Trent Boult helps New Zealand win In 4th ODI against India

New Zealand at last won a match in current ODI series against touring India side. Trent Boult revived BlackCaps with consolation win in 4th ODI on 31st January 2019 at Seddon Park, Hamilton. Boult led bowling attack in restricting India to 92 all out inside 31 overs. Colin de Grandhomme helped in tightening screws on Indian batting line-up. New Zealand easily chased the meager target in 15 overs for the loss of two wickets. Ross Taylor aced the chase with Henry Nichols playing the anchor role as hosts finished the game before dinner time. Swing played vital role in limiting India to a low total, with Boult and Grandhomme bowling ten overs each on the trot. India and New Zealand are using this ODI serie for preparation of Cricket World Cup 2019 in England and Wales.

Trent Boult swings New Zealand to victory in 4th ODI against India at Hamilton
Trent Boult swings New Zealand to victory in 4th ODI against India at Hamilton

India had won first three matches of the ODI series comfortably. Indian selectors rested captain Virat Kohli for last two ODIs and T20I series. Shikhar Dhawan and stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma were dismissed early by Trent Boult. Ambati Rayudu and Dinesh Karthik became easy targets of Colin de Grandhomme. Debutant Shubman Gill had disappointing start and became third scalp of Boult. Kedar Jadhav became fourth wicket of Trent Boult by getting lbw to leave India 35 for 6. Grandhomme picked his third scalp by bowling out Bhuvneshwar Kumar with India 7 down on 40. Hardik Pandya hit some lusty blows to help India cross 50 runs mark. Trent Boult removed Pandya to complete his five-for, with India reeling on 55 for 8. Ninth wicket partnership of 25 runs between Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal took India to 80 runs, before Todd Astle sent Yadav packing. Chahal hit some crucial boundaries to take India to 92 runs, when James Neesham bowled Khaleel Ahmed.

New Zealand opener Martin Guptill started briskly by hitting first ball for six, followed by two fours on next two deliveries. Bhuvneshwar Kumar removed Guptill on fourth ball to bring BlackCaps in check. Stand-in opener Henry Nichols in place of Colin Munro left out due to being out of form, played sheath anchor role scoring 30 runs from 42 balls with 4 fours and a six. BlackCaps captain Kane Williamson made 11 runs from 18 deliveries, hitting 2 fours before being plucked out by B Kumar. Ross Taylor finished the match with a cameo of 25 ball 37 runs, comprising 2 fours and 3 sixes. It was biggest defeat for India in terms of number of balls remaining, with 212 deliveries left. Trent Boult was judged player of the match for his 5 for 21.

New Zealand Rugby and Cricket stars to Play in Black Clash Twenty20

Rugby and Cricket players of New Zealand will compete in “Black Clash” Twenty20 match on 25th January 2018 at Hagley Oval in Christchurch. Winners will be awarded with Lomu-Crowe trophy. This cricket trophy is named after late sports legends Martin Crowe and Jonah Lomu. Proceeds from the match will be used for charity.

Jonah Lomu was New Zealand rugby star, who was famous around the world. He had debuted in 1995 at the age of 19, becoming the youngest ever All Black. He ended his international career with 63 caps and 37 tries in 2002. He died in November 2015 at the age of 40 after a heart attack. Martin Crowe was a former New Zealand Cricket captain and one of the finest Kiwi batsman. Crowe was skipper of famed BlackCaps cricket team that was tipped for success in 1992 Cricket World Cup before being eliminated by Pakistan in Semi Final. Martin Crowe died aged 53 in March 2016 after a long battle with cancer.

New Zealand Rugby and Cricket players to Contest in Black Clash Twenty20
New Zealand Rugby and Cricket players to Contest in Black Clash Twenty20

Team Rugby will feature main All Blacks rugby players like Kieran Read, Beauden Barrett, Aaron Smith, Israel Dagg, Jordie Barrett, Ofisa Tunu’u, Jason Spice, Richie McCaw, Ali Williams, Kaylum Boshier and Kendra Cocksedge. Team Rugby have selected former Australia cricketer David Hussey as international wildcard. Team Rugby will wear the red and black colours of Canterbury. New Zealand rugby team are currently preparing for Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan. This contest offers a different kind of preparation for All Blacks as it is uphill task to take on seasoned cricket superstars.

All Blacks outside back Israel Dagg said: “It’s huge. Look at the trophy, it’s amazing, it’s beautiful. It symbolises New Zealand and, obviously, you’ve got two great, world renowned athletes in Lomu and Crowe. Those names will live on forever.”

Dagg who had tryst with cricket in 2005 echoed: “I’ll try and get it down as fast as I can. Obviously, with rugby you do a lot more upper body weights. I’ll try and do 130, something like that. I live pretty close to [All Blacks captain Kieran] Reado, so I might knock on his door and go and have a net.”

Team Cricket will include Brendon McCullum, Stephen Fleming, Luke Ronchi, Grant Elliott, Kyle Mills, James Franklin, Hamish Marshall, Nathan Astle, Chris Harris and Liz Perry. Team Cricket will announce the international wildcard next week. Team Cricket will don the blue kit in the competition. Team Cricket comprise of retired cricket players, but proceed from this match will benefit New Zealand Cricket. Experts have termed BlackCaps as favourits for Cricket World Cup 2019 in England and Wales.

New Zealand’s hero in the 2015 World Cup semifinal and final Grant Elliott stated: “Absolutely. Everything to lose, nothing to gain but our pride. I think pride is the important thing. I’ve always seen games like this start off with a bit of a smile on the face, but then there’s always a pivotal moment and suddenly that completive spirit takes over.”

Team Rugby: Kieran Read (c), Richie McCaw, Israel Dagg, Beauden Barrett, Jordie Barrett, Aaron Smith, Jason Spice, Ali Williams, Kendra Cocksedge, Kaylum Boshier, Ofisa Tunu’u, David Hussey (wildcard). Coach: Sir Graham Henry.

Team Cricket: Stephen Fleming (player coach), Brendon McCullum (c), Grant Elliott, Luke Ronchi, Kyle Mills, Chris Harris, Nathan Astle, James Franklin, Hamish Marshall, Liz Perry, Wildcard (TBA). Manager/motivator: Scott Robertson.