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New Zealand scored the first win of their India tour, defeating the hosts by six runs in the second cricket One-day International at Feroz Shah Kotla ground here on Thursday. After scoring 242 for nine, New Zealand bowled out India for 49.3 in overs.

New Delhi: New Zealand scored the first win of their India tour, defeating the hosts by six runs in the second cricket One-day International at Feroz Shah Kotla ground here on Thursday. After scoring 242 for nine, New Zealand bowled out India for 49.3 in overs.

The visitors defied Hardik Pandya and Umesh Yadav's heroics in the end to pull off a six-wicket to script a famous win.. Kane Williamson struck a classy hundred but Indian bowlers did not allow New Zealand to capitalise on it and the visitors lost momentum during slog overs to end up with 242 for nine wicket.

Williamson, who has had an indifferent tour so far, struck a fluent 118 off 128 balls with 14 boundaries and a six. However, save opener Tom Latham (46), none of the other batsmen could provide considerable support. The last 15 overs of the innings yielded only 66 runs for the Black Caps.

While Amit Mishra (3/60 in 10 overs) picked up the important wicket of Williamson, it was Jasprit Bumrah (3/35 in 10 overs) whose bowling was a revelation during death overs. He made a technically equipped Williamson crawl with a toe-crushing yorker and another unplayable delivery in the block-hole found Tim Southee failing to get his bat down.

In all, Bumrah bowled an astounding 37 dot balls in his 10 overs while the entire team bowled 161 in all which is equivalent to 26.5 overs without scoring. Umesh Yadav (1/42) started with a perfect delivery that pitched on the middle and knocked off Martin Guptill's (0) as off-stump. The third match will be played in Mohali on Sunday.

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