India needed 10 runs in the final over after being in a desperate situation at 183/8 at one juncture with nine overs to go. At that stage, India needed 50 runs to beat the Kiwis and trump their first innings total of 242. Hardik Pandya and Umesh Yadav were in the middle and that partnership had been going all guns blazing while amassing 49 runs.
That is when Pandya was holed out while trying to hit a a short delivery by Trent Boult and India’s hopes of picking up an unlikely win faded. Jaspreet Bumrah joined Umesh in the middle at Kotla in order to extend India’s winning run against New Zealand in India that stretched back to 2003 – or seven matches – but on the fourth delivery, he was castled by a Tim Southee yorker and brought curtains on India’s chase with six runs to be scored. The win helped Black Caps level the series to 1-1.
Earlier, Kedar Jadhav (41) and MS Dhoni (39) put together 66 runs for the highest stand by the home side but the previous was caught behind off Matt Henry.
Some would question MS Dhoni’s ability to finish matches with yet another contest hinging on his shoulders and yet again ‘Captain Cool’ coming up short. He scored only three boundaries in his 39 off 65 balls but what was striking was his inability to generate power in his shots most of the times. He played as many as 37 dot balls.
Southee ended Dhoni’s stay in the middle with a stunning one handed return catch when the Indian skipper failed to read a slower one. But it was a more a case of the increasing pressure on him.
Kedar looked in good touch hitting couple of sixes off Santner. First was a half-tracker that was pulled into the mid-wicket stands and the second was an inside out shot over extra covers. He also ran well between the wickets with his
skipper converting the ones into twos.
Dhoni’s dismissal created pressure on Axar Patel and Amit Mishra (1) and they were dismissed by part-time off-breaks from Martin Guptill.
Starting the chase, Rohit Sharma (15), who was in considerable pain after his dismissal having done some damage
In the first innings, Kane Williamson was in his element hitting a classy hundred but New Zealand lost momentum during the slog overs to end up scoring 242 for 9 against India after MS Dhoni won the toss and opted to bowl first.
Williamson, who has had an indifferent tour so far, struck a fluent 118 off 128 balls with 14 boundaries and a six. However save opener Tom Latham (46), none of the other batsmen could provide considerable support.
The last 15 overs of the innings yielded only 66 runs for the Black Caps.
While Amit Mishra (3/60 in 10 overs) picked up an important wicket of Williamson, it was Jasprit Bumrah (3/35) whose bowling was a revelation during death overs. He made a technically equipped Williamson crawl with a toe-crushing yorker and another unplayable delivery in the blockhole got found Tim Southee failing to get his bat down.
In all, Bumrah bowled an astounding 37 dot balls in his 10 overs while the entire team bowled 161 in all which is
equivalent to 26.5 overs without scoring. Umesh Yadav (1/42) started with a perfect delivery that pitched on the middle and no one can blame Martin Guptill (0) as he tried to reach to the line of the delivery. It moved a shade knocking the off-stump back.
At 46, Pandya dropped a low catch off Jasprit Bumrah’s bowling and then he swept Mishra to complete his half-century with a boundary.
Left hander Latham was more partial to cover drives while he slog swept Mishra for a big six. It was Kedar Jadhav, who bowled one full and Latham missed the line to be adjudged leg before. His run-a-ball 46 comprised six boundaries and a six.
(With PTI inputs)