SOUTHEE LEADS NZ WIN
FAST bowlers Tim Southee and James Neesham ran through India’s middle order to help New Zealand to a 19-run series-levelling win in the fourth one-day international Ranchi yesterday. Southee (3-40) and Neesham (2-38) shared five wickets between them to bowl out India for 241 in 48.4 overs. “Coming here, we had to decide between dew that may or may not come in versus the deterioration. The dew didn’t come in, so that perhaps worked in our favour,” skipper Kane Williamson said of his decision to defend the score. “India is a great side, it is exciting to go 2-2 into the final match.” Southee hurt India’s reply with an early wicket but Ajinkya Rahane (57) and Virat Kohli (45) put on 79 runs for the second wicket to steady the chase. Kohli dominated his stay at the crease with two fours and a six before his innings was cut short by leg-spinner Ish Sodhi who got the star batsman caught behind. Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who is trying to make the No. 4 slot his own, walked out to a rousing welcome in his hometown Ranchi. “The No. 5 and 6 are quite new, they will learn their own way. Some will play big shots, some will take it deep,” said Dhoni of India’s inexperienced middle order. The action now shifts to Viskhapatnam for the deciding fifth and final match tomorrow.