Live 3rd ODI: Jadeja pulls off the unthinkable, match ends in tie

Ravindra Jadeja pulled off an absolutely unbelievable batting display, managing to tie the score with the Indian tail in tow, drawing the third ODI against New Zealand at the Eden Park stadium in Auckland.

The visitors needed 18 runs from the last over, and managed to get 17 with
single off the last ball of the Correy Anderson over. India had started their chase positively, with both Rohit Sharma and Dhawan showing intent. At their ease for the first time in the series, the opening duo quickly piled up a fifty plus partnership. They scored 64 off 56 balls.


Dhawan hit 28 off 25 balls, which included a six and four fours. However, he fell in the tenth over, trying to pull a Corey Anderson short ball, but holeing out to Guptill at deep mid-wicket.
Rohit survived an edge scare in the first over but Jesse Ryder could not hold on to a very tough chance. He settled down and played some aggressive cricket. But he too fell in the 13th over, slashing at another Anderson delivery and getting caught at third man. He hit four sixes and a four to get to his 38.
Virat Kohli, the star of the last two unsuccessful chases also fell early, giving an edge to Luke Ronchi behind the stumps off a Bennette delivery. Kohli went after scoring 6.
Ajinkya Rahane, a batman who has presented promise in the past, was the other failure of the day. Rahane tried to flick an Anderson delivery down the leg side but only managed to edge it to Luke Ronchi behind the stumps.
Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni then put up a dogged resistance, trying to get the chase back on track. While they were not as fluent as the openers were, the odd ball was hit for the boundary or over it. The two hit 67 from 60 balls to stage a fight back.
But then Raina fell, edging a Tim Southee delivery to the 'keeper. He had made 31 off 39 balls.
Dhoni remained, hitting a dogged 50 and could have turned the tide in favour of India. But when the second powerplay was taken in the 36th over, Dhoni perished trying to hit it out of the park right after hitting a six, giving an easy catch to Tim Southee at deep square leg.
It was at this point that India got its biggest partnership yet, an 85 run stand between R Ashwin (65) and Jadeja (66*) to keep India in the hunt. But Ashwin's luck ran out when Martin Guptill pulled off a stunner at the boundary to get him out.
Most believed that all was over for India. Spectators were leaving the stadium. But Jadeja had yet to play his hand. Of the 45 runs that were scored after Ashwin got our, Jadeja scored all but 8. 
Earlier, New Zealand suffered a minor batting collapse to end the innings at 314 all out in the third ODI at the Eden Park stadium in Auckland on Saturday after Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson gave the hosts a strong start.
Sent in to bat first, New Zealand started in empahtic fashion. Openers Martin Guptill (111) and Ryder (20) went hammer and tongs at the Indian new ball duo of Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar from the word go. The two raced to an opening partnership of 36 off just 26 balls.
Bhuvneshwar finally struck, castling Ryder with a back of the length delivery on the leg stump that moved away a bit, taking his leg stump. But trouble for the visitors was far from over.
Guptill was joined by Williamson and the two put up a mammoth 153 run stand for the second wicket, the second highest for the Kiwis against India. Shami finally broke the partnership in the 33rd over when he bowled Williamson for 65. The Kiwi batsman tried to make room for himself and go inside out but Shami kept it full and straight and found the stumps as his target.
In the next over, R Ashwin struck to remove the very dangerous Corey Anderson (8). Anderson had already hit Ashwin for a six in the over. He tried to cut a shorter ball from the spinner but ended up losing his stumps.
The momentum did not seem to shift in India's favour however, with Guptill still going strong. He reached his century in quick time and threatened to take the game away from India. But then a brilliant catch in the deep by Ajinkya Rahane off Ravindra Jadeja's bowling ended his sparkling innings.
If Brendon McCullum had intended to fight back, it did not happen. He tried to put a short ball from Varun Aaron over the ring but merely ended up in holeing out to R Ashwin at cover-point. This was the Kiwi skipper's second cosecutive duck.
The collapse continued for the hosts. Though Luke Ronchi (38) and Ross Taylor (17) tried to keep the tempo up, the latter fell to a brilliant direct hit from Ajinkya Rahane trying to take a tight run.
The next over saw another run out, this time accounting for Nathan McCullum (1). The over ended on a high note for the visitors when Ronchi ended up giving Rahane a simple catch at deep mid-wicket.
There were some late fireworks from the Kiwi tail, with Mitchell McClenaghan and Tim Southee hitting some lusty blows, getting the hosts to the competitive total in the end.
Live 3rd ODI: Jadeja pulls off the unthinkable, match ends in tie Live 3rd ODI: Jadeja pulls off the unthinkable, match ends in tie Reviewed by Glam Treat on 08:45:00 Rating: 5

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