India will play New Zealand in a five-match ODI series. The first match begins on January 23. The series will be a preparation for the 2019 World Cup where both the teams will look to sort out a few selection issues. Also, a win in the ODI series will give a major boost and momentum to the winners ahead of the World Cup in England.
Although India and New Zealand do not enjoy a great rivalry when it comes to cricket, the Kiwis have always given tough competition to the ‘Men in Blue’. There have been few exciting and entertaining ODIs between the two teams. Cricwizz takes a look at top five ODIs between the two teams when the game of cricket has been the winner and fans have got their money’s worth.
Tied Auckland ODI in 2014
India’s decision to ask Kiwis to bat first backfired as New Zealand posted a big total of 314. Martin Guptill hammered his way to 111 as Kiwis posted a total of 314. India were off to worst possible start, losing 4 wickets for 79 with Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane cooling their heels in the pavilion.
But the lower-order batsmen led by skipper MS Dhoni rallied the chase brilliantly. Dhoni cracked 50 before he fell at 184/6 to dash India’s hopes. But R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja had other plans.
The two posted 85-run stand for the seventh wicket in quick time to revive India’s hopes. But Ashwin departed at 269/7 for well-made 65 to put the Kiwis back on top. But Jadeja never lost hope.
With 29 runs required off 13 balls with a wicket in hand, Jadeja unleashed his big strokes to help India tie the game. With 18 runs required off 6 balls, Jadeja slammed two 4s and 1 six to tie the game, but could not take the team across.
But India would have taken the tie when at one position they stared at a big defeat. Jadeja scored 66* and was named the man of the match.
India post a 1-run win over New Zealand in Rothmans Cup Triangular Series at Wellington in 1990
India posted a fighting total of 221 all out with Kapil Dev top-scoring with 38-ball 46 with 4 fours and 1 six. Mark Greatbatch led the run-chase with a knock of 53. New Zealand looked to be cruising at 195/5 with Sir Richard Hadlee spearheading the job to finish the game.
But India bowlers, led by Kapil and Manoj Prabhakar, had other plans. Prabhakar took two wickets to put NZ on backfoot. But Hadlee was still there.
However, the Kiwis choked, losing two wickets for no run to be stranded at 220 all out and lose the match by just a run.
Martin Snedden was run-out, while Kapil Dev bowled out Hadlee for 46 to stop the Kiwis of 1 run away from forcing a tie. Kapil Dev was man of the match for his 46 and 3/37.
India win Auckland ODI against NZ by 1 wicket in 2003
It was a case of making heavy weather of an easy chase. India had already lost the series 4-1 going into the sixth ODI at Auckland. And India needed to win this to reduce the series loss to 4-2.
New Zealand, asked to bat first, made 199/9, a stiff target for Indian batsmen who struggled on the drop-in pitches throughout the tour. But for one Indian batsman in Virender Sehwag.
The Nawab of Najafgarh batted as if there’s no tomorrow. He went berserk against New Zealand bowlers, smacking 11 fours and 3 sixes enroute to his 112 before he was dismissed at the score of 182.
India needed just another 18 runs with 6 wickets in hand. But New Zealand started a collapse that saw India lose 4 wickets for 4 runs. It boiled down to 2 runs off 8 balls with a wicket in hand. When the scores were levelled, Ashish Nehra managed to pull a short ball to finish off the match.
India won by just a wicket but lost the series 4-2. Sehwag was named man of the match.
New Zealand win by 4 wickets in ICC KnockOut final in 2000
This was New Zealand’s biggest win against India in ODIs. They won the ICC KnockOut trophy in 2000 by 4 wickets to post their first major ICC title. The margin of victory does not imply how closely fought the match was.
India were the favourite to win the title after posting brilliant wins in previous games during the tournament. The Kiwis were the dark horses.
India began well with openers Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly posting 141-run stand for the opening wicket in 27 overs. India were poised to cross 300, but lost their way in the death overs after Ganguly’s exit for 117. India managed just 64 runs in the last 11 overs.
New Zealand did not had a great start, losing 4 wickets for 100-odd runs, but Chris Cairns played the innings of his life to help his team to a famous win. Cairns slammed 102* to steer his team across the finish line. India were in the hunt till the end as they had to defend 11 runs off 9. But it was meant to be Cairns’ day.
India win by 5 runs in the 5th Match of Benson & Hedges World Series Cup at Perth in 1980
In the fast and bouncy pitch of Perth, Sir Richard Hadlee had Indian batsmen running for cover. He dismissed Indian opener Sunil Gavaskar for a duck off the first ball of the match and took 4 more wickets to slump India to 162 all out.
Kapil Dev, who usually resurrect India’s innings in collapses, fell for a second-ball duck to Hadlee. There was no escaping Hadlee on that pitch on that day, but Sandeep Patil fought hard to top-score with 39.
Fortunately, India had pace bowlers to take the attack into the opposition’s camp. It was not Kapil Dev, but Roger Binny who was the hero on the day. New Zealand slumped to 80/6 in chase of 163.
But Hadlee was not done. He brought out his batting skills to the fore, stitching an important 50-run stand with Lance Cairns for the seventh wicket. Once Hadlee fell for 20 off Binny, India spelled an opening and bowled out Kiwis for 157 to win by 5 wickets.
The last-wicket stand of 21 runs did create trouble for India, but Gavaskar and his men sailed through. Binny took 4/41, but it was Sir Richard Hadlee who took man of the match award for his 5/32 and 20 valuable runs.