(By Chinmay Pagar)
In a series decider which lived up to its expectations, India won the match by 6 runs to seal the series against New Zealand 2-1. The game at Kanpur was just like the rest of the series, as both teams gave everything and took the game to the very last ball. In the end it was India’s newest Death overs’ specialist Bhuvi and Bumrah who won the game and the series for Men in Blue.
Williamson won the toss and invited hosts to bat first and Indians took full advantage of his decision. Southee removed Dhawan quickly but Rohit and in-from Kohli (When is he ever out of form?) were in a mood to entertain fans at green park. Rohit played the role of aggressor as he had 6 fours and 1 sixes by the time he got his fifty. The captain-vice captain duo turned their partnership from 100 to 200 in no time as both the batsmen were scoring for fun. Rohit scored his 15th ODI hundred and Kohli got his 32nd (Watch out SRT!) in the partnership of 230 in which the number of records were broken. Santner finally removed Rohit for 147 in the 42nd over but the damage was already done. Kohli too departed for 113 but cameos from Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav got India to 337.
The target was difficult for the Black caps but they got off to a great start with 19 runs coming off Bhuvi’s first over. Bumrah dismissed Guptill in the 6th over but New Zealanders targeted Bhuvi in the first power play as he gave away 51 runs in his first spell. Munro and Williamson continued climbing towards the target but some good bowling by Indian spinners meant the asking rate was always going up. Chahal removed both Munro and Williamson quickly after their 100 run stand but Latham Nicholls played the counter-attacking innings which brought them back in the game.
It was now up to India’s new found death bowling pair to win the game for the hosts and Bhuvi did exactly the same as he sent dangerous looking Nicholls back to the pavilion. Latham was a victim of adrenaline rush in the very next over as he threw his wicket trying to steal a single. In the end, the big hitter De Grandhomme couldn’t take New Zealand to the finish line as Bumrah defended 15 runs in the last over. Pheww! What a match!
Williamson might wonder how his team lost the match as 9 RPO in the last 10 overs is pretty achievable in modern cricket. But India’s pace bowlers have again proved their worth and why exactly they are the biggest asset in the squad for India’s Mission-2019. Rohit Shamra was Man of the Match for his innings of 147 and captain Kohli was rightly awarded Man of the series for his 2 centuries in the series.
Both teams will now have a 3-match T20 series and looking at the ODI series, it seems like we are in for a treat for another series.
|Rohit Sharma c Tim Southee b Mitchell Santner||147||138||18||2||106.52|
|Shikhar Dhawan c Kane Williamson b Tim Southee||14||20||3||0||70|
|Virat Kohli (C) c Kane Williamson b Tim Southee||113||106||9||1||106.6|
|Hardik Pandya c Tim Southee b Mitchell Santner||8||6||1||0||133.33|
|MS Dhoni (W) c Colin Munro b Adam Milne||25||17||3||0||147.05|
|Kedar Jadhav c Martin Guptill b Adam Milne||18||10||1||1||180|
|Dinesh Karthik not out||4||3||0||0||133.33|
(b – 0, w – 7, no – 0, lb – 1, penalty – 0)
|Total||337 (6.74 runs per over)|
|Colin de Grandhomme||8||0||57||0||0||0||7.12|
|Martin Guptill c Dinesh Karthik b Jasprit Bumrah||10||14||1||0||71.42|
|Colin Munro b Yuzvendra Chahal||75||62||8||3||120.96|
|Kane Williamson (C) c MS Dhoni b Yuzvendra Chahal||64||84||8||0||76.19|
|Ross Taylor c Kedar Jadhav b Jasprit Bumrah||39||47||3||0||82.97|
|Tom Latham (W) run out (MS Dhoni)||65||52||7||0||125|
|Henry Nicholls b Bhuvneshwar Kumar||37||24||5||1||154.16|
|Colin de Grandhomme not out||8||11||0||0||72.72|
|Mitchell Santner c Shikhar Dhawan b Jasprit Bumrah||9||5||0||1||180|
|Tim Southee not out||4||1||1||0||400|
(b – 0, w – 16, no – 0, lb – 4, penalty – 0)
|Total||331 (6.62 runs per over)|