New Zealand set daunting target of 297 against India in rain-truncated 2nd ODI
Kane Williamson struck a fluent 77 from 87 balls and was dismissed soon after the rain interval © Getty Images
By Abhijit Banare
Jan 22, 2014
Half-centuries by Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor along with a 17-ball 44 from Corey Anderson helped New Zealand post 271 for seven against India in the second One-Day International (ODI) at Hamilton on Friday. India will have to chase 297 runs according to revised target set by Duckworth-lewis (D/L) method after rain interrupted play after 33.2 overs.
New Zealand got off to a similar start as they did in the first ODI with Jesse Ryder doing the bulk of scoring. The burly left-hander went started off with a boundary in the first over and then followed it up with two consecutive fours off Mohammed Shami. His fluent touch did indicate that he was in for a big score at Hamilton. Just when he threatened to break loose he was dismissed by Mohammed Shami. Kane Williamson walked after a brisk 11-ball 20 from Ryder.
Williamson who score an impressive half-century in the previous match looked good to continue from where he left. Using his feet to perfection, the right-hander not just hit boundaries, but found the gaps well to pick the singles and twos. While the Kiwis progressed at a healthy rate, opener Martin Guptill struggled to get going. Guptill played 25 dot balls in the first powerplay of 10 overs.
But Williamson’s innings seemed to have infused some confidence in Guptill as he started to play his shots more fluently as the innings progressed. Looking at the partnership that was blossoming, MS Dhoni started using his slower bowlers often to keep them tied down. It was Raina who found the breakthrough dismissing Guptill for 44 breaking the 89-run partnership.
Rain was expected to interrupt the play but not as earlier as it eventually did. The play was stopped briefly after 17 overs. Dhoni got Ashwin immediately after the break. Both Jadeja and Raina got some turn from the slow surface and tested the batsmen. Yet, Taylor and Williamson were unperturbed.
Taylor though survived a close stumping call in the 27th over off Ravindra Jadeja. The batsman was forward in defence when he lost his balance and Dhoni removed the bails in the nick of time. The umpire reviewed it from different angles but failed to find conclusive evidence to rule it in favour of the bowling side.
Meanwhile Williamson continued his chanceless innings and completed his eighth ODI fifty. Williamson’s ability to keep collecting the singles and twos ensured that the run-rate never dipped below five throughout the innings. Play was once again interrupted after 33 overs. This time the break was much longer than expected. The groundstaff had a tough time as the rain kept returning to delay the start of proceedings. The play finally resumed with the play curtailed to 42 overs a side.
The break turned out t be a boon for India as they got the wicket of the well-set Williamson stumped for 77. Soon after the three-over powerplay began and the explosive pair of Taylor and Corey Anderson knew exactly what to do. Anderson started off with a boundary slapped through mid-wicket. He followed it up with a straight six off Shami. Taylor too wasn’t left behind picking three consecutive boundaries off a Bhuvneshwar Kumar over. There was more to come when he smashed two sixes in as many balls against Ishant Sharma. He was well on course for equaling the fastest fifty on ODIs when he lofted the 17th ball he faced but ended up being caught by Shikhar Dhawan in the deep. He was out for a 17-ball 44. Some impressive bowling by Shami towards the end helped India to restrict the damage.
Partnerships where once again the highlight of the innings with three 50+ partnership. India need 297 runs according to revised calculations by Duckworth Lewis method.
New Zealand 271 for 7 in 42 overs (Martin Guptill 44, Kane Williamson 77, Ross Taylor 57, Corey Anderson 44; Mohammed Shami 3 for 55) vs India.
(Abhijit Banare is a reporter at CricketCountry. He is an avid quizzer and loves to analyse and dig out interesting facts which allows him to learn something new every day. Apart from cricket he also likes to keep a sharp eye on Indian politics, and can be followed on Twitter and blog)