Match Over - India won by 6 wickets + Match Details

Match Details

  • Toss: New Zealand, who chose to bat
  • Venue: Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune
  • Referee: BC Broad
  • When: 25 Oct 2017, 10:00 SAST
  • Winner: India
  • Man of the Match: B Kumar


  • Umpire1: RJ Tucker
  • Umpire2: C Shamshuddin
  • Third Umpire: MA Gough



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New Zealand

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Bhuvneshwar Kumar is the Man of the Match. "That's my nature, I'm calm, and however you practice you replicate that. I never try to do anything different. It's the way I bowl, with the new ball, I swing it. It wasn't happening today, so I just tried to bowl in good areas, got two wickets and that gave me confidence. Things get easier for you when you're confident. There's no easy route to success, but with confidence, you can do those good things better. I'm not muscular, but thanks to the trainer, introducing player-specific training, I feel much confident and stronger when it comes to fitness"

"Pretty good game for us today. Exactly what we spoke at toss time. Pitch would be slow in the evening, better to bat at night," Virat Kohli says. "Great to see Bummrah and Bhuvi, they are our top two bowlers, they know they will start more often than not, so they can create plans. And today with the wicket being slow, it was great to see them getting batsmen out in conventional ways, not ugly wickets. Shikhar has been playing very well, one odd game he's faltered, but he's hitting the ball really well and he's getting good runs at the top. Dinesh as well, getting crucial runs for himself and for the team. We look forward to any challenge on us. We spoke about needing to bounce back, and we've done that."

9.10 pm "One of those surfaces where if you get a good score on the board and squeeze, the bowlers would have made life difficult," Kane Williamson says. "We weren't good enough at the top, India's opening bowlers were very very well, hit the mark,

the length on that surface. There's a lesson there for us. And we know we have to play a lot better to beat these guys. The surface wasn't easy to play fluently and Colin came out and went at run-a-ball. We came here with high hopes, we put a much better performance in Mumbai and we need to be better again in Kanpur"

9.00 pm The groundwork for this victory was in the backroom, with India working on methods to stop New Zealand's batsmen from profiting with the sweep shot. They brought in a spinner who bowls flat and wicket to wicket and they also had a pitch that helped the fast bowlers. With that little bit of movement in the air and off the pitch, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah picked up five wickets between them to strangle New Zealand to 230.

Thereafter, it was only a matter of some of the top-order batsmen stepping up. Shikhar Dhawan did, with a fifty, and so did Dinesh Karthik, from No. 4, a position that has been difficult for India. "It was important to spend time in the middle," he says. "Important to stay there till the end. Maybe I took a bit more time, but with confidence, everything comes. You have a lot of demons to fight on the comeback trail. A lot of credit to Ravi Shastri and Virat Kohli to give me the confidence to go there and play my game. It was slow pitch, after the new ball, scoring runs was tricky. So I wanted us not to lose wickets. Not able to put into words what I'm feeling, got a good score in this game, but I have to win more matches, when the required rate is high, I need to score more boundaries and win those games."

Madan: "@Darshan: In this day and age, you can't possibly find a player who will own a position for 5-6 years. The best you could do and what is done is planning for the next world cup. Having said that, if Dhoni is an integral part for WC19, he should play no.4 as often as possible to get used to it. There's no other logical position for him right now."

santosh battula: "@Real : I think it in the other way. Let us play till the last over letting them bowl the full quota and get them tired mentally enough too.. :-P"

45.6TG Southee to KD Karthik, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, smacks it through cover to win the game for India. Excellent shot to seal an excellent game for India. They level the series 1-1.
45.5TG Southee to MS Dhoni, 1 run, pushes a full delivery down the ground for a single to mid-on.
45.4TG Southee to MS Dhoni, No run, wide of the crease for a shortish delivery outside off. Punch to cover.

Shreyanshu: "Dinesh 3 boundaries in 90 balls. Dhoni 3 boundaries in 17 balls."

Raja: "@Shreyanshu - India needed 151 when Karthik came and India needed 26 when Dhoni came in... Dont compare"

45.3TG Southee to KD Karthik, LEG BYES, 1 run, goes off the thigh pad to square leg as Karthik aims for a flick.
45.2TG Southee to MS Dhoni, 1 run, tries to come down the pitch, but Milne pulls his length back and cramps Dhoni. Flick to deep square leg results.
45.1TG Southee to MS Dhoni, No run, shortish and outside off, looks to be the cross-seamer, which kicks up considerably. Enough to beat Dhoni on the cut shot.
End of over 45. 1 runs this over. 225/4 after 270 balls.
KD Karthik 60 (90b 3x4 0x6 ) AF Milne 8-1-21-1
MS Dhoni 16 (17b 3x4 0x6 ) more

Darshan Shah: "The reason why India/Kohli doesn't want Dhoni at no 4 is they looking for long term perspective(around 5-6 years at least). Mostly dhoni will play till 2019 at max. One more thing that they want more experience at down the order in crunch situation during world cup(though he was not able to deliver sometimes in recent past but experience matters). "

End of over 44. 9 runs this over. 224/4 after 264 balls.
KD Karthik 60 (89b 3x4 0x6 ) TA Boult 10-0-54-0
MS Dhoni 15 (12b 3x4 0x6 ) more

Anoop B J: "Dhoni's backlift is certainly much higher than the last few matches... anyone noticed that??"

End of over 43. 4 runs this over. 215/4 after 258 balls.
KD Karthik 60 (87b 3x4 0x6 ) MJ Santner 10-0-38-1
MS Dhoni 6 (8b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 42. 4 runs this over. 211/4 after 252 balls.
MS Dhoni 5 (7b 1x4 0x6 ) TA Boult 9-0-45-0
KD Karthik 57 (82b 3x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 41. 3 runs this over. 207/4 after 246 balls.
KD Karthik 57 (82b 3x4 0x6 ) MJ Santner 9-0-34-1
MS Dhoni 1 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Kannan: "I personally think DK and Manish Pandey are better than Kedhar and Rahul for ODI middle order slot. What keeps Kedhar in this team is his bowling, which won't be useful outside sub-continent."

And in walks MS Dhoni, the Pune crowd absolutely roaring for him. Slip in place

NIRmal soni: "Dhoni is the best and trustworthy option for no. 4 position.. don't know why they are trying with pandey, kedar, and karthik. Pandey and kedar are good option for middle order or even raina and yuvi are also available."

End of over 40. 10 runs this over. 204/3 after 240 balls.
HH Pandya 30 (30b 2x4 1x6 ) C de Grandhomme 7-0-40-1
KD Karthik 55 (78b 3x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 39. 3 runs this over. 194/3 after 234 balls.
HH Pandya 28 (28b 2x4 1x6 ) MJ Santner 8-0-31-0
KD Karthik 47 (74b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 38. 13 runs this over. 191/3 after 228 balls.
KD Karthik 46 (71b 2x4 0x6 ) TG Southee 8-1-54-1
HH Pandya 27 (25b 2x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 37. 5 runs this over. 177/3 after 221 balls.
KD Karthik 43 (68b 2x4 0x6 ) TA Boult 8-0-40-0
HH Pandya 16 (21b 0x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 36. 4 runs this over. 172/3 after 216 balls.
KD Karthik 40 (64b 2x4 0x6 ) TG Southee 7-1-41-1
HH Pandya 15 (20b 0x4 1x6 ) more

Hari: "Why is that no one criticizes Karthik for slow strike rate but flood gates of comments are open when Dhoni does the same??" --- Possibly because India are well ahead in the chase, and of course, the difference in profiles.

End of over 35. 2 runs this over. 168/3 after 210 balls.
KD Karthik 38 (61b 2x4 0x6 ) TA Boult 7-0-35-0
HH Pandya 13 (17b 0x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 34. 5 runs this over. 166/3 after 204 balls.
HH Pandya 13 (17b 0x4 1x6 ) AF Milne 7-1-20-1
KD Karthik 36 (55b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 33. 8 runs this over. 161/3 after 198 balls.
HH Pandya 12 (15b 0x4 1x6 ) MJ Santner 7-0-29-0
KD Karthik 32 (51b 2x4 0x6 ) more

And they've taken drinks. That's all from me, Al will take you through to the end. That's Alagappan, not Artificial Intelligence as someone thought earlier.

Thanks for that clarification, Varun. But make no mistake, that only puts me slightly less likely to take over the world. I've got plans. Big plans. Meanwhile, there's a tiny delay as the umpires and the batsmen meet mid-pitch to decide who should take strike. Bet there was an invisible coin that went up and it came down in Karthik's favour

utpaul: "Even ordinary comments are getting published today. Guess the traffic is low" --- This is part of those big plans.

End of over 32. 5 runs this over. 152/3 after 191 balls.
HH Pandya 4 (10b 0x4 0x6 ) AF Milne 6-1-14-1
KD Karthik 31 (49b 2x4 0x6 ) more

Bala: "What speed Milne is bowling?" --- Averaging high 130s.

End of over 31. 2 runs this over. 147/3 after 186 balls.
HH Pandya 1 (6b 0x4 0x6 ) MJ Santner 6-0-21-0
KD Karthik 31 (48b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 30.  A maiden over! 145/3 after 180 balls.
HH Pandya 0 (4b 0x4 0x6 ) AF Milne 5-1-10-1
KD Karthik 30 (44b 2x4 0x6 ) more

Dhaval: "@Navin: Can see similar things happening in future. We have a couple of keepers who are all class when they bat. Samson and Ishan Kishan to name a couple of them but they will probably lose their places to or compete with a little guy who is brute force. Rishabh Pant. "

Naini: "Dhawan has minded the pace Varun :)" ---- Okay, okay.

End of over 29. 5 runs this over. 145/2 after 174 balls.
KD Karthik 30 (44b 2x4 0x6 ) MJ Santner 5-0-19-0
S Dhawan 68 (82b 5x4 2x6 ) more

SGT: "@Navin-Lets not forget, both PP and DK got their chance before MSD, it was MSD who grabbed it with both hands better than the other 2, guess that's what matters most"

End of over 28. 3 runs this over. 140/2 after 168 balls.
KD Karthik 27 (40b 2x4 0x6 ) TG Southee 6-1-37-1
S Dhawan 66 (80b 5x4 2x6 ) more

Pravu: "@Navin - Mark my word. DK's class and elegance lasts till 30 as personal score."

End of over 27. 3 runs this over. 137/2 after 162 balls.
KD Karthik 26 (36b 2x4 0x6 ) MJ Santner 4-0-14-0
S Dhawan 64 (78b 5x4 2x6 ) more

Navin: "DK and Parthiv with all technique , class and elegance missed out to a guy who had nothin from above but had everythin else!!! If not PP at least DK can walk into any int'l team as a genuine keeper. Born in the wrong era!! "

End of over 26. 8 runs this over. 134/2 after 156 balls.
S Dhawan 62 (76b 5x4 2x6 ) TG Southee 5-1-34-1
KD Karthik 25 (32b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 25. 3 runs this over. 126/2 after 150 balls.
S Dhawan 55 (71b 5x4 1x6 ) MJ Santner 3-0-11-0
KD Karthik 24 (31b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 24. 9 runs this over. 123/2 after 144 balls.
KD Karthik 22 (29b 2x4 0x6 ) C de Grandhomme 6-0-30-1
S Dhawan 54 (67b 5x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 23. 7 runs this over. 113/2 after 137 balls.
KD Karthik 15 (25b 1x4 0x6 ) C Munro 2-0-11-0
S Dhawan 51 (64b 5x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 22. 2 runs this over. 106/2 after 132 balls.
S Dhawan 49 (62b 5x4 1x6 ) C de Grandhomme 5-0-21-1
KD Karthik 13 (22b 1x4 0x6 ) more

With some body-language reading, we've been able to ascertain that Karthik's misguided hoick at 20.4 was because he thought it would be a no-ball - he had miscounted the number of fielders in the circle.

End of over 21. 3 runs this over. 103/2 after 125 balls.
KD Karthik 12 (21b 1x4 0x6 ) C Munro 1-0-3-0
S Dhawan 47 (56b 5x4 1x6 ) more

Meanwhile, England have just beaten favourites Brazil 3-1 to reach the final of the Under-17 World Cup. Can less-fancied Mali too continue to win against the odds and defeat Spain? Watch their semi-final at 8 PM IST live and exclusive on

End of over 20. 4 runs this over. 100/2 after 120 balls.
S Dhawan 46 (53b 5x4 1x6 ) C de Grandhomme 4-0-19-1
KD Karthik 11 (19b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 19. 4 runs this over. 96/2 after 113 balls.
S Dhawan 44 (49b 5x4 1x6 ) TA Boult 6-0-33-0
KD Karthik 9 (16b 1x4 0x6 ) more

Sarthak: "Tom Latham looks remarkably like Dave Franco!" --- And then there's Ed Norton bowling left-arm over for New Zealand.

End of over 18. 2 runs this over. 92/2 after 108 balls.
S Dhawan 42 (46b 5x4 1x6 ) C de Grandhomme 3-0-15-1
KD Karthik 8 (14b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 17. 4 runs this over. 90/2 after 102 balls.
KD Karthik 7 (11b 1x4 0x6 ) TA Boult 5-0-29-0
S Dhawan 41 (43b 5x4 1x6 ) more

That's drinks, and here's Varun again.

Gurveer Singh: "What a poor bowling change for NZ. Milne was producing beauty after beauty and he's been taken off for Boult? Makes no sense!"

Yaswanth: "@Muthu: Kohli averaged around 35 against Australia and din had a great series against SL too, he might be averaging 75 over the year but struggled in last 2 series for sure"

End of over 16. 2 runs this over. 86/2 after 96 balls.
S Dhawan 39 (41b 5x4 1x6 ) C de Grandhomme 2-0-13-1
KD Karthik 5 (7b 1x4 0x6 ) more

Waqar Durrani: "231 should be like walk in a park for Indian batting line up. I hope NZ bowlers don't make it Jurrasic park. "

End of over 15. 1 runs this over. 84/2 after 90 balls.
KD Karthik 4 (6b 1x4 0x6 ) AF Milne 4-0-10-0
S Dhawan 38 (36b 5x4 1x6 ) more

Asim: "Bit of a lean phase for the Fantastic Four with Smith struggling in the recent series, Williamson having not scored many runs in the first couple of matches, Root failing to convert his starts in recently concluded WI series and now Kohli struggling by his own standards (he did score 100 in the last game but has not been at his absolute best over the past couple of months)!!!" ---- Kohli's averaging 75, and striking at 98 in 2017. If that's struggling, then we need to have a serious discussion

End of over 14. 7 runs this over. 79/2 after 83 balls.
V Kohli 29 (29b 3x4 1x6 ) C de Grandhomme 1-0-7-1
S Dhawan 37 (35b 5x4 1x6 ) more

Dinesh Karthik at that troublesome No. 4 position for India

Siladitya Ray: "@RitwikTyagi If you play 15-20 ODIs a season without any context there is no reason for fans to fill the stadiums. The U-17 Football, on the other hand, is to determine the best junior football team in the world, ergo context."

End of over 13. 3 runs this over. 72/1 after 78 balls.
S Dhawan 32 (32b 4x4 1x6 ) AF Milne 3-0-9-0
V Kohli 28 (27b 3x4 1x6 ) more

Jacq: "@Ritwik Tyagi : For the better, I suppose. High time the other sports get their due as well."

End of over 12. 3 runs this over. 69/1 after 72 balls.
S Dhawan 31 (29b 4x4 1x6 ) MJ Santner 2-0-8-0
V Kohli 26 (24b 3x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 11. 2 runs this over. 66/1 after 66 balls.
S Dhawan 30 (26b 4x4 1x6 ) AF Milne 2-0-6-0
V Kohli 24 (21b 3x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 10. 5 runs this over. 64/1 after 60 balls.
S Dhawan 28 (20b 4x4 1x6 ) MJ Santner 1-0-5-0
V Kohli 24 (21b 3x4 1x6 ) more

Aashish Calla: "I can never understand how Dhawan's place in the ODI lineup can be questioned, at all! The man has 11 tons and 21 fifties after 90 games, at an average of 44 and SR of 92. Rahane, by comparison, and even after his recent rich vein of form, averages 35 at an SR of 78 with just 3 tons after 84 matches. It's an absolute no-brainer as to who should open with the Hitman!"

End of over 9. 4 runs this over. 59/1 after 54 balls.
V Kohli 22 (19b 3x4 1x6 ) AF Milne 1-0-4-0
S Dhawan 25 (16b 4x4 1x6 ) more

Jigar Shah: "On a tricky conditions like this chasing is always better than setting target. In 90s it was all about pressure of chasing but then bowlers were different, Rules were different. I dont think chasing is as difficult as it was once used to be." --- Plus, under lights with two new balls, pitches tend to quicken, and that effect is rather pronounced in the subcontinent

End of over 8. 7 runs this over. 55/1 after 48 balls.
V Kohli 18 (13b 2x4 1x6 ) TA Boult 4-0-25-0
S Dhawan 25 (16b 4x4 1x6 ) more

Naveen: "@Babu Because India can't afford to lose a specialist left handed opener, nor the one with 2 double-centuries. "

End of over 7. 11 runs this over. 48/1 after 42 balls.
S Dhawan 25 (16b 4x4 1x6 ) TG Southee 4-1-26-1
V Kohli 11 (7b 2x4 0x6 ) more

Babu: "I didn't see a 50 run opening partnership after rahane was rested for these two regular openers I think these two are good only with rahane why can't we play him by dropping either one of our regular openers"

End of over 6. 9 runs this over. 37/1 after 35 balls.
S Dhawan 19 (13b 4x4 0x6 ) TA Boult 3-0-18-0
V Kohli 6 (3b 1x4 0x6 ) more

Mustafa Moudi: "@Muthu... That Stats only includes Bilateral Series between these 2 sides. So now Southee is the Joint-highest Wicket-Taker For NZ in all bilateral series between these 2 teams"

End of over 5. 11 runs this over. 28/1 after 30 balls.
V Kohli 6 (3b 1x4 0x6 ) TG Southee 3-1-15-1
S Dhawan 15 (8b 3x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 4. 5 runs this over. 17/0 after 24 balls.
RG Sharma 7 (18b 1x4 0x6 ) TA Boult 2-0-13-0
S Dhawan 10 (6b 2x4 0x6 ) more

Sheetal Potdar: "@Ashish Calla: Even England have a different set of bowlers for tests and ODis except for Moeen Ali who plays both formats." --- They've even got specifically designed contracts for white-ball cricket.

End of over 3. 4 runs this over. 12/0 after 18 balls.
RG Sharma 7 (15b 1x4 0x6 ) TG Southee 2-1-4-0
S Dhawan 5 (3b 1x4 0x6 ) more

Monib: "@Aashish calla : Pakistan also have different set of bowlers in tests. Abbas, Shah, Amir, wahab. None of them played in recent odi series. "

End of over 2. 8 runs this over. 8/0 after 12 balls.
S Dhawan 5 (3b 1x4 0x6 ) TA Boult 1-0-8-0
RG Sharma 3 (9b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 1.  A maiden over! 0/0 after 6 balls.
RG Sharma 0 (6b 0x4 0x6 ) TG Southee 1-1-0-0
S Dhawan 0 (0b 0x4 0x6 ) more
RG SharmaC C Munro B TG Southee7191036.84
S DhawanC LRPL Taylor B AF Milne68845280.95
V KohliC TWM Latham B C de Grandhomme292931100
KD Karthiknot out 64924069.57
HH PandyaC AF Milne B MJ Santner30312196.77
MS Dhoninot out 18213085.71
KM Jadhav -
AR Patel -
B Kumar -
JJ Bumrah -
YS Chahal -
Total 232/4
TG Southee9.016016.67
TA Boult10.005405.4
AF Milne8.012112.63
MJ Santner10.003813.8
C de Grandhomme7.004015.71
C Munro2.001206