India Vs New Zealand, 4th ODI update
Trying to re-establish himself, an all new Mahendra Singh Dhoni look forward to continue his form and aim for a series win in the India vs New Zealand match in Ranchi today.
High points from the last match
Indian cricket captain MS Dhoni upgraded himself to No.4 in the 3rd ODI in Mohali and made a seven-wicket win in partnership with Virat Kohli to gain a 2-1 lead in the ongoing five-match series.
Dhoni’s 80 runs off 91 balls in Mohali made him enter the club of 9,000 runs. He became the first batsman to reach in that club with an average of 50 during the third ODI of India vs News Zealand.
India’s captain cool and the local Ranchi boy may have appeared last at the Jharkhand State Cricket Association Stadium Complex in Ranchi itself which hosted three ODIs and one T20I, with India winning the series.
Vice Captain Virat Kohli, also hope to return to the venue, where he has a record of 77*, and 139* in his two unbeatable ODI innings.
Regarded as one of the best batsmen of this era, Kohli again showed how serious he can be after being dropped early in his last innings in Mohali. He scripted a remarkable 154 runs not out off just 134 balls to take India to a one match lead in India vs New Zealand ODI series . It was Kohli’s 22nd winning century. It seems stopping the Delhi boy in the 4th ODI today will be the first priority of the Kiwis.
In their unbeatable 151-run partnership for the third wicket, Dhoni showed an all new optimism and hunger side while Kohli was already at his best.
Saying that Dhoni should get retired would not be correct, but the 35-year-old Indian Captain himself has acknowledged his decreasing skill in Mohali, making it something that prompted him to promote himself to No.4 in the batting line-up.
In and out of Indian team
Playing at the home ground where it all began, 4th vs India New Zealand ODI match will be an emotional game for the Indian skipper, who has won all the ICC trophies and would be looking to make this series a memorable one.
Dhoni’s current form could be a dangerous signal for the Kiwis, who are desperate to prove themselves after their 0-3 whitewash in the Test series.
The biggest surprise has been the part-time off spinner Kedar Jadhav, who took six wickets at less than eight runs per over, and holds a second spot in the wicket-takers’ list just after leg spinner Amit Mishra.
Grabbing a lucky break, post Suresh Raina’s fitness issues, the 31-year-old Jadhav is snatching the opportunity with both hands.
Jadhav, also scored 37runs in 41 balls in New Delhi, giving Dhoni a good option ahead of next year’s Champions Trophy by becoming the multi-utility player that the captain is looking for.
Next in the line-up is Hardik Pandya, who has impressed the audience with both bat and bowl in his debut ODI series.
Entering the fourth ODI, India’s biggest concern is the opening batsmen Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane, who are yet to give an explosive start to the team. In the last three ODIs Rohit-Ajinkya’s partnership yielded 49, 21 and 13 runs respectively.
Pressure will largely upon Rohit and Rahane to start the match with a good partnership and relive some burden from the middle-order batsmen in the India vs New Zealand fourth ODI.
Rahane himself is eager to make a big score and seal his place in the opening slot in the absence of Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul.
On the other hand, this is a must-win match for New Zealand to keep their hopes alive in the ongoing series.
In the last ODI, the Black Caps hoped for in win with a lower-order surge between James Neesham (57) and Matt Henry (39*) making a total of 285.
In the remaining two games, Williamson hopes for his top-order which lays the foundation for the lower-order to fire on flat Indians, which are full of runs.