Ki­wis level ODI series

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New Zealand’s cap­tain Kane Wil­liamson on the go yes­ter­day dur­ing the sec­ond one-day in­ter­na­tional cricket match against In­dia in Delhi. Wil­liamson made 118. NEW DELHI, (AP): NDIA FELL short in the last over as New Zealand won the sec­ond one-day in­ter­na­tional yes­ter­day by six runs to level the five-match series at 1-1.

Chas­ing 243 to win, In­dia were bowled out for 236 in 49.3 overs with Kedar Jad­hav scor­ing 41, in­clud­ing two fours and two sixes. MS Dhoni struck 39.

Ear­lier, Kane Wil­liamson scored his eighth ODI cen­tury as New Zealand fin­ished on 242 for nine. Wil­liamson hit 118 off 128 balls, with 14 fours and a six, af­ter the Black Caps had been put into bat.

In­dia made a se­date start in its run chase when Ro­hit Sharma (15) and Ajinkya Ra­hane (28) put on 21 runs off 7.1 overs for the first wicket. Sharma had tried to in­crease the scor­ing rate and per­ished in the process, caught be­hind off Trent Boult, who fin­ished with 2-25.

Vi­rat Kohli had a rare fail­ure as he

Itoo was caught be­hind for nine, while try­ing to play a leg glance off Mitchell Sant­ner. Ra­hane was then deemed out, caught at square leg off Tim Southee. The de­ci­sion ap­peared con­tro­ver­sial as re­plays sug­gested that the ball might have bounced be­fore Corey An­der­son caught it. How­ever, the third um­pire didn’t have suf­fi­cient evidence to over­turn the on­field de­ci­sion. Southee ended on three for 52.

LEFT STRUG­GLING

In­dia were left strug­gling at 72 for three and then Man­ish Pandey (19) was run out while go­ing for a tight sec­ond run, leav­ing the hosts reel­ing fur­ther at 73-4.

Dhoni and Jad­hav came to the res­cue by adding 66 runs for the fifth wicket.

The part­ner­ship re­vived the In­dian in­nings but Jad­hav’s 37-ball stay ended when he was caught be­hind off Matt Henry just as the match seemed to be turn­ing.

Dhoni put on 33 runs with Axar Pa­tel (17). The match turned de­ci­sively when Southee pulled off a stun­ning re­flex re­turn catch off Dhoni in the 40th over. Pa­tel fell shortly af­ter, caught in the deep off Gup­till, who fin­ished with two for six.

Gup­till struck twice in that 41st over as Amit Mishra holed out off a skier as In­dia col­lapsed from 172-6.

A sur­pris­ing 49-run part­ner­ship off 48 balls for the ninth wicket be­tween Hardik Pandya (36) and Umesh Ya­dav (18 not out) pro­vided a thrilling twist.

Pandya holed out off Boult with a mis­cued shot in the penul­ti­mate over. With 10 runs needed off the last six balls, Southee bowled Jasprit Bum­rah to seal a tight win with three balls to spare.

In­dia won the first ODI by six wick­ets.

The third ODI is in Mohali on Sun­day.

AP

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