India need 244 to win; Ross Taylor, Latham guide New Zealand to a competitive score

India need 244 to win; Ross Taylor, Latham guide New Zealand to a competitive score

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With the 119 run fourth wicket partnership between Ross Taylor and Tom Latham helped New Zealand to reach at a competitive score of 243 off 49 overs in the third ODI against India at Bay Oval stadium Mount Maunganui on Monday.

Ross Taylor made a spectacular 93 runs off 106 balls which include 9 boundaries. Tom Latham’s half century came from 64 balls including one boundary and one sixer.

Finally, by the time Yuzvendra Chahal broke the dangerous fourth wicket partnership between Ross Taylor and Latham, Newzealand reached a safe level past 200 runs. After Lathm’s walkback, nobody could drive the New Zealnad innings forward and it ended at 243 in 49 overs.

Soon after the Latham completes his half century, he walked back in Yuzvendra Chahal’s ball, providing a catch to Ambati Rayudu. Ross Taylor (80) continues his stand giving headache to Indian bowlers with accurate aggression.

Earlier after winning the toss, New Zealand chose to bat and got off to a bad start by losing earlier wickets Martin Guptill (13) and Munro (7). Captain Kane Williamson stood a bit contributing 28 runs. Then Ross Taylor and Latham built a fourth wicket partnership of 119 runs which propelled New Zealand score to a decent level.

For India, while Chahal scalped two wickets, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami and Hardik Pandya took one wicket each.

This time, as Virat Kohli has been given a break as part of BCCI’s workload management programme and he would ensure that he finishes on a high on the third ODI. Wicket Keeper Dhoni rested following a sour hamstring.

India will also benefit from the return of Hardik Pandya, who was provisionally suspended for his comments on a TV chat show. His return is set to bring balance back to the side.

New Zealand have looked clueless against India’s wrist-spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal, who accounted for 12 of the 20 wickets in the last two ODIs. Kuldeep has looked the most menacing as he claimed two four-wicket hauls in the first two ODIs. At the top of the order, New Zealand haven’t been able to get going due to India’s pace bowling attack.