New Zealand Finally Taste Win against India Thanks to Kane Williamson Ton

October 21 13:37 2016

nzkNew Delhi, Friday, October 21 – Usually when the toss is won, focus is to capitalize it in a way that could work in favor of the entire team. Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni decided to field first yesterday post winning the toss at Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi.

The side he led had Ajinkya Rahane, Manish Pandey, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Kedar Jadhav, Amit Mishra, Umesh Yadav and Jasprit Bumrah. At the same time, Mandeep Singh, Jayant Yadav and Dhawal Kulkarni were the players to sit on bench. Those in extras from New Zealand side were James Neesham, BJ Watling, Ish Sodhi and Doug Bracewell, while the Playing XI included Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Corey Anderson, Luke Ronchi, Tom Latham, Anton Devcich, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Matt Henry and Trent Boult.

Both teams on field looked equally talented but it was a matter of shining at the right time for the guests and they did the same successfully in the end. Dhoni went with six bowling options in the hunt for quick wickets. He was able to achieve the first one quickly when Yadav’s second ball of the first over made Guptill go back to the dressing room on a naught. Nothing would have been a great start than this, especially for a group that has been doing well in all formats from the past few months. When everybody thought another batting collapse might be witnessed, Latham and Williamson weaved a partnership of 120 runs, batting together for next 20 overs.

Their presence on the crease gave India a thought that a target of over 280 may be put on the scoreboard that may be tough to chase while batting second despite the fact that Indian team is good at it. Bowling change did a trick and Jadhav did what his skipper wanted at that particular time. Tom Latham got his leg before wicket in the 21st over when being away from scoring fifty just by four runs. His innings included a four and six. Williamson, on the other hand, carried on being patient and attained a ton late on. Ross Taylor struck a couple of boundaries but did not play in a way he is famous for. When Rohit took a good catch, it was Mishra who trapped the middle-order batsman in an excellent delivery. Taylor scored 21 runs in 42 balls.

Corey Anderson was lbw by Mishra at a score of 21 (4 x 2) but he tried to stitch a partnership with the New Zealand captain to shrug off pressure, setting base for team’s victory to a certain extent. Kane Williamson’s stupendous play of 118 runs in 128 balls came to an end thanks to a delivery in line and length by Mishra. Rahane did not make any mistake and reached under the ball at a right time. His knock was studded with 14 fours and a six. New Zealand were yet at a strong position by this time but things began to change soon after this when Luke Ronchi was dismissed by Axar post scoring 6 runs and Anton Devcich, Matt Henry and Tim Southee by Bumrah at the scores of 7, 6 and 0, respectively. Mitchell Santner was not out at a score of 9 while Trent Boult was unbeaten at 5 runs (4 x 1).

The sea of blue in the stadium was excited to see an interesting contest as a fighting total was set by the Kiwis. Indian fans were all set to back the home squad and were pretty much sure that target will easily be achieved due to big batting line-up of Dhoni-led squad. But not everything happen as planned in the game of cricket. At that point of time, the New Zealand players were desperate to write a fresh story on the Indian pitches. Pandya was the only one to not get any wicket yesterday. Bumrah and Mishra did three dismissals each. Focus of the Kiwis was to get benefited from the strengths they have. Painful dismissal of Rohit Sharma at a score of 15 (4 x 1 and 6 x 1) gave them a wicket that is always eyed as the opener being one of the destructive hitters of the ball.

Virat Kohli was highly disappointed to lose his wicket at a score of nine, including a boundary. Santner was the man who troubled India at a time when a few partnerships were required. Anderson took catch of Ajinkya Rahane in Southee’s over being unsure whether the ball directly went into his hands or slightly touched the ground. The doubt gave advantage to the fielding side, making the opener leave at a score of 28 (4 x 3). Manish Pandey was unfortunate to be a run out victim thanks to instant response by Santner and Ronchi to not let go the chance of another dismissal. Pandey hit a biggie and contributed 19 runs in the team’s total score.

MS Dhoni clearly knew what was required to have a grip in the match. This is the reason why he wasn’t keen for shots in the air. He took his time to settle and played slow as it was needed to keep his wicket safe. With Kedar Jadhav, he made India stay in the game. But a wrong shot in an over by Henry made him depart as the ball was caught behind. Jadhav played an impressive innings of 41 runs in 37 balls, together with two sixes and fours. The next man in was Axar Patel, who did a partnership of 33 runs with the Indian captain. Dhoni was playing safe, trying to nullify all possibility of making a mistake but sometimes, someone’s excellence changes the entire story and same happened when Southee caught and bowled Dhoni, spreading a pin drop silence in the ground.

Guptill dismissed Patel, who scored 17 runs off 22 balls, with the help of a six. He took wicket of Amit Mishra afterwards when substitute Bracewell caught the ball on time. Mishra faced three deliveries and scored one run. Hardik Pandya and Umesh Yadav brought life to the match, once again refilling energy in the audience. Boult bowled cleverly this time and got wicket of Pandya, who made efforts to let the ball cross the boundary line. But since it hit the bat much above, it was caught by Santner at a score of 36 off 32 balls (4 x 3). The match tilted towards the Kiwis. Jasprit Bumrah lost his wicket to Southee on the first ball he faced, making India lose the match by an inch. Umesh Yadav was not out at a score of 18 (4 x 1). Playing as a unit gave Kiwis taste a win by six runs that was eyed by the time they landed in the country after India were all-out at the score of 236.

Williamson was declared Player of the Match. Now, the next ODI at Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali has turned important for both New Zealand and India. Winning is imperative for both sides to gain lead. Performances have to be excellent to excel in the competition. India are yet a threat for the opponents but would not like to do any mistake that could send them on the back foot in the ongoing tournament. It will be interesting to notice whether the Dhoni comes with any changes in the team or not in the next game. Indian bowling attack was sharp a day ago too as like before but things changed post losing wickets early when it was their turn to bat. Some good catches were caught that took victory away from India. Being on the victorious side what a team wants to experience to gain foothold in the tournament.