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India have been dethroned as the number one ODI team after they lost to New Zealand on Wednesday in the second one-dayer by 20 runs.
As a result of India’s second successive defeat in New Zealand, Australia have become the No 1 ODI.
In the rain-curtailed match at Seddon Park in Hamilton, India were required to score 297 in 42 overs as per the Duckworth-Lewis method.
Asked to bat first by Indian skipper M.S. Dhoni after winning the toss, the hosts accumulated at a fast clip, with Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor scoring half centuries after a solid start by opener MJ Gupital and Jesse Ryder who scored a quickfire 20.
The quick runs by the four batsman helped New Zealand when the rain came as the target was revised.
After the restart, Ross Taylor and Corey Anderson went on the rampage, scoring 74 runs in just in 4.4 overs. Anderson fell for 44 off 17 and Taylor for 57 off 56. Kane Williamson top-scored with 77 off 87 in a rather slow pitch. New Zealand ended up with 271 off 42 overs. Mohammed Shami picked up three for 55 and Ashwin went wicketless.
As the Duckworth-Lewis formula kicked in, India were required to score 297 off 42 overs.
But both the openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohti Sharma went cheaply for 12 and 20, falling to Southee.
When Virat Kohli and Rahane tried to make a match of it, the latter went for 36.
With four gone for 164 and just 12 over left, Dhoni promoted himself ahead of Raina and tried to speed up scoring with Virat. However, Virat got out at 78. Raina did some quick scoring, but he too went for 35 at 226. With Dhoni gone for 56 and Ravindra Jadeja scoring 12, India fell 20 run short in the end.