Franklin Powers New Zealand To 315
New Zealand 315-7 (Franklin 98no) v India
Fourth One-Day International, Bangalore
James Franklin smashed an unbeaten 98 in 69 balls as New Zealand posted 315 for seven against India in the fourth One-Day International in Bangalore.
Franklin's career-best effort helped New Zealand accelerate after a series of batsmen made starts but failed to go on and India appeared to be in a strong position.
However, the left-hander blasted 12 fours and three sixes, including 22 runs from the final over bowled by Ashish Nehra to set India a stiff target.
Brendon McCullum (42), Scott Styris (46) and Martin Guptill (30) also made good contributions and scored their runs quickly while Ross Taylor's 44 came in 73 balls before he was trapped in front by Ravi Ashwin.
Franklin then dominated partnerships with Daniel Vettori (17) and Nathan McCullum (13 not out) to push New Zealand past the 300 mark, and two big sixes in the final over almost earned him a maiden ODI century.
Only spinners Yusuf Pathan (3-49) and Rohit Sharma (0-19) kept things reasonably tight with the ball, along with experienced pacer Zaheer Khan, whose eight overs went for just 40 runs.
India lead the five-game series 3-0 following comprehensive victories in Guwahati, Mohali and Vadodara.
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