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As it happened: India vs New Zealand, 3rd ODI


Cricketnext Staff
Jan 25, 2014 at 03:32pm IST

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Team India need to regroup quickly and find the right combination as they go into a must-win match against a confident New Zealand in the third ODI at Auckland on Saturday.

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The good news for India before the encounter is that they regained their No. 1 ODI ranking, following Australia's loss in the 4th match of the five-match series against England on Friday. They lost the top spot after suffering back-to-back losses in the first two matches of the series. If India fail to win on Saturday, it will be their second consecutive series loss, having lost in South Africa in December.

As it happened: India vs New Zealand, 3rd ODI

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Commentary (India 1st Innings)

That's all we have from this outstanding cricket match. We look forward to your company for the fourth ODI on 28th January in Hamilton at 0630 IST (0100 GMT). Until then, on behalf of the scoring and commentary team, I bid you farewell. Cheers!!!

Ravindra Jadeja bags the Man of the Match for his outstanding batting! He says that the plan with Ashwin was to play till the last ball but it didn't happen. He feels that they bowled well but the straighter boundaries are quite short here. Also adds that they have learnt a lot from this match.

Ashwin's wicket can be considered as the turning point of this match, although Jadeja orchestrated his hitting prowess in the death overs. A few lusty blows from him kept the hope ignited in the Indian camp and he almost did the impossible. Corey Anderson was the surprise package for New Zealand, who provided them with crucial wickets whenever he was given the ball. He finished with his career best ODI bowling figures of 5-63!

In pursuit, India initiated well with their openers as they provided a brisk start. The platform was laid for the middle-order but Kohli and Rahane didn't contribute much and that pushed the visitors on the back foot. From there on, Raina and Dhoni joined forces to keep the chase on track but then the former departed soon followed by the skipper. It seemed curtains at that moment but what we witnessed after that was nothing less than spectacular. In came Ravichandran Ashwin and out of nowhere he started to punish the Kiwi bowlers. He along with Ravindra Jadeja utilized the Batting Powerplay nicely and that kept India in hunt.

Phew! What a game of cricket we have just witnessed! It went right down to the wire with nothing much to choose between the two sides and have to say, in the end tie is a fair enough result. India are looking disappointed as they had a chance of winning it towards the end but still they will be relieved that they have not lost the series here.

49.6 C Anderson to R Jadeja, IT'S A TIE! Good length delivery outside off, Jadeja mishits it to covers and crosses for a single. The fielder inside the circle stops it with a dive and there was no chance of another run. What a game! The players shake hands in the middle and Jadeja is looking distraught! 314/9

49.5 C Anderson to R Jadeja, SIX! What a clean hit! Back of a length ball on middle, Jadeja stands tall and muscles it over wide long on for a maximum. 2 off 1! A cracking finish... 313/9

49.4 C Anderson to R Jadeja, FOUR! Great timing! 8 needed off 2! Short ball sliding down the leg side, Jadeja goes way back inside the crease and powers it over square leg for a boundary. 307/9

49.4 C Anderson to R Jadeja, Wide! Well left! Full and sliding down the leg side, Jadeja moves away from it at the last moment. 12 off 3! 303/9

49.3 C Anderson to R Jadeja, Short on middle, Jadeja dabs it down to third man and denies the run. 13 off 3! 302/9

49.2 C Anderson to R Jadeja, Short ball on middle and leg, Jadeja walks back for a big shot over point but fails to connect. 13 off 4! 302/9

49.2 C Anderson to R Jadeja, Wide! Another short ball but this time it's down the leg side, Jadeja smartly lets it go. 13 needed off 5! 302/9

49.1 C Anderson to R Jadeja, FOUR! Boom! Short delivery on middle, Jadeja keeps himself on the back foot and hammer pulls it over mid-wicket for a boundary. 14 needed off 5! 301/9

All set, here we go...

Corey Anderson to bowl the last over. 18 needed off it! Jadeja on strike! Can he do it for India? Slight delays in play at the moment as the Indian physio is out and is giving some treatment to Jadeja who seems to have hurt his left wrist.

48.6 M McClenaghan to V Aaron, Good length delivery outside off, Aaron flashes and misses. 297/9

48.5 M McClenaghan to R Jadeja, Short again on middle, Jadeja pulls it over square leg for a single. 297/9

48.5 M McClenaghan to R Jadeja, Another short delivery outside off, Jadeja leaves it alone and it's been wided for height. 296/9

48.4 M McClenaghan to V Aaron, Length ball on middle, Aaron defends it down and rushes across for a single. 20 needed off 8 balls! 295/9

48.3 M McClenaghan to R Jadeja, Dropped by Bennett! Short delivery on off, an expected length, Jadeja cuts it in the air towards third man where Bennett dives forward but fails to snap it. They pick up a single. Seventh ODI fifty for Jadeja! 294/9

48.2 M McClenaghan to R Jadeja, SIX! Tonk! Poor delivery, full and outside off, Jadeja takes his front leg away from the line and smokes it over mid-wicket for a biggie. 293/9

48.1 M McClenaghan to V Aaron, Taps a length ball to mid-wicket and crosses for a quick single. Nathan McCullum runs towards the ball, is early into his slide and almost fumbles. 287/9

47.6 C Anderson to R Jadeja, Short and wide outside off, Jadeja flashes and misses. 286/9

Varun Aaron is the last batsman.

47.5 C Anderson to S Ahmed, OUT! Anderson bags his maiden ODI five-for! Short ball on and around off, Ahmed tries to turn it across the line but top edges it high in the air behind the stumps. Williamson rushes to the ball from point and takes the catch with the wicketkeeper standing next to him. 29 needed off 13 balls! 286/9

47.4 C Anderson to R Jadeja, Back of a length delivery on off, Jadeja punches it off his back foot to extra cover for a single. 286/8

47.3 C Anderson to S Ahmed, Taps a short ball down to cover-point and crosses for an impossible single. Direct hit once again would have consumed Jadeja. Riding on luck, RJ! 285/8

47.2 C Anderson to S Ahmed, Full length delivery outside off, Shami tees off for a big heave over mid-wicket but fails to connect. 284/8

47.1 C Anderson to S Ahmed, Short delivery outside off, Shami mishits it to point. 284/8

Corey Anderson into the attack now.

46.6 M McClenaghan to R Jadeja, Huge shout for a caught behind! McClenaghan bangs in a short delivery on off, Jadeja turns inside the crease with the pull shot but misses. They appeal for a catch but is not given. The bowler is not happy and is arguing with the umpire. The Hot Spot detects a top edge. Jadeja gets a reprieve as there is no DRS used in the series involving India. 284/8

46.5 M McClenaghan to R Jadeja, Slower short delivery outside off, Jadeja decides very late to cut it but is cramped up. It comes off the outside edge and goes on one bounce to the keeper. 284/8

46.4 M McClenaghan to R Jadeja, SIX! Bangggggg... A full length delivery on off, right in the slot for the batsman, Jadeja aligns himself and hoists it over wide long on for a gigantic hit. 284/8

46.3 M McClenaghan to S Ahmed, Short delivery on off, Shami taps it down to point and crosses for a risky single. Direct hit at the striker's end would have consumed Jadeja. 278/8

46.2 M McClenaghan to S Ahmed, Play and a miss! Full and wide outside off, Shami throws his bat at it and misses. Jadeja walks up to him and has a chat with him. Maybe, asking him to take it easy and rotate the strike. 277/8

46.1 M McClenaghan to R Jadeja, Full toss on the pads, Jadeja misses the gift as he fails to connect with his flick shot. They take a leg bye. 277/8

Mitchell McClenaghan is back into the attack.

45.6 H Bennett to S Ahmed, Full length delivery angling back into the batsman, Shami hits it down to mid on. 276/8

45.5 H Bennett to R Jadeja, Follows the batsman down the leg side with a full ball, Jadeja whips it down to wide long on for a run. 276/8

Shami Ahmed is the next batsman out in the middle. 40 needed off 26 balls.

45.4 H Bennett to B Kumar, OUT! Poor shot by Kumar and he throws his wicket away! Bennett arrows in a short ball on middle and off, Bhuvneshwar mistimes his pull shot in the air and Nathan McCullum moves to his right from mid on and takes the catch safely. 275/8

45.3 H Bennett to B Kumar, FOUR! Cheekily played! Short delivery on off, Kumar arches back inside the crease and glides it past first slip for a boundary. 275/7

45.2 H Bennett to B Kumar, Brilliant stop at point! Full length ball on off, Kumar cracks it off his front foot but fails to beat Williamson who makes a superb diving stop. 271/7

45.1 H Bennett to R Jadeja, Sliding down the leg side, Jadeja fails to flick it and is hit on the pads. They cross for a leg bye. 271/7

44.6 N McCullum to R Jadeja, Taps it down to point for one. 270/7

Bhuvneshwar Kumar is the new batsman out in the middle.

44.5 N McCullum to R Ashwin, OUT! Outstanding catch by Guptill to break this dangerous stand and this match once again turns on its head. Terrific knock nonetheless by Ashwin! Floated ball on middle, Ashwin dances down the track and heaves it over mid-wicket and seems to have got enough connection. The ball reaches near the fence where Guptill parks himself quietly, takes the catch, then realizes that the momentum is taking him beyond the ropes and hence tosses it back in the air. He comes back to catch the ball again. Awesome, just awesome! The umpires check it upstairs quickly and then give the marching orders to Ashwin. 46 needed off 31 balls! 269/7

44.4 N McCullum to R Ashwin, Very full in length on middle, Ashwin defends it off his front foot. 269/6

44.3 N McCullum to R Jadeja, Down the leg side, Jadeja helps it to short fine leg for one. 269/6

44.2 N McCullum to R Ashwin, Sensible batting now. Full on off, gently nudged to covers for one. 268/6

44.1 N McCullum to R Ashwin, SIX! Humongous! Ashwin, you beauty! Tossed up delivery on middle, Ashwin shimmies down the track and launches it way into the stands at long on. That went many a mile. 267/6

43.6 H Bennett to R Ashwin, Full toss outside off, Ashwin walks across the stumps and helps it through mid-wicket for a run. 261/6

43.5 H Bennett to R Ashwin, Once again Bennett follows the batsman down the leg side with a short ball, Ashwin tries to play the upper cut but fails to connect. 260/6

43.5 H Bennett to R Ashwin, Wide! Short delivery following the batsman down the leg side, Ashwin tries to hook it but misses. 260/6

43.4 H Bennett to R Jadeja, Little short in length and down the leg side, Jadeja once again fails to flick it cleanly as it catches the inside edge and rests near the surface. They cross for one. 259/6

43.3 H Bennett to R Jadeja, Full length delivery pitched outside leg, Jadeja fails to flick and is hit on the pads. Looks for a leg bye but is sent back as the fielder misses his shy at the striker's end. Direct hit would have been gone. 258/6

43.2 H Bennett to R Jadeja, FOUR! Bang! Short delivery outside off, Jadeja rocks back and smashes it over backward point. The third man fielder tries to stop it with a dive to his left but fails to do so. 258/6

43.1 H Bennett to R Jadeja, Short delivery on middle and leg, Jadeja tries to play a late upper cut but is very late and fails to connect. 254/6

Hamish Bennett is back into the attack.

42.6 N McCullum to R Ashwin, Pitched outside leg, Ashwin fails to flick and is hit on the pads. They put in an unsuccessful appeal. 254/6

42.5 N McCullum to R Jadeja, Driven through mid on by the batsman. They pick up a single. 254/6

42.4 N McCullum to R Ashwin, Another chance goes a-begging! This time Ronchi misses the stumping of Ashwin! Loopy delivery on leg, Ashwin advances down the track but then loses the line of the ball. Misses it completely but luckily for him so does the keeper. They cross for a bye. 253/6

42.3 N McCullum to R Jadeja, Dropped by Southee! Floated ball on middle, Jadeja walks down the track and mistimes his heave to long on. Southee rushes forward, puts in a dive but fails to take the catch. They take a run. 252/6

42.2 N McCullum to R Ashwin, Full floated on off, Ashwin gets forward and dabs it down to square leg for one. 251/6

42.1 N McCullum to R Jadeja, Hits a length ball through covers for a single. 250/6

41.6 Tim Southee to R Jadeja, Slower delivery pitched outside leg, Jadeja eases it to mid-wicket and takes an easy run. 249/6

41.5 Tim Southee to R Ashwin, Full toss on middle, Ashwin walks across the stumps and flicks it to deep mid-wicket for a run. 248/6

41.4 Tim Southee to R Ashwin, FOUR! Deliberate! Full and wide outside off, Ashwin reaches out for it and cleverly opens the face of the bat to guide it past the keeper for a boundary. 68 needed off 50! 247/6

41.4 Tim Southee to R Ashwin, Wide! The bowler is feeling the pressure, lets out a full ball but way outside off. 243/6

41.3 Tim Southee to R Jadeja, Short ball on middle and leg, Jadeja stands tall and glances it to deep square leg for one. 242/6

41.2 Tim Southee to R Jadeja, Digs out a yorker to mid off and crosses for a single. Brendon McCullum has a needless direct hit at the striker's end, the ball ricochets to mid-wicket and they take another run. 241/6

41.1 Tim Southee to R Jadeja, Short delivery on off, Jadeja tries to upper cut but misses. 239/6

Maiden ODI fifty for Ravichandran Ashwin.

40.6 N McCullum to R Ashwin, FOUR! Innovative and effective! Loopy ball on middle, Ashwin gets into the position early for the reverse sweep and connects well to hit it over short third man. 239/6

40.5 N McCullum to R Jadeja, Opens the face of the bat and helps it wide of short third man for a single. 235/6

50-run stand between Ashwin and Jadeja!

40.4 N McCullum to R Ashwin, Loopy ball down the leg side, Ashwin walks forward and flicks it past short fine leg for one. 234/6

40.3 N McCullum to R Jadeja, Short and cut through the gap at point for a single. 233/6

40.2 N McCullum to R Jadeja, Oh lord that turned with some bounce. Floated ball on off, Jadeja got forward, pushed inside the line and was beaten by the away spin. 232/6

40.1 N McCullum to R Ashwin, Loopy full ball on off, Ashwin walks back, makes some room and drives it down to long off for a run. 232/6

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