So, New Zealand win the match by 15 runs by D/L method and lead the series 2-0. Will India comeback from this to stay in the series? Or will New Zealand seal the series in the next match? Join us on 25th January, 2014 to find out how the two teams perform. Until then, it's good bye and take care.
Kane Williamson was adjudged the Man of the Match for his batting performance in the game. It was he who made the difference between the two teams with a good knock. Says he is happy with the batting performance, wants to continue contributing to the team. Hopes they can keep up the form.
New Zealand played well to get to their total. Guptill and Taylor chipped in with good cameos along with Williamson who hit a good fifty anchoring their innings. There were a few rain stoppages which reduced the game to 42-overs a side affair, Anderson took the attack to the Indians with a 17-ball 44 helping them get a good total.
It has started to rain, the umpires decide to call it off, NEW ZEALAND WIN THE MATCH BY D/L METHOD. A hard fought game but India fall short again. They got off to a poor start, losing both their openers early, Kohli and Rahane tried to resurrect the innings with a good stand but could not continue as the Kiwi bowlers came back to dismiss them quickly. Raina and Dhoni too threatened to take the game away from them but the Kiwi pacers bowled good lines to restrict India, ensuring they took a 2-0 series lead.
Corey Anderson to Ishant Sharma
Good length outside off, Ishant bunts it to mid off for a run.
Corey Anderson to Mohammed Shami
DROPPED! Fuller on middle, Shami swings hard at it, he gets a top edge. Ronchi tries to settle under it, but fails to catch it.
Ishant Sharma is the last man in.
Corey Anderson to Bhuvneshwar Kumar
OUT! He cannot! Good length outside off, Kumar goes for the heave, he does not connect cleanly, Nathan McCullum takes a good catch at deep point.
Can Kumar script anything special here in the last over?
Tim Southee to Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Good length outside off, Kumar gets an outside edge down to third man for a single.
FOUR! Crashed! Good length outside off, Kumar swings it over covers for a boundary. India not giving up just yet.
WIDE! Bouncer! Short on middle, Kumar goes for the pull but misses it. The umpire wides him.
FOUR! Edged! Fuller outside off, Kumar gets his bat down in time and edges it past the keeper for a boundary to the third man fence.
Shami Ahmed to bat now.
Tim Southee to Ravichandran Ashwin
OUT! Ashwin out! Full toss on off, Ashwin gets across and hits it straight to the fielder at deep mid-wicket. Guptill takes a good catch, Ashwin has to go. New Zealand inch closer!
FOUR! Shot! Fuller on off, Ashwin lofts it down the ground over mid on for a boundary.
Full toss on middle, Kumar lofts it over mid on for a single.
Corey Anderson to Ravichandran Ashwin
Fuller outside off, Ashwin looks to guide it down to third man but misses. A match changing over from Anderson!
Fuller outside off, Bhuvneshwar drills it to long off for a single.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar walks out to bat.