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India Vs New Zealand Live Score (ODI)

Date: Sunday, 29 October 2017 Venue: Green Park, Kanpur Match Status: Match Ended

India beat New Zealand by 6 runs

337/6
Overs
50.0
R/R
6.74
Fours
35
Sixes
4
Extras
8
331/7
Overs
50.0
R/R
6.62
Fours
33
Sixes
5
Extras
20
  • Is 338 chaseable? Rohit Sharma giving an interview after the innings, says that the pitch was slowing down as the game was progressing. But he expects it to play better under the lights. Will dew arrive? Will things be difficult for the bowlers if it does arrive? All these answers will be provided when the run chase starts at 1745 local (1215 GMT). We are off for a bite. See you soon...
  • New Zealand will be disappointed. Not because they conceded 337 but because of the lengths they bowled. The bowlers were simply not learning, keeping on bowling short and the batsmen kept on finding the boundaries. Santner exerted some control but only towards the end. One of those days when the whole bowling unit flops.
  • The batting was all about the 230-run stand between Kohli and Rohit. Both scored centuries and also kept the run rate on a high note. The stand came in just 211 balls which shows how good the pitch is. No bowler was spared and only towards the end did the Kiwis get some wickets, with the batsmen going for big runs.
  • Both camps will be happy at the moment. India will be happy with 337 but at one stage, when Rohit and Kohli were going great runs, 350-360 looked to be on the cards. The Kiwis will hope that some momentum would have been earned.
  • 49.6 OUT! Caught! India finish on 337/6! An outstanding final over from Milne - not a single boundary and going for only 6 and picking up 2 wickets. A short ball outside off, needless to mention - a SLOWWWWWWWWER BALL - at 112 kph, Jadhav connects it well actually but such has been the day for him - when he has miscued, the ball has landed safely and now when he has timed one well, it has flown straight to Martin Guptill at long on.
  • 49.5 Excellent yorker outside off, dug out to point for a single.
  • 49.4 JUST WIDE! Full marks to Kane Williamson for effort. A full ball outside off, Karthik looks to go over mid off but miscues it slightly. Williamson runs backward from extra cover, leaps for the catch but it evades him. Two runs taken.
  • 49.4 WIDE. A barricade of slower balls, not wanting to give the batsmen any room. But this is way outside the wide line and is left alone.
  • 49.3 Another slower ball, outside off, swung down to long on for a run.
  • 49.2 A short ball, around middle, pulled down to fine leg for a single.
  • DINESH KARTHIK finally comes out at number 7, replacing Dhoni.
  • 49.1 OUT! Not a bad start to the over for Milne! Dhoni is gone. A slower ball outside off, 110 kph, on a length, Dhoni gives this his all, aiming to swing hard but only gets it off the outside edge to short third man. Colin Munro at that position takes it with ease and Dhoni has to go. 5 balls left now...
  • ADAM MILNE to bowl the final over. Can he keep India under 350?
  • 48.6 SIX! How has he hit that? A short ball, in line of the stumps, cramping Jadhav for room as he goes for the pull but he goes through with it and guess what - he clears square leg with ease! 12 from the over and Southee finishes with 2/66 in his 10 overs. 36 runs have come off the last 3 overs. 331/4
  • 48.5 A length ball outside off, KJ miscues this over cover where two fielders run after it - de Grandhomme and Williamson. Neither get to the ball and it lands safe. Two runs taken.
  • 48.4 A short ball again, slower in pace, 106 kph, pulled through square leg for a run.
  • 48.3 RUN OUT CHANCE MISSED! A short ball outside off, Kedar looks to pull but miscues it to short mid-wicket. The ball does not carry to Mitchell Santner who has a shy at the bowler's end but misses. Kedar was a goner.
  • 48.2 A full ball outside off, blasted past the bowler and mid off. Seems like there is not enough strength in the shot and long on cuts it off to his left. Two runs taken.
  • 48.1 A length ball outside off, Jadhav swings hard but gets a thick inside edge onto his pads.
  • 47.6 FOUR! BRILLIANT! Why aim for slogs when you can time the ball so beautifully? Boult aims for the yorker but misses it by a fraction. It is a low full toss outside off and Dhoni just places it through point. There is no sweeper cover in place and deep backward point cannot cut it off to his right. Boult finishes with 0/81 in his 10 overs. This is only the second time that Boult has gone wicketless in succession in ODIs! Overall, this is the 10th time that he has bowled in an ODI without success. 319/4
  • 47.5 Short and outside off, cut to sweeper cover for a single.
  • 47.4 FOUR! Nice placement! Another full toss outside off, Jadhav reaches out and spoons this over point for a boundary!
  • 47.3 A high full toss, pulled down to long on for a run.
  • 47.2 Full and outside off, slower in pace, Jadhav looks to play the paddle behind square but ends up hitting it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
  • 47.1 Full and outside off, driven down to long off for a single. Dhoni wants the second but Kedar is ball-watching and is in no position to take a start for the second. Dhoni aborts the thought.
  • 46.6 Comes down the track but misses the line and is hit on the pads. A leg bye. 307/4
  • 46.5 FOUR! WHAM! Short ball, outside off, teasing Dhoni whether he can hit it and the answer is a violent pull wide of the running long on to his right.
  • KEDAR JADHAV walks in at number 6, replacing Kohli.
  • 46.4 OUT! Caught! The skipper departs after a wonderful knock. Full and outside off, the leg cutter, bowled at 103 kph. Kohli looks to go big but the lack of pace does him in. He miscues it to long off where his counterpart Williamson takes it reverse-cup style. Perhaps not a bad wicket to lose for India. The boundaries were drying up and Kohli was tiring. Fresh legs and new batsmen might be the order of the moment.
  • Mid-wicket drops back now. Fine leg comes inside the circle.
  • 46.3 FOUR! A short ball outside off, Kohli heaves it over mid-wicket for a boundary. Just the third since the 40th over. 300 UP FOR INDIA! Can they get another 50 in the time remaining?
  • 46.2 Outside off, sliced to short third man. Mitchell Santner is in two minds - whether to go for the catch or stop the ball. Does the latter which is smart. Fields it on the bounce and keeps the batsmen to a single.
  • 46.1 Comes down the track, takes it on the full but toe-ends it to long off for a couple.
  • TIM SOUTHEE to bowl now. Has 2 left.
  • 45.6 Pushes this to long on for a run. 295/3
  • 45.6 WIDE. The slower ball goes awry, Dhoni lets it go as the ball is past the wide guideline outside off.
  • 45.5 Outside off, dabbed to third man for a run.
  • 45.4 A low full toss, outside off, clipped through mid-wicket for another brace.
  • 45.3 Another slower ball, Kohli is early into the slog and the ball goes off the inside half towards mid-wicket. The fitness guru displays his effectiveness again as he hares back for the second. Do not forget, he has been at the crease since the 7th over in this heat.
  • 45.2 Full and outside off, eased through the covers for a run.
  • 45.1 A low full toss outside off, bunted down to long off for a couple.
  • TRENT BOULT is back on.
  • 44.6 'AARGGGGHHHHH!' That is not me but Kohli who grunts in frustration. A length ball outside off, extremely slow, 114 kph, Kohli slashes hard but gets a thick inside edge which goes past the stumps. Latham does well to dive to his left and stop the ball. 285/3
  • 44.5 Comes down the track and blasts it to sweeper cover for a single.
  • 44.5 WIDE. A ball miles down the leg side, Dhoni misses his flick. Strangely, the umpire does not signal a wide. But then, Kohli gives a stare which then brings about the signal.
  • 44.4 FOUR! WHACK! A short ball outside off, Dhoni just pulls it behind square leg and gets a boundary!
  • 44.3 A short ball around off, pulled with control to deep mid-wicket for a single.
  • 44.2 A length ball outside off, Kohli walks down the track and whips it over mid-wicket. Colin Munro gets across to his left, stops the ball but then fumbles. Luckily for him, the ball does not roll behind into the ropes. Two runs taken.
  • 44.1 Short and outside off, cut through point for a single.
  • 43.6 Driven towards the mid on region. The batsmen have run through for a single. Excellent over from Santner - 3 runs and a wicket. He finishes with figures of 10-0-58-2. 275/3
  • 43.5 LBW shout, but denied. The arm ball, landed in line of the middle stump, Dhoni stays back to flick but misses and is hit on the pads. Santner appeals but the umpire shakes his head. Hawk Eye shows that to be clipping leg stump, so the umpire's call would have stayed.
  • 43.4 Outside off, dabbed to short third man for a very quick run.
  • 43.3 Full and around off, Kohli comes down the track but is forced to defend.
  • One roar is replaced by another. The darling of the masses, MS DHONI, comes in at number 5, replacing Pandya. Interestingly, no helmet.
  • 43.2 OUT! Pandya falls cheaply! Big wicket for the Kiwis. Santner has removed two big hitters in 2 overs. First Rohit with a low full toss. Now Pandya with a slight pace variation. He bowls this at 98 kph, reasonably quick for a spinner and gets it to spin away from the batsman. Pandya is early into the hoick and miscues it high in the air and the catch is taken by Southee again at long off. No maximums for 'sixer' Pandya today. Can New Zealand make use of this momentum?
  • 43.1 Century number 32 for the Indian captain! The run machine is back. Not that he was gone for long, but this kind of batting was being missed. The score is just a number. Still, his 6th ton in ODIs this year, 10th as a captain alone and 5th against the Kiwis. Gets to the landmark as easily as an office-goer leaves for home after completing the day's shift. Full and outside off, eased through the covers for a single.
  • 42.6 The batsman works it down the leg side. One run added to the total. 272/2
  • 42.5 Pushes this to long on for a single.
  • 42.4 FOUR! A length ball outside off, Pandya backs away, then swings hard. The ball flies off the edge over point and scurries to the fence behind.
  • 42.3 Outside off, dabbed to third man for a run.
  • 42.2 Full and outside off, driven straight to cover.
  • 42.1 A short ball outside off, Pandya goes for the pull but the ball goes off the toe end past the keeper to third man. A single taken.
  • 41.6 Works this through mid-wicket for a brace. 264/2
  • 41.5 Pushes this down to long on for a run.
  • 41.4 The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball. One run added to the total.
  • 41.3 Short and outside off, cut away for a single.
  • Not a surprise. HARDIK PANDYA comes in at number 4.
  • 41.2 OUT! No double hundred for Rohit! At least by his standards, he will think he could have got another one. A low full toss outside off, Rohit looks to go over the top again but the tiredness is evident in this one. The ball goes straight to long off where Southee cups it with ease. The Kiwi players, always sporting, rush to Rohit first to congratulate him, then celebrate. If you can call that a celebration. Magnificent innings. Breathtaking. Only he will hope that what happened the last time he made a big score at this venue will not be repeated. Rohit had made 150 in 2015 against South Africa here. Still India lost.
  • 41.1 Outside off, punched through long on for a couple.
  • MITCHELL SANTNER is back again.
  • 40.6 Full and outside off, driven through the covers for one. 257/1
  • 40.5 Short and outside off, cut straight to point.
  • 40.4 Full and outside off, driven through the covers for a run.
  • 40.3 Full on middle, pushed down to long on for a run.
  • 40.2 RUN OUT CHANCE! Yes, yes, no, no! Save yourself, mate! Kohli nearly sells his partner a dummy down the river. A low full toss outside off, Kohli eases it through the covers. Mitchell Santner gets across to his left and makes a good stop. There should have been a run and Kohli calls for one but then sends Rohit back from a point of no return. Rohit gives up and luckily for him, the throw misses the stumps at the bowler's end.
  • 40.1 Full on middle, pushed down to long on for a single.
  • POWERPLAY 3 time. Will this bring some respite to the fielding side? 5 allowed outside the ring. They are up against two batsmen who don't care where the fielders are - one threads gaps with ease while the other goes over gaps and clears the boundaries. No ground is large enough for these two. Here is another bowling change - ADAM MILNE is back on.
  • 39.6 Punches this to sweeper cover for one more. 252/1
  • 39.5 FOUR! Another one over the infield. A length ball outside off, Rohit just lofts it over cover for a boundary. Brings up INDIA'S 250. 61 balls left. 100 more a minimum?
  • 39.4 Works it down the leg side for another single.
  • 39.3 Another short ball, but deceptively slower, at 110 kph. Seems like Rohit did not pick it because he looked early into the pull shot. But he manages to get it to deep mid-wicket for one.
  • 39.2 Full and outside off, driven through mid on for a run.
  • 39.1 Another short ball, pulled through mid-wicket for a single.
  • Here's TIM SOUTHEE.
  • 38.6 On the pads, clipped through the leg side for a single. 243/1
  • 38.5 Short and outside off, cut straight to point.
  • 38.4 Another drive but straight to mid off.
  • 38.3 FOUR! BEAUTY! Now, this is 50 percent classic batting, 25 percent excellent timing and 25 percent brilliant outfield. A half volley, yes. Driven yes. Fielder to field? Yes. And who is it? The bird or plane called Williamson. Rohit times his off drive nicely but once the ball makes contact with the turf, it suddenly accelerates into fifth gear and poor Williamson can do nothing much with his dive to the left.
  • 38.2 On middle and leg, flicked through mid-wicket for a run.
  • 38.1 On middle and leg, pushed down to long on for a single.
  • 37.6 SIX! Ho ho ho! Don't remember Kohli playing so many aerial shots in an innings. This is a statement. Jumps down the track, as if to say, don't bring a spinner in my presence, gets to the pitch of the ball and lofts it with finesse over long off! 236/1
  • 37.5 Punches this down to long on for one more.
  • 37.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 37.3 Landed outside off, defended watchfully.
  • 37.2 Punches it to sweeper cover for a single. THE 200-RUN STAND comes up. What a partnership.
  • 37.1 Full and outside off, eased through the covers for a single.
  • MITCHELL SANTNER is back on. Williamson needs to wrest some control if wickets are not coming by.
  • 36.6 FOUR! 1K, 2K, 3K... here comes 9K FOR VK! What a shot to bring up the milestone as well. Landed outside off, Kohli waits and waits and at the last moment, dabs it past the keeper to the third man fence! Another great over - 14 from it, 31 off the last 2! 227/1
  • 36.5 A short ball again, pulled away for a run.
  • 36.4 FOUR! India on a rampage here! Reminds me of the era when the Batting Powerplay used to be in existence and fielders used to be kept inside the 30-yard ring. Full and outside off, Rohit lofts it over mid off for a boundary!
  • 36.3 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. They pick up a single.
  • 36.2 FOUR! Goes past Punter! Virat Kohli now has the most runs as a skipper in a calendar year in ODIs. Ponting managed 1424 in 2007. Full and outside off, Kohli just lofts it with ease over mid off for a boundary!
  • 36.1 On middle and off, clipped straight to short mid-wicket.
  • 35.6 FOUR! Another short ball, another boundary. Pulled wide of short fine leg. Fourth boundary of the over. Well, this is going pear-shaped for the Kiwis. The best over of the innings for the Indians - 17 from it! 213/1
  • 35.5 FOUR! Goes inside out now! A length ball outside off, Sharma sashays down the track and slaps this over cover for a boundary!
  • 35.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 35.3 FOUR! Up and over! Full and outside off, Rohit just lofts it nonchalantly over mid off for a boundary!
  • 35.2 Outside off, run down to third man for a single.
  • 35.1 EDGED, DROPPED, FOUR! Very, very harsh to say that but technically it was a chance. A length ball wide outside off, Kohli slashes hard but gets a thick outside edge. Latham flies to his right, gets a glove to it but cannot take the chance. Off runs the ball to the third man fence.
  • DRINKS BREAK. This is official. A great platform for India. 15 overs left. India will aim for at least 330 from here. With wickets in hand, 350 could be a possibility as well... Here comes TRENT BOULT. This could be a decisive spell. If he breaks this stand, India might struggle to cross 300. On the flip side, if he goes for runs, it might be a free flow from both ends.
  • 34.6 Full and wide outside off, almost a yorker, eased through point for a run. 196/1
  • 34.5 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads for a single.
  • 34.4 Punched towards mid on.
  • 34.3 On middle and leg, flicked through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 34.2 DID THAT CARRY? The answer is no again. A slower ball, Kohli is lured into the drive and hits it a bit uppishly down the ground. De Grandhomme gets across to his right and takes it with one hand. Kohli immediately turns his back, giving the impression that he is gone but then the camera pans on de Grandhomme who straightaway indicates that it landed short.
  • 34.1 SAFE! Excellent ball, excellent keeping and excellent footwork as well. A slower ball outside off, Kohli looks to go big but misses. His back foot comes out of the crease and Latham whips off the bails but Kohli gets his foot back in.
  • COLIN DE GRANDHOMME is back on. And does he strike on the very first ball? STUMPING APPEAL but not referred upstairs...
  • 33.6 Outside off, eased to third man for one. 193/1
  • 33.5 The batsman has played it to the point region.
  • 33.4 Outside off, dabbed to third man for a run.
  • 33.3 Outside off, punched through the covers for a couple.
  • 33.2 FOUR! More height than distance but that will do. 'I will not learn' being flashed over and over again going by the bowling by the Kiwi bowlers. Rohit Sharma made his presence felt in the international arena during the 2007 WT20 and even then, he showed how much he loves the short ball. He has been telegraphing that in every game but clearly the Kiwis are not paying any heed. Another short ball, pulled over mid-wicket. A bit high of the bat but safe in the end.
  • 33.1 Outside off, punched through point. Rohit wants a single but the fielder dives to his right to stop the ball and Kohli sends his partner back.
  • 32.6 Banged in short, around middle, pulled to fine leg for a run. 185/1
  • 32.5 The batsman works it down the leg side. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 32.4 Full and outside off, driven straight to cover.
  • 32.3 THERE IT IS! Century number 15 in ODIs for Rohit Sharma! He has made up for his failures in the first two games. This is his 18th match against New Zealand and his first ton against them. Coming to the ball, it is on middle and leg and Rohit calmly works it through mid-wicket to get to the landmark. Now then. New Zealand beware. Whenever he crosses the 100-mark, he just explodes.
  • 32.2 The crowd quietens down again. Full and straight, pushed towards mid on.
  • Rohit is on 99... The crowd seems restless. He looks composed though.
  • 32.1 Full on middle, flicked through mid-wicket for a single. Back to Rohit...
  • 31.6 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. The crowd was expecting a century on this ball, it has to wait a bit more. 181/1
  • 31.5 Full and wide outside off, driven through cover-point for a run.
  • 31.4 The batsman works it down the leg side. They pick up a single. Moves to 99.
  • 31.3 A short ball, worked through mid-wicket for a single to bring up the 150-RUN STAND. This partnership keeps going on and on...
  • 31.2 Punches this through the covers for a brace.
  • 31.1 FOUR! 'Supreme insult to a fast bowler' says Sunil Gavaskar on air. A half volley in line of the stumps, Kohli comes forward and drives it straight back past the bowler, down to long on and beats mid on!
  • Unofficial Drinks Break. The batsmen are getting a couple of water bottles emptied onto their heads. The heat is getting onto them and both have played a reasonably long innings. Meanwhile, ADAM MILNE is back on.
  • 30.6 Driven through mid off by the batsman. One run added to the total. 172/1
  • 30.5 FOUR! Misfield. Guess it was Ross Taylor there. Full and outside off, Kohli leans and drives it through the covers where the fielder gets down but lets it through. Mid off runs after it but in vain.
  • 30.4 The batsman has played it towards mid-wicket.
  • 30.3 Works this straight to short mid-wicket.
  • 30.2 Short and outside off, punched wide of cover for a run.
  • 30.1 Comes down the track, Southee drops it short and Kohli can only push it to mid-wicket for a single.
  • TIM SOUTHEE is back on. Williamson does not need one wicket. He needs many more. But from where can he get a breakthrough?
  • 29.6 Around off, watchfully defended. 165/1
  • 29.5 The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot. They pick up a single.
  • 29.4 FOUR! WALLOP! Slightly shortish in length, good enough for Rohit as he comes down the track and lofts it just wide of long on for a boundary! The ball lands just inside the ropes.
  • 29.3 Punches this back to Santner.
  • 29.2 Another drive, this time to long off for a run. That is HALF CENTURY NUMBER 46 for Kohli in ODIs. He too will be aiming to get a triple figure today.
  • 29.1 Full and outside off, driven through the covers for a single.
  • 28.6 Action replay of the previous delivery. 159/1
  • 28.5 Another punch, down to long on for one more.
  • 28.4 Another back foot punch, another run.
  • 28.3 The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot. They pick up a single.
  • 28.3 WIDE. A slower ball, but down the leg side, left alone.
  • 28.2 Full and outside off, driven back to the bowler.
  • 28.1 Outside off, punched off the back foot for a single.
  • 27.6 Full and around off, watchfully defended. 153/1
  • 27.5 Fullish on middle, pushed down to long on for a run.
  • 27.4 SIX! VIOLENCE! Number 150 in ODIs for Rohit! A short ball outside off, New Zealand not learning at all, Rohit takes advantage of that and pulls it over widish long on for a maximum. Also brings up INDIA'S 150.
  • 27.3 Full and outside off, Rohit comes down the track with his bat behind his pad and the ball goes off the equipment to point.
  • 27.2 Eases this down to long off for a run.
  • 27.1 Outside off, punched off the back foot for a single.
  • MITCHELL SANTNER is back on.
  • 26.6 Pushes this to long on for one more. 144/1
  • 26.5 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. They pick up a single.
  • The two batsmen will be having a chat about what is a good score on this pitch. 330? 350? If dew does set in, 330 is a minimum.
  • 26.4 Outside off, Kohli dabs it to third man and sets off for a single but is sent back.
  • 26.3 Full and outside off, driven through the covers for a run.
  • 26.2 Short and outside off, cut straight to point.
  • 26.1 Outside off, punched off the back foot for a single.
  • COLIN MUNRO into the attack for the first time today. De Grandhomme has not been that effective, going for 40 in his 6 overs thus far.
  • 25.6 No run there. Rohit punches this through the covers and sets off for a single but Kohli spots that the fielder is Mitchell Santner who is a left-hander and the ball is going to his left. Sends Rohit back which turns out to be a good call as Santner returns a good throw to the keeper. 140/1
  • 25.5 Full and outside off, defended watchfully.
  • 25.4 Almost a hat-trick of singles through that third man region. RS tries to get one but this time hits it straight to point.
  • 25.3 Now Kohli follows suit, dabbing one to third man.
  • 25.2 On a length outside off, Sharma waits for the ball to come to him and dabs it to third man for a single.
  • 25.1 FOUR! That is a fine shot. All about timing. Fractionally short of a fuller length outside off, Rohit just stands tall and punches it through point. Martin Guptill dives to his left but has no chance. Nothing awfully wrong with that delivery but such has been Rohit Sharma's class that he is converting good balls into run-scoring ones.
  • 24.6 This ball is pulled away towards deep mid-wicket for one run. 134/1
  • 24.5 Boult switches his side and comes round the wicket. Kohli drives it to long off for a run.
  • 24.5 Wide! For height. Boult bangs it short on the stumps, Kohli lets it go and immediately turns to the leg umpire, who signals a wide.
  • 24.4 Trent comes back over the wicket and hurls it short around middle. Kohli pulls it through mid-wicket for a brace.
  • 24.3 Fuller in line of the stumps, driven back to the bowler.
  • 24.2 Boult continues round the wicket and bangs a short one in line of the stumps. Kohli ducks under that. The square leg umpire signals one bouncer for the over.
  • 24.1 Bowled outside off, Kohli looks to play it towards third man but finds the backward point fielder who runs to his left and prevents any run.
  • 23.6 This ball is blocked off the front foot onto the ground. 129/1
  • 23.5 That brings up the 100-run partnership between Sharma and Kohli. How fluent these two are looking at the moment, making batting look so very easy. They are getting the runs without taking great risks which is a big plus. Coming to this ball, it was short, Kohli pulled it fine down the leg side for a run. He wanted a second initially but settled against that. What's more, the throw hit the stumps at the striker's end directly!
  • 23.4 For the umpteenth time a single results today to the third man region. Length delivery outside off, Sharma guides it there for a run.
  • 23.3 Full length delivery around off, hit straight back to the bowler.
  • 23.2 On a length outside off, Sharma stays in the crease and pushes it towards cover-point.
  • 23.1 Hurled around off, Rohit strides forward to defend that to the off side.
  • Change from both the ends. Seeing the comfort with which both the batsmen are handling spin, Williamson brings ADAM MILNE back to bowl.
  • 22.6 Short ball around off, pulled in front of square on the leg side for one run. 127/1
  • 22.5 Fuller outside off, driven through covers for one run.
  • 22.4 On a length outside off, Rohit gets on his toes to glide it towards third man for a run. That's 1000 runs in ODIs for Rohit this year.
  • 22.3 Virat opens the face of his bat to guide it to third man for a run.
  • 22.2 This is bowled outside off, driven straight to the man in the cover region.
  • 22.1 FOUR! Kohli welcomes Boult with a boundary. Bowled from round the wicket, he hurls it fuller around off. Kohli moves a bit to his off and flicks it away through mid-wicket for a boundary. The fielder stationed there did put in a dive but failed to do anything there.
  • TRENT BOULT is brought back for another spell. Shows how desperate the Kiwis are for a breakthrough at this point.
  • 21.6 Flatter around off, punched towards covers. 119/1
  • 21.5 Virat hits it down to long off and rotates strike.
  • 21.4 Kohli stays in the crease and hits it towards mid-wicket.
  • 21.3 Defended off the back foot by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 21.2 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 21.1 Floated around off, Kohli hits it towards long off for a sungle.
  • 20.6 FOUR! Till this point it was a fairly good over but the boundary has just spoiled that. Fuller around off, Rohit extends his arms wonderfully as he hits it over mid off. 116/1
  • 20.5 Sharma punches this off the back foot towards covers.
  • 20.4 Fuller outside off, Kohli drives it through covers to the fielder in the deep for a run.
  • 20.3 Sharma looks to guide this to third man but ends up chopping it towards the left of backward point. He gets a run there.
  • 20.2 Length ball around off, defended back towards the bowler.
  • 20.1 Kohli gets behind the line of the ball and pushes it to long on for one run.
  • 19.6 Almost a return catch! Santner tosses this up around off, Kohli looks to collect a run down the ground but hits it aerially. The bowler dives to his left but is unable to get his hands to that as the ball is a bit wide. A run results. 109/1
  • 19.5 A tad shorter outside off, Sharma slaps it through cover-point. Munro in the deep rushes to his left quickly and keeps it down to just one.
  • 19.4 Floated around off, Rohit hangs back and defends it back towards the bowler.
  • 19.3 Bowled in line of the stumps, driven to long on for a single.
  • 19.2 This ball is flicked away in front of square on the leg side for a run.
  • 19.1 Kohli uses his feet to get to the pitch of the ball and drives it to long off for a run.
  • 18.6 FOUR! How well is Rohit watching the ball now! Another shorter delivery around middle, Sharma pulls it aerially over square leg for a boundary. There was a man in the deep in front of square, but the batter delayed his shot just that little bit to beat him easily. 104/1
  • 18.5 Sharma stays in the crease and blocks it showing the full face of the bat.
  • 18.4 Fuller in line of the stumps, hit down to long on for a run.
  • 18.3 Length ball outside off, Rohit punches it to sweeper cover for a single.
  • 18.2 This ball is blocked from the crease.
  • 18.1 FOUR! Shot! Timing is the key here. De Grandhomme bowls it short outside off, Rohit stands tall and punches it through cover-point for a boundary. At his pace, Colin cannot afford to be short and wide.
  • 17.6 Sharma flicks this delivery on the stumps through mid-wicket for one run. 94/1
  • 17.5 Kohli clips it towards mid-wicket for a single.
  • 17.4 The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 17.3 Wonderful effort by de Grandhomme there. Rohit sweeps it powerfully but the fielder at short fine leg does well to prevent the runs.
  • 17.2 This ball is flicked towards mid-wicket.
  • 17.1 A yes-no call again between these two! How often have we seen that. Rohit taps it towards cover-point and Kohli wants a run immediately. Seeing Guptill rush to the ball, Rohit denies the run. Kohli had to turn and he slipped a bit but got in safely. Meanwhile, Martin too fell and hence couldn't throw the ball.
  • Drinks are on the field now. This has been a good hour of play here although the hosts have the edge at the moment. The visitors succeeded in picking up an early wicket but since then it has all been the Rohit-Kohli show. The Kiwis will know how important it is to break this stand as quickly as they can.
  • 16.6 Driven towards the mid on region. They pick up a single. 91/1
  • 16.5 This ball is driven to long off for a run.
  • 16.4 35th ODI fifty for Rohit Sharma! He's back among runs in style here at Green Park. He has played well so far and would look to continue to rake up a big score as is his habit generally. He cuts it towards backward point where Guptill dives to his left to make a half-stop. Rohit hares to the other end beating the throw from the fielder.
  • 16.3 Bowled around middle, Kohli turns it through mid-wicket for a run.
  • 16.2 This ball is guided down to third man for a run.
  • 16.1 Kohli punches it off the back foot through covers for a run.
  • 15.6 Excellent running yet again. Sharma drives this nicely through covers. Kohli always wanted two there and he gets them in the end. 85/1
  • 15.5 Sharma finds the cover fielder with this drive.
  • 15.4 Kohli gets to the pitch of the ball and drives it through mid off for a single.
  • 15.3 This ball is driven down to long off for a run.
  • 15.2 Almost a catch this time back to Santner. Looped up on the stumps, Rohit looks to hit it straight but the ball stopped a tad and comes onto his bat. Ends up hitting aerially back towards the bowler.
  • 15.1 An appeal from the Kiwis there. Lovely delivery by Santner that. He tosses it up around leg, the ball straightens big time after pitching. Sharma lunges forward to play for the initial angle but misses and gets hit high on the back thigh. The Kiwis appeal but the umpire turns it down. Height was the factor as confirmed by the replays.
  • 14.6 Sharma opens the face of his bat and guides it to third man for a run. 81/1
  • 14.5 The batsman manages only a bottom edge on that one.
  • 14.4 Landed around off and middle, Sharma clips it towards mid-wicket.
  • Fine leg comes inside the circle and long on goes back. This shows where the line of attack is going to be.
  • 14.3 The batsman plays it with an angled bat and guides it to third man. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 14.2 Kohli hits this straight to the fielder at backward point.
  • 14.1 Brings up the 50-run stand between these two! Kohli punches this through covers, where Santner gets some hand onto that. The batsmen get two. This has been a good stand, once again after India lost a wicket fairly early in the game.
  • 13.6 FOUR! This time to the off side. Santner darts this a tad short outside off, Sharma hangs back and guides it past backward point for a boundary. Lovely timing on that occasion. 77/1
  • 13.5 This ball is blocked firmly from the crease.
  • 13.4 FOUR! Lovely placement there. Santner bowls this flatter on the pads, Rohit gets down and sweeps it firmly through the left of short fine leg. De Grandhomme dives to his left but is nowhere near the ball that races away to the fence.
  • 13.3 Served around off, hit towards mid off.
  • 13.2 Kohli gets to the pitch of the ball and drives it down to long off for a run.
  • 13.1 Floated around middle and leg, Kohli hits it towards mid-wicket.
  • Spin time! Mitchell Santner to roll his arm now. Would be interesting to see how he bowls to these two set batters who are good against spin.
  • 12.6 Length ball on the pads, tucked through square leg for a run. 68/1
  • 12.5 The batsman works it down the leg side. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 12.4 FOUR! How well has Rohit timed this pull shot! De Grandhomme bowls it on a back of a length around off and middle. Sharma hits it towards fine leg. The ball beats the dive of Bruce, the sub fielder who ran to his right, and races away to the fence.
  • 12.3 Kohli stays back, opens the face of his bat and guides it down to third man for a run.
  • 12.2 Short delivery around off, pulled away towards deep mid-wicket for a single.
  • 12.1 Bowled on the stumps, Kohli clips it to fine leg for a run.
  • 11.6 Risky single! Kohli taps it towards cover-point and sets off for a run. The fielder from point gets quickly to his right and hurls a wide throw at the bowler's end. There is a fumble by the fielder backing up but no extra runs result. 59/1
  • 11.5 Bowled outside off, Kohli shoulders arms to let that go.
  • 11.4 Length delivery outside off, Kohli opens the face of the bat to hit it to the fielder at gully.
  • 11.3 A little confusion in the running between the wickets there. Rohit pulls this short delivery through square leg and wants two straightaway. Kohli spots the fielder in the deep quickly get to the ball and shouts a huge NO. All's safe in the end.
  • 11.2 Back of a length delivery around off, Sharma stands tall and pushes it towards cover point.
  • 11.1 On a length outside off, the ball tailed in after pitching. Rohit covers his stumps and watches the ball go to the keeper.
  • 10.6 Short ball around off and middle, Sharma mistimes his pull shot towards fine leg for one run. 57/1
  • 10.5 Colin bowls it on the pads, Kohli flicks it away towards fine leg for a single.
  • 10.4 The batsman does well to stand tall and play that short delivery. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 10.3 Hurled on a length around off, Rohit defends it showing the full face of the bat.
  • 10.2 The batsman works it down the leg side. One run added to the total.
  • 10.1 Starts with a delivery around off, Kohli hits it towards mid-wicket.
  • Powerplay 2 has been signaled. Now a maximum of 4 fielders can be outside the circle till the 40th over. Also, COLIN DE GRANDHOMME is brought into the attack.
  • 9.6 Sharma drives this ball to mid on. 53/1
  • 9.5 Short delivery outside off, Rohit looks to pull but it goes off something on the bounce to the keeper. Looked like the shoulder on the first look. In replays it seems like it was off the bottom edge.
  • 9.4 SIX! What a shot to bring up 50 for India. The six-hitting machine of 2017 is at it again. Milne bowls it on a shorter length around off, Sharma hangs back and hits it over mid-wicket for a maximum. Always danger signs for the opposition when he is in full flow.
  • 9.3 Kohli's cover drives are a joy to watch. He plays the shot towards wide mid off where Williamson slides to make a stop. A run taken.
  • 9.2 Good running. Length delivery around off, Sharma taps it next to the pitch on the off side and hares to the other end.
  • 9.1 Milne begins with a delivery around off, Sharma defends it from the crease off the back foot.
  • ADAM MILNE comes into the attack.
  • 8.6 Similar delivery in line of the stumps, Kohli blocks it with a straight bat. 45/1
  • 8.5 Landed in line of the stumps, Kohli defends it back towards the bowler.
  • 8.4 This delivery is flicked to fine leg for a single.
  • 8.3 2000 runs for Virat in this year across all formats. He opens the face of his bat and guides it to third man for a run.
  • 8.2 The ball is too wide on the off side for the batsman to make any contact.
  • 8.1 FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries for India, off Kohli's blade this time. Fuller length outside off, Virat leans into that and drives it beautifully through covers for a boundary.
  • 7.6 FOUR! Excellent shot! Timed nicely. Very full delivery around middle and leg, Sharma drives it back down. Boult gets down to his right but is unable to get hand to that. The ball races away to the long on fence. 39/1
  • 7.5 Wonderful effort by Santner there. Sharma punches it off his back foot through cover point. Santner chases it down and saves a couple of runs for his side as he parries it to Guptill who returns the throw.
  • 7.4 Trent comes round the wicket and hurls it in line of the stumps, Sharms flicks it to mid on.
  • 7.3 Rohit gets behind that solidly and blocks it with a straight bat.
  • 7.2 This is bowled on the stumps, Sharma blocks it from the crease.
  • 7.1 Speared outside off, Sharma shoulders arms and lets it go.
  • 6.6 This is well outside off, Kohli just lets it be. 33/1
  • 6.5 Virat has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • A catching point fielder in place instead of the slip.
  • 6.4 FOUR! Wrists of Kohli gets him a boundary. Southee bowls it around off, Virat moves across a tad and clips it through mid-wicket. The ball speeds away to the fence.
  • 6.3 This ball is flicked away towards mid-wicket.
  • 6.2 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • Huge cheers on the ground as VIRAT KOHLI walks out to the centre. He's going through a good phase with the bat and would look to give his side a steady start.
  • 6.1 OUT! The clever field change from Williamson brings about Dhawan's downfall. Southee lands it on a length around middle and off, Shikhar looks to hit it over mid off but ends up chipping it straight to Williamson there. He moves in front a tad late but takes it safely. Dhawan got out in a similar fashion in the previous game and didn't seem to have learnt from that. On any other day, he would have been happy to flick it away but the close-in fielder made him go for the rash shot. Good start for the Kiwis, just what they would have wanted. There was no need for that shot as the run rate was pretty good and India were moving along nicely. A comedy of errors there as Southee and Taylor miss the high five twice and that ended up hitting the latter's face.
  • Silly mid on in place.
  • 5.6 Sharma stays in the crease and blocks this delivery in line of the stumps. 29/0
  • 5.5 Fuller around middle and leg, Shikhar clips it away to fine leg for a run.
  • 5.4 This delivery is hit straight to the mid off fielder.
  • 5.4 Wide! Trent sprays this down the leg side, Dhawan looks to flick but misses. The umpire stretches his arms.
  • 5.3 FOUR! Delicious Dhawan shot! Boult serves it on a length around off, Shikhar uses his feet to shimmy down and converts it into a half volley. Smashes it through covers and the ball races away to the fence.
  • 5.2 Fuller around off, Dhawan stays in the crease and pushes it towards point.
  • 5.1 Well played. Fuller around middle and leg, Rohit flicks it wide of mid on for a run. This is a good line from Boult as Rohit had ended up flicking a similar delivery to square leg in the previous match.
  • 4.6 Dhawan hits this to the man stationed at mid on off the inner half of his bat. 22/0
  • 4.5 Short delivery around off, Rohit pulls it to the fielder at fine leg for a run.
  • 4.4 FOUR! Shows how keenly and closely Rohit is watching the ball. Southee bowls it short outside off, Sharma stands tall and ramps it over slips. Might have got a bit of a top edge but he connected it well. The ball lands just inside the ropes.
  • 4.3 Southee spears this fuller outside off from wide of the crease. Rohit's feet fail to get moving and he drives it straight towards point. Not advisable against the moving ball.
  • 4.2 This ball is punched off the back foot towards covers.
  • 4.1 On a length outside off, the ball moves away a touch. Rohit doesn't bother playing at that and shoulders arms to it.
  • 3.6 FOUR! That's the shot that Dhawan was looking for some time now. Boult provides the batter with the width that he wants, Shikhar frees his arms and just thumps it with authority through covers for a boundary. 17/0
  • 3.5 Landed around off, Dhawan finds the mid off fielder with this drive.
  • 3.4 Dhawan drives this delivery towards covers.
  • 3.3 Boult serves it on a length around off and middle, Shikhar stays back and presents a straight bat as he pushes it down the ground.
  • 3.2 Beaten! These are the kind of deliveries that trouble Dhawan and he needs to be careful here. On a length outside off, the ball moves away just a touch. Shikhar stays in the crease and looks to play away from his body. The ball misses the edge of the bat by not much.
  • 3.1 Boult lands it on a length around leg, Rohit tucks it towards fine leg for a run.
  • 2.6 Dhawan pushes this delivery towards the fielder at mid on. Much better over from Tim this time. 12/0
  • The slip fielder is moved to short fine leg.
  • 2.5 Fuller on the pads, Dhawan mistimes his flick towards square leg for nothing.
  • 2.4 This time Rohit beats Guptill's dive and collects a run. Length delivery around off, the batsman guides it towards third man past the diving gully for a run.
  • 2.3 A hint of away movement on this one. Hurled well outside off, Sharma leans forward and lets it go to the keeper.
  • 2.2 Fuller and outside the line of off stump, Rohit watches it closely but doesn't play at that.
  • 2.1 That effort from Guptill draws applause from the players. On a length around off, Sharma stays back and opens the face of the bat to guide it wide of gully. But the player there dives and prevents a run.
  • 1.6 This is bowled outside off, Shikhar doesn't bother to put bat to that. Decent start from Boult. 11/0
  • 1.5 FOUR! The Dhawan-special cut shot! Beautifully played. On a length just outside off, the southpaw watches the ball closely till the end and hits it past backward point. The outfield is quick enough to take the ball to the fence.
  • I might not be the greatest observer of the game but just feel that Williamson is keeping a widish mid off for Dhawan. Almost near extra cover. The angle which Boult covers, coming left-arm over the wicket, helps the left-hand batsman to drive with the outswing through the covers. What that might also indicate is - not too many inswings with this field. Or, if the mid off fielder gets straighter, expect an inswinger.
  • 1.4 Straighter line this time from Trent, Dhawan hits it towards mid-wicket.
  • 1.3 Hurled outside off, Dhawan points his bat skywards as he lets that go.
  • 1.2 Wonderful looking shot. Boult bowls it fuller outside off, Dhawan cover drives it nicely but straight to the fielder.
  • 1.1 Boult runs in and lands a fuller delivery around off. Dhawan stays in the crease and plays it defensively with a straight bat.
  • TRENT BOULT will run in with the second new ball from the other end. A slip and a gully in position. The latter is a tad closer than normal position.
  • 0.6 Fuller outside off, Sharma lunges forward to shoulder arms to that. Good start for India here. 7/0
  • 0.6 That's well wide outside off, Sharma doesn't play at that. Wide signaled.
  • A catching gully in position as a response to the previous shot.
  • 0.5 FOUR! Short, wide and punished! Southee hurls it on a length outside off, giving enough room for Sharma to free his arms. He does so and hits it over backward point for a boundary, the first of the game.
  • 0.4 Well fielded Guptill! Sharma punches it towards cover-point yet again where the fielder dives to his right to stop that.
  • 0.3 Dhawan is off the mark straightaway. Southee, searching for the swing, bowls it very full on the pads. Dhawan flicks it away to fine leg for a run to get going.
  • 0.2 Rohit Sharma is up and running. Southee bowls it on a length around off, Rohit stands tall and punches it towards cover-point for a run.
  • 0.1 Good ball first up. Runs in and bowls it on a back of a length around off. Rohit stays in the crease and taps it towards backward point. The fielder there tumbles to his left to deny any runs.
  • We are all set to get underway. The Indian openers ROHIT SHARMA and SHIKHAR DHAWAN stride out to the centre. Remember, the former has had a quiet series so far. Will that change today? As usual, Williamson trusts TIM SOUTHEE with the first new ball. He would look to extract as much as he can from the track, that could provide some assistance to the bowlers at the start. One slip in position for him. Let's roll...
  • It's time for the national anthems. Both the teams line up for the same. Kohli and Williamson are seen having a friendly chat as they walk out. It will be New Zealand's anthem followed by India's.
  • Virat Kohli, the Indian skipper, says that they wouldn't mind batting first but keeping the dew in mind, they would have loved to bowl first, although now they would look to put up runs on the board. Informs that a few guys who wanted practice had a session yesterday and he enjoyed two days off. Feels that regardless of whatever they do first, they would like to play better than the opposition. Opines that New Zealand is a team that don't play verbally and their body language is intense and competitive and hence both sides like to have a go against each other on the field. States that they are going with an unchanged side as well.
  • Kane Williamson, the New Zealand skipper, reckons that it's a good surface and has more grass than expected. Even though he doesn't expect much swing, he expects it to assist the new ball bowlers first up. Opines that surfaces generally don't change drastically in a one day game and the team that plays better wins. Says that although it's a great opportunity to win a series in India for the first time, his side isn't under pressure. Ends saying that there are no changes to his side.
  • TOSS TIME! As usual, Kohli has the coin in his hand. He tosses it up and 'TAILS!' calls Mr. Williamson. And.... it is TAILS. New Zealand decide to BOWL.
  • The Kiwis have a good opportunity to notch up a bilateral series win against the Indians for the first time. Kohli's men would just not want that and hence will compete fiercely. Will the tourists manage to create a record here or will the Indians continue their dominance at home? It promises to be an exhilarating contest as both the sides will come out all guns blazing. Stay tuned for the toss and the team news.
  • It's a Sunday, two exciting sides on display and a decider - enough reasons to not miss the cricket on offer today. Hello and welcome to our coverage of the third and final ODI as India take on New Zealand at Green Park in Kanpur in the first-ever day and night ODI at this venue. While the visitors surprised the hosts in the first game, the latter showed their ability to bounce back to level the series.
  • That ends yet another series. India have emerged victorious but not without a scare from the Kiwis. Who would have thought that after the demolition of the Aussies? But the fun is not over yet. In fact, it promises to get even better as the T20Is come up to add spice to the tour. It is a 3-match series and that begins on Wednesday, 1st November, 2017 at 1900 local (1330 GMT) at the Feroze Shah Kotla in Delhi. Do join us for that. Before the game though, there is some cricket being played in Zimbabwe where the home side is doing well against West Indies after a poor start in the second Test. We take your leave for now. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
  • The Indian captain gets the Man Of The Series Trophy in his hand and now it is time for the big one - the Series for the team. The entire unit gets together for the photograph and haven't they made a habit? It is a good one for the team. That winning feeling.
  • VIRAT KOHLI is the MAN OF THE SERIES. Says that it was a pretty close game and credits New Zealand for fighting hard and forcing India to win the series. Congratulates them for a great fight and bringing out the best in his side. Says that while fielding in such tense moments, it is difficult to control one's emotions but he realizes that his bowlers know their stuff pretty well. Admits that the dew did help the ball come onto the bat nicely in the second innings. In the first, it was nice to bat in the first 35 overs but then the pitch slowed down tremendously after that and his side fell 15-20 runs short. Is happy with this win as this was like a knockout game which will help in tournament finals later on. Is happy with the Man Of The Series award as it gives a good feeling to win anyways but if you contribute to the same, the feeling just gets better.
  • ROHIT SHARMA has been named the Man Of The Match. Says that it feels good when your team wins and you contribute. Is happy with the way India played in the series. Stresses that today was the perfect game as the home side had to be at its best throughout. Adds that they never took New Zealand lightly as they are a terrific unit in this format. Thanks the guys who helped him with how his head position has been in this series and that helped him a lot. Credits his bowlers for sticking to the plans in spite of the dew. On the celebration after the century, he plays it down, saying that every hundred is special. Says that he was trying to do certain things which came out pretty well and thanks Sanjay Bangar for his inputs.
  • New Zealand skipper, KANE WILLIAMSON says that it was a fantastic series. Admits that Kohli and co. were the better team eventually. Stresses that whenever you come to India, you have to be at your best. Is frustrated with the team not getting over the line today but sees plenty of positive signs in his outfit. Feels that the surfaces were good in all three games and reckons that looking back, his side missed small moments which eventually did not help. Praises Tom Latham for getting into the new role effortlessly and also has a word for Nicholls and Taylor. On his bowlers, he is proud of them to have done well in such conditions. On the question of going in with 2 spinners, he says that one needs to look at the team balance and composition and the decision is not that easy.
  • Just a heads up... THAT WAS NOT THE PRESENTATION. It is about to begin now.
  • TOM LATHAM says that it has been a great experience to bat in the middle order. Stresses that he has been part of a great series but unfortunately, his team could not cross the line. Feels that coming over here and sticking to the game is really difficult but his side gave its best in this series. Praises the Indian bowlers for bowling superbly at the death. Says the openers did well for New Zealand tonight but they probably left too much for the lower order to do in the end.
  • YUZVENDRA CHAHAL says that his intention was to mix his pace as the ball was spinning more when bowled slower through the air. Also, he was looking to make the left-handed batsman drive.
  • JASPRIT BUMRAH says that he mostly tries to keep his head calm. Does not want to try too many things and only focuses on the execution. On the run out of Latham, he says that probably he should have run to the stumps but he thought that since Latham was beside him, it is better to throw. Says that he does not think about what people think about him as that is just added pressure. On his batsman-observation, he says that most of the times he watches the batsman till the last moment and if he moves across, he changes his delivery accordingly. Feels sorry for Bhuvneshwar Kumar for his off day in this game and says that cricket is a great leveller. Last game Bhuvi did well but not so tonight. Admits that it was difficult to grip the ball due to the dew. Praises Chahal as he kept Nicholls quiet.
  • Not the best of nights for the Indian bowlers but this is why it is a team game. Bumrah was brilliant at the start and the end, finishing with 3/47 in his 10 overs while Chahal earned 2/47 in his 10. Axar and Jadhav went for 94 in 15 overs combined without a wicket while Bhuvi had a forgettable outing - 1/92 in his 10. Who is your Man Of The Match? Rohit? Chahal? Bumrah? Stay tuned for the presentation...
  • New Zealand were now favourites. But India came back and how. The ball was thrown to Bhuvneshwar Kumar who had gone for 77 in his 8 overs. Seemed like it was not his night. But he bowled an exceptional 47th over, getting rid of Nicholls and breaking the 59-run stand which had come up in just 40 balls. Bumrah then took over from there and the Kiwis struggled facing the yorkers at the death and ended up 6 short.
  • Now, just when one expected India to finish this off after Taylor's wicket, the Kiwis had a surprise package in Henry Nicholls. Not that he cannot bat, but his cameo of 37 from 24 balls helped Latham play his own game. All of a sudden. 35 were needed from 24 balls as Bumrah went for 15 in the 46th. India were tensed.
  • Munro's wicket was the time when India seized the moment. They got rid of Williamson in quick succession and kept bowling dot balls. As a result, the 79-run stand between Taylor and Latham, albeit kept the wicket-flow in check, failed to put pressure as such on the bowling side. It took 69 balls and just when it seemed like the batsmen were upping the ante, Taylor departed.
  • Having scored 337, India would have been confident but they would have also felt that they missed out on 15-20 runs with the bat towards the end. New Zealand started the chase confidently, especially Munro, who teed off on the very first ball he faced. Guptill fell cheaply but the 109-run stand between Munro and Williamson kept the visitors in the hunt.
  • Truly blessed are we that the term humdinger gets repeated time and again. Till the last over, don't think anyone could have confidently said who will win. In a day of increasing number of one-sided games, this one has just revived the interest in the sport. Definitely mine.
  • 49.6 FOUR! A boundary to finish the game but INDIA WIN BY 6 RUNS and take the series 2-1. Full and outside off, Southee swings hard but gets an outside edge which flies over short third man to the boundary. The fielders are not bothered. All they care is that their team has won. End of a magnificent game of cricket. Thank you, players.
  • 49.5 The game is India's. Unless Bumrah bowls extras. Full and outside off, de Grandhomme looks to go over the top but can only hit it down to long off for a single. 11 needed off the final ball...
  • TIM SOUTHEE walks in at number 9, with New Zealand needing 2 sixes in succession to win the game.
  • 49.4 OUT! The ball is legal and India have another wicket! A high full toss, on middle, Santner heaves this miles in the air towards mid-wicket. He gets more height than distance and Shikhar Dhawan takes it calmly. The umpires check for the no ball. Replays show that the front foot is fine while the height of the ball is fine too. Santner has to walk back.
  • A catch has been taken! But is it a no ball?
  • 49.3 A full toss down the leg side, Santner flicks it towards fine leg and comes back for the second. 12 needed from 3 balls.
  • 49.2 Full and outside off, pushed down the ground to long off for just a single! 14 from 4 now. Seems like New Zealand have blown it away towards the end.
  • 49.1 Dot ball! A yorker outside off, de Grandhomme can only jab it back to the bowler. 15 needed from 5 balls.
  • 15 to get. Bumrah the bowler. Whom do you put your money on? For us, it is the man who has the ball in his hand.
  • 48.6 Should that have been a wide? Full and outside off, Santner swings hard but misses. The ball goes past the wide guideline but the umpire is calm. Touch and go. Bhuvi has done his job. 77 in the first 8 overs. 15 in the last 2. 323/6
  • 48.5 Full and outside off, pushed through the covers for a run.
  • 48.4 A full toss outside off, de Grandhomme swings hard but misses. A dot!
  • 48.3 Full and outside off, chipped over covers but it does not carry to the man in the deep. Just a single.
  • 48.3 WIDE! Pressure on the bowler. Bhuvi goes for the slower ball but delivers it miles outside off, left alone.
  • 48.2 SIX! Goes all the way! A full toss on middle, Santner swings this over the bowler's head. Long on is a few yards inside the boundary and the ball just goes over him! Had he been at the ropes, it would have been a catch. 18 more needed from 10 balls now!
  • 48.1 Full and outside off, lofted down to long on who has to run a bit to his left. Not the best bit of running by the batsmen, just a single taken.
  • 47.6 Full and on middle, bunted down the ground. The ball hits the non-striker's bat and deflects wide of long on. De Grandhomme shows good sportsmanship and does not take the second. But should he have run in the first place? 5 runs and a wicket from the over. 313/6
  • MITCHELL SANTNER walks in at number 8, replacing Latham.
  • 47.5 OUT! Is that the game for India? Massive moment. Full and outside off, de Grandhomme looks to flick but misses. He is not sure where the ball is but Latham is halfway down the track, looking for the bye. He has to turn back as de Grandhomme is searching for the ball. Dhoni calmly throws the ball to Bumrah who runs forward towards the stumps a bit and then throws the ball. Bull's eye! Latham furiously hits the ground with his bat. He is applauded from the dressing room. What a knock again. But this time his team might fall short. 26 needed from 13 balls now.
  • 47.4 NOT OUT. Pitched outside leg. It always looked so even to the naked eye but one gets the feeling that Kohli took it just to get some time in the game. Fuller in length, Latham looks to flick but misses and is hit on the pads. The Indians go up in an appeal while the batsmen take a single. The umpire is unmoved and Kohli goes for the review. Replays show the pitching to be outside leg and a leg bye is signalled.
  • LBW shout! Turned down. The Indians are confident and want this reviewed...
  • 47.4 WIDE. A pretty late call. Latham gets down to paddle and Bumrah bowls it outside leg. Latham misses and the umpire initially does not signal anything. Then he stretches his arms. Should that have been wided? This is harsh on the bowler.
  • 47.3 Works it down the leg side for a run.
  • 47.2 Full and around off, de Grandhomme looks to flick but gets a thick inside edge onto his pads. The ball rolls towards the bowler and Colin wants the single but is sent back in time.
  • 47.1 Full toss outside off, steered straight to Bhuvneshwar Kumar at short third man. They go for the quick single and make it as Bhuvi misses his shy at the striker's end. 29 needed from 17 now.
  • 46.6 Full on middle, clipped through mid-wicket for a well-run couple. Excellent over from Bhuvi - 5 runs with a wicket. 308/5
  • COLIN DE GRANDHOMME walks in at number 7, replacing Nicholls.
  • 46.5 OUT! Bowled! The hushed crowd finds its voice again! Who cares about the past when you are doing well in the present? Bhuvi might have gone for 77 in his previous 8 overs but right now, his focus is only to try and bowl as accurately as possible in these last few overs. He does not have too many runs to play with and has been excellent in this over with this lengths. This is pretty full, around the legs, Nicholls looks to flick but misses the ball completely. The ball shatters the leg stump and the bails illuminate! End of a 59-run stand. Nicholls departs for a very useful 37 from 24 balls. The momentum swings towards India again. NEW ZEALAND NEED 32 FROM 19 BALLS.
  • 46.4 A full toss on middle, bunted down the ground. The batsmen take the single, think about the second but Virat Kohli charges to the ball from long off like a rocket and fires in a terrific throw at the keeper's end, restricting the batsmen to just a single.
  • 46.3 Full and wide outside off, slower in pace, 121 kph, Nicholls reaches out to drive but toe ends it to long off. Just a run.
  • 46.2 Goes for the yorker, gets it really full outside leg, all Latham can do is flick it to fine leg for a single.
  • 46.1 The batsman gets an inside edge and the ball hits him on the pads. Dot ball.
  • BHUVNESHWAR KUMAR is back on now. Has gone for 77 in his 8 overs so far. Can he make amends by bowling well at the death?
  • 45.6 SIX! Off the edge! After a terrific first 4 balls, the last 2 have spoilt the over. Not much a mistake by Bumrah, he spots Nicholls getting across his stumps for the paddle and bowls it in line of the sticks. Nicholls continues with his execution and is comprehensively beaten. But Lady Luck helps him by taking the ball off the top edge directly behind over the ropes. 15 from the over, 300 UP FOR NEW ZEALAND! 35 needed from 24 balls now. 303/4
  • 45.5 FOUR! 50-run stand is up in 34 balls! A short ball on middle, Nicholls pulls it behind square leg. Shikhar Dhawan gives it a good chase from fine leg to his right but cannot pull the ball back via his outstretched right hand.
  • 45.4 Full toss on middle, Henry chips it over the bowler down to long on for a well-run couple.
  • Third man and backward point are up now. Mid off drops back.
  • 45.3 Pushes this down to long on for a run.
  • Backward point is dropping back. Third man comes in. Latham plays that late cut pretty well, so the field has been adjusted accordingly.
  • 45.2 Full and outside off, Nicholls gets down to paddle but the bounce does him in. The ball hits his hand and goes towards point. Runs signalled as the batsmen jog a single.
  • 45.1 Full and outside off, pushed through the covers for a single. 49 needed from 29 balls now.
  • JASPRIT BUMRAH is back on. Here is the game. His three overs are the key. If he does well, India should win. Else...
  • 44.6 On middle, pushed down to long on for one more. Terrific finish from Chahal. He has figures of 10-0-47-2 for the night. 288/4
  • 44.5 Another sweep from wide outside off, this time through mid on for a single again.
  • 44.4 Fuller and wider outside off, nicely tossed up, swept through mid-wicket for one more.
  • 44.3 Full toss on off, drag-swept through mid-wicket for just a run.
  • 44.2 Full and outside off, driven straight to short extra cover.
  • 44.1 Short and outside off, thumped to sweeper cover for a single.
  • 43.6 FOUR! Terrific shot! For the third over in a row, the last ball has produced a boundary. Short and outside off, Nicholls rocks back and cuts it hard through point for a boundary! 11 from the over, 35 off the last 3! 283/4
  • 43.5 Pushes this to long on for a run. 59 more needed from 37 balls now.
  • 43.4 FOUR! Brilliant timing. On a length on middle, Latham just pushes this uppishly through mid-wicket. Finds the gap and bisects deep mid-wicket and long on!
  • 43.3 Landed in line of the stumps, watchfully defended.
  • 43.2 Played to the mid-wicket region by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 43.1 Pushes this to long on for a single.
  • HARDIK PANDYA is back on now.
  • 42.6 FOUR! Down the leg side, Nicholls gets down and sweeps it over short fine leg for a boundary! 12 from the over, 24 off the last 2! 66 needed from 42 balls now. 272/4
  • 42.5 Full and down the leg side, swept to deep fine leg for a single.
  • 42.5 WIDE. Harsh call. Slowly looped up, full and outside off, wide as well, Latham looks to play the reverse sweep but the ball spins in and beats him. Dhoni is not amused with that call.
  • 42.4 FOUR! Full on middle, Latham gets down and sweeps this powerfully, perfectly bisecting deep square leg and deep mid-wicket! Brings up his 9th ODI Fifty, third against India!
  • 42.3 Full and outside off, Latham looks to reverse sweep but misses.
  • 42.2 Full and outside off, pretty wide, Latham reaches out to sweep but the ball goes off the back of the bat towards cover. A run taken.
  • 42.1 Full and down the leg side, swept away for a single.
  • YUZVENDRA CHAHAL is back on as well.
  • 41.6 FOUR! Great shot. Floated on middle, Nicholls comes down the track and lofts it straight back over the bowler for a boundary! 12 from the over! 78 needed from 48 balls now. 260/4
  • 41.5 Full on middle and leg, Tom looks to sweep but misses. The ball goes off his pads through fine leg and Dhoni hares after it. Gets to the ball and throws it but not before the batsmen complete the second.
  • 41.4 Good stop. A shortish ball outside off, Nicholls punches it through cover-point and Dinesh Karthik gets to the ball from sweeper cover. Dives and stops the ball but in the process seems to have made contact with the ropes. It is referred upstairs but replays confirm he is fine. Two runs.
  • Is that a boundary? Dinesh Karthik has pulled off a good save. But has he touched the ropes?
  • 41.3 Short and outside off, punched through the covers where Kohli dives to stop.
  • 41.2 Tossed up, Henry comes forward and defends.
  • 41.1 FOUR! Not a great start to the over. Short and outside off, Nicholls goes back and punches it through the covers. Finds the gap and the boundary. 86 more needed from 53 balls now.
  • Here is KEDAR JADHAV.
  • 40.6 Full on middle, pushed down to long on for a single. India will not mind that. They will want the new man on strike for as many balls as possible. A terrific over - possible game-changing one? Just a run and a wicket from it. Bumrah has figures of 7-0-20-2 so far. 248/4
  • 40.5 Full and straight, Henry cannot get this one away either. Another dot.
  • 40.4 Excellent yorker on middle and off, dug out straight to short mid-wicket. Nicholls wanders around the pitch for a single but is rightly sent back.
  • 40.3 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 40.2 Full and outside off, pushed through the covers but straight to the fielder.
  • HENRY NICHOLLS walks in at number 6, replacing Taylor.
  • 40.1 OUT! Bumrah gets rid of Taylor! The bounce gets the better of the batsman. Bumrah bowls an off cutter, landing it on a length outside off. Taylor comes forward to defend but the ball bounces sharply and goes off the shoulder of the bat, looping straight to Kedar Jadhav at backward point. Nothing much he could have done there. End of a struggling knock but the crucial 79-run stand has been broken. NEW ZEALAND NEED 91 FROM 59 BALLS.
  • POWERPLAY 3 time! Five fielders allowed outside the circle. India scored 85/5 during their batting. New Zealand need 91 with 7 wickets in hand.
  • 39.6 Fuller in length, down the leg side again, flicked to fine leg for one more. 247/3
  • 39.5 Down the leg side, on a length, flicked straight to long leg for a run.
  • 39.4 FOUR! Magnificent shot. The length is short but there is not that much width outside off. However, like a very nice guy who adjusts to whatever he gets, Latham gets on top of the bounce and just punches it through point. The result is a boundary.
  • 39.3 RUN OUT CHANCE! Missed. Full on middle, Taylor works it straight to Virat Kohli at short mid-wicket. The Indian skipper fields, waits, takes aim and then has a shy at the bowler's end. Would have had Rosco had he hit.
  • 39.2 Outside off, punched wide of mid off for a single.
  • 39.1 On a length around middle, punched back to the bowler.
  • 38.6 A length ball down the leg side, tucked straight to short fine leg for a run to take the target down to double figures. 99 needed from 66 balls. What a terrific over from Bumrah - 0, 0, 0, 0, 1 (could have been W) and 1. 239/3
  • 38.5 ALMOST A CATCH! What an over this has been on Bumrah. Building up pressure, pressure, pressure and nearly getting a wicket. Full and outside off, Taylor looks to push it back down the ground but ends up chipping it aerially towards the bowler. Bumrah sticks out his left hand but the ball is wide. Goes to mid off and the batsmen take the first run of the over.
  • 38.4 Dot ball number 4 on the trot. Pressure building up on Taylor. A half volley, should have been put away, that too, on the stumps, is flicked straight to short mid-wicket.
  • 38.3 Another dot ball. Rosco charges down the track and has an almighty heave. All he gets is an inside edge onto the pads.
  • 38.2 On middle, flicked straight to short mid-wicket.
  • 38.1 Landed outside off, Taylor dabs it straight to point and sets off for a single. Is sent back.
  • 37.6 FOUR! Crucial boundary! A length ball but on the pads, Latham just wrists it through mid-wicket. The fielder dives to his right but the ball goes through. 11 from the over! 237/3
  • 37.5 Landed outside off, Taylor waits and waits and waits and then eventually dabs it to a fielder who has been placed at widish first slip or a gully type position. A single taken.
  • 37.4 Down the leg side, flicked through the leg side for a run.
  • 37.3 Another short ball, pulled through mid-wicket by Latham. Shikhar Dhawan gives it a good chase in the deep to his right, dives and stops the ball. The batsmen take two, think about the third but do not execute it.
  • 37.2 Banged in short, pulled uppishly but straight to deep mid-wicket. On the bounce in front of him. A single taken. 109 more needed from 76 balls now.
  • 37.1 Down the leg side, Taylor works it through square leg. He calls for two, takes on Dinesh Karthik's arm who is charging in but makes it comfortably.
  • 36.6 Played to the point region by the batsman. One run added to the total. 226/3
  • 36.5 Full and outside off, driven straight back. Bumrah does well to stop it in his followthrough.
  • 36.4 Pushed to the cover region by the batsman.
  • 36.3 Full and wide outside off, driven through point for a couple.
  • 36.2 The batsman has worked it off his pads behind square. One run added to the total.
  • 36.1 Outside off, dabbed to third man for a single.
  • DRINKS are on the field now. 117 from 84 is the equation. The required run rate is slowly touching 9 an over. Normally you do tend to favour the chasing side with so many wickets in hand, but unless dew plays a big part, India have the edge here. The Kiwis will hope that this stand at least takes them to within 50 runs of victory. And here comes one of their biggest obstacles in doing that - JASPRIT BUMRAH.
  • 35.6 Full and down the leg side, flicked through mid-wicket for a run. 221/3
  • 35.5 Banged in short on middle, pulled to deep mid-wicket for a single.
  • 35.4 Around off, watchfully defended.
  • Interesting. Very interesting. The on-air commentators were discussing about how far the Kiwi batsmen were backing up at the bowler's end. While they were talking, the image was being shown of Taylor backing up too far on the giant screen. Kohli spots that and has a word with the umpires who in turn, have a word with Taylor. The question to be asked here is - Should the umpires be telling the batsmen about this? Or should it just be left to the consequences which will result in Mankading?
  • 35.3 Down the leg side, tucked towards fine leg for a run. 119 more needed from 87 balls now.
  • 35.3 WIDE. A slower bouncer, around middle, ducked under. Too high and the umpire stretches his arms. 50-RUN STAND is up, in 44 balls. New Zealand will want these two to up the ante now. The required rate is constantly rising, reaching 8.5 an over.
  • 35.2 Pushes this down the ground to long on for a single.
  • 35.1 Outside off, punched through the covers for a couple.
  • BHUVNESHWAR KUMAR is back. Had gone for 51 in his first 5 overs.
  • 34.6 FOUR! There comes the much-needed boundary of the over! Full and in line of the stumps, Taylor gets down and sweeps it through fine leg. Yuzvendra Chahal dives to his right from short fine leg but the ball goes through! 214/3
  • 34.5 Full on leg stump, swept through square leg for one more.
  • 34.4 Comes down the track and works it through mid-wicket for a run.
  • 34.3 The batsman has nudged the ball fine down the leg side. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 34.2 TOP EDGE, SAFE! Full on middle, Taylor gets down to sweep but gets a top edge. Luckily for him, the ball does not carry to short fine leg. A single taken.
  • 34.1 A short ball around middle, tucked through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 33.6 FOUR! Innovative! The boundaries are flowing now. Again, this is a good shot as opposed to bad bowling. The ball is on a length around off, but Taylor gets down and across and plays a sweep shot, yes, SWEEP SHOT past short fine leg for a boundary. You do not expect sweeps of a fast bowler or a medium pacer do you? Unless of course the batsman is AB de Villiers. But this is modern day cricket. 11 from the over. 205/3
  • 33.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 33.4 Outside off, punched through the covers for one this time.
  • 33.3 FOUR! Fine shot. 200 COMES UP. A length ball outside off, cross-seamer, the little off cutter, Latham stands tall and punches it square of the wicket past a diving point fielder to the boundary! 138 more needed from 99 balls now.
  • 33.2 Outside off, Taylor looks to dab it to third man but gets a bit of a bottom edge. The ball rolls off the pitch to the off side and the batsmen pinch a quick run.
  • 33.1 On a length outside off, punched through the covers for a single.
  • 32.6 Punched off the back foot by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single. 194/3
  • 32.6 WIDE. The ball is down the leg side but the batsman still goes after it. The umpire has signalled a wide.
  • 32.5 Played through mid-wicket by the batsman.
  • 32.4 Works this through mid-wicket for a couple.
  • 32.3 FOUR! Cheeky! Landed outside off, Latham adjusts well and reverse sweeps it, just past Dhoni through the vacant slip cordon to the third man fence! 148 more needed from 105 balls now. Replays show that the shot was actually played from the back of the bat.
  • 32.2 Comes down the track again and this time gets the ball away to mid-wicket for a single.
  • 32.1 Full and outside off, Taylor comes down the track but is forced to defend.
  • 31.6 Outside off, dabbed down to third man for a single. 8 runs from the over, New Zealand will take that. Hence, a boundary in the first half of an over is always beneficial if you are the batting side. Makes it easier to score the rest of the runs in the remaining balls of that over, if you have planned a target per over. 185/3
  • 31.5 Landed around off, watchfully defended.
  • 31.4 Full and around off, driven down the ground to long on for one.
  • 31.3 Fullish, on the pads, flicked through mid-wicket for a run.
  • 31.2 A tad short, exactly what Latham wanted, works it off his hips through square leg for a single.
  • 31.1 FOUR! CARESSED! Nothing a bowler can do about this shot. The ball is full and straight and Latham sends it right back from where it came. Back past the bowler down the ground to his left. Excellent shot. 157 more needed from 113 balls now.
  • 30.6 Full and around off, watchfully defended. 177/3
  • 30.5 Full and outside off, Rosco comes down the track and drives it straight to short extra cover.
  • 30.4 Stays back again and works it with the angle through square leg for a run.
  • 30.3 Goes back and works it straight to short mid-wicket.
  • 30.2 Comes down the track again and this time punches it to long on for a single.
  • 30.1 Tossed up on middle, Taylor comes down the track but bunts it back to the bowler.
  • AXAR PATEL is back on.
  • 29.6 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 175/3
  • 29.5 A slower ball outside off, on a length, Tom looks to run it down to third man but misses. The ball lands in front of Dhoni.
  • 29.4 Eases this through the covers for one more.
  • 29.3 Full and outside off, driven towards mid off for a quick run.
  • 29.2 On the pads, flicked away for a single.
  • 29.2 WIDE. Another bouncer, almost a carbon copy of the previous ball. Result is the same.
  • 29.2 WIDE. A slower bouncer, but down the leg side. Taylor walks across and lets it go. It was well over his head too.
  • 29.1 Outside off, punched straight to Virat Kohli at cover who fumbles and concedes a single. Has not had a happy time on the field tonight, the Indian captain.
  • HARDIK PANDYA is back on. Bowled just the solitary over early on.
  • 28.6 Full and around off, Latham gets down and sweeps it through square leg for a single to get off the mark. 169/3
  • 28.5 ALMOST! Full and outside off, Latham looks to drive but the ball goes off the inside edge past the leg stump! Short fine leg mops it up.
  • TOM LATHAM walks in at number 5, replacing his skipper. The Indians now have two new opposition batsmen in the middle.
  • 28.4 OUT! That is it for the skipper! No century for him. New Zealand needed him to anchor the innings but he has departed just beyond the halfway mark. Full and outside off, Williamson looks to sweep but it turns out to be an ungainly one. He gets a top edge which goes straight up in the air. Dhoni calls for it and takes the catch calmly. The equation is now going out of hands for the Kiwis... 170 needed from 128 balls. Replays show that while going for the catch, Dhoni was nearly hit by Williamson's bat! But all is well in the end.
  • 28.3 Short and outside off, Taylor goes back and dabs it to short third man for a run.
  • 28.2 Comes down the track and eases it through the covers for a single.
  • 28.1 Full on middle, flicked straight to short mid-wicket.
  • 27.6 Williamson punches this to man at sweeper cover for a run. 166/2
  • 27.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 27.4 Taylor dances down the ground and hits it through mid off for a run.
  • 27.3 Confusion here! Patel loops it up around off, Williamson hits it back towards the left of the bowler, who dives and makes a half-stop. The ball rolls towards mid on even as the batsman looks to take a run. Pandya from mid on gets to the ball and looks to hit the stumps at the bowler's end but ends up throwing it on the helmet of Kane who was trying to make it in. He ends up stumbling over Pandya who is down after the attempt. Seems to have hurt himself a bit as the batsman rolled over him.
  • 27.2 This ball is cut away towards point.
  • 27.1 This delivery is punched to the fielder at covers.
  • 26.6 Taylor uses his feet to come down and bunts it with the bat and pad close to each other. 163/2
  • 26.5 FOUR! Lucky boundary for Taylor! Chahal fires in a flatter wrong 'un around off, Ross doesn't pick it up. Goes back to cut it but is hurried into the shot. Gets a thickish outside edge past the lone slip fielder for a boundary.
  • 26.4 Floated around off, Taylor gets to the pitch of the ball to block.
  • 26.3 Fuller loopy ball around off, Kane knocks it down to long off for a run.
  • 26.2 Taylor taps this towards cover-point and rotates strike to get to the other end.
  • 26.1 Served in line of the stumps, Williamson gets forward and drives it to long on for a run.
  • 25.6 This ball is turned straight to mid-wicket. 156/2
  • 25.5 Kane hits it down to long off for a single.
  • 25.4 Williamson finds the cover fielder with his drive.
  • 25.3 Floated on the stumps, Taylor turns it towards deep mid-wicket for one run.
  • 25.2 Ross lunges forward to block that with a straight bat face.
  • 25.1 Flatter on the pads, Taylor plays for the turn but misses to get hit on the pads.
  • 24.6 This ball is hit straight to the fielder at point. 154/2
  • 24.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 24.4 Taylor gets going with a flick through mid-wicket.
  • 24.3 Served in line of the stumps, Taylor blocks it from the crease.
  • ROSS TAYLOR is the next man in for New Zealand. He is the man in form for them. Although he missed out in the last game, he looked in sublime touch and today is the day to make amends and merry, he'd believe.
  • 24.2 OUT! Knocked him over! Chahal erupts, Green Park erupts. He tosses this leg spinner around off, the ball spins in after pitching. Munro chose the unwise option of playing against the spin as he looked to drive it to the off side. Ends up missing the ball and losing his woodwork. This is excellent bowling from Yuzvendra as he was generous in his flight even when the batsmen looked to hit it big. A very good innings from Munro comes to an end now, although there was no need for such an expansive shot against the turn. India would sniff a chance now.
  • 24.1 Looped up around middle, Williamson comes down the track and plays it to long off for a single.
  • 23.6 SIX! Munro goes big, connects it beautifully! Jadhav fires this around off, Colin gets down and extends his arms to hit it over mid-wicket for half a dozen. Clean strike. 152/1
  • 23.5 Punched off the back foot by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 23.4 Munro gets to the pitch of the ball and collects a single to long on.
  • 23.3 The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball.
  • 23.2 That's the 100-run stand between these two. Williamson taps it in front of covers for a single. Deja vu? The Indian pair after the early fall of a wicket stitched up a huge stand and now New Zealand is following suit here.
  • 23.1 Served around off, Kane goes back and finds the mid-wicket fielder with the flick.
  • 22.6 Williamson gets on the back foot and punches it down the ground to long on for a single. 143/1
  • 22.5 Munro plays it with the turn and plays it through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 22.4 The batsman charges down the wicket. One run added to the total.
  • 22.3 Flatter outside off, cut towards point.
  • 22.2 Generous flight given by Chahal on this occasion, Kane lunges forward to defend it with a straight bat.
  • 22.1 Floated in line of the stumps, Williamson easily defends it off the front foot.
  • 21.6 Williamson has driven it through mid on for a single. 140/1
  • 21.6 Wide! Jadhav is just not bowling the right lines. Aiming at the batsman's pads, he fires this down the leg side. Dhoni fails to take that and it results in a couple of byes.
  • 21.5 Short ball around leg, pulled away towards square leg where Pandya dives to prevent the ball passing him.
  • 21.4 FOUR! The Kiwi skipper brings up his 32nd fifty in ODIs in style. He looked a bit out of sorts in the previous games but today he's put his hands up when required. This was flatter outside off, Williamson punches it through covers for a boundary.
  • 21.3 Dropped around off, Colin punches it to long off for a single.
  • 21.2 Fuller ball outside off, driven to the fielder at covers.
  • 21.1 Bowled with a slingy action, Munro hits it back towards the bowler.
  • 20.6 Landed outside off, cut towards point. 131/1
  • 20.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 20.4 FOUR! Williamson is growing in confidence the more time he spends at the crease. Chahal delivers it around off, Kane gets down and plays against the spin. Goes over mid-wicket and helps himself to a one-bounce boundary.
  • 20.3 Loopy ball around middle and off, Kane strides forward and blocks it solidly.
  • 20.2 Now he drives this to the man at long on for a single.
  • 20.1 Served in line of the stumps, Munro defends it off the front foot.
  • 19.6 Munro hits this down to long on for one run. 126/1
  • 19.5 Fuller around off, driven towards covers, where Kohli misfields to concede a couple. Not a sight that you associate with the Indian skipper.
  • 19.4 Landed around middle, turned towards mid-wicket.
  • 19.3 Driven towards the mid on region. One run added to the total.
  • 19.2 Munro picks up a run after playing it to long on.
  • 19.1 Flatter on the pads, Williamson goes back and pulls it along the ground through backward square leg for a run.
  • 18.6 Not Out! Munro stays on! Chahal tosses this around leg, the ball spins in. Munro looks to play against the turn and misses the ball completely. It goes to Dhoni who whips off the bails quickly and asks the question. The umpire takes it upstairs. Replays confirm that Colin is safe indeed. Dhoni's body language is a sign of things and he wasn't really gung-ho about this one. 120/1
  • Dhoni is at it again! Flips off the bails quickly and appeals for a stumping against Munro. The third umpire is referred to. His body language shows that the batsman might be safe.
  • 18.5 Floated around leg, Munro flicks it away through mid-wicket. Pandya in the deep hares to his right, dives and saves a couple of runs for his side. Draws huge cheers from the crowd which looked to have dozed off for a while.
  • 18.4 Another loopy delivery around off, eased down to long off for one.
  • 18.3 A low full toss in line of the stumps, knocked down to long off for one.
  • 18.2 Straighter ball around leg, Colin picks that up and bunts it back towards the bowler.
  • 18.1 Tossed up around off, Williamson gets to the pitch of the ball and drives it to long off for one run.
  • 17.6 Finally a single. Kane retains strike after he eases this down to long on. 115/1
  • 17.5 Make that 4! Served flatter on the stumps, Kane punches it towards mid on who prevents any run.
  • 17.4 This is bowled outside off, punched straight to the cover fielder. 3 dots in a row now.
  • 17.3 Another flick finds the mid-wicket fielder now.
  • 17.2 Bowled on the pads, Kane flicks it away towards square leg.
  • 17.1 Flatter outside off, slapped through covers for a single.
  • Time for drinks! New Zealand will be happy with how their chase has panned out as yet. They are going over 6 an over and most of the credit needs to go to Munro. The southpaw has taken the run chase by the scruff of its neck and Kumar and Pandya have borne the brunt of that so far. India soon need to get him otherwise they would left with watching the ball fly to all parts of the boundary.
  • 16.6 Tossed up around middle, Williamson lunges forward and defends it solidly. 113/1
  • 16.5 On a length on the stumps, Williamson goes back and punches it towards mid-wicket for a brace. Good running there.
  • 16.4 Served around off, Kane hangs back to cut it towards point.
  • 16.3 Looped up around off, Williamson strides forward and blocks it.
  • 16.2 Flatter on the pads, turned through backward square leg for a single.
  • 16.1 Beautifully bowled. Chahal tosses the wrong 'un around middle, Munro gets his bat to defend the non-existent turn. The ball goes straight on into the keeper's gloves.
  • 15.6 Bowled around off, punched to the right of the bowler who tumbles to prevent a run. 110/1
  • 15.5 Williamson hits it back towards the bowler.
  • 15.4 The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 15.3 FOUR! If my skipper can strike a boundary, even I can, says Munro. Jadhav serves it fuller outside off, Colin drives it powerfully through cover-point. The ball wastes no time in rushing away to the fence.
  • 15.2 Kane picks up a single after playing it to long off.
  • 15.1 FOUR! Interesting to see how much time Williamson gets even against a bowler who bowls with a flatter trajectory. Darted quicker around off, Kane moves back quickly and slaps it through covers for a boundary.
  • 14.6 This time Williamson plays it through mid off for a run. 100/1
  • 14.5 Perfect leg spinner's delivery! Chahal tosses it up around leg, Williamson looks to block off the front foot. The ball spins past viciously and goes to Dhoni who loves to whip off the bails quickly.
  • 14.4 Loopy ball around middle, Williamson uses his feet to get to the ball and defends it.
  • 14.3 Flatter around off, Kane cuts it towards point.
  • 14.2 Williamson lunges forward nicely as he blocks it with the full face of the bat.
  • 14.1 Floated around middle and leg, knocked down to long on for a single.
  • A mini conference between Kohli and Dhoni before deciding that YUZVENDRA CHAHAL will be introduced into the attack.
  • 13.6 That's the 4th ODI fifty for Colin Munro. He has really teed off from the word go today, something that his side would have wanted. The longer he stays, the better it is for his side and exactly the opposite for the hosts. This time he knocks it down to long on for a run to get to his milestone. 98/1
  • 13.5 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 13.4 Williamson clips this through mid-wicket and crosses over to the other end.
  • 13.3 FOUR! 50-run stand up between these two! This pair has really looked good since Guptill departed, often leaving the Indian bowlers clueless. Jadhav bowls it flat on the pads, Williamson gets down and sweeps it past short fine leg for a boundary.
  • 13.2 The batsman opens the face of the bat and helps it to third man.
  • 13.1 The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot towards the bowler.
  • 12.6 FOUR! Brilliantly played! Munro was struggling when he was stuck at the crease and hence decides to use his feet. Axar floats it around leg, Munro charges down and hits it past mid off for a boundary. Nobody stood a chance to cutting that off. 92/1
  • 12.5 A misfield from Kedar at covers allows Williamson a single that shouldn't have been.
  • 12.4 FOUR! You are bowling too fast, shouts Dhoni from behind the sticks as soon as Axar bowled that. He darted it a tad short outside off, Williamson hangs back and cuts it past point for a boundary.
  • 12.3 Munro fails to sweep this one again as he is a tad early into the shot. Gets it off his pads towards short third man for a quick run.
  • 12.2 Flatter on the pads, Munro looks to turn it away but wears it on the pads.
  • 12.1 Floated around off, Munro absolutely smashes it but straight to the man stationed at mid off.
  • Kohli is back on the field now.
  • 11.6 Williamson looks to cut this but ends up chopping it towards the keeper. 82/1
  • 11.5 Served outside off, played towards the fielder at point.
  • 11.4 Flatter around off, Kane goes back and hits it towards covers.
  • 11.3 Punched off the back foot by the batsman. One run added to the total.
  • 11.2 Munro defends this ball back towards the bowler off the front foot.
  • 11.1 Flatter on the pads, flicked away through square leg for a single.
  • Virat Kohli is off the field and so Rohit Sharma takes charge. KEDAR JADHAV will have a bowl now. How effective will he be today?
  • 10.6 FOUR! This is why Munro has an aura of being very dangerous with the bat. He stays low, changes his stance and plays the switch hit through backward point for a boundary. Shows that he is a murderous mood today. Spoils what could have been a good over. 80/1
  • 10.5 This ball is hit back towards the bowler.
  • 10.4 Kane rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 10.3 A tad shorter outside off, Williamson looks to cut that but misses.
  • 10.2 Landed around off, Williamson defends it showing the full face of the bat.
  • 10.1 Bowled around middle, turned through mid-wicket for one run.
  • Powerplay 2 has been signaled. Now a maximum of 4 fielders can be outside the circle till the 40th over. Also, AXAR PATEL is brought in to bowl. He had a good game in the previous one and that would make him feel confident.
  • 9.6 The batsman has been struck on the thigh-pad. 74/1
  • 9.5 Munro taps it towards mid on and hares across to the other end for a run.
  • 9.5 Wide! Bumrah spears this down the leg side. Munro misses the flick.
  • 9.4 Very full delivery on the pads, Munro looks to clip it away but misses.
  • 9.3 Length delivery outside off, Williamson dabs it to third man for a single.
  • 9.2 Williamson stays in the crease and blocks it watchfully.
  • 9.1 Short ball on the body, pulled away to fine leg for a single.
  • Just an over for Pandya. JASPRIT BUMRAH is back on. This is more because the former went for runs.
  • 8.6 This ball is played towards mid-wicket for nothing. 70/1
  • 8.5 Very full outside off, guided to third man for a run.
  • 8.4 This ball is driven towards the fielder at mid off.
  • 8.3 Munro gets an inside edge and the ball hits him on the pads.
  • 8.2 SIX! Munro bashes it high and over mid-wicket for a maximum. Kumar bowls a slower knuckle ball on a length around leg, Colin makes room and plays a cross-batted hit for half a dozen. He's picking the change of pace alright today.
  • 8.1 This ball is driven wide of mid on for a single.
  • 7.6 This delivery is played towards square leg and a run taken. There's a direct hit at the bowler's end but Kane's well in. 62/1
  • 7.5 This ball is driven towards mid on.
  • Slip comes out and goes to a catching mid-wicket.
  • 7.4 Williamson flicks it through square leg and before the fine leg fielder gets to the ball, a brace results.
  • 7.3 FOUR! Another one! Pandya repeats the mistake that he did earlier and gets punished again. He lands it on the pads, Williamson clips it through mid-wicket for a boundary. That's not ideal for the captain who has changed the bowling when he had just got a wicket.
  • 7.2 This ball is played towards mid-wicket from the crease.
  • 7.1 FOUR! Timing is all that has taken this delivery into the boundary fence. Pandya begins with a back of a length delivery around middle and leg, Williamson gets on his toes and flicks it in front of square on the leg side. The ball wasn't far from Rohit Sharma the fielder there and races away to the fence.
  • HARDIK PANDYA is brought into the attack. That's a tad surprising as Bumrah was going well and had just picked up a wicket.
  • 6.6 Kumar continues over the wicket to Munro this time, Munro defends it back towards the bowler. 51/1
  • 6.5 Defended off the back foot by the Williamson. The batsmen have run through for a single
  • 6.4 The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball.
  • 6.3 Kane hits it straight to covers from the crease.
  • 6.2 Williamson stays in the crease and defends it from the crease.
  • 6.1 FOUR! Wow, what a shot! Shows that this track is full of runs here. Kumar bowls it on a back of a length outside off, Williamson goes back and punches it through point for a boundary. Brings up the 50 for New Zealand.
  • 5.6 Bumrah spears in a yorker in line of the stumps, Kane digs it out towards mid-wicket and hares to the other end for a run. 46/1
  • 5.5 This ball is punched towards backward point from the crease.
  • 5.4 Length ball around off, Williamson stays back in the crease and defends it showing the full face of the bat.
  • 5.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. One run added to the total.
  • 5.2 Munro plays this delivery from the crease to the off side.
  • KANE WILLIAMSON is the next man in. He's not having a great run in ODIs in India and the time is ripe for him to change that fact. Will the Kiwi skipper step up today?
  • 5.1 OUT! 50 ODI wickets for Jasprit Bumrah, the second fastest Indian to get there after Ajit Agarkar! And what a time to strike. The Kiwis were going great guns when he has struck. He bowls it on a length around off, Guptill makes room and looks to go over mid off. Ends up getting it high on the bat and hence the ball has height and not the distance. Karthik backtracks, keeps his eyes on the ball and pouches it safely. Another failure for Martin, New Zealand rocked early.
  • 4.6 FOUR! Munro finally gets it right! Kumar bowls a shorter length ball around off, Munro sways back and ramps it over short third man for a boundary. 44/0
  • 4.5 Fuller around off, Guptill drives it through covers. Axar runs there from mid off and chases it down. The batsmen at this point have completed two and go for another one on the throw. The throw goes to Kohli near mid off who hurls it to the keeper. All's safe and the batsmen get three.
  • 4.4 Munro turns this one through mid-wicket and crosses over to the other end for a run.
  • 4.4 Wide! Bhuvneshwar sees Colin charging down and bowls a slower delivery down the leg side. Wide given by the umpire. Replays show that it was the knuckle ball.
  • 4.3 Very full delivery around off, hit straight back to the bowler, who has a shy at the keeper's end.
  • 4.3 Wide! Another short delivery but off target this time. It is bowled down the leg side, Munro looks to pull it but misses. There is an appeal from the keeper but the umpire signals a wide.
  • 4.2 If the slower delivery was the plan for Munro in the previous game, it seems to be the short ball in this one. Kumar bangs it in line of the stumps, Munro goes back and looks to ramp it over the keeper but misses.
  • 4.2 Wide! Another bouncer around off and middle, Munro looks to hook that but misses. The umpire has to stretch his arms there.
  • 4.1 What's that? Kumar bangs it short around off seeing Munro charge down the track. Seeing the length the batsman ducks and the ball goes off something and lands in front of backward point. Replays show that it went off the gloves. Brilliant bowling by Kumar.
  • 3.6 Hurled around off, Martin stays in the crease and defends. 33/0
  • 3.5 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 3.4 On a length around off, defended back towards the bowler.
  • 3.3 Back of a length delivery around off and middle, tailing in to Guptill. He misses the flick and wears it high on the pads and the ball lobs to the backward point fielder who runs a bit forward. There is a stifled appeal but to no avail. A huge cheer from the crowd follows.
  • 3.2 Munro clips it towards mid on and sets off for a run and completes it.
  • 3.1 Bowled around off, Colin drives it straight back to the bowler.
  • 2.6 Bowled outside off, pushed towards backward point. 32/0
  • 2.5 Another short ball in line of the stumps, Guptill crouches low to let that go. It went on the bounce to Dhoni.
  • 2.5 Wide! Kumar bowls it short but down the leg side, Martin ducks to let it go. Wide signaled.
  • 2.4 FOUR! Wonderfully played by Guptill. Kumar hurls it on a length outside off, Martin hangs back and punches through cover-point. Rohit runs to his right and dives but is unable to prevent the boundary.
  • 2.3 The batsman defends it from within the crease. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 2.3 Wide! This ball is sprayed down the leg side but Colin misses the flick.
  • 2.2 Leading edge, but well short! Kumar comes round the wicket and bowls a slower one around off. Munro looks to go to the on side but the ball takes the leading edge and lands towards mid off.
  • 2.1 Length ball outside off, Guptill plays it past backward point for one.
  • 1.6 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 24/0
  • 1.5 Good come back. Bumrah lands it on a length around off, Colin defends it solidly from the crease.
  • 1.4 FOUR! Now it's time for Bumrah to bear the brunt of Munro's power-shots. Charges down a couple of steps and hits it straight over the bowler's head for a boundary.
  • 1.3 Bumrah comes round the wicket and bangs it short outside off, Munro looks to pull but misses.
  • 1.2 Edged again! Have the extra slip, says Sunil Gavaskar on air. Guptill looks to drive that but gets a thick outside edge to third man for a single.
  • 1.1 Bumrah starts by bowling it around off, Guptill blocks it off his front foot.
  • JASPRIT BUMRAH to bowl from the other end with the second new ball.
  • 0.6 FOUR OVERTHROWS! Unnecessary through from Kohli there. Munro finds him at covers with the drive but Virat has a shy at the bowler's end. There's no one backing up and the ball goes away to the boundary. Sheepish smile from the skipper but the Kiwis are off to a flying start here. 19/0
  • 0.5 FOUR! This is even better. Fuller around off, Munro times it brilliantly through mid off. The ball beats the fielder there and races away to the fence. Back to back boundaries for Munro here.
  • 0.4 FOUR! Timing and placement to perfection. Kumar overcorrects and gives him width. Munro stays in the crease and cuts it fiercely past backward point for a boundary. The third man fielder didn't have a chance to cut that off.
  • 0.3 SIX! Woahh! Intentions clear straightaway! Kumar hurls it on a length around middle, Munro shimmies a tad and bashes it over mid-wicket for a maximum. What a way to get going.
  • 0.2 Edged off the region from where the extra slip was moved. Guptill looks to hit this length ball through the off side but gets a thick outside edge towards third man for a run. He gets going.
  • A slip goes out.
  • 0.1 Kumar starts off with a delivery on target. He bowls from over the wicket around off, Guptill defends it with a straight bat off the front foot.
  • Welcome back for the run chase. New Zealand have their task cut out. Their openers MARTIN GUPTILL and COLIN MUNRO walk in with the bat and they would aim to help their side by giving them a flying start. Remember, dew could play its part. The hosts opt to begin with BHUVNESHWAR KUMAR, who will run in with the first new ball. How will the bowlers bowl first up? Slower deliveries or seam their way through? The change in pace has troubled Munro in the past. Two slips first up. Here we go...



Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4969 124
2 South Africa 3767 111
3 England 4497 105
4 New Zealand 3489 100
5 Australia 3294 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 6386 120
2 India 6546 119
3 Australia 5948 114
4 England 6156 114
5 New Zealand 5432 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 2843 124
2 New Zealand 1925 120
3 West Indies 2395 120
4 England 2029 119
5 India 2965 119