Kane Williamson have always given India a tough time. The last time India have visited New Zealand in 2014, he had scored fifties in all the five games of the ODI series. He had started the ongoing series on the same note too, scoring 64. The New Zealand skipper was looking set to pile some more misery in the ongoing fifth ODI as well before MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav combined to end his stay at the crease.
Chasing 253, New Zealand were in trouble after losing three wickets for just 38 runs. However, Williamson and Tom Latham stopped the rot and took the score past the 100-run mark before Kedar Jadhav struck. It looked like a perfect plan from Jadhav and Dhoni and the way they celebrated, it made it clear that they had managed to trap the New Zealand skipper.
Kedar Jadhav tempted Williamson with a short ball and the latter went for the big shot. However, with not much pace in the delivery, Williamson’s shot could not cross the boundary and fell in Shikhar Dhawan’s safe hands at deep mid-wicket. And as soon as Dhawan completed the catch, both Jadhav and MS Dhoni showed their dance moves in utter delight.
Here is the clip of the wicket:
Meanwhile, earlier in the game, an impressive 90-run knock from Ambati Rayudu and a whirlwind knock from Hardik Pandya helped India recover from a disastrous and post a respectable 252.
Rohit Sharma’s decision to bat first has turned out to be a regrettable one early on with New Zealand bowlers all over India. Matt Henry gave the Kiwis the early breakthrough by castling Rohit Sharma before Boult accounted for Shikhar Dhawan to reduce India to 12 for 2. Highly-rated Shubman Gill failed to, scoring just 7 before Dhoni returned to the pavilion too with just 18 runs on the board. However, some fightback from Rayudu, Vijay Shankar and Pandya helped India post a challenging total.