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Kiwis level ODI series

Published:Friday | October 21, 2016 | 10:00 AM
New Zealand's captain Kane Williamson on the go yesterday during the second one-day international cricket match against India in Delhi. Williamson made 118.

NEW DELHI, (AP):

India fell short in the last over as New Zealand won the second one-day international yesterday by six runs to level the five-match series at 1-1.

Chasing 243 to win, India were bowled out for 236 in 49.3 overs with Kedar Jadhav scoring 41, including two fours and two sixes. MS Dhoni struck 39.

Earlier, Kane Williamson scored his eighth ODI century as New Zealand finished on 242 for nine. Williamson hit 118 off 128 balls, with 14 fours and a six, after the Black Caps had been put into bat.

India made a sedate start in its run chase when Rohit Sharma (15) and Ajinkya Rahane (28) put on 21 runs off 7.1 overs for the first wicket. Sharma had tried to increase the scoring rate and perished in the process, caught behind off Trent Boult, who finished with 2-25.

Virat Kohli had a rare failure as he too was caught behind for nine, while trying to play a leg glance off Mitchell Santner. Rahane was then deemed out, caught at square leg off Tim Southee. The decision appeared controversial as replays suggested that the ball might have bounced before Corey Anderson caught it. However, the third umpire didn't have sufficient evidence to overturn the onfield decision. Southee ended on three for 52.

LEFT STRUGGLING

India were left struggling at 72 for three and then Manish Pandey (19) was run out while going for a tight second run, leaving the hosts reeling further at 73-4.

Dhoni and Jadhav came to the rescue by adding 66 runs for the fifth wicket.

The partnership revived the Indian innings but Jadhav's 37-ball stay ended when he was caught behind off Matt Henry just as the match seemed to be turning.

Dhoni put on 33 runs with Axar Patel (17). The match turned decisively when Southee pulled off a stunning reflex return catch off Dhoni in the 40th over. Patel fell shortly after, caught in the deep off Guptill, who finished with two for six.

Guptill struck twice in that 41st over as Amit Mishra holed out off a skier as India collapsed from 172-6.

A surprising 49-run partnership off 48 balls for the ninth wicket between Hardik Pandya (36) and Umesh Yadav (18 not out) provided a thrilling twist.

Pandya holed out off Boult with a miscued shot in the penultimate over. With 10 runs needed off the last six balls, Southee bowled Jasprit Bumrah to seal a tight win with three balls to spare.

India won the first ODI by six wickets.

The third ODI is in Mohali on Sunday.