Ravindra Jadeja produced a stunning 66 not out to pull India back from the brink of defeat to tie their third one-day international against New Zealand at Eden Park in Auckland on Saturday.
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Superb bowling from Corey Anderson, who claimed his first five-wicket haul, and Hamish Bennett, back from a two-year injury break to take two for 41, had seemingly put the hosts in control as they defended their 314 total.
Chasing 315 to win, the tourists were in trouble at 146 for five. But 50 from Mahendra Singh Dhoni and R Ashwin's 65 helped them deny the Black Caps.
New Zealand were not at their best with the bat, despite knocks of 111 from Martin Guptill and 65 from Kane Williamson, and were left to ponder a night of missed opportunities - and 14 wides from their bowlers.
It was the sixth tie for both teams and kept the series alive, with New Zealand leading 2-0 with two games to play.
New Zealand were all out off the final ball of the innings for 314, but it could have been so much better. From 209 for three at the 35-over mark, they lost six wickets for 64 to finish well below a potential 340-plus.
Jesse Ryder's early dismissal for 20, bowled by Bhuvneshwar Kumar, brought Guptill and Williamson together and the pair went on to break New Zealand's second-wicket record against India - doing so in style when Guptill struck a six off Mohammed Shami.
But, in Shami's next over, Williamson looked to repeat his offside shot only to be bowled for 65 from 74 balls, the stand ending four runs short of equalling the New Zealand record against all countries.
Anderson contributed eight runs, while captain Brendon McCullum failed to trouble the scorers.
Following Guptill's fifth ODI century - his 111 came off 129 balls - run-out fever took hold as Ross Taylor (17) and Nathan McCullum (one) called wrongly.
The ball after Nathan McCullum's departure, Luke Ronchi, who had clubbed 38 from 20 deliveries, was dismissed by Jadeja (two for 47) to leave New Zealand 280 for eight after 44 overs.
Only a late 27 from 23 balls from Tim Southee got the home team past the 300 mark.
All-rounder Anderson produced a career-best bowling performance with five for 63, but could not prevent Jadeja hitting 17 runs off the last over for the tie.
Anderson gained the first wicket, Shikhar Dhawan (28 off 25) caught superbly by Guptill diving full-length forward at mid-wicket to create the opening at 68 for one.
Rohit Sharma (39 off 38) was next to go, caught by Hamish Bennett at third man, and the key wicket of Virat Kohli followed soon after, the number three edging to wicketkeeper Ronchi off Bennett for six.
Then Anderson was back in the action as Ajinkya Rahane tickled a ball down the leg-side but not far enough wide of Ronchi and was caught for three.
Southee had been off the field but, upon his return, he picked up the wicket of Suresh Raina (31 off 39), who nicked behind to Ronchi.
Anderson and Southee then combined to remove Dhoni, one ball after he had scored a 59-ball fifty. Dhoni played a fierce pull shot which flew to Southee on the deep backward square leg boundary, where he held the catch.
Ashwin and Jadeja then came together and tested New Zealand's mettle with an 85-run partnership in 9.1 overs. Ashwin hit 65 from 46 balls before falling to Nathan McCullum, when Guptill completed a fine catch on the boundary.
Jadeja continued the assault, and rode his luck in surviving a strong caught-behind appeal off Mitch McClenaghan's bowling but held firm and he went on to deny the hosts the victory.