Killer Kiwis kick India off ODI summit

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New Zealand won the second ODI against India in Hamilton by 15 Duckworth-Lewis runs, after rain had a big impact on the game, thus giving the Kiwis a two-nil series lead and knocking India off the top of the ICC ODI rankings.

New Zealand won the second ODI against India in Hamilton by 15 Duckworth-Lewis runs, after rain had a big impact on the game, thus giving the Kiwis a two-nil series lead and knocking India off the top of the ICC ODI rankings.

India needed 297 runs to win after the Duckworth Lewis Method pushed it up from the 271 the Black Caps made in the rain-reduced match. They could only reach 277, and with four balls remaining rain arrived to hand the hosts the win. Australia thus went to the top of the ODI list.

The Black Caps made 271 for seven in their 42 overs, with Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor scoring brisk half tons, and Corey Anderson falling just short of the fastest ODI fifty record. Mohammed Shami was the pick for India, taking three wickets.

India won the toss and chose to field first, preferring to know their target rather than set it, but that backfired slightly when rain arrived after the 30th over and stuck around long enough for D/L to come into effect.

Prior to that though, the hosts had been going at a rapid clip anyway, with Martin Guptill making 44, Jesse Ryder adding a brisk 20 and Kane Williamson top-scoring with 77 off 87 balls.

After the rain delay, Ross Taylor and Corey Anderson set about smashing it to all corners, with the latter reaching 44 off just 16 balls. He tried to get his 50 off the 17th, which would have added the fastest fifty to his fastest ton, but was caught in the deep.

Taylor made 57 before top edging a pull shot to MS Dhoni off Mohammed Shami, and the bowler also removed Brendon McCullum caught and bowled, in the same over for a duck. Luke Ronchi added a neat 18 at the death to ensure an interesting chase.

Tim Southee was the pick of the home bowlers, starting the rot with two early wickets. India openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma were both back in the hut for less than 21, though they had got off to a slow start anyway.

Virat Kohli's arrival signaled some fight for the visitors as he raced to a half century, as he tends to do in chases, and he wound up making 78 off 65 balls, before too falling to Southee in the 30th over.

India's formidable line-up continued to tease, as Ajinkya Rahane (36) and Suresh Raina (35) kept the side in the hunt, but they were unable to stick with skipper MS Dhoni as he hit out in the closing overs.

He made 56 off 44 balls, but once he departed, and the runs required were already over 12 per over, it was over bar the shouting. With four balls to go, India needed 21 runs to get to 297, and the umpires had to take the players off for rain, thus ending the match.

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