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Kiwis down India by 15 runs for 2-0 series lead Tourists forfeit top ranking to Australia

HAMILTON, New Zealand, Jan 22, (Agencies): New Zealand beat India by 15 runs under the Duckworth/Lewis method in the rain-shortened second one-day cricket international on Wednesday to take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series. Tim Southee claimed four wickets, including the critical one of Virat Kohli for 78. Kane Williamson top-scored with 77 as New Zealand made 271-7 batting first in a match reduced to 42 overs per side, and India, set a revised target of 293, was held to 277-9 in reply. The second international mirrored the first as New Zealand reached a competitive total after being sent in and India’s chance of winning seemed strong until Kohli fell at a crucial stage. India’s second straight loss meant it forfeit the No. 1 ranking in one-day internationals to Australia. Kohli made 123 in the first match on Sunday when New Zealand won by 24 runs. He was pivotal again and the match tipped substantially in the home team’s favor when Southee grabbed his wicket in the 30th over with India still needing 129.

After Kohli was dismissed in the first over of the batting powerplay, India’s hopes fell on the shoulders of captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. He made 56 including a half century from 42 balls which was completed with a six off Southee. But when he was out in the 40th over, skying a catch to Williamson off Corey Anderson, India still needed 40 runs from 17 balls, a task that seemed beyond its remaining batsmen. Anderson dismissed both Ravindra Jadeja (12) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (11) to add three wickets to his rapid-fire 44, which was a key contribution to New Zealand’s total. India needed 81 off the last seven overs, and 50 from the last 24 balls. But when Dhoni fell, their winning target became oppressive and they wilted under its weight. They still needed 22 from the last over but the rain which spoiled the match when it delayed play for almost two hours during the New Zealand innings, returned with three balls remaining, when stumps was called.

Anderson slugged five sixes in an innings of 44 from 17 balls to give New Zealand a crucial boost late in its innings. Williamson steered the innings through the crucial middle overs, reaching a half century from 52 balls and putting on 89 for the second wicket with Guptill and 60 for the third with Taylor. Taylor, who made 57 for his 26th half century in one-dayers, joined Anderson in a late onslaught in which they added 74 runs for the fourth wicket in 4.4 overs. New Zealand’s innings was twice interrupted by rain: For only 10 minutes on the first occasion but then for almost two hours from the 34th over when it was 170-2. It returned with eight overs trimmed from its allocation but coped well, striking 101-5 runs in 8.4 overs. The Kiwis were 248-4 when Anderson was out in the 39th over, then lost five wickets for four runs. Mohammed Shami produced another outstanding display of bowling at the death, claiming the late wickets of Taylor and Brendon McCullum (0) to finish with 3-55 from seven overs. The third match is on Saturday at Auckland.

M. Guptill c Shami b Raina    44
J. Ryder C Dhoni b Shami    20
K. Williamson st Dhoni b Jadeja    77
R. Taylor c Dhoni b Shami    57
C. Anderson c Dhawan b Sharma    44
B. McCullum c & b Shami    0
L. Ronchi not out    18
N. McCullum b Kumar    1
K. Mills not out     2
Extras: (lb1, w7)    8
Total: (seven wickets; 42 overs) 271
Fall of wickets: 1-25 (Ryder), 2-114 (Guptill), 3-174 (Williamson), 4-248 (Anderson), 5-250 (B. McCullum), 6-251 (Taylor), 7-252 (N. McCullum)
Did not bat: T. Southee, M. McClenaghan
Bowling: Kumar 7-1-43-1, Shami 7-0-55-3 (2w), Sharma 6-0-46-1 (4w), Jadeja 8-0-46-1, Kohli 2-0-12-0, Ashwin 8-0-50-0 (1w), Raina 4-0-18-1

S. Dhawan b Southee    12
R. Sharma c Ronchi b Southee    20
V. Kohli c sub b Southee    78
A. Rahane c Ronchi b McClenaghan    36
M. Dhoni c Williamson b Anderson    56
S. Raina c Southee b Mills    35
R. Jadeja b Anderson    12
R. Ashwin c Guptill b Southee    5
B. Kumar c N. McCullum b Anderson    11
M. Shami not out    1
I. Sharma not out    1
Extras: (lb3, w7) 10

Total: (nine wickets, 41.3 overs) 277
Fall of wickets: 1-22 (Dhawan), 2-37 (R. Sharma), 3-127 (Rahane), 4-164 (Kohli), 5-226 (Raina), 6-257 (Dhoni), 7-259 (Jadeja), 8-265 (Ashwin), 9-275 (Kumar)
Bowling: Mills 9-1-50-1, McClenaghan 8-1-45-1 (1w), Southee 9-0-72-4 (1w), N. McCullum 8-0-40-0 (3w), Anderson 7.3-0-67-3 (2w)
Toss: India
Result: New Zealand won by 15 runs (D/L method)
Umpires: Chris Gaffaney (NZL), Rod Tucker (AUS)
TV umpire: Gary Baxter (NZL)
Match referee: David Boon (AUS)

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