India lose an ODI for the first time at Ranchi. And it took a few bold calls from Williamson to do that. Winning the toss was a start, opting to bat a pleasant surprise. He ruled out dew in favour of a big total on the board, and you cannot question that, because dew hasn’t manoeuvred games in this ODI series at least. 260 odd looked just par to be fair, not daunting, especially given the momentum India had in Dhoni and Kohli. But New Zealand surprised, outfoxing India with cutters, forcing false shots with prudent fields set to protect bad deliveries. New Zealand could have won this earlier, but for this last wicket stand between Yadav and Kulkarni. Both the batsmen gave it a real go but were left with too much of a task. Capitulated to a slower ball, quite symbolically, handing New Zealand a welcome win.
PLAYER OF THE MATCH
Martin Guptill – Man of the Match: “To put up a decent performance myself to get my team through to a defendable total is pretty pleasing. Everyone’s ability to fight to the end. We thought we could have got more at 260 and at the halfway point, bowlers had a job to do which they executed very well. Virat is a class player, and to get him out early is always a pleasing feeling. No, I didn’t think (that 72 will be the highest score in the match) but will take it any day.”
Kane Williamson – captain, New Zealand: “Certainly an improved effort, exactly what we wanted and to have been able to build partnerships throughout on a tough surface was pleasing. Though you always want more, 260 was not a bad effort and we had the extra spinner and we knew that if we pitch it in the right areas, it would be tough for them. I think coming here with a game down, it was one of those confusing things whether the dew may have come in or may not have. It did not quite come in tonight and we were fortunate in that regard. We just had to execute our skills well and it worked. I think so far in this ODI series we have played on a variety of surfaces and that matters in the selection. Has been long tour this and with a variety of guys coming in doing well, it is pleasing that they have executed their skills. When we get to Vizag, we need to have a look at the surface. A decider against India – a good side – is an exciting prospect.”
MS Dhoni – captain, India: “I think we gave too many extras and too many runs early on. We could have done it still, with wickets in hand. Quite similar to the Delhi game where we kept losing wickets. It was good to see the lower order score runs, but wickets in hand would have been a good factor. I felt the wicket was best to bat in the afternoon and it kept getting slower. Older ball was not coming on. But with partnerships, this total could have been chased because the runs weren’t too many. Youngsters will learn: a few of them will look to play big shots but they will play 10-15 games and learn their own way and figure things out for themselves. Cricket has evolved; newer generation like to play the big shots. You cannot tell them not to, because then they will get into a shell and it is difficult to get out of that. They will learn that if you go over the in-field, you have chances of getting out. We will lose a few but they will learn; we must not put a lot of pressure on them. With dew, you tend to bowl first because our spinners are not effective and we struggle to defend totals. But so far, dew hasn’t been a factor this series. We should have won in Delhi but it’s not about that. We have to be at our best in the decider, against New Zealand who are an experienced side. It keeps happening at the international stage.”
So today’s match is over and New Zealand won the match by 19 runs . Martin Guptil is player of the match 72(84) . Now the series is very interesting as series is level bye 2-2 and the last match will be crucial for the both teams . The 5th ODI match is on 29th October (Saturday). So stay tuned with us for next match preview.