Guptill, Southee sink India to level series 2-2
New Zealand 260-7 (Guptill 72) beat
India 241 (Rahane 57) by 19 runs
Fourth One-Day International in Ranchi
A scintillating 72 from Martin Guptill followed by a clinical bowling performance ensured New Zealand levelled the series 2-2 following their 19-run victory over India in the fourth One-Day International in Ranchi.
New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat first. Guptill (72) signaled his intention in the second over where he scored three boundaries.
Guptill and Tom Latham (39) brought their 50-run stand off 38 deliveries. In the same over, Guptill was dropped by Amit Mishra (2-42). New Zealand ended the first powerplay at 80 for naught.
The 96-run stand finally ended when Axar Patel (1-38) had Latham caught at short fine leg. Guptill reached his fifty off 56 deliveries and added another 42-run stand with Kane Williamson (41). At the halfway mark, New Zealand were 138 for one.
Guptill's 84-ball finally came to an end when he nicked one off Hardik Pandya (1-31). By the 35-over mark, New Zealand looked comfortable at 184 for two.
Even though India, made a brief comeback with wickets of Williamson, Ross Taylor (35), Jimmy Neesham (6), BJ Watling (14) and Anton Devcich (11), cameos from Mitchell Santner (17 not out) and Tim Southee (9 not out) ensured New Zealand reached 260 for seven in their 50 overs.
With another failure in the series, Rohit Sharma (11) was dismissed in the fifth over. Ajinkya Rahane (57) upped the ante with a six and a four in the next over. With two more boundaries in the ninth over, Rahane brought India's fifty.
Rahane and Virat Kohli (45) provided the much needed stability for India with their 79-run stand. Ish Sodhi (1-52) provided New Zealand, the much needed breakthrough having Kohli caught behind.
Rahane brought up his fifty with a boundary in the 25th over. However, Neesham (2-38) and Southee (3-40) struck two times each to dismiss Rahane, MS Dhoni (11), Kedar Jadhav (0) and Manish Pandey (12) leaving India reeling at 154 for six.
Patel (38), Mishra (14) and Dhawal Kulkarni (25 not out) tried their best to bring India back into the game but they were eventually bowled out for 241 runs in the 49th over.
The 19-run victory allowed New Zealand to level the series 2-2. For his brilliance with the bat, Guptill bagged the man of the match award.
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