Auckland - Ravindra Jadeja has kept India's one-day series against New Zealand alive
as the tourists took 17 off the final over to tie an epic third match
in the series at Eden Park Saturday.
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New Zealand were on the verge
of sealing an historic series win over the world champions, after
making 314 and then removing the cream of India's batting talent to have
the tourists at 184-6 with less than 15 overs remaining.
But Jadeja, who finished unbeaten on 66, and Ravi Ashwin who posted a career-best 65, ensured India stayed in the game.
them they put on 85 runs in 55 balls for the seventh wicket before
Ashwin fell to a spectacular catch by New Zealand century-maker Martin
Guptill, leaving Jadeja to get India to the end as the tail-end batsmen
fell around him.
Despite Jadeja's heroics, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni felt his side wasted an opportunity to seal a victory.
supposed to pick situations where we could have closed the game quite
comprehensively. Those were the situations that we didn't grab and there
were a few of our batsmen who could have done that so that's a bit
disappointing," he said.
"But (it's also a) good result because it keeps us alive in the series. We can't win it but we can go for a draw."
Zealand, who won the first two matches, need to win one more to claim
the series victory, while India need to win the remaining two matches to
All-rounder Corey Anderson, who finished with five for 63,
had the role of bowling the final over to India and could not contain
Jadeja who belted two fours, a six and a single to go with two wides.
overs from the end, New Zealand believed they had Jadeja caught behind
but umpire Rod Tucker turned down the appeal even though replays
indicated the ball touched the bat.
New Zealand, who lost the toss
for the third time, were sent into bat on a fast-paced wicket and were
all out for 314 on the last ball of an innings built around Guptill's
Guptill and Kane Williamson featured in a 153-run stand for
the second wicket and when it was broken in the 33rd over with the
removal of Williamson (65) New Zealand felt confident enough to promote
big-hitting Anderson up the order.
But the move did not pay off.
Anderson went for eight and was quickly followed by Guptill, then
Brendon McCullum (nought) and New Zealand were 230 for five.
Taylor (17) and Luke Ronchi (38) staged a minor recovery but when
Taylor was run out it sparked a collapse in which New Zealand lost four
wickets over 18 runs.
At 288-9 it was left to some lusty hitting
by Tim Southee to get New Zealand over the 300 mark before he was run
out on the last ball.
India had a scare at the start of their
reply when Rohit Sharma was dropped by Jesse Ryder at second slip before
they comfortably progressed to 64 without loss after nine overs.
the momentum switched with a bowling change which saw Anderson remove
Shikhar Dhawan (28) and Sharma (39) while Hamish Bennett, back in the
New Zealand side after a three-year absence, removed Virat Kohli for
Suresh Raina (31) and Dhoni (50) carried India through to 184 at the start of the batting power play.
the removal of Dhoni there was reason for New Zealand to sense they
were in command, but Jadeja with his 66 of 45 deliveries, including four
sixes and five fours, kept India in the game.
Brief scores:New Zealand: 314 (Martin Guptill 111, Kane Williamson 65, Luke Ronchi 38; Ravindra Jadeja 2-47).
India: 314-9 (Ravindra Jadeja 66 not out, Ravichandran Ashwin 65, MS Dhoni 50; Corey Anderson 5-63)