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Report: New Zealand vs India – 4th ODI

Taylor century helps NZ to series win

New Zealand sealed the five-match ODI series with a seven-wicket win over India in the fourth game, in Hamilton. A valuable 60 by Kane Williamson and a sparkling ton by Ross Taylor took the hosts to a comfortable victory, after India posted 278. Unbeaten on 49, Brendon McCullum took the team across the line with a six, with 11 balls to spare. Meanwhile, Taylor remained not out on 112.

Earlier, India made a few changes going into the must-win match at the Seddon Park. First was the line-up – Shikhar Dhawan and Suresh Raina made way for Ambati Rayudu and Stuart Binny. And MS Dhoni opted to bat first after winning the toss. Virat Kohli opened the batting for India, but this time round, India's most consistent performer in recent times was back in the dressing room early. He was followed by Ajinkya Rahane. Tim Southee and Kyle Mills kept a strangle hold on the batsmen from the word go. Mills and Jimmy Neesham replaced Corey Anderson and Mitchell McClenaghan in the NZ squad.

The India struggled as Rohit Sharma too survived a couple of chances. Both Rohit and Ambati Rayudu survived as fielders failed to get underneath their miscued aerial shots. However, Rohit having bided his time at the crease, converted his start into a valuable knock. He was involved in two crucial partnerships – with Rayudu and MS Dhoni.

Rohit and Rayudu stabilised the Indian innings with a 79-run stand. He began to cut and pull as he slammed the ball to the fence. Rayudu too stepped out to the bowlers trying to upset the rhythm and moved his feet while trying to keep the flow runs steady. However, later, Rayudu top-edged a short ball from Hamish Bennett to the wicketkeeper to depart for 37.

Dhoni then joined Rohit in taking the innings forward and the duo had added 41 for the fourth wicket when a Williamson delivery going down the leg side grazed the opener’s bat and Ronchi took a catch diving to his left to send Rohit back for 79. Ashwin then got off the mark with a glorious boundary through covers, but perished while trying to cut Bennett.

With the pace set and the captain on song at the other end, Ravindra Jadeja continued from where he had left in the previous game. The ball found itself amongst the spectators a few times through the innings as India set the home team a competitive target after a slow and shaky start.

Scoring at over seven runs per over, they added 127 runs in an unbroken stand. With a flat four straight down ground, the India skipper brought up his third consecutive 50.

Jadeja’s quick-fire knock injected new life into the innings. While Dhoni remained unbeaten on 79, Jadeja was not out on 62 off 54 balls.

Chasing 279, Martin Guptill and Jesse Ryder got the home team off to a good start and were coasting along when Varun Aaron struck in his first over to remove Ryder and halt the opening stand for 54. And in the next over, Guptill was trapped leg-before by Mohammed Shami.

The two quick wickets helped peg back NZ run-rate. With spin getting assistance, Dhoni introduced Jadeja in the 11th over and then brought in Ashwin from the other end, and they responded by bringing down the run rate below five.

It was in the 22nd over that debutant Binny was introduced into the attack and Rayudu replaced Bhuvneshwar after a two-over short spell as the Indians strove to ebb the flow of runs and get breakthroughs. While Williamson and Taylor looked to add to the total, Dhoni rotated his bowlers.

Meanwhile, the Kiwi pair steadily built on the innings at an unhurried pace, dispatching the loose deliveries to the boundary. The partnership began to take shape and was past the three-figure mark. Taylor was the first of the two to reach his 50 and Williamson, who has been the mainstay of the hosts’ line-up, bought up his fourth successive 50 with a single off Ashwin.

It was a brilliant piece of fielding that gave India a much-needed breakthrough. Jadeja fielded the ball off his own bowling to run Williamson out and end the partnership for 130.

However, the wicket didn’t bring much relief to the visitors as Taylor continued to milk the Indian attack. With Brendon McCullum at the other end, runs kept flowing freely. Taylor slammed Bhuvneshwar over cover to reach the 90s, and in the following over, McCullum sent Aaron sailing over long-off. While they inched towards the target, Taylor brought up his ton with a powerful cut to the fence off Aaron.

With an unbroken 92-run partnership they took their team across the line.

Man of the Match: Ross Taylor for his match-winning century

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Preview: Ranji Trophy final – Karnataka vs Maharashtra

Statistical view of the two teams’ journey to the grand finale

Karnataka and Maharashtra have made the 2013-14 Ranji Trophy final on the back of some impressive performances in the season. Both teams have secured six outright victories each on their way to the big game in Hyderabad.

Here’s a statistical view of the two teams’ journey to the grand finale.

This is how two teams made their way to the Final.

Karnataka

Start Date

Opponents

Venue

Result

07-11-2013

Jharkhand

Mysore

Drawn

14-11-2013

Gujarat

Bangalore

Drawn

21-11-2013

Vidarbha

Nagpur

Drawn

28-11-2013

Odisha

Cuttack

Karnataka won by 4 wickets

06-12-2013

Haryana

Rohtak

Karnataka won by 3 wickets

14-12-2013

Punjab

Hubli

Karnataka won by 10 wickets

22-12-2013

Mumbai

Bangalore

Karnataka won by 160 runs

30-12-2013

Delhi

Delhi

Karnataka won by 8 wickets

08-01-2014

Uttar Pradesh (QF)

Bangalore

Karnataka won by 92 runs

18-01-2014

Punjab (SF)

Mohali

Drawn

 
Maharashtra

Start Date

Opponents

Venue

Result

27-10-2013

Tripura

Pune

Maharashtra won by 9 wickets

14-11-2013

Hyderabad

Hyderabad

Drawn

21-11-2013

Goa

Pune

Drawn

28-11-2013

Andhra

Cuddapah

Drawn

06-12-2013

J&K

Pune

Maharashtra won by 9 wickets

14-12-2013

Kerala

Thalassery

Drawn

22-12-2013

Himachal Pradesh

Pune

Maharashtra won by 10 wickets

30-12-2013

Assam

Guwahati

Maharashtra won by 128 runs

08-01-2014

Mumbai (QF)

Mumbai

Maharashtra won by 8 wickets

18-01-2014

Bengal (SF)

Indore

Maharashtra won by 10 wickets

 

QF= Quarter-final

SF= Semi-final

This is how two teams have performed in this season:

 

Batting:

Mts

Runs scored

Wkts lost

Runs/ wkt

Run-Rate

Karnataka

10

4879

129

37.82

3.28

Maharashtra

10

5335

107

49.85

3.59

 

Bowling:

Mts

Runs conceded

Wkts taken

Runs/ wkt

Run-Rate

Karnataka

10

4448

164

27.12

3.00

Maharashtra

10

5057

174

29.06

2.94

Note: Maharashtra’s batting average of 49.85 is the highest for any side in Ranji Trophy 2013-14. Their run-rate is the second best after Himachal Pradesh (3.84)

 

Leading batsmen in the season- Karnataka

Mts

Runs

Hs

Avg

100

50

KL Rahul

9

873

158

67.15

2

4

MK Pandey

10

665

161

47.50

3

3

KK Nair

5

430

151*

61.42

3

0

CM Gautam

10

429

100

30.64

1

2

MA Agarwal

8

380

90

34.54

0

3

STR Binny

6

321

114

40.12

1

1

RV Uthappa

4

266

100

44.33

1

1

Ganesh Satish

6

231

75*

33.00

0

2

R Vinay Kumar

7

214

105*

42.80

1

1


Leading batsmen in the season- Maharashtra

Mts

Runs

Hs

Avg

100

50

KM Jadhav

10

1074

204

89.50

5

2

HH Khadiwale

10

980

262

65.33

3

4

SD Atitkar

10

628

168

57.09

1

2

AR Bawne

10

581

138*

64.55

1

5

VH Zol

8

517

200*

51.70

1

2

RH Motwani

10

378

107

42.00

1

2

CG Khurana

7

278

48

30.88

0

0

AA Darekar

10

215

52

26.87

0

1

 

Leading bowlers in the season- Karnataka

Mts

Wkts

Best

Avg

5WI

10WM

A Mithun

9

36

6-52

23.83

2

1

HS Sharath

7

32

5-57

19.31

2

0

R Vinay Kumar

7

22

5-27

23.59

1

0

S Gopal

4

18

5-59

16.66

1

0

RG More

3

12

5-20

18.75

1

0

STR Binny

6

11

3-43

37.18

0

0

KP Appanna

5

11

4-75

42.72

0

0

 

Leading bowlers in the season- Maharashtra

Mts

Wkts

Best

Avg

5WI

10WM

AA Darekar

10

32

6-53

28.40

1

1

SM Fallah

8

31

7-58

27.58

1

1

SS Mundhe

8

30

5-123

26.43

1

0

AA Sanklecha

6

22

4-57

28.18

0

0

Domnic Joseph

5

17

4-82

23.23

0

0

CG Khurana

7

15

4-105

31.13

0

0

SA Chaudhari

2

11

7-52

14.81

1

1

 

Past History

Maharashtra won first two matches played between these two sides. The next three matches were drawn. The last five games have all been won by Karnataka – three by innings margin.

 

Summary of results:

Mts

Karnataka

Maharashtra

Drawn

10

5

2

3

 

Highest team total:

Karnataka:                   638 at Pune in 1990-91

Maharashtra:                561 at Pune in 2012-13

 

Lowest team total:

Karnataka:                   122 at Bangalore in 1948-49

Maharashtra:                99 at Pune in 2012-13

 

Highest individual innings:

Karnataka:                   264* by CM Gautam at Pune in 2012-13

Maharashtra:                155* by AR Bawne at Pune in 2012-13

 

Best innings bowling:

Karnataka:                   7-29 by SB Joshi at Bangalore in 2008-09

Maharashtra:                7-80 by VN Joshi at Pune in 1970-71

 

Best match figures:

Karnataka:                   11-91 by SB Joshi at Bangalore in 2008-09

Maharashtra:                10-92 by DG Chaudhari at Bangalore in 1948-49