome it.
NZ 28/0 | Overs 4 | Guptill 14*, Ryder 14*
Shami bowls a much better second over giving only four runs away. The batsmen exchange a couple of singles each.
NZ 24/0 | Overs 3 | Guptill 12*, Ryder 12*
Bhuvneshwar comes in and bowls one slightly short. Guptill cuts that on the front foot and gets a four through point. India have already given six fours in the innings. But the next five deliveries are dot balls.
NZ 20/0 | Overs 2 | Guptill 8*, Ryder 12*
Mohammed Shami comes into the attack. Ryder flashes at one hard and gets a four through third-man. Shami then strays down the leg side and Ryder glances it down towards fine-leg. Bhuvneshwar goes in as if he slide-tackling in football. But this is cricket and the ball crosses the boundary for four. Shami then bowls one short and on the leg side and Ryder flicks that towards deep square-leg for another four.
NZ 8/0 | Overs 1 | Guptill 8*, Ryder 0*
Martin Guptill and Jesse Ryder walk out to the middle to open the innings. Bhuvneshwar Kumar will begin proceedings. The first ball is wide and Guptill slaps it away on the off side. But Ambati Rayudu at cover gets his hand to it and saves a probable four. The next ball is cut towards third-man. Varun Aaron gets to it, but lets the ball through his fingers and the ball reaches the boundary. A few deliveries later, Guprill french cuts one fine down the leg side for a four.
IND 278/5 | Overs 50 | Dhoni 79*, Jadeja 62*
Neesham to bowl the last over of the innings. Dhoni whacks one over deep mid-wicket for a six. He then takes a single. Jadeja swings and misses as the ball goes to Ronchi. Dhoni scampers for a single and Ronchi throws to Neesham at the non-striker’s end. Jadeja is well short, but Neesham shies and misses the stumps from one metre and the batsmen take another run. Dhoni faces the last delivery and bludgeons that well over the deep mid-wicket region for another six. India have finished strongly. The New Zealand fielders are not walking off the ground with a spring in their step.
New Zealand need 279 runs to win the fourth ODI. We will be back as soon as the New Zealand innings resumes.
IND 261/5 | Overs 49 | Dhoni 66*, Jadeja 61*
Mills to bowl his 10th and final over. Dhoni and Jadeja get singles from the first two deliveries. Mills comes from round the wicket and bowls a good length delivery. Dhoni whacks that over mid-wicket for a four. But Mills comes back with three very good deliveries to concede only two more runs from the over. He finishes his quota of overs giving 42 runs and taking one wicket.
IND 253/5 | Overs 48 | Dhoni 60*, Jadeja 59*
Bennett to bowl his ninth over. Dhoni tries to go big but gets a top-edge and the ball goes over the wicketkeeper for a four. Bennett then bowls one down the leg side and the ball hardly bounces and goes along the ground. Ronchi fails to collect it and the batsmen run through for a single. Bennett then bowls one very wide to Jadeja on the off side and is rightly called a wide. He then bowls a full-toss and Jadeja creams it away on the off side for a four to reach back-to-back half-centuries. The last ball is smashed down the ground for another four by Jadeja. 17 runs came from that over.
IND 236/5 | Overs 47 | Dhoni 56*, Jadeja 49*
Mills to bowl his ninth over. Dhoni and Jadeja score a combined four singles off the first four deliveries in the over. Neesham then comes from round the wicket and makes one go away from Dhoni as he tries to play on the off side. Dhoni then gets a single on the last delivery, but a very good over from Neesham.
IND 231/5 | Overs 46 | Dhoni 53*, Jadeja 47*
Neesham comes in. He has to duck for cover as Dhoni bludgeons one just over him for a four. Dhoni has also reached his 54th half-century with that four. The batsmen exchange three singles in the over. India are trying to score quickly, but are unable to let loose completely.
Sunil Gavaskar still seems to be used to Indian time…
IND 223/5 | Overs 45 | Dhoni 47*, Jadeja 46*
Mills continues. Dhoni comes down the track and guides one behind square on the leg side for a single. Mills then bowls one full on the pads and Jadeja flicks it away for a four past short fine-leg. Jadeja then pulls one past the short fine-leg fielder for another four.
IND 214/5 | Overs 44 | Dhoni 46*, Jadeja 38*
Neesham has been brought into the attack. He bowls one wide of off-stump and Dhoni flicks it on the leg side for a single. Neesham bowls a short delivery outside off-stump and Jadeja guides it past short third-man for a four. The batsmen rhen score two singles each to finish the over.
IND 205/5 | Overs 43 | Dhoni 43*, Jadeja 32*
Mills has been brought back into the attack. He has bowled quite well so far. Dhoni gets two runs through the mid-wicket region. He then hits one in front of point for a single. Mills bowls a slower delivery and Jadeja pushes it towards point for a single. Mills then strays on the pads and Dhoni flicks it away for a single through square-leg/
IND 200/5 | Overs 42 | Dhoni 39*, Jadeja 31*
Bennett comes in. He bowls a short delivery and Dhoni plays a cross-batted shot in-between short mid-wicket and mid-on for a four. He then cuts one and gets a single towards third-man. Bennett digs one in short and Jadeja pulls it away for a four through mid-wicket. Bennett bowls one full and Jadeja hits a lofted off-drive for a six over long-off. That brings up the 200 for India.
IND 185/5 | Overs 41 | Dhoni 34*, Jadeja 21*
Brendon McCullum decides to continue with the slower bowlers and Williamson is brought back into the attack. Dhoni tries to slog Williamson, but fails to do so on the first two deliveries. He then takes a single towards long-off. Jadeja then heaves one over deep mid-wicket for a six.
IND 178/5 | Overs 40 | Dhoni 33*, Jadeja 15*
Bennett has been brought back into the attack. He bowls one wide and Jadeja slaps it away for a four through the covers.
IND 173/5 | Overs 39 | Dhoni 32*, Jadeja 11*
Nathan McCullum to bowls his 10th and final over. Again Jadeja and Dhoni take a single each from the over. McCullum has given only 44 runs in his 10 overs.
IND 171/5 | Overs 38 | Dhoni 31*, Jadeja 10*
Southee bowls one short and down the leg side. Jadeja hooks it for a four towards fine-leg. He then takes a single through deep square-leg. Dhoni then slaps one through the covers for a four.
IND 161/5 | Overs 37 | Dhoni 26*, Jadeja 5*
Nathan McCullum to bowl his ninth over. Jadeja and Dhoni exchange a couple of singles in the over.
IND 157/5 | Overs 36 | Dhoni 24*, Jadeja 3*
Southee continues. Dhoni tucks one away to deep backward square-leg for a single. Jadeja comes down the track and Southee bowls wide on the off side. The umpire signals a wide, but it was close. Southee then bowls a length delivery and Jadeja hits it away towards deep square-leg for a single.
IND 154/5 | Overs 35 | Dhoni 23*, Jadeja 2*
Nathan McCullum has been brought back into the attack. He bowls one short and Dhoni hits it through deep square-leg. Jadeja then gets off the mark with two runs towards fine-leg.
IND 151/5 | Overs 34 | Dhoni 22*, Jadeja 0* | OUT! Ashwin 5 (3)
Southee comes in. He bowls a wide delivery and Ashwin goes for the cut. But he hits it straight to Bennett at third-man who takes a good catch. Drinks have been taken. Ravindra Jadeja is the new man in. Southee bowls a bouncer at Jadeja and to test him. He also bowls a few on the off-stump line. So, that is a wicket-maiden from Southee.
IND 151/4 | Overs 33 | Dhoni 22*, Ashwin 5* | OUT! Rohit 79 (94)
Williamson continues. Dhoni gets a single on the leg side. Williamson bowls one wide down the leg side and Rohit edges it to Ronchi trying to work it away behind square-leg. Ravichandran Ashwin is the new batsman in and drives a low full-toss for a four through covers. He then takes a single and Dhoni hits a four through third-man.
IND 141/3 | Overs 32 | Rohit 79*, Dhoni 17*
Southee has been brought back into the attack. Dhoni takes a single behind square on the leg side. Southee bowls a back of a length delivery and Rohit smashes that over extra-cover for a single. He then edges one through the slip region for a four.
IND 130/3 | Overs 31 | Rohit 69*, Dhoni 16*
Kane Williamson has been brought into the attack. He bowls right-arm off-spin. Dhoni clubs the first delivery well over deep mid-wicket for a six. The batsmen then score three singles in the over.
IND 121/3 | Overs 30 | Rohit 68*, Dhoni 8*
Bennett continues. He bowls one outside off-stump and Rohit opens the face of the bat and guides the ball through third-man. Dhoni then slaps one on the off side, but Martin Guptill at covers gets his hands on it. Dhoni gets a single through mid-wicket.
IND 118/3 | Overs 29 | Rohit 67*, Dhoni 7*
Nathan McCullum comes in again. He bowls one full outside off-stump and Rohit gets a single on the first ball through long-off. Dhoni then takes a single towards long-on. Rohit then hits one over covers for a four. The timing on the shot was very good. He then gets a single towards the leg side.
IND 111/3 | Overs 28 | Rohit 61*, Dhoni 6*
Bennett bowls a short delivery outside off-stump and Dhoni hots it in-between point and cover for two runs. Dhoni then gets a thick outside edge and gets a single towards third-man. Bennett then drifts on the pads and Rohit flicks it away for a single towards square-leg.
IND 107/3 | Overs 27 | Rohit 60*, Dhoni 3*
Nathan McCullum continues. He fires one on the pads and Rohit clips it for a single towards square-leg. Dhoni then comes down the track and hits one straight down the ground for a single. Rohit then drives one towards long-off for another single. Dhoni then takes a single through mid-wicket.
IND 103/3 | Overs 26 | Rohit 58*, Dhoni 1* | OUT! Rayudu 37 (58)
Bennett has been brought back into the attack. He bowls a length delivery on the pads and Rohit takes a single behind square on the leg side. He then bowls one short and Rayudu attempts the pull shot, but he top-edges it and wicketkeeper Luke Ronchi takes a simple catch moving towards short third-man. MS Dhoni is the new batsmen and he gets off the mark straight away with a single towards third-man.
IND 100/2 | Overs 25 | Rohit 56*, Rayudu 37*
Nathan McCullum comes in. Rohit gets a single on the first ball behind square on the leg side. Rayudu then comes down the track and lofts one over deep mid-wicket for a six. That also brings up the 100 for India. This is also the half-way mark in the innings.
IND 93/2 | Overs 24 | Rohit 55*, Rayudu 31*
Neesham continues. Rayudu gets a thick outside edge, but the ball falls in front of the third-man fielder. Rohit then hits one sweetly over long-off for a six and reaches his 21st half-century. He then opens the face of the bat and guides one towards third-man for a four. He began slowly, but has picked up speed now.
IND 81/2 | Overs 23 | Rohit 44*, Rayudu 30*
Nathan McCullum comes in and Rohit takes a single on the second ball. Rayudu then gets a single on the fifth ball. The over is finished in a flash.
IND 79/2 | Overs 22 | Rohit 43*, Rayudu 29*
Neesham comes in. Rayudu gets a single on the first ball. Rohit then plays a delightful cover drive for a four. Three more runs come from the over and it is a good over for India.
IND 71/2 | Overs 21 | Rohit 37*, Rayudu 27*
Rayudu hits the first ball off Nathan McCullum’s over for a six towards deep mid-wicket. The ball hits the boundary line exactly on the full. Rayudu takes a single. Rohit then tries to go big over mid-wicket, but gets a thick outside edge and the ball races away for a four towards third-man.
IND 60/2 | Overs 20 | Rohit 33*, Rayudu 20*
Neesham bowls a good tight over conceding only two runs. Again both the batsmen get a single each from the over.
IND 58/2 | Overs 19 | Rohit 32*, Rayudu 19*
Nathan McCullum runs through his over within no time. Only two runs came from the over as both the batsmen took a single each.
IND 56/2 | Overs 18 | Rohit 31*, Rayudu 18*
Rayudu takes a single on the first ball off Neesham’s over. Rohit then goes for a pull, but gets a thick outside edge and the ball goes over first slip for a four.
IND 51/2 | Overs 17 | Rohit 27*, Rayudu 17*
Nathan McCullum has been brought into the attack. Rohit gets a single on the second delivery and India have reached the 50-run mark. It has taken a long time coming. They would have expected to reach the mark earlier, especially after having elected to bat. Rayudu also takes a single off the over.
IND 49/2 | Overs 16 | Rohit 26*, Rayudu 16*
Neesham has been brought into the attack. He is a right-arm medium-fast bowler. He bowls one quite straight and Rohit flicks that away towards long-leg for a single.
IND 48/2 | Overs 15 | Rohit 25*, Rayudu 16*
Southee continues. He bowls a full and straight delivery and Rohit hits it towards square-leg for a single. Southee then bowls five dot deliveries in-a-row to Rayudu.
IND 47/2 | Overs 14 | Rohit 24*, Rayudu 16*
Bennett bowls one on the pads and Rayudu flicks it towards deep mid-wicket for a four. Bennett bowls one short and slightly down the leg side and Rayudu pulls it to fine-leg for another four.
IND 39/2 | Overs 13 | Rohit 24*, Rayudu 8*
Southee has been brought back into the attack to replace Mills. He bowls four dot deliveries to Rayudu before he takes a single off the fifth ball. The last ball is a dot delivery to Rohit.
IND 38/2 | Overs 12 | Rohit 24*, Rayudu 7*
Bennett bowls one short and Rohit pulls that on the front foot and over the square-leg region for a six. Rohit then flicks one away behind square on the leg side for a single. Rayudu also takes a quick single off the last delivery.
IND 30/2 | Overs 11 | Rohit 17*, Rayudu 6*
Rayudu guides one to third-man for a single off Mills. Rohit hits one towards mid-wicket and takes a single. This has been really slow going for India. The New Zealand bowlers have been well on top of the Indian batsmen.
IND 28/2 | Overs 10 | Rohit 16*, Rayudu 5*
Hamish Bennett has been brought into the attack. The first ball is short and wide, but just inside the wide line. He then strays on the pads and Rayudu flicks it away towards the square-leg region for a four. Bennett then makes one come in and the ball hits Rayudu high on the pads and he gets a leg-bye.
IND 23/2 | Overs 9 | Rohit 16*, Rayudu 1* | OUT! Rahane 3 (8)
Mills digs one in short and Rahane pulls it straight to Southee at long-leg. Poor shot execution from the batsman there. Ambati Rayudu is the next batsman. He gets off the mark with a single behind square on the leg side.
IND 21/1 | Overs 8 | Rohit 15*, Rahane 3*
Rohit edges a back of a length delivery from Southee to Ross Taylor at first slip, but he drops a low catch to his right. Rohit then tucks one away towards mid-wicket for a single.
IND 20/1 | Overs 7 | Rohit 14*, Rahane 3*
Rohit hits the first ball very high in the air down the ground. Brendon McCullum runs backwards, but the ball falls out of reach near the long-off region. It is two runs. The fourth delivery is on the pads and Rohit launches it over deep mid-wicket for a six. It might have been out in other grounds, but the Seddon Park ground is small and it clears the fence.
IND 11/1 | Overs 6 | Rohit 5*, Rahane 3*
Rahane and Rohit gets singles off the first two deliveries. Rahane nudges one towards fine-leg to get India’s score into double digits. Southee bowls one on back of a length and outside off-stump. Rohit edges a cut in-between second slip and gully. But there is a third-man, so, it is only a single.
IND 7/1 | Overs 5 | Rohit 3*, Rahane 1*
Rohit is kept quiet by Mills in the over. He bowls a maiden to the India opener. On the fourth ball, Rohit tries to take a single, but is sent back and rightly so.
IND 7/1 | Overs 4 | Rohit 3*, Rahane 1* | OUT! Kohli 2 (10)
Southee bowls one full and Rohit mishits one over mid-on for a single. Southee then bowls a bouncer and Kohli goes for the pull. He top-edges it to James Neesham at mid-wicket. India’s top-order blues continues. Ajinkya Rahane is the new man in and he gets off the mark with a single towards extra-cover.
IND 3/0 | Overs 3 | Rohit 1*, Kohli 2*
Mills angles one in and Rohit tries to drove straight. But the ball takes a thick inside edge and goes towards deep square-leg. Rohit gets off the mark. Kohli walks down the track for the last ball but hits it to the point fielder.
IND 1/0 | Overs 2 | Rohit 0*, Kohli 1*
Tim Southee will share the new ball with Mills. He bowls a wide line outside off-stump. On the fifth ball, Kohli reaches out to a wide delivery and hits it towards wide mid-off. The ball is stopped, but Kohli and India are off the mark.
IND 0/0 | Overs 1 | Rohit 0*, Kohli 0*
Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli will open the batting for India. Kyle Mills begins proceedings for New Zealand. The first ball is an away swinger and Rohit leaves it alone. Good subtle movement from Mills. There is a big appeal for an LBW against Rohit, but the ball had hit the pads well down the leg side. The first over is a maiden.
India captain MS Dhoni has won the toss and elected to bat first against New Zealand in the fourth ODI in Hamilton. This is the fourth time in the series Dhoni has won the toss.
Shikhar Dhawan and Suresh Raina have been replaced by Ambati Rayudu and Stuart Binny in the Indian XI.
Kyle Mills and James Neesham come in for Mitchell McClenaghan and Corey Anderson in the New Zealand side.
New Zealand: Jesse Ryder, Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Brendon McCullum (c), Nathan McCullum, Luke Ronchi (wk), Kyle Mills, James Neesham, Tim Southee, Hamish Bennett.
India: Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Ambati Rayudu, Stuart Binny, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Varun Aaron.
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