Monday, 24 October 2016

Dhoni and Kohli Ace the Chase at Mohali

Virat Kohli & MS Dhoni Scored 151 Runs Partnership in 3rd ODI 
        India got a shaky start with opening pair throwing their wickets initially at a loose end. Then as always, it was Kohli’s turn to restore the earlier collapse. Kohli made it count yet again, but luckily with a drop at short third-man by Ross Taylor. Bit of luck went by his way: Taylor dropped Virat Kohli at 6. It was more a drop for Kohli as he batted right through after that, giving no other chance to the opposition throughout his unbeaten 151-run sail. Moreover, having MS at four proved to be a crucial move for India. Dhoni hit a spectacular 80-run knock to ensure the victory at PCA Stadium, Mohali.

India won 3rd ODI by 7 wickets against New Zealand
        The good news for Indian supporters is that MS Dhoni has got his form back as he was looking in sublime touch after a long time. His fifty came after 11 eleven ODI innings. With this match-winning knock, MS must have taken a sigh of relief. He along with Virat Kohli gave India a much-coveted 151-run stand for the third wicket. The two complemented each other well in their pursuit of 286-run target. An ably-crafted 154* by Kohli cruised India to an unprecedented win at Mohali. The job was almost done before Dhoni lost his wicket. Manish Pandey, who came after Dhoni’s dismissal, had nothing much to do with bat as Kohli was already there to ace the chase.

Virat Kohli 154* & Kedar Jadhav 29/3 Wkts in 3rd ODI
         Kedar Jadhav, who was involved in the ODI squad for his batting abilities, came out to be a surprise package with ball. Yet again in the series, he took New Zealand’s two key wickets. New Zealand, after getting a fine start, once again suffered quick falls of wickets in 30-35 overs. Thank to Neesham and Henry who added 84 runs for the ninth wicket, unexpectedly taking their side to a competitive total of 285, which India chased easily having 7 wickets and 10 balls in spare.

Friday, 21 October 2016

NZ Breaks the Winless Run in India – Here’s As It Happened

Kane Williamson hit century in 2nd ODI against India
         A steady start followed by early wickets made the matters even worse for India in the middle. 243-run target that once seemed to be accessible without much toil turned bigger all at the same time as Trent Boult and Tim Southee continued to tremble Indian batting line-up. Furthermore, dismissals at regular intervals swayed the game to Kiwi’s favor. The top-order failure came as the biggest hindrance to India’s victory in the second ODI at Firoz Shah Kotla stadium.

MS Dhoni & Kedar Jadhav scored 66 run partnership
        Dhoni and Jadhav kept the hopes alive in the middle as long as they were on the crease. Henry broke the crucial 66-run partnership getting Kedar Jadhav (41) caught by Ronchi. The game was then not over as MSD held back at one end and took his team even closer to the target before being caught & bowled by Southee. India still had to travel a long way as they needed 70 runs to win in last the 10 overs with just 3 wickets in hand. Amit Mishra, who can bat as well, could add just 1 run to the scoreboard. The responsibilities inevitably fell on inexperienced Pandya, who was initially in the dilemma of whether to retain the strike or to hit big shots. But, at the other end, Umesh Yadav showed some signs of belief by rotating strike and hitting a couple of boundaries like a classy batsman. The duo gave a 49-run stand for the ninth wicket. Pandya tried to hit the ball for a six against Boult, but was caught near boundary.

New Zealand won their first match on India Tour 2016
        New Zealand’s spectacular bowling efforts took the low-scoring thriller to the last over wherein India needed 9 off 6 balls. India still had some fight left in the last over as Umesh Yadav took a quick double to reach his individual 17, retaining the strike to him. A single on the second ball, brought Bumrah at the striker end. Southee welcomed the Yorker specialist Bumrah with a Yorker to end up India’s last hope. Just inches away to touch the finish line, India lost the second ODI by 6 runs.