Ranchi - Fast
bowlers Tim Southee and James Neesham ran through India's middle order
to help New Zealand to a 19-run series-levelling win in the fourth
one-day international (ODI) in Ranchi on Wednesday.
Southee (3-40) and Neesham (2-38) shared five wickets between them to bowl out India for 241 in 48.4 overs.
Earlier opener Martin Guptill scored a gritty half-century to drive New Zealand to 260 for seven after electing to bat first.
hurt India's reply with an early wicket but Ajinkya Rahane (57) and
Virat Kohli (45) put on 79 runs for the second wicket to steady the
Kohli dominated his stay at the crease with two fours and a
six before his innings was cut short by leg-spinner Ish Sodhi who got
the star batsman caught behind.
Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who
is trying to make the number four slot his own, walked out to a rousing
welcome in his hometown Ranchi.
Neesham soon swung into action with two big wickets of Rahane and Dhoni as India's chase began to fall apart.
was setting a good pace after recording his 16th ODI half-century, but
failed to convert his solid start into a big score as he was adjudged
lbw to a Neesham inswinger.
Neesham got Dhoni bowled for 11 in his
very next over as the crowd fell silent with the wicketkeeper-batsman
once again faltering in a chasing effort after he consumed 31
But it was Southee's double strike in the 33rd over of
the innings that completely derailed India's chase with the hosts
slipping to 154 for six.
Southee got Manish Pandey (12) and Kedar
Jadhav (0) off consecutive deliveries to be on hat-trick which was only
averted by Hardik Pandya (9), who did not last long.
tried to infuse life into the chase with his 40-ball 38 as he looked to
turn things around with Amit Mishra, who made 14, at the other end.
Mishra was run out after a mix-up while attempting a second run and Patel was bowled by Trent Boult, who took two wickets.
the hosts did not bow out without a fight as Dhawal Kulkarni, unbeaten
on 25, and Umesh Yadav put together 34 runs for the final wicket to give
the Black Caps a scare.
Earlier the visitors, started off well
courtesy of a 96-run opening stand between Guptill (72) and Tom Latham
only to lose steam towards the end of the innings.
Leg-spinner Mishra led the bowling charge with impressive figures of 2-42.
spinners, who were brought into the attack after the 10th over, dried
up the flow of runs and Patel's left-arm spin managed to break the
Guptill went on to complete his 31st ODI half-century as he
and skipper Kane Williamson tried to build momentum against a
persistent bowling attack.
Guptill, who was named the man of the
match, though did not make the most of a dropped chance at 62 as he fell
to Pandya 10 runs later.
Mishra ended the obdurate Williamson's stay at the crease after getting the batsman caught by Dhoni for 41.
bowlers kept chipping away as the visiting batsmen found it hard to get
runs in the final 15 overs, in the process losing wickets at regular
Mitchell Santner struck an unbeaten 13-ball 17 to give
respectability to the New Zealand score which in the end proved just
The action now shifts to Viskhapatnam for the deciding fifth and final match on Saturday.