N. Zealand post 285 in third India ODI after Neesham rearguard
Mohali (India) (AFP)
Tom Latham and James Neesham struck fighting half-centuries and a late-order flourish helped New Zealand post a competitive 285 against India in the third one-day international in Mohali on Sunday.
The visitors suffered a batting slump after Latham fell for 61 but Neesham, who replaced Anton Devcich, struck a 47-ball 57 to frustrate the Indian bowling attack.
Umesh Yadav and Kedar Jadhav took three wickets each to reduce New Zealand to 199 for eight, but Neesham put on 84 for the ninth wicket with Matt Henry before the visitors were bowled out with two balls to go.
The left-handed Neesham, who recorded his maiden ODI fifty, struck seven boundaries while Henry scored an unbeaten 37-ball 39 with the help of four fours and a six.
Martin Guptill got the visitors off to a brisk start with his 21-ball 27 including two fours and two sixes against the Indian pace attack.
But he was trapped lbw by pace spearhead Umesh Yadav, who dismissed the batsman for the second time in the series.
Jadhav, who has built a reputation for getting big wickets at crucial junctures, then spun into action to have skipper Kane Williamson lbw for 22.
Williamson, who starred in the team's close win in Delhi with a century, fell to Jadhav's guile after missing the slider while trying to sweep.
Latham put on 73 for the third wicket with Ross Taylor, the pair apparently at ease on a friendly batting wicket.
But leg-spinner Amit Mishra, who took two wickets along with Jasprit Bumrah, had Taylor stumped for 44.
Mishra and Jadhav worked in tandem to rattle the middle order as the visitors slipped from 153 for two to lose their next six wickets in 9.3 overs.
Jadhav sent the destructive Corey Anderson back to the pavilion and also got the prized wicket of Latham.
But Neesham and Henry took the fight to the opposition as the Black Caps added 44 in the last five overs.
The five-match series is tied at 1-1.
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