New Zealand lead 2-0 Vs India
In spite of Virat Scoring a hundred in the opening match and quick fire 78 in the second odi. India lost the first two Odi’s against NZ and lose the No.1 ranking.
Match 1: Napier, India had won the toss and elected to field. Indian bowlers provided a great start, Mohammed Shami dismissed both the openers in quick time. Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor put on 121 runs for the third wicket and the home team certainly looked in a strong position for a big first innings score. Kane Williamson scored a fluent 71 of 88 balls before he was dismissed by Jadeja and soon after scoring a patient half century Ross Taylor too lost his wicket for 55 runs and Shami had picked his third wicket of his bowling. New Zealand started to score runs quickly once Taylor got out, Brendon McCullum scored a quick fire 30 of 25 balls and added 42 runs in 5 overs along with the hard hitting Corey Anderson. Bhuvi provided the much needed break through for India, McCullum (30) caught behind. Joined in by Luke Ronchi, the duo, Anderson and Ronchi(30) added 66 in just 6.1 overs. Corey Anderson scored 68* of just 40 balls he faced and he did all the damage. Indian bowlers once again went a plenty in the death overs and they had scored 292 for the loss of 7 wickets. Shami Picked 4/55.
Not a good start by the Indian openers and Rohit Sharma was out for just 3 runs. Dhawan and Virat Kohli played sensibly and added 58 runs for the third wicket. Dhawan(32) was dismissed soon after the drinks break, Rahane(7) did not last long and Raina (18) had to pull a short ball and lost his wicket. India needed a strong partnership to take the game away from the home team. Dhoni joined Virat, this pair looked good and added 95 runs for the 5th wicket. Virat Kohli was looking solid and scored his 18th odi century and this was Virat Kohli’s 12th during the chase. The century came in just 94 balls. When things were just going on well for India, a short ball from McClenaghan and Dhoni was caught behind for 40 runs. Soon, Virat too lost his wicket for 123 of 111 balls, it was again McClenaghan picking up the much needed wicket. Once these both batsmen were back to the pavilion, New Zealand started sensing the victory and the Indian lower order had nothing much to do and were all out for 268. Corey Anderson was adjudged man of the match. NZ lead the odi series 1-0
Match 2 : Same scenario as the first match, this time at Hamilton and It was Mohammed Shami again dismissing New Zealand openers. Kane Williamson (77) and Ross Taylor(57) made half centuries. Shami Picked his third wicket by dismissing Ross Taylor just like in match-1, Williamson, stumped in the bowling of Jadeja. Match was reduced to 42 per side due to rain and at the end, Corey Anderson did all the damage, he made 44 of just 17 balls with 5 six’s. Kiwis scored 271 of 42 overs for the loss of 7 wickets again, the first match too saw them losing 7 wickets. The D/L method coming into play, India had to score 293 in their 41.3 overs.
Once again, the openers Dhawan and Rohit Sharma were out in quick time by scoring 12 and 20 respectively. Virat Kohli had to anchor the innings once again and he was joined by Rahane at no.4, the duo added 90 runs for the third wicket. Rahane was dismissed for 36 and he had to lose his wicket after playing so well. Again Virat and MSD had to take forward the Indian innings, in the mean time, Virat Kohli brought up his half century and looked solid and looked like he would score his second century of this series, he was lost his wicket, his sublime scoring ended on 78 of 65 balls. Raina scored some quick runs along with Dhoni and the run rate went beyond 12 at a point of time and Raina looking for big shots, lost his wicket after scoring 35 of just 22 balls. Jadeja hit a six, the first ball he faced and India need a lot like those. Dhoni scored his first half century of this series and that was not enough for India to win the match,India were in back seat once Dhoni was dismissed for 56 of 44 balls. The lower order had nothing much to do. India lost 9 wickets for 277 in 41.3 overs, Kane Williamson was adjudged man of the match. By this, India also lost the No.1 spot in the ODI ranking and Australia will be the No.1 side.