NZ beats India to push them off the No. 1 position
HAMILTON: New Zealand defeated India by 15 runs with Duckworth–Lewis method (D/L method) in the second ODI on Wednesday at Seddon Park, Hamilton and pushed India off the No. 1 position in ODIs taking lead by 2-0 in ODI series of 5-Match, ARY News reported.
India won the toss and put Kiwi’s in to bat. Jesse Ryder went bang for too brief a while scoring 20 off 11 balls, Kane Williamson(77) and Ross Taylor(57) scored fifties to set up a final assault and later Corey Anderson boosted the score with his hard hitting making 44 runs that came in just 17 balls. He hit 5 sixes and 2 fours.
The match was reduced to 42 overs when the rain interrupted the play in the 34th over.
Williamson and Taylor nicely set it up for big hitting, and when the rain arrived New Zealand had lost only two wickets, which meant they would get a big boost when the target would be readjusted.
Later in the inning Anderson and Taylor went berserk in a 74-run partnership in 4.4 overs. And that period that proved to be the difference in the end.
New Zealand made 271-7 in 42 overs but with the calculation of D/L Method that India had been asked to chase 297 in 42 overs.
In a big chase India had crawled to 21 for 0 with two reprieves but New Zealand kept producing timely wickets to pull India back every time they brought some semblance of parity to the chase.
Indian skipper MS Dhoni (56) and Virat Kohli (78) remained impressive. They gave tough time to the bowlers and kept the match live.
Dhoni promoted himself with 170 required in 18.2 overs, but soon saw Kohli get out to his aggression. Suresh Raina and Dhoni kept the chase going, but Brendon McCullum kept attacking, bowling out his main bowlers one by one.
At the end India remained short of 15 runs, the victory hurts India ODI ranking in terms of loosing first position.
The third ODI between the India and New Zealand will be played on January 25(Saturday).