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Success at last for Black Caps in India

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 20/10/2016

An eighth one-day international century to captain Kane Williamson has driven New Zealand to a long-awaited first win of their tour of India.

More than a month after arriving, the tourists have reason to cheer after a thrilling six-run win in the second ODI at Delhi although it wasn't decided until the final over.

The five-match series is level 1-1 heading into game three in Mohali on Sunday, with the New Zealanders just relieved to put a 3-0 Test whitewash behind them.

"It was certainly nice to get across the line in a tight one," Williamson said.

"The best part was to show some improvement from the previous one-dayer.

"We still need to touch on some areas and be better again in the next game so hopefully we can improve again going into Mohali."

Williamson's 118 off 128 balls was the Black Caps' first century of the tour, steering the tourists to 242-9, marked by a late collapse which deprived them a much bigger score.

India struggled early in their response before solid middle order contributions from Kedar Jadhav (41) and captain MS Dhoni (39) lifted them to 139-4 with 19 overs remaining.

Dhoni's dismissal, caught and bowled by Tim Southee (3-52) rocked the hosts but they scrambled to within sight of victory, needing 11 runs off the last nine balls with two wickets in hand.

The miserly Trent Boult (2-25) removed danger man Hardik Pandya for a lively 36 before Southee bowled No.11 Jasprit Bumrah with a swinging yorker on the third ball of the final over.

It was a cool-headed finish from Boult and Southee, bowling with a wet, heavy ball caused by evening dew.

Earlier, Martin Guptill kept New Zealand on top in a rare appearance at the bowling crease, taking 2-6 off his only over to atone for a duck on the second ball of the match.

Williamson and opener Tom Latham (46 off 46) put that setback behind them in a 120-run stand at a run a ball as the pair enjoyed the best conditions of the innings.

Williamson looked scratchy early on but gradually found his movement and timing to put the troubles of the last month behind him.

A typically classical knock comprised 14 fours and one six, often piercing the field with drives or clips through the on side.

He said accelerating the scoring rate was difficult on a slow surface and kept telling himself India would face the same difficulties.

Williamson had two lives, with sharp chances spilled on 46 and 59, but stayed resolute as the fall of wickets accelerated at the other end.

He also appeared to struggle with fatigue and his left arm required regular treatment at the crease before falling in the 43rd over to Amit Mishra (3-60).

Ross Taylor and Corey Anderson both scored 21 and no other player after them reached double figures as six wickets fell for 38 runs over the last nine overs.

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