Who would have predicted that: Ashwin and Jadeja lead India fightback with the bat against Kiwis
In our new feature series - Who would have predicted that? – we are looking back at matches where there were big upsets or extraordinary individual performances that turned matches on their head.
On the India tour of New Zealand in 2014, the visitors were already trailing by 0-2 in the five-match ODI series. When Martin Guptill cracked a stylish ton in the first innings of the 3rd ODI, the hopes of India keeping the series alive looked dull. Two of India's spin all-rounders then rose to the occasion.
New Zealand 314(50 Overs) - Martin Guptill 111 (129), Kane Williamson 65 (74); Ravindra Jadeja 2/47(10), Mohammed Shami 2/84(10)
India 314/9(50 Overs) - Ravindra Jadeja* 66 (45), Ravichandran Ashwin 65 (46); Corey Anderson 5/63(10), Hamish Bennett 2/41(10)
Result - Match tied
At the tiny Eden Park in Auckland, trying to curb run-scoring was a herculean task for the Indian bowlers as New Zealand opener Martin Guptill stuck into the Indian attack. Pacers Mohammed Shami and Varun Aaron took a serious beating as despite the best effort of the rest of the lot, New Zealand posted 314.
However, the bright side for India was that courtesy of some economical bowling from Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, India somewhat pulled back the game and stopped New Zealand from racing to 350, which at one point looked inevitable.
Fall of wickets: 1-36 (Jesse Ryder, 4.2 ov), 2-189 (Kane Williamson, 32.5 ov), 3-198 (Corey Anderson, 33.5 ov), 4-224 (Martin Guptill, 37.2 ov), 5-230 (Brendon McCullum, 38.5 ov), 6-270 (Ross Taylor, 42.4 ov), 7-280 (Nathan McCullum, 43.5 ov), 8-280 (Luke Ronchi, 43.6 ov), 9-288 (Mitchell McClenaghan, 47.2 ov), 10-314 (Tim Southee, 49.6 ov)
India were jolted early on in the chase as they lost their top-order before any progress could be made. But when Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni were batting there was some hope as the duo had pulled off such things in the past as well. But the former was dismissed for 31 and Dhoni was gone soon after he got to his half-century. India still needed 131 from 14.2 overs, and without a pure batsman at the crease, it was pretty much out of reach.
But Ravindra Jadeja took on the challenge. After putting on 85 runs for the seventh wicket with Ashwin, Jadeja batted sensibly with the tail to bring it down to 18 needed off the last over. 12 were required off the last three balls and Jadeja hit a four and a six but could only get a single off the last ball and the game was tied.
Jadeja received the Man of the Match award as India lived to fight another day.
Fall of wickets: 1-64 (Shikhar Dhawan, 9.2 ov), 2-72 (Rohit Sharma, 13.1 ov), 3-74 (Virat Kohli, 14.5 ov), 4-79 (Ajinkya Rahane, 17.4 ov), 5-146 (Suresh Raina, 27.4 ov), 6-184 (MS Dhoni, 35.4 ov), 7-269 (Ravichandran Ashwin, 44.5 ov), 8-275 (Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 45.4 ov), 9-286 (Mohammed Shami, 47.5 ov)
New Zealand - Martin Guptill, Jesse Ryder, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Brendon McCullum (c), Corey Anderson, Luke Ronchi (wk), Nathan McCullum, Tim Southee, Mitchell McClenaghan, Hamish Bennett
India - Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Varun Aaron
Match: NZ vs IND, 3rd ODI, India tour of New Zealand 2014
Date: Saturday, January 25, 2014
Toss: India won the toss and opt to bowl
Venue: Eden Park, Auckland
Umpires: Billy Bowden, Rod Tucker
Third Umpire: Derek Walker
Match Referee: David Boon
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