Lame ducks: Black Caps make it 24 ducks in India

India's Umesh Yadav, center, celebrates the dismissal of New Zealand's Ross Taylor. Photo / AP
India's Umesh Yadav, center, celebrates the dismissal of New Zealand's Ross Taylor. Photo / AP

Quack, quack, quack, quack, quack.

What is it with Black Caps batsmen and ducks?

Five New Zealanders posted scores of 0 last night in the Black Caps' batting capitulation in the deciding ODI against India, increasing the total for the tour to 24.

Yep, that's right, going back to the warm-up game against Mumbai, on 24 occasions a New Zealand batsman has failed to trouble the scorers, while the Black Caps opponents have produced just three ducks.

New Zealand players combined for 12 ducks in the 3-0 test series defeat, six of which came in the final test in Indore.

Ross Taylor, Luke Ronchi and Mitchell Santner all recorded scores of zero in the opening ODI defeat overnight as New Zealand were bowled out for 190 in the 44th over.

For Taylor it was his third duck of the tour and his fourth going back to the second test against South Africa in August. His ninth duck in ODIs still leaves him well behind Daniel Vettori who has the most for New Zealand with 22.

Ronchi's sixth career ODI duck sees his struggles with the bat continue in the 50-over game. Since scoring 170 not out against Sri Lanka last year, the Black Caps wicketkeeper has averaged just 12.79 with the bat in 26 innings, 16 of which he has failed to reach double figures.

In this morning's loss, the Black Caps were chasing 269 but were bowled out for just 79 with Martin Guptill, his third duck of the tour, BJ Watling, Corey Anderson, Tim Southee and Ish Sodhi all falling for 0.

- NZ Herald

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