India paid the price for some poor shot selection as New Zealand clinched the fourth cricket ODI by 19 runs to level the five-match series 2-2 on Wednesday.
Chasing a target of 281 on a slowish track, India were on course at 128 for 2 before a sudden middle-order collapse saw them lose four quick wickets. The home team were finally bowled out for 241 in 48.4 overs.
The final one-dayer in Visakhapatnam on October 29 will determine the winner of the five-match series.
49th over: Umesh tries to his best, but fails to get India over the line. He goes for another wild swing, only manages to a thick edge and lob a simple catch to a waiting Williamson at covers. NZ levels series in style.
48th over: Southee continues to keep it tight. This might have turned it in favour of NZ — 23 needed off 12 now.
47th over: Boult continues around the wicket, to bowl into the batsmen. No room to swing or slog. FOUR! Kulkarni times one nicely behind point to get India a much-needed boundary. It’s getting close – three overs, 27 to win.
46th over: MItchell Santner continues. Kulkarni continues to slog, hoping to connect a few from the midddle. However, the spin on the ball continues to evade the meat of the willow. Can they pull off a miracle win? Seems less likely but they’re hanging on. 35 needed off 24 balls.
45th over: 51 to win from 6 overs. Sodhi into the attack. Kulkarni smashes the ball over long-off for a huge six. What a shot. India 219 for 9.
44th over: Santner into the attack. Two runs from three balls. This pitch seems to be turning a lot. Ashwin would have done great damage to the New Zealand. India 210 for 9.
43rd over: Boult continues, Axar smashes the ball but sad in the end Amit Mishra is run-out. India 205 for 8. Kulkarni is the new man. He can also bat a bit who has scored many runs in the domestic circuit. Axar is the man now. Boult strikes and Axar is bowled. India 207 for 9. Umesh is the last man. India 207 for 9.
8 overs to go, 57 runs to win.
42nd over: Neesham into the attack. Ones and two between Axar and Amit. So far they have shown good intent. Axar smashes the ball straight over the head of bowler and it is six. Wow what a shot!!!! India reaches 200. Can these two put India on victory path?? India 204 for 7.
41st over: Sodhi into the attack. Mishra smashes the ball straight to long-on and only a single. two runs. India 195 for 7
10 overs to go. 72 to win.
40th over: Ones and two won’t help India here.One has, that too Axar Patel, to take some risks and play some big shots. 11 overs 82 to win. Southee into the attack. Axar smashes the ball through covers for a boundary. Crowd suddenly begin to come alive. Amit Mishra now smashes the ball through the mid-on for a boundary. Good over for India. India 189 for 7.
39th over: Boult continues, Axar takes a single. These two try to salvage some pride out of this match. India 179 for 7.
Axar Patel should use his long handle and smashes some boundaries to bring India close to the target. Ones and two won’t help here.
38th over: Sodhi into the attack. appeal for caught behind. Think the ball hits the bat and the boot and Watling takes a good catch. Axar survives. Two quick runs taken. India 176 for 7.
37th over: Trent Boult continues. These two are trying to delay the inevitable. India 171 for 7.
36th over: Santner continues, Pandya takes two runs off the first ball. Axar and Pandya are taking ones and two now. They try to put pressure on Kiwi bowlers. Santner strikes and Latham takes a good catch. Pandya is out. India 167 for 7. New Zealand on course to win this match and square the series.
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