About the Match
With the 3rd ODI ending in a draw, New Zealand will now to try to win the 4th ODI against India on Jan 28th at Hamilton; leading 2-0, the hosts need just another win to clinch the series whereas India will need to win both the remaining matches to avoid another overseas defeat. The Indian lower order fought back to tie the 3rd ODI match to keep the series alive; the Kiwis posted a massive 315 run target and the visitors had succumbed to 184-6 but Ashwin and Jadeja posted an 85-run partnership for the 7th wicket to snatch away a series win from the Kiwis.
The Kiwis were unable to break the partnership of Ashwin and Jadeja who took the game away to make it a draw in the end. Some dropped catches, misfields and missed run-outs, put the pressure back on them in the final overs; however, the bowlers did well to deny a victory to the Indians. Anderson’s magnificent figure of 5-63 demolished the Indian batting line-up while Bennett made a wonderful comeback by taking 2 wickets to take them close to a series win but it wasn’t to be. Earlier, Guptill and Williamson posted a 153-run partnership for the 2nd wicket with the former scoring 111 runs off 129 deliveries to give them a solid start; Ronchi and Southee contributed to take the score to 314 runs. Three run-out’s is a cause for concern but the batsmen nonetheless showed great determination in their efforts to win the series; despite today’s result, the team is charged up to finish off what they started and clinch the title.
The bowling efforts weren’t sharp and too many runs were giving away; while Bhuvneshwar got rid of Ryder in the 5th over, Shami and Jadeja had to wait till the 2nd half to claim 2 wickets each. Sloppy fielding led to four missed run-out’s and a couple of dropped catches that had them facing a huge target of 315 runs. Dhawan and Sharma started well to post a 64-run opening partnership but soon wickets started to fall like dominoes and then it was up to Raina and Dhoni. The duo added another 67 runs in 10 overs before they got out; with hopes hanging on Ashwin and Jadeja, the duo fought back hard to smash away 13 fours and 5 sixes between them. Their 85-run partnership brought them closer to a win, but after Ashwin’s dismissal Jadeja took the team from the claws of defeat to a thrilling draw to keep the series alive. Their inability to build strong partnerships early on is a major worry and the bowling department needs to do much better if they want to avoid a series defeat here.
While the Indian batsmen will be eager to redeem themselves by performing better in the upcoming match especially after the commendable efforts of the lower order in the last match, they will be cautious in tackling the Kiwi bowlers. The Kiwis will bring out all the weapons in their armor to win the 4th ODI and register a series win; however, the Indians look confident to and win this match and make a comeback.
India, 1.74 @ Bovada