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Pace spearheads inspire win: Williamson

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 20/10/2016

India's captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, second left, leaves ground after being dismissed by New Zealand's Tim Southee during their second one-day international cricket match in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016. © mswarup/ASSOCIATED PRESS/AP Images India's captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, second left, leaves ground after being dismissed by New Zealand's Tim Southee during their second one-day international cricket match in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016. Kane Williamson diverted praise to revitalised seamers Trent Boult and Tim Southee following New Zealand's six-run win over India in the second one-day international.

Williamson's 118 comprised nearly half of New Zealand's 242-9 but he was eager to talk up the contribution of his proven seam pair, who were effective at both ends of India's 236.

Boult (2-25 off 10 overs) was especially potent after being rested from the first ODI while Southee's 3-52 off 9.3 featured a sharp caught and bowled to remove Indian captain MS Dhoni for 39 at a key point.

Southee also returned to bowl No.11 Jasprit Bumrah to secure victory in the final over.

"We wanted to play our front-line seamers, who have performed for us over such a long period of time," Williamson said.

"Trent was extremely accurate and a huge reason for us getting across the line. It was a special performance."

Left-armer Boult delivered a reminder of why he is the world's highest-ranked ODI bowler following a month of toil on largely unresponsive Indian pitches.

He bowled primarily around the wicket on the low-bouncing Feroz Shah Kotla wicket on Thursday, giving the Indian batsman no width.

"To squeeze them on that surface was the only way to do it because they weren't going to be blasted out," Williamson said.

"It was nice to show that fight that we pride ourselves on in the field and with ball in hand.

"It was one of those games where scrapping was important."

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