Black Caps beat India making Australia No.1
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Australia are the world's No.1 ranked ODI team after New Zealand hung on to win the second one-day international against India in a nailbiter in Hamilton tonight.
The victory drops India down to second spot on the Reliance ICC ODI Rankings system. It is the first time India have lost top spot since January 2013. Australia reclaims the No.1 ranking for the first time since August 2012 when England ended a 35-month period of dominance.
India started the match on 119 ratings points, one ahead of Australia. But the loss dropped them two points, handing Australia the No.1 ranking without bowling a ball. In fact, the Australian players were being put their paces in a grueling training session to blow out any cobwebs after this week's Allan Border Medal celebration.
The Aussies' hold on the No.1 spot may be short lived, however, with India able to regain it with a victory over New Zealand in the third game in Auckland on Saturday. However, should New Zealand win, Australia will hold the No.1 ranking until their one-day matches against South Africa in March.
India looked like they might chase down the Duckworth-Lewis adjusted target of 297. Virat Kohli smashed 78 from 65 balls while captain MS Dhoni promoted himself up the order and hit 56 from 44 balls to put the jitters amongst the Black Caps.
India needed 22 runs entering the last over but did not have the wickets in hand to be able to challenge. But, after Kumar was caught in the deep off the first ball of the 50th over the rain returned. The final wash-up saw New Zealand win by 15 runs on the D/L method.
Another whirlwind innings from Corey Anderson blasted New Zealand to 7-271 in their innings that saw eight overs lost to rain. Anderson continued on from an unbeaten 68 in the first ODI in Napier on Sunday, and a 36-ball century against the West Indies in the New Year's Day one-dayer.
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The 23-year-old left-hander belted 44 off 17 balls, stroking two boundaries and sending five sixes into the Seddon Park crowd, including one which snared one fan $NZ100,000 ($A95,350) when he took a one-handed catch in a marketing promotion.
Jesse Ryder again had the Black Caps off to a quickfire start with 20 from 11 balls, but bottom-edged a shorter ball from Mohammed Shami for wicketkeeper MS Dhoni to take a regulation catch early in the sixth over.
Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson put on 89 for the second wicket, before Guptill was tempted into a pull shot and the top edge flew to Shami at fine leg.
Guptill's measured 44 came off 65 balls, and included five boundaries and a six off Ishant Sharma over the long-on boundary.
Ross Taylor joined Williamson with the score at 2-114 after 21 overs, and the pair built a solid partnership until steady rain halted play with the score on 2-170 after 33.2 overs.
Williamson added only one more run to his tally when play resumed. Using his feet against Ravindra Jadeja, Williamson was beaten by flight and drift, leaving Dhoni an easy stumping to dismiss him for 77.
That brought Anderson to the crease to keep the runs flowing until he was out with one ball remaining in the 39th over, skying a slower ball from Sharma to Shikhar Dhawan at long-on.
That signalled something of a mini-collapse, as Brendon McCullum (0), Taylor (57) and Nathan McCullum (1) disappeared in the space of six balls.
Shami was particularly effective in halting the onslaught in the final overs, picking up 3-55 off seven overs.
On Sunday, the Black Caps won the first ODI in Napier by 24 runs. The third game in the five-match series is scheduled for Eden Park in Auckland on Saturday.
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First Posted 22 January, 2014 8:34PM AEST