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  • 9:46 PM IST
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  • 9:43 PM IST

    Martin Guptill’s 72 wins him the Man of the Match.

  • 9:43 PM IST

    “The dew didn’t come in, so that perhaps worked in our favour. Tough decisions to drop Anderson and Ronchi. We have played on different surfaces so selection varies.It’s 2-2; India is a great side, it is exciting to go level into the final match,” says Williamson, who knows a thing or two about the Visakhapatnam, having played for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL.

  • 9:35 PM IST

    Dhoni is upset with the number of runs India gave away in the first 10 overs and the number of extras they bowled. Dhoni adds. “Happy with the lower order contribution. Wicket was better to bat in the afternoon and got slower as the game progressed. This game was similar to the Delhi game.”

  • 9:26 PM IST

    There is a cyclone threat at Visakhapatnam and it may spoil the chances for the final game. New Zealand did not finish well with the bat but we got to give it to Williamson. There was dew, there was the extra spinner but still he led the side to a win. Southee was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3 for 40.

  • 9:19 PM IST

    India 241 (48.4) | Umesh Yadav 6 (10), Dhawal Kulkarni 23 (24): Kulkarni cuts to thirdman region for a single. Two more singles follow. India need boundaries. Umesh goes for a big one and finds fielder at mid-on. It’s 2-2!

  • 9:16 PM IST

    India 238/9 (48) | Umesh Yadav 6 (10), Dhawal Kulkarni 23 (24): Southee brought back in the attack. Umesh pulls for a single. Two dot balls. Kulkarni gets a single and Umesh gets another. Wish India had more wickets in hand. Another slower off-cutter, Umesh pulls for another single.

  • 9:11 PM IST

    India 234/9 (47) | Umesh Yadav 4 (8), Dhawal Kulkarni 21 (20):Good partnerhsip building up between these two. Kulkarni has been impressive in particular. Dhawal cuts one behind point for a boundary. His First-Class highest is 87. INDIA NEED 27 FROM 18 BALLS.

  • 9:06 PM IST

    India 226/9 (46) | Umesh Yadav 16 (16), Dhawal Kulkarni 2 (6): Kulkarni is playing a cameo here. Poor ball. Short and wide from Santner and Kulkarni cuts it for a boundary. Santner finishes his spell. 10-0-38-1. India need 35 from 4 overs. If they had wickets in hand, the game would have been in their court.

  • 9:02 PM IST

    India need 42 from 5 overs. If Umesh, Kulkarni win it from here, this will be a memorable one. I am being too optimistic. Am I? No. Remember Sehwag. “Cricket anushchit dao ka khel hai, isme predictions fail hai”.

  • 9:00 PM IST

    Sodhi to Kulkarni: SIX! Over long-off. My editor-in-chief says, Williamson is trying to inject some enthusiasm in the match by bringing Sodhi.

  • 8:59 PM IST

    It’s a matter of time. Good captaincy from Williamson and some poor batting from Indian middle-order. INDIA NEED 51 from 36 BALLS.

  • 8:57 PM IST
    India 207/9 (43) | Umesh Yadav 0 (0), Dhawal Kulkarni 0 (1): A suicidal run out, a fast full ball cleans up Akshar. People started deserting the venue after Dhoni got out and now it’s almost half empty. New Zealand are a wicket away from win.

    OUT! Amit Mishra run out (Santner/Watling) 14 (17)
    OUT! Akshar Patel b Trent Boult 38 (40)
  • 8:52 PM IST

    Brilliant yorker from Boult. Akshar Patel’s resistance ends.

  • 8:48 PM IST

    And a needless RUN OUT! Mishra departs. Akshar plays a pull and looking for 2, his view gets blocked by the bowler Boult. He takes a few steps and refuses the second. Mishra is livid.

  • 8:47 PM IST
    India 204/7 (42) | Akshar Patel 29 (33), Amit Mishra 14 (16): On-drive from Akshar for a single. Driven by Mishra for a single and what a shot! Akshar plays it straight and over Neesham for a SIX! Will Akshar be the Finisher today? Nicely cuts, gets over the ball nicely. By now I have by-hearted the lines from Sehwag, “Cricket anushchit dao ka khel hai, isme predictions fail hai”.

    INDIA NEED 57 from 48 BALLS.
  • 8:42 PM IST
    India 195/7 (41) | Akshar Patel 29 (33), Amit Mishra 14 (16): Leg-spinner to leg-spinner. Mishra facing Sodhi. He uses his feet well, steps out and gets a single. Akshar plays a sweep for single. Dot ball. Mishra plays a sweep and its single. No its a direct hit and overthrow for 1. Misses a reverse sweep. Pulled away and two. Mishy wins the Sodhi battle. 6 from the over.

    INDIA NEED 66 from 54 BALLS.
  • 8:38 PM IST
    India 189/7 (40) | Akshar Patel 28 (32), Amit Mishra 9 (11): What did Santner do? A rare misfield. Very good shot by Akshar. A back foot cover drive of Southee and the misfield by Santer leads to the boundary. Now Amit Mishra plays a well-timed flick in the mid-on region for a boundry. Are India staging a comeback?

    INDIA NEED 72 from 60 BALLS.
  • 8:30 PM IST

    India 176/7 (38) | Akshar Patel 22 (26), Amit Mishra 3 (6): Cricket is a funny game. Even I criticised Kane Williamson for his decision to bat but they read the game very well. Brilliant effort from Watling as third umpire is referred. Did that come off Akshar’s boot? No. Hit the ground and Watling takes a brilliant. I feel Watling is underrated. 85 needed from 12 overs. The asking rate has climbed over 7.

  • 8:23 PM IST
    India 167/7 (36) | Akshar Patel 15 (19), Amit Mishra 0 (0): Pandya looks to play over the extra cover and plays an inside out shot. Santner bowls it quicker and Pandya finds Latham taking another good catch. TROUBLE is the world.

    OUT! Hardik Pandya c Tom Latham b Mitchell Santner 9 (13)
  • 8:19 PM IST

    Latham takes another good catch and Santner dismisses Pandya. Another wicket falls.

  • 8:15 PM IST

    India 161/6 (35) | Akshar Patel 14 (17), Hardik Pandya 4 (8): The otherwise boring game is now heading towards a close finish. Can India pull it off from here? Trent Boult is back in the attack. Akshar and Hardik, the two Gujarati all-rounders are well capable. It seems Indian middle-order competed with New Zealand’s on who was worse. India need 100 from 15 overs.

  • 8:10 PM IST
    Tattoo man! India needs you out there. We need more of your wishes and prayers too.
  • 8:07 PM IST

    Pandya survives a run out scare. The Akshar drive hit Santner’s fingers before crashing to the non-striker end’s stump. Pandya was out of crease but made it in time. India need 102 from 16 overs

  • 8:04 PM IST
    India 157/6 (33) | Akshar Patel 12 (12), Hardik Pandya 2 (2): Manish looks to clear the mid-on and Latham leaps and times it to perfection to pouch it. Next ball, Jadhav gets deceived by the slower ball and he rapped in front of middle. India are in a serious spot of bother. Is this heading the Delhi way?

    OUT! Manish Pandey c Tom Latham b Tim Southee 12 (12)
    OUT! Kedar Jadhav lbw b Southee 0 (1)
  • 8:00 PM IST

    And Kedar departs first ball! DUCK. Can India not chase well if Kohli and Dhoni do not score?

  • 7:58 PM IST

    This is getting serious now. Manish Pandey departs courtesy a brilliant catch from the man who can do no wrong in this tour, Tom Latham. India are five down!

  • 7:55 PM IST
    No, this isn’t a Rohit Sharma joke. So I am allowed to post this. Logic, right? No?

  • 7:52 PM IST
    Well, well, well. This wicket must have surely hurt India more.

  • 7:49 PM IST
    Well

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Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of the fourth One-Day International (ODI) between India and New Zealand at Ranchi. India lead the series 2-1 in the five-match series and they can seal the series with one game to spare in the fourth ODI. India won the previous match at Mohali with ease thanks to a magnificent century from Virat Kohli, who was unbeaten on 154. MS Dhoni too got some runs under his belt and he along with Kohli set the match beautifully for India. Despite of that loss, New Zealand are still very much alive in the series, but will have to win this match, if they fifth and final ODI at Vishakapatnam is to be of any consequence. Live Cricket Scorecard: India vs New Zealand, 4th ODI at Ranchi

India completed a 3-0 clean sweep against New Zealand in the Test series. They suffered a minor setback in the second ODI at Delhi, which India lost by just six runs. India have retained the same squad for the final two ODIs. The only absence is that of Suresh Raina, who is yet to recover from illness. India still have a strong bench strength with the likes of Dhawal Kulkarni, Jayant Yadav and Mandeep Singh patiently waiting for their chance. Dhoni is not someone who likes to tinkle with the winning combination, but may look to give one or two a chance in this game. Not surprisingly, Kohli has been the best player for the series so far, having already scored s fifty and a ton in the three ODIs so far. Amit Mishra with eight wickets is the leading wicket-taker of the series so far. Kedar Jadhav has been a surprise package with the ball, having ntched up six wickets already in the series. He had just one List A wicket before the series and is now called upon by Dhoni when he needs to break a partnership.

As far as New Zealand are concerned, opening batsman Tom Latham has been in good form. He has scored a couple of fifties in the three matches so far. He also became the first New Zealand batsman to carry his bat through the innings, when he did it in the first ODI at Dharamsala. Other than him, Kane Williamson struck a crucial century at Delhi to help his team to a winning total. Other top-order batsmen like Martin Guptill and Ross Taylor are yet to fire.

Since the ICC World Cup 2015, India have failed to win an ODI series, barring the recent series in Zimbabwe. They have suffered series defeats at the hands of Bangladesh, South Africa and Australia. Having gone 2-1 up, India have a perfect chance to win this series. New Zealand on the other hand have won their last three ODI series against Sri Lanka, Pakistan and most recently against Australia – all at home. The win at Delhi was New Zealand’s first ODI win in India in 13 years and a win at Ranchi will give them a golden chance to win the series in India, something that has not happened a lot.

Squads:

India: MS Dhoni (c & wk), Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Akshar Patel, Jayant Yadav, Amit Mishra, Jasprit Bumrah, Dhawal Kulkarni, Umesh Yadav, Mandeep Singh, Kedar Jadhav

New Zealand: Kane Williamson (c), Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Anton Devcich, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Jimmy Neesham, Luke Ronchi (wk), Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, BJ Watling (wk)