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New Zealand overcome late India resistance to win thriller

Kane Williamson led from the front with a century
Kane Williamson led from the front with a century
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New Zealand 242-9 (Williamson 118) beat
India 236 (Southee 3-52) by six runs
Second One-Day International in Delhi

A collective bowling effort saw New Zealand successfully defend 242 runs against India in the second One-Day International in Delhi by six runs to level the series 1-1.

Earlier, it was New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson, who notched a fine century to propel New Zealand to 242 runs. India won the toss and elected to field first for the second time in the series.

In the second ball of the game, Martin Guptill (0) was castled by Umesh Yadav (1-42). Tom Latham (46) and Williamson (118) scored two boundaries each in the next four overs to inject some momentum to the innings.

Latham was given a reprieve in the seventh over when Yadav dropped a tough return catch. New Zealand ended the first powerplay with 50 for one.

Williamson went severe against Axar Patel (1-49) in the 13th over when he smashed a six and a couple of boundaries and with two more boundaries in the 15th over, the New Zealand captain brought his fifty.

Latham was trapped LBW by Kedar Jadhav (1-11) in the 21st over, ending the 115-run stand with Williamson. Williamson looked solid at one and added two more vital partnerships of 38 and 46 with Ross Taylor (21) and Corey Anderson (21) respectively.

The New Zealand captain brought his eighth ODI century off 109 deliveries but the rest of the batting capitulated to some fine bowling from Amit Mishra (3-60) and Jasprit Bumrah (3-35). The Black Caps managed 242 for nine in their 50 overs.

India got off to a slow start in the chase after scoring just seven runs from the first three overs. Rohit Sharma (15) broke the shackles with a six and a four in the fifth over but was soon dismissed by Trent Boult (2-25).

Virat Kohli (9) had a rare failure in a chase and was caught behind off the bowling of Mitchell Santner (1-49). India were 40 for two at that stage.

After a brief 32-run stand with Manish Pandey (19), Ajinkya Rahane (28) was caught controversially to fine leg. Even though the replays were inconclusive, the third umpire went with the soft signal of the on-field umpire which was out. With Pandey's run out in the next over, India were struggling at 73 for four.

MS Dhoni (39) and Kedar Jadhav (41) tried to bring India back into the game with their 66-run stand with India needing 109 runs from the final 20 overs.

However, after the dismissal of Jadhav, Tim Southee (3-52) produced an absolute blinder of a return catch to dismiss Dhoni with India needing 65 runs from the final 10 overs.

Guptill (2-6) dismissed Patel (17) and Mishra (1) in the 41st over but the innings were resurrected by Hardik Pandya (36) and Yadav (18 not out).

The duo brought down the equation to 16 runs from the final 12 deliveries and with a boundary int he third ball of the penultimate over, India needed 11 more runs.

However, Boult rose to the occasion and had Pandya caught at sweeper cover, leaving Southee, 10 runs to defend in the final over. The lanky fast bowler successfully managed to castle Bumrah (0) in the final over leaving Yadav castled at the other end.

The six-run victory allowed New Zealand to level the series. Williamson was awarded the man of the match for his century.

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