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Cricket: New Zealand beat India by 19 runs in 4th ODI

With the series level at 2-2, the action now shifts to Visakhapatnam for the deciding fifth and final match on Saturday. Photograph: (AFP)

WION Ranchi, Jharkhand, India Oct 26, 2016, 06.36 PM (IST)

Fast bowlers Tim Southee and James Neesham ran through India's middle order to help New Zealand to a 19-run series-levelling win in the fourth one-day international in Ranchi on Wednesday.

Earlier opener Martin Guptill scored a gritty half-century to drive New Zealand to 260 for seven after electing to bat first.

"Coming here, we had to decide between dew that may or may not come in versus the deterioration. The dew didn't come in, so that perhaps worked in our favour," skipper Kane Williamson said of his decision to defend the score.

Southee hurt India's reply with an early wicket but Ajinkya Rahane (57) and Virat Kohli (45) put on 79 runs for the second wicket to steady the chase.

Kohli dominated his stay at the crease with two fours and a six before his innings was cut short by leg-spinner Ish Sodhi who got the star batsman caught behind.

Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who is trying to make the number four slot his own, walked out to a rousing welcome in his hometown Ranchi.

Neesham soon swung into action with two big wickets of Rahane and Dhoni as India's chase began to fall apart. 

Southee (3-40) and Neesham (2-38) shared five wickets between them to bowl out India for 241 runs in 48.4 overs.

The fifth and final game of the series is slated for Saturday in Visakhapatnam.

"India is a great side, it is exciting to go 2-2 into the final match," New Zealand captain said. 



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