Ravichandran Ashwin hit a 46-ball 65 before Martin Guptill’s brilliant presence of mind resulted in his dismissal.Ashwin’s knock was studded with a six and eight fours.Ashwin hit his maiden ODI fifty off just 35 balls to give India some hope of victory.
Indian captain MS Dhoni hit his 53rd ODI fifty before Corey Anderson had him caught by Tim Southee.
India lost their fifth wicket when Tim Southee had Suresh Raina caught behind by Luke Ronchi.Raina (31) went for a miscued pull shot to a shorter delivery wide outside off but ended up under edging it to the keeper.
Corey Anderson took his third wicket when he had Ajinkya Rahane caught behind by Ronchi.Anderson hurled a length ball down the leg side and Rahane (3) tried to tickle it down to fine leg but it took a faint edge and went into Ronchi’s gloves.
Hamish Bennett gave New Zealand a massive breakthrough when he had Virat Kohli caught behind by Ronchi.Kohli (6) tried to drive it off his front foot but missed and got a faint edge that was safely pouched by the keeper.
Corey Anderson took his second wicket when he had Rohit Sharma caught by Hamish Bennett at third man.Sharma hit four sixes and a four in his 38-ball 39 before falling to Anderson.
Martin Guptill took a good diving catch at deep mid-wicket to dismiss Shikhar Dhawan off Anderson.Dhawan hit a six and four fours in his 25-ball 28 before falling to Anderson.
Chasing a 315-run victory target, openers Rohit Sharma and Dhawan brought up the Indian fifty in 7.4 overs.
New Zealand: 314 all out in 50 overs (Martin Guptill 111, Kane Williamson 65; Varun Aaron 3/52); India: 314 for nine in 50 overs (R. Ashwin 65, Mahendra Singh Dhoni 50; Ravindra Jadeja 66 not out; Corey Anderson 5/63) .
India: 314 for nine in 50 overs (R. Ashwin 65, Mahendra Singh Dhoni 50; Ravindra Jadeja 66 not out; Corey Anderson 5/63).