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Preview: New Zealand vs India - 4th ODI

Indian bowlers need to step up in support of batsmen

What

Fourth ODI of the five-match series between New Zealand and India

When

Tuesday, January 28, 2014, (14:00 local | 01:00 GMT | 06:30 IST)

Where

Seddon Park, Hamilton, New Zealand

The Teams

India

Although winless in the series so far, India will not be short of confidence. After going down fighting in the first two ODIs, they came back stronger in the third to hold on for a tie. The fact that India have come so close to winning each time is to the credit of the gradually improved batting performance. However, the same cannot be said about their bowlers, who have left the batsmen a bit too much to do each time.

MS Dhoni has won all tosses so far and inserted New Zealand in, possibly to allow his bowlers to bowl without the pressure of defending a total. Although it hasn’t worked so far, it is likely the Indian captain will continue with the strategy if he calls the coin correctly in Hamilton, hence putting more responsibility on the batsmen.

New Zealand

The hosts will be happy if the fourth ODI pans out the way the last three did. Batting first, putting a sizeable total on board and then restricting the Indian batsmen just enough, will give them a series win. However, the bowlers will be wary of the Indian batsmen who have regained their touch as the series has progressed. India’s lower-order assault in Auckland means the Kiwi bowlers will ensure not to let the hook off until the very end.

Key Players

India

The spinners were the key performers for India in the last match, with the ball and bat. On the Hamilton wicket, that is traditionally on the slower side, they will again play a crucial role. The primary job of R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja will be to maintain a stranglehold in the middle-overs, hence forcing the Kiwi batsmen to take more chances against the pacers in the death overs.

New Zealand

While the likes of Corey Anderson and Martin Guptill have hogged the spotlight with superlative performances, there’s one man who has silently gone about scoring fifties in all three matches. Without any flashiness, Kane Williamson is the top-scorer of the series so far with 213 runs, providing solidity to the Kiwi top-order, at No. 3. India must eye his wicket early to expose the middle-order.

Statistics

Matches at Hamilton

Mts

Won

Lost

NR

Won%

New Zealand

18

12

5

1

66.66

India

7

2

5

0

28.57

 

Result summary:

Won by side batting 1st

Won by side batting 2nd

NR

Overall (21)

8

12

1

Last 5 matches

3

2

0

 

 

 

 

Pace vs Spin

(last 5 matches)

 

Wkts

Avg

RPO

4W

Pace

58

32.41

5.82

2

Spin

13

50.00

5.03

1

 

Average first innings score

Overall (21)

234

Last 5 matches

281

 

Trivia

In last 20 consecutive ODIs outside the sub-continent Indian captains have opted to field first after winning the toss. India won 11 and lost 8 of those games, while one match was tied.

New Zealand have not lost more than two wickets at the end of 30th over in the three matches so far. The least India have lost at the same stage are four!

MS Dhoni needs 80 runs to complete 8000 runs in one-day internationals. He will become seventh Indian and 26th batsman in ODIs to accomplish this feat. Dhoni will be the fourth quickest in terms of innings to reach this mark after Sourav Ganguly (200), Sachin Tendulkar (210) and Brian Lara (211).

The Squads

India: M.S. Dhoni (Capt/wk), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, R. Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Amit Mishra,  Ishwar Pandey, Stuart Binny, Varun Aaron.

New Zealand:  Brendon McCullum (capt/wk), Corey Anderson, Martin Guptill, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Hamish Bennett, James Neesham, Luke Ronchi, Jesse Ryder, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Kane Williamson.

News

Report: India vs Sri Lanka (Women) – 2nd T20I

India claim victory to level series

India Women pulled off a nine-run victory to level the three-match T20I series 1-1. After posting 127 runs on board, the Mithali Raj-led side struck at regular intervals and effected four run-outs to restrict Sri Lanka Women to 118 for eight in the second T20I at the Dr PVG Raju ACA Sports Complex.

Earlier, upon being inserted to bat first, India Women scored 127 for the loss of eight wickets. Opening the batting for the home team, Vanitha VR was the first to be sent back by Eshani Lokusooriya with 13 runs on the board, in the first over. A little later, Udeshika Prabodini dealt a double-blow. The Sri Lankan pacer castled Mithali Raj and Anangha Deshpande to leave India women on 26 for three. Three runs later, Harmanpreet Kaur too was back in the dressing room, bowled by Sripali Weerakkody. India continued to lose wickets at regular intervals as the innings progressed.

Shashikala Siriwardena claimed Veda Krishnamurthy and later dismissed S Subbalaxmi, while Prabodini sent back Amita Shamra. Jhulan Goswami was run out for 23. Soniya Dabir saw the team through to their full quota of 20 overs and was unbeaten on 23 with Sneh Rana.

Defending the total, the hosts ran out Lasanthi Madushani for naught in the first over. Then, Goswami disrupted Lokusooriya's stumps to leave the visitors reeling on 15 for two.

Amita Sharma then trapped Siriwardene leg-before, bringing Yasoda Mendis to the crease. After adding 27 runs with Chamari Athapaththu, Mendis returned to the pavilion. The middle-order batter was sent back for 14 Rajeshwari Gayakwad. And with the score on 96, Athapaththu was run out. Then, a run later, Sripali Weerakkody too was run out by substitute Poonam Raut.

With the match heading for a close finish, Chamari Polgampala joined Oshadi Ranasinghe in the middle. With Sri Lanka still 27 runs away, Dabir accounted for Ranasinghe. And a bit later, Anushka Sanjeewani was run out, leaving the visitors on 112 for eight.

Polgampala continued to strive towards the target with Prabodini, but the duo was not able to take Sri Lanka across the line and seal the series as the India bowlers kept them on a tight leash till the end.