Kane Williamson got to his eighth ODI ton off just 109 deliveries    AFP
Kane Williamson got to his eighth ODI ton off just 109 deliveries AFP

Kane Williamson s gutsy ton takes New Zealand to 242 for 9 in the second One-Day International (ODI) against India at Delhi. Tom Latham and Martin Guptill came out to open the innings once again for New Zealand. Guptill s poor form continued as he saw his off stump go for a walk after Umesh uprooted his off stump with a brilliant out swinger. That brought skipper Kane Williamson to the crease. He and Latham took very little time to settle in and started to get boundaries at regular intervals. Williamson broke the shackles in the 13th over of the innings, when he hit Akshar Patel for a couple of boundaries and a six to collect 16 off that over. Williamson got to his fifty off just 56 deliveries and Latham was happy to give his skipper as much strike as possible. Full Cricket Scorecard: India vs New Zealand 2nd ODI at Delhi

India found it tough to break the partnership. Latham and Williamson brought up their 100-run stand off just 104 deliveries and both looked set to get a big score on the board. However, in the 21st ver, MS Dhoni introduced part-timer Kedar Jadhav into the attack and it paid off immediately. After being smashed for a boundary off the very first ball, Jadhav trapped Latham in front to pick up his first wicket off the third delivery. That brought Vice-captain Ross Taylor to the crease. He did not score many in the Test series and was dismissed for a duck in the first ODI as well. He got off to a slow start and as a result, New Zealand s pace had slowed down as well. Dhoni then went back to his quick bowlers to get him a wicket or two. New Zealand somehow managed to keep the run rate over 5 as they managed to reach the 150-run mark in the 30th over.

Taylor however threw his wicket away as he slog swept a ball outside off straight to Rohit Sharma at the deep mid-wicket fence. In close to 11 overs, New Zealand had added just 38, after Latham s dismissal. Amit Mishra was bowling outside off to Taylor consistently, waiting for him to hit across the line and that is exactly what he did, which eventually led to his downfall. Williamson at the other end was looking steady, soon approaching yet another ODI century as he was joined by Corey Anderson at No. 5. Anderson too found it hard to get things going, but stuck it out to ensure that his skipper gets to his eighth century. LIVE Cricket Updates, India Vs New Zealand, 2nd ODI 2016

New Zealand batsmen, especially Williamson and Latham swept the ball extremely well and picked up a lot of boundaries in the process. Williamson got to his ton with a dive through covers off Umesh in the final of the 36th over off just 109 deliveries. He did not celebrate much as he knew that he had to keep going, if New Zealand were to get a match-winning total on the board. New Zealand bat deep in this match and had every chance to get to a score close to 280, if they kept going.

Just like in the Test series, New Zealand slowed down the game in the latter stages by taking a lot of drinks break. Williamson and Anderson were however playing their shots to good effect. They went after the spinners and it paid off to a large extent. New Zeaand brought up their 200 in the 40th over and with seven wickets in hand, they would want have wanted to add somewhere around 80-100 runs in the final 10 overs.

Mishra should have gotten the wicket of Anderson in the very next over, but the umpire turned the LBW appeal down. But a couple of deliveries later a straight quicker one wrapped Anderson on the pads and Anderson had to walk back this time for a 32-ball 21. Despite being on the expensive side, Mishra had picked up crucial wickets of Taylor and Anderson. Anderson s wicket had brought the dangerous Luke Ronchi to the crease.

Mishra added yet another wicket to his name, getting rid f Williamson for 118 as he looked to clear the long off fence, only for Ajinkya Rahane to complete a good catch. Ronchi was dismissed soon after that, edging one to Dhoni off Akshar Patel for just 6. New Zealand still had the firepower in the line-up, who could give them a quick 40-50 runs in the remaining six overs or so. But India had fought back well, getting a couple of quick wickets at that stage.

It was left to Mitchell Santner, Anton Devcich and Tim Southee to take New Zealand to a good score from there. Indian bowlers and fielders on the other hand were in no mood to give away easy runs. New Zealand managed to reach 224 for 6 by the end of the 45th over. At that stage they would have been looking for a score close to 260.

Bumrah was called on to bowl the 46th over. He struck off the very first delivery as Devcich was looking to scoop the ball over short fine leg s head. But he dove and took a brilliant one-handed catch. Bumrah struck again a couple of deliveries later, bowling Tim Southee with a brilliant yorker.

Bumrah once again struck but this time it was with a slow delivery, bowling Matt Henry for just 6. India managed to keep it tight in the remaining overs and despite failing to bowl New Zealand out, they can be proud of their efforts in the match so far. However an outside edge to the fence off the final over took New Zealand’s score beyond 240. No team has successfully chased more than 238 in a day-night match at the Feroz Shah Kotla. India will look to be the first team to achieve this.

India had earlier won the toss and elected to bowl first. After winning the first match by six wickets, India decided not to make any changes going into this match. New Zealand on the other hand made as many as three changes to their playing XI from the first match. New Zealand welcomed back Trent Boult, Matt Henry and Anton Devcich into their playing XI. As a result, Doug Bracewell, Jimmy Neesham and leg-spinner Ish Sodhi miss out.

India lead the five-match series 1-0 after winning the first game at Dharmasala with ease. India also won the three-match Test series 3-0 before the ODI series.

Brief Scores:

New Zealand 242 for 9 in 50 overs (Tom Latham 46, Kane Williamson 118; Jasprit Bumrah 3 for 35, Amit Mishra 3 for 60) vs India

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