India were beaten at Ranchi as they failed to chase down the target of 261 set up by New Zealand. With this victory, the visitors have leveled the five match series 2-2. New Zealand’s opening pair Martin Guptill and Tom Latham managed to put up nearly a century-run opening partnership.
India did well to restrict New Zealand to making 260 for the loss of 7 wickets after the visitors look like they could notch up even more. India’s innings got off to rocky start when Rohit Sharma was dismissed and India were 19/1 in the fourth over. Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane amde 81 runs for the second wicket. Kolhi was dismissed at 45 after which Rahane departed after making 57 leaving India at 128/3 after 27 overs.
ODI skipper MS Dhoni, playing at his homeground Ranchi, could not pick up from his knock at Mohali and was the fourth man to be dismissed. Dhoni made just 11 runs despite facing 31 balls. Dhoni’s wicket silenced the Ranchi crowd. His wicket triggered a collapse of sorts. Tim Southee dismissed Manish Pandey and Kedar Jadhav for consecutive deliveries.
India’s tail enders looked like they could take the game away from New Zealand. But, it turned out to be too much of an ask for him and the hosts were all out for 241 runs giving New Zealand a 19-run-victory.
Here is how twitterati reacted:
The cream of the Indian batting is at the top…batsmen at 5-6-7 need some more time. Well played, NZ.
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) 26 October 2016
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) 20 October 2016
Kiwis square ODI series w/plenty panache/grace!Indns might’ve made more errors overall but Gud contest deserved better Ranchi appreciation!!
— Bishan Bedi (@BishanBedi) 26 October 2016