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Disciplined India restrict New Zealand to 260/7

AFPAFP 26/10/2016
Indian batsman Ajinkya Rahane plays a shot during the fourth one day international (ODI) match against New Zealand in Ranchi on October 26, 2016 © Provided by AFP Indian batsman Ajinkya Rahane plays a shot during the fourth one day international (ODI) match against New Zealand in Ranchi on October 26, 2016

India's disciplined bowling effort restricted New Zealand to 260 for seven despite a gritty half-century from opener Martin Guptill in the fourth one-day international in Ranchi on Wednesday.

The visitors, who elected to bat first, started off well courtesy of a 96-run opening stand between Guptill and Tom Latham only to lose steam towards the end of the innings.

Leg-spinner Amit Mishra led the bowling charge with impressive figures of 2-41, strengthening India's chances of sealing the series.

The right-left batting combination of Guptill (72) and Latham laid a solid foundation for the visitors, who trail the five-match series 2-1.

But spinners, who were brought into the attack after the 10th over, dried up the flow of runs and Axar Patel's left-arm spin managed to break the stand.

The left-handed Latham, who scored 39, fell to Patel's guile as he top-edged an attempted sweep to find Ajinkya Rahane at short fine-leg who took a simple catch.

Guptill went on to complete his 31st ODI half-century as he and skipper Kane Williamson tried to build momentum against a persistent bowling attack.

Guptill though did not make the most of a dropped chance at 62 as he fell to Hardik Pandya 10 runs later.

Mishra ended the obdurate Williamson's stay at the crease after getting the batsman caught by wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni for 41.

India's bowlers kept chipping away as the visiting batsmen found it hard to get runs in the final 15 overs, in the process losing wickets at regular intervals.

Ross Taylor's laboured knock came to a disappointing end as he was run out for 34 with Dhoni smartly flipping the ball onto the stumps while gathering the throw from the outfield.

Mitchell Santner struck an unbeaten 13-ball 17 to give some respectability to the New Zealand score which still looked below par against a strong Indian batting line-up.

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