New Zealand read turning pitches better than India in ODI series: Ganguly

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New Delhi, Oct 27: Former India skipper and batsman Sourav Ganguly has lauded the New Zealand team for reading the pitches better than their Indian counterparts in the ODI series.

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In an interview to India Today Ganguly opined that the visitors understood pitches than the hosts after being whitewashed in the Test series. The Kiwis responded well and played better cricket on turning pitches than the young Indian side.

"Got to give credit to New Zealand. They played very well, they read the wicket better than India. Dew hasn't had any effect in the series, whether it's in Delhi or Mohali or here (Ranchi). They have defended well, their bowlers bowled outstandingly. It's a new Indian batting line-up. Once Dhoni and Virat get out quickly, there's lot of pressure on the middle order. New Zealand have reacted to turning pitches a lot better than India did," Ganguly added.

The Kiwis prevented India from chasing modest totals in both the ODI games they won, first in Delhi and the second one at Ranchi. (Let Dhoni bat at No. 4)

Indian batsmen, on the other hand, failed to read the conditions well and paid the price on both the ocassions.

In the fourth ODI at Ranchi, Ajinkya Rahane (57) and Virat Kohli (45) gave India a good start but their chase went haywire, ultimately folding for 241 in 48.4 overs despite being 128-2 at one point.

Lower down the order, Axar Patel (38) and Amit Mishra (14) revived India's hopes briefly. But before they could convert it into a match-winning partnership Mishra was run out.

Star batsman Kohli was caught behind in his attempt to cut a wide delivery from leg-spinner Ish Sodhi and his failure coincided with India losing the match. Left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner, on the other hand, kept troubling skipper MS Dhoni, who was almost clueless to his spin.

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