MARTIN GUPTILL has been adjudged the MAN OF THE MATCH for his 72 runs.
TIM SOUTHEE is the JANA BANKABLE PLAYER of the match.
NZ WIN BY 19 RUNS: Axar and Mishra were batting well, and for a moment, after Axar had hit some lusty blows, the Indian diaspora had started hoping once again. However, what transpired in the middle thereafter, destroyed all the hopes that India had harboured after the departures of Kohli, Dhoni and Manish Pandey. Once again, India have squandered a chase when Kohli hasn't fired. This has become a point of contention of late, as it can be argued after this defeat that India have become over-reliant on Kohli to win them matches. The openers failed to give a good start to the team once again, and two of India's top three - Kohli and Rahane - couldn't convert their starts into big scores. The turning point of the game, one would say, was Dhoni's dismissal, who was clean bowled by James Neesham. The Indian captain did not look to be at his best at his home ground and was dismissed for a paltry score of 11. The Indians, however, did not give up till the end, as Dhawal Kulkarni and Umesh Yadav, India's No. 10 & 11 stitched up a 34-run partnership, and brought India within smelling distance of a victory. But, it was not to be. Yadav played one shot too many, and just like that, NZ draw level in the series.
Can kulkarni do a Braithwaite from here? #INDvNZ— Prabhakar Thapa (@PrabhakarThapa8) October 26, 2016
Can kulkarni do a Braithwaite from here? #INDvNZ
23 runs are needed off 12 balls. Dhawal Kulkarni has the strike. Can he conjure up something? Can he conjure up a Kedar Jadhav?
23 needed from the final 2 overs.
This is the best 10th wicket partnetship for India against New Zealand in ODIs.
Alright, it seems like there is still some life left in the game. After Axar and Mishra, Dhawal Kulkarni and Umesh Yadav have sparked some life into the game.
Playing Dhawal over Bumrah working. #INDvNZ— Shivaji Bajpai (@ShivajiThinks) October 26, 2016
Playing Dhawal over Bumrah working. #INDvNZ
New Zealand cannot mess this one up, surely!
Can Umesh Yadav win the match for India from here? Fans would remember his and Varun Aaron's combined effort to take India past the finishing line in an ODI against the West Indies at Cuttack in 2011, eking out a one-wicket win. Kulkarni looks the more competent of the two.
The tailenders have not thrown in the towel, yet.