SOUTHEE LEADS NZ WIN

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

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.

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