Ravindra Jadeja's heist helps India to a thrilling tie in the third ODI against New Zealand | Sportzwiki

Ravindra Jadeja’s heist helps India to a thrilling tie in the third ODI against New Zealand

Ravindra Jadeja propelled India to a thrilling tie – assisted by some woeful bowling from New Zealand – in the third one-day international in Auckland on Saturday.

Chasing a daunting target of 315 runs India at one stage were reeling on 184 for six when skipper MS Dhoni fell, but half-centuries to R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja kept them in the game.

Jadeja requiring 18 from the last over of Corey Anderson brought it down to two off the last delivery but they could only manage a single. Anderson finished with figures of 5 for 63.

Earlier, after losing the toss and being sent into bat, New Zealand has made a steady start to the third ODI against India in Auckland.

Kane Williamson alongside Martin Guptill put on a mammoth 153 run partnership for second wicket. Williamson scored 65 runs with 4 fours and 2 sixes, while the star of the show for Kiwis was Martin Guptill who notched up a brilliant hundred. His 111 comprised of 12 fours and 2 sixes.

At one stage, Kiwis were well on their way to reach the target of above 350, but wickets at regular intervals from the visitors India helped them restrict the host to 314.

For India, spinners Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin were the most economical bowlers. Jaedja picked up one wicket while Ashwin got two. On the other hand, Mohammed Shami was the most expensive bowler giving away 84 runs in his 10 overs.

MS Dhoni had won the toss and sent New Zealand into bat for third consecutive time. India made one change in their XI by replacing Varun Aaron in place of Ishant Sharma.

For New Zealand, fast bowler Hamish Bennett has been recalled for his first international in three years, at the expense of Kyle Mills.

New Zealand still lead the series 2-0 with and India will now only be able to draw the five-match-series if they win the remaining two ODIs.