Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : January 26th 2014 Contents AUCKLAND---Ravindra Jadeja smashed 15
runs from the last over to complete an unbeat-
en 66 as India snatched a thrilling tie with
New Zealand in the third one-day cricket
international yesterday, keeping alive the five-
match series which New Zealand leads 2-0.
India came to the last over with only one
wicket in hand, needing 18 runs to overtake
New Zealand s 50-over total of 314 which was
made possible by an innings of 111 from opener
Jadeja reached the final over at 51 not out,
having posted his first half century in one-day
internationals, and had been given the strike
by his last-wicket partner Varun Aaron.
He smashed two fours and a six while Corey
Anderson for New Zealand delivered two wides,
then took a single from the last ball to leave
the scores tied.
New Zealand seemed to have the match in
its control when it first reduced India to 79-
4, then, after captain MS Dhoni made 50 and
Ravichandran Ashwin 65, had them 286-9
with 2.1 overs remaining.
It seemed all that was needed was a sound
bowling and fielding performance over the last
couple of overs to ensure New Zealand took a
winning 3-0 lead in the five match series; a
rare series win over World Cup champions
But Jadeja, who had put on 85 runs in a crit-
ical partnership with Ashwin for the seventh
wicket, showed a steely nerve to steer India
steadily toward a winning total.
He helped his team take 11 runs from the
49th over and, playing his luck after being
dropped on the boundary with nine balls
remaining, hit his team to the brink of an
He smashed the first ball of the last over for
four, accepted a wide next ball which added
a run and a ball to India s total, then failed to
score off the next two deliveries.
He cleverly stepped inside the next ball from
Corey Anderson to accrue another wide, to
give himself another ball and one less run to
carry India to its target.
Jadeja smashed a four to fine leg and a six
down the ground the leave India needing two
runs from the last ball as it searched for its
first win of the series. But the last ball from
Anderson was full and all he could do was to
steer it to mid off for a single to leave the scores
India s pursuit of New Zealand s total of 314,
made in exactly 50 overs, was fraught at times.
They were 79-4 in the 18th over, having lost
their first four batsman, and they seemed to
have lost their way before Dhoni revived their
innings with his 53rd half century in one day
internationals, his second of the series.
Ashwin and Jadeja pushed India closer to
what still seemed an unattainable total and
finally Jadeja, who took his 66 runs from 45
balls with five fours and four sixes, guided
them to a tie.
New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum
was surprisingly upbeat after a game his team
should have won. He made the unusual decision
to award Anderson the last over and the young
all rounder showed he was not up to the task
by bowling an assortment of wides, half volleys
and short-pitched balls.
Guptill overcame an early struggle for runs
to reach 111 after New Zealand had been sent
in to bat, his century coming from 123 balls.
He shared a record 153-run partnership with
Kane Williamson (65) for the second wicket
which ensured New Zealand reached a com-
petitive total, thought its batting effort waxed
The partnership between Guptill and
Williamson was a second-wicket record for
New Zealand against India, eclipsing the 138
run stand set by Nathan Astle and Stephen
Fleming 12 years ago.
Luke Ronchi made 38 and Tim Southee 27
not out to add late substance to New Zealand s
Anderson took 5-63 to disrupt India s reply
though his effort was let down by his final
Shakib Al Hasan wants a sporting
pitch at the Shere Bangla National
Stadium in the first Test against Sri
Lanka. He said Bangladesh are now
capable of handling such conditions,
and not just playing on featherbeds.
The home side has never won a Test
match in Mirpur. They have lost eight
times and drawn twice, both against
New Zealand. The pitch has tended
to be on the slower side over the last
three years, with bowlers getting less
assistance as the match progresses.
This has been true for both seamers
and spinners, with the playing surface
not prone to deteriorating.
Shakib said that an even contest
between bat and ball would help the
"In my opinion, sporting wickets
are good," Shakib said. "Sri Lanka are
not the sort of team who play spin
poorly or don t have spinners. Sporting
wickets give good value to runs and
wickets. We are an experienced side,
and have played well as a team and
individually. I think we can handle a
"Our bowling attack is good, but a
lot will depend on the wicket. It
becomes difficult to bowl on a flat
wicket. But I believe that if it is a
sporting wicket, we have the ability
as a bowling unit."
Shakib has asked the pace bowlers
and the newcomers in the side to step
up, saying they have a role to play if
the team is to win. "Everyone has to
contribute," he said.
"Even if someone takes a five-wick-
et haul, the others have to take a wick-
et each, at least. The fast bowlers have
a big role to play; they have to take
up responsibility. The spinners will
continue to bowl according to their
"Our team is not selected but
among the batsmen, Marshall [Ayub]
has played a few Tests, Shamsur Rah-
man is new while Imrul Kayes has
played Tests in the past. It is not as
if they are new so they have any less
of a responsibility. The best 14 players
in Bangladesh are in this team. They
have all performed, and deserve a
place. We can win very few matches
if we have only one or two perform-
Bangladesh will try to break up the
day into small sessions, according to
Shakib, who said they would chase a
positive result at all times rather than
look to draw.
In 2013, they lost two Tests, won
one and drew three.
"We always play to win," Shakib
said. "The days of Bangladesh playing
a match just to do well or to draw are
long gone. We have to divide it into
small sessions, if we do well in those,
we can get a good result overall.
"Bangladesh played well against Sri
Lanka on the last occasion. We will
have some home advantage. We have
played well at home in the last two
years, so if we can continue on that,
we can shorten the difference between
the two sides."
Shakib Al Hasan
Jadeja takes India
to thrilling tie
India's Ravindra Jadeja dives to make his ground against New Zealand during the third one day International cricket match at Eden Park, Auckland,
New Zealand, yesterday. AP PHOTO
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New Zealand Innings
Martin Guptill c Rahane b Jadeja
Jesse Ryder b Kumar
Kane Williamson b Shami
Corey Anderson b Ashwin
Ross Taylor run out
Brendon McCullum c Ashwin b Aaron 0
Luke Ronchi c Rahane b Jadeja
Nathan McCullum run out
Tim Southee not out
Mitchell McClenaghan c Jadeja b Shami 3
Hamish Bennett run out
TOTAL (all out)
Fall of wickets: 1-36, 2-189, 3-198, 4-224, 5-
230, 6-270-, 7-280, 2-280, 9-288, 10-314.
Bowling: Bhuvneshwar Kumar 9-0-48-1 (2w),
Mohammed Shami 10-0-84-2 (4w), Varun
Aaron 7-0-52-1 (4w), Ravindra Jadeja 10-0-
47-2 (1w), Ravichandran Ashwin 10-0-47-1,
Suresh Raina 4-0-26-0.
Rohit Sharma c Bennett b Anderson 39
Shikar Dhawan c Guptill b Anderson 28
Virat Kohli c Ronchi b Bennett
Ajinkya Rahane c Ronchi b Anderson
Suresh Raina c Ronchi b Southee
MS Dhoni c Southee b Anderson
Ravichandran Ashwin c Guptill b Ashwin 65
Ravindar Jadeja not out
c N. McCullum b Bennett
c Williamson b Anderson
Varun Aaron not out
Extras (1b, 3lb, 14w)
TOTAL (for 9 wickets)
Fall of wickets: 1-64, 2-72, 3-74, 4-79, 5-146,
6-184, 7-269, 8-275, 9-286.
Bowling: Tim Southee 10-0-74-1 (4w),
Mitchell McClenaghan 10-0-76-2 (2w),
Hamish Bennett 10-2-41-2 (2w), Corey
Anderson 10-1-63-4 (6w), Kane Williamson 2-
0-17-0, Nathan McCullum 8-0-39-1.
Toss: India. Result: Match tied.
Series: New Zealand leads the five-match
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