Slow starts, poor bowling make India suffer from another overseas defeat as Ross Taylor’s magnificent ton takes Kiwis to an unassailable 3-0 lead
Hamilton:India slumped to their second consecutive series defeat overseas as New Zealand rode on Ross Taylor’s unbeaten century to thrash the visitors by seven wickets in the fourth one-dayer and take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match rubber.Chasing 279 for victory, the Kiwis reached 280 for three in 48.1 overs with Taylor scoring a match-winning 127-ball 112 not out to take the hosts home with 11 balls to spare.
Taylor also shared two important partnerships — first with Kane Williamson (60) putting on 130-run for the third wicket and then with skipper Brendon McCullum (49 not out), an unbroken 92 runs for the fourth wicket.
For India, Mohammed Shami (1/61) and Varun Aaron (1/51) were the only wicket-takers but they proved to be extremely expensive. Ravindra Jadeja (0/33) and R Ashwin (0-41) bowled economically, but couldn’t claim a wicket, which proved to be costly. Bhuvneshwar Kumar (0/62) too proved to be ineffective. Stuart Binny (0/8) and Ambati Rayudu (0/23) didn’t get second spells.
Earlier, India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja had produced magnificent late onslaught after opener Rohit Sharma scored a half-century, to guide India to 278 for five in their allotted 50 overs.In reply, New Zealand got off to a rollicking start with Jesse Ryder and Martin Guptill mistreating the Indian bowling attack. The two of them scored a flurry of boundaries, especially off Mohammed Shami’s bowling, and together hit 10 fours and a six in their opening stand of 54 runs.
But once again Ryder failed to sustain and was bowled in the eight over by first-change Varun Aaron. He scored 19 off 18 balls with four boundaries.Guptill was gone four runs later in the never next over, as Shami extracted his revenge from the opposite end, trapping the Auckland centurion LBW. He scored 35 off 27 balls (6X4, 1X6).
Williamson and Taylor thereafter capitalised on the platform laid by the openers.India had lost 0-2 to South Africa in the three-game ODI series in their last tour.As Taylor and Williamson were scoring heavily, Dhoni brought in Jadeja and Ashwin to put the brakes on the run flow and the two spinners bowled in tandem for 10 overs, giving away only 30 runs.
But the medium pacers had to come back into the attack and that once again opened the flood-gates as the next 10 overs yielded 70 runs with Taylor and Williamson putting the chase back on track.Their 50-run partnership off 86 balls had come in the 23rd over as Rayudu bowled some part-time spin.
Taylor then brought up his half-century and New Zealand crossed the 150-mark as well. It was Williamson’s turn to celebrate in the next over, scoring his fourth consecutive fifty in the series, and his 10th in ODIs overall.The 100-run partnership between the two also came up.It seemed the chase was dead and buried, but India were given some hope by Jadeja, who ran out Williamson, who once again missed out on a hundred, falling for 60 off 82 balls, with two fours and two sixes.
The powerplay came on as Brendon McCullum walked in to bat. Having taken his time to settle down, the Kiwi captain started marauding the Indian bowling. Only 24 runs came off the powerplay but the hosts were in no hurry, especially Taylor who didn’t hit a single six in his innings, and calmly brought up his ninth ODI hundred in the 43rd over. He faced 110 balls and hit 14 fours, routing any Indian hopes of a comeback in the series. Towards the end, the duo hurriedly finished off things.
R Sharma c Ronchi b Williamson…79
V Kohli c Neesham b Southee………2
A Rahane c Southee b Mills……..3
A Rayudu c Ronchi b Bennett..…37
M S Dhoni not out…………………79
R Ashwin c Bennett b Southee…5
Ravindra Jadeja not out……….62
Extras: (LB-4, W-7) 11
Total: (For five wkts; 50 overs) 278
Fall of wickets: 1-5, 2-22, 3-101, 4-142, 5-151.
Bowling: Mills 10-2-42-1, Southee 10-1-36-2, Bennett 9-0-67-1, Neesham 8-0-59-0 (1w), Nathan McCullum 10-0-44-0, Williamson 3-0-26-1.
M Guptill lbw b M Shami……..35
J Ryder b Aaron………………………19
K Williamson run out (Jadeja)…..60
R Taylor not out…………………….112
BB McCullum* not out……………..49
Extras: (B-1, W-3, NB-1) 5
Total: (3 wickets in 48.1 overs) 280
Fall of wickets: 1-54, 2-58, 3-188.
Bowling: B Kumar 10-0-62-0, Mohammed Shami 8-0-61-1, VR Aaron 6.1-0-51-1, RA Jadeja 10-2-33-0, R Ashwin 10-0-41-0, STR Binny 1-0-8-0, AT Rayudu 3-0-23-0.