2nd ODI: New Zealand win by 15 runs, India lose No. 1 ranking
New Zealand inflicted a 15-run defeat on India to take a 2-0 series lead. They also cost India the top spot in ODI rankings.
New Zealand inflicted a 15-run defeat on India to take a 2-0 series lead. They also cost India the top spot in ODI rankings. (AP/AFP Photos)
Mohammed Shami struck early when he removed the dangerous Jesse Ryder.
Martin Guptill steadied the ship with a fluent 44.
Kane Williamson played the anchor role as he stroked a beautiful 77.
Corey Anderson's 17-ball 44 gave the late boost to propel New Zealand to 271/7 in 42 overs.
Needing a revised target of 297 to win, India lost both openers to Tim Southee.
Virat Kohli picked up from where he left off at Napier as he smashed a quick 78.
Suresh Raina hit a 22-ball 35 as he hoped to finish it for India.
MS Dhoni led from the front with a valiant 56 off 44 balls as India looked to chase down 297.
But they were to fall short as the hosts snuck ahead by 15 runs. Tim Southee led the way with 4/72 while Corey Anderson chipped in with 3 for 67. In a game that saw ywo rain interruptions, New Zealand emerged clear winners.