We have seen the thrilling finish in ODI cricket quite a lot. A team batting the second innings chasing a mammoth total is not rare in cricket. India in 1998 chased down Pakistan 315 in the Asia Cup, in 2002 Mohammed Kaif and Yuvraj Singh chased 325 in the Natwest Trophy final.
But, the what was a less known thing in modern day cricket is a tie match in ODI cricket. In 2014 when India were touring New Zealand the third match of the five-match ODI series has been tied at Eden park, Auckland.
India under the captaincy of MS Dhoni has already lost the first two matches, so a win was needed for India to avoid series defeat at the hand of New Zealand.
Dhoni winning the toss chose to field first. New Zealand opener Martin Guptill scored a brilliant hundred while Kane Willaimson scored 65. Wicketkeeper-batsman Luke Ronchi played a 38 runs innings off 20 balls in the death over.
New Zealand posted 314 on board. Considering small boundary the chase was not difficult for India.
Indian openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma also started with a positive note. They in 9 overs put 64 runs on the board. But, as Shikhar Dhawan’s mistimed shot was caught at the mid on by Martin Guptill India lost top three for 15 runs. Corey Anderson grabbed both Rohit and Dhawan’s wicket.
Fast bowler Hamish Bennett invited Virat Kohli to play a cover drive. But, the Indian batsman decided to leave the ball in the last minute. As a result, he was caught behind. Rahane was also nicked behind the wicket off Anderson.
However, Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni salvaged India’s shrinking ship. Raina scored 31 before caught behind off Southee. Captain Dhoni scored fifty before falling to Anderson.
So, there was nothing in the match. India has lost the match before the game got over. But, an unlikely storm from Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja changed the course of the match. Ashwin and Jadeja built an 85 run 8 wicket partnership. Ashwin hit 8 boundaries and one six while Jadeja shattered New Zealand bowlers with destructive batting. The left-hander hit four sixes and five over boundaries.
But, when looked India came close to the rim Nathan McCullum sent back Ashwin in the last ball in the 45th over. A 46 ball 65 run brilliant innings came to an end. But, Jadeja did not lose hope, Bhuvnshwar Kumar and Mohammad Shami did not contribute much, though. When Varun Aaron came to bat 19 runs off 13 balls was needed for India. Aaron showed his guts and did not give his wicket. Jadeja tried his best. He shouldered India to the extreme end of victory. On the other hand, New Zealand bowler got their line and length. So, Jadeja found it will be better draw the match than victory. Finally, the roller coaster match was tied.
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