India breaks out of prison as the rain forces abandonment

India breaks out of prison as the rain forces abandonment

Rain arrived just in time to help India avoid a 2-0 scoreline in the ODI series against New Zealand on Wednesday (November 30). New Zealand were in pole position in the contest as they were cruising at 104/1 in just 18 overs chasing 220 before rain arrived. The relentless rain eventually resulted in the game getting called off as New Zealand were left frustrated with the final result. Even though they were well ahead in the game, India had to bowl two more overs to constitute a result, which wasn't possible.

After another poor effort with the bat, India relied heavily on their bowlers to do some early damage. Even though Arshdeep Singh and Deepak Chahar started off in fine fashion moving the new ball around to trouble Finn Allen, New Zealand recovered. Having scored only 28 runs in the first seven overs, New Zealand raced to 59 by the end of the powerplay. Devon Conway, who was sedate to begin with, opened up in the final over of the powerplay to make amends as he took on Chahar to smash him for four boundaries in a single over.

Allen then fetched back-to-back boundaries off Umran Malik in the following over as New Zealand took charge of the chase. The run rate that was barely touching four in the first six overs, rocketed over six following the onslaught. Allen eventually brought up his fifty and the stage was set for him to bring up his maiden ODI hundred with the target well within sight. Malik finally provided India some respite by removing Allen before rain arrived to keep the scoreline to 1-0.

Earlier in the day, India failed to deliver with the bat as the New Zealand pacers took control right from the outset. Kane Williamson had no hesitation in opting to bowl with the weather around and the new ball pacers made life difficult for Shubman Gill. Shikhar Dhawan tried to take on the bowlers but the dot balls did keep going up. Gill flicked one straight to square leg and then Dhawan lost his stumps while attempting to force the pace.

The onus was on Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant to resurrect the innings. While Iyer made most of the lifeline provided to him by Adam Milne, Pant got into an awkward position while attempting a pull off Daryl Mitchell and was caught. Suryakumar Yadav edged one behind to the lone slip fielder as India kept losing wickets. Iyer did keep the scorecard ticking with some regular boundaries but mistimed one off Lockie Ferguson to put India in a very difficult situation with almost 25 overs still left.

Deepak Hooda hardly caused damage and Chahar hit a couple of sixes before succumbing to a short ball from Mitchell. Washington Sundar then waged a lone battle with Yuzvendra Chahal holding fort at the other end. Washington played some delightful strokes and brought up a fifty with a six but New Zealand ensured there was no further damage done as the visitors were bowled out for 219.

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