Cricket

Williamson ton propels Black Caps to victory

2016-10-20 18:48
Kane Williamson (Getty Images)

Cape Town - India fell short in the last over as New Zealand won the second one-day international (ODI) on Thursday by six runs to level the five-match series at 1-1.

Chasing 243 to win, India was bowled out for 236 in 49.3 overs with Kedar Jadhav scoring 41, including two fours and two sixes. MS Dhoni struck 39.

Earlier, Kane Williamson scored his eighth ODI century as New Zealand finished on 242-9. Williamson hit 118 runs off 128 balls, with 14 fours and a six, after the Black Caps had been put into bat.

India made a sedate start in its run chase when Rohit Sharma (15) and Ajinkya Rahane (28) put on 21 runs off 7.1 overs for the first wicket.

Sharma had tried to increase the scoring rate and perished in the process, caught behind off Trent Boult, who finished with 2-25.

Virat Kohli had a rare failure as he too was caught behind for nine, while trying to play a leg glance off Mitchell Santner. Rahane was then deemed out, caught at square leg off Tim Southee.

The decision appeared controversial as replays suggested that the ball might have bounced before Corey Anderson caught it.

However, the third umpire didn't have sufficient evidence to overturn the on-field decision. Southee ended on 3-52.

India was left struggling at 72-3, and then Manish Pandey (19) was run out while going for a tight second run, leaving the hosts reeling further at 73-4.

Dhoni and Jadhav came to the rescue by adding 66 runs for the fifth wicket.

The partnership revived the Indian innings but Jadhav's 37-ball stay ended when he was caught behind off Matt Henry just as the match seemed to be turning.

Dhoni put on 33 runs with Axar Patel (17). The match turned decisively when Southee pulled off a stunning reflex return catch off Dhoni in the 40th over.

Patel fell shortly after, caught in the deep off Guptill, who finished with 2-6.

Guptill struck twice in that 41st over as Amit Mishra holed out off a skier as India collapsed from 172-6.

A surprising 49-run partnership off 48 balls for the ninth wicket between Hardik Pandya (36) and Umesh Yadav (18 not out) provided a thrilling twist.

Pandya holed out off Boult with a miscued shot in the penultimate over.

With 10 runs needed off the last six balls, Southee bowled Jasprit Bumrah to seal a tight win with three balls to spare.

New Zealand had started its first innings badly. Guptill was bowled for a duck by Umesh Yadav in the very first over.

Williamson then put on 120 runs for the second wicket with Tom Latham (46).

Latham was out lbw to Jadhav but Williamson survived when on 47 after Pandya wasted a chance off Bumrah (3-35) in the 14th over.

Williamson then put on 38 runs with Ross Taylor (21), who was caught off Mishra (3-60) in a bid to accelerate the scoring.

Anderson (21) added 46 runs with Williamson, who scored the visitors' first hundred of the tour off 109 balls, and helped the tourists pass the 200-mark in the 40th over. The left-hander Anderson was trapped lbw by Mishra, and the slide began.

Williamson was caught in the deep off Mishra, and the Black Caps collapsed in the face of Bumrah's accurate death bowling, beginning with Anton Devcich (7), who was caught brilliantly at square leg by Patel.

Left-arm spinner Patel claimed Ronchi (6), whose skier was caught by Dhoni.

Bumrah then dismissed Southee and Henry cheaply, as New Zealand lost six wickets for 33 runs in 52 balls.

India won the first ODI by six wickets.

The third ODI is in Mohali on Sunday, October 22.

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