On the basis of the brilliant performance of the bowlers and the half-century innings of Rohit Sharma, India won the second match of the ODI series against New Zealand by 8 wickets. With this, India has taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the 3-match series. The last match of the series will be played in Indore on 24 January.
Team India has won the 7th consecutive ODI series at home. The team has not lost the home ODI series for the last four years. This is also India’s sixth consecutive win in ODIs.
India won the toss and elected to bowl at the Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh Stadium in Raipur. Batting first after losing the toss, the New Zealand team got all out for 108 runs in 34.3 overs. Glenn Phillips scored the highest 36 runs from his side. Mitchell Santner scored 27 and last match’s centurion Michael Bracewell scored 22 runs. 8 batsmen of Kiwi team could not even touch the figure of 10 runs.
Shami took maximum 3 wickets for India. Hardik Pandya and Washington Sundar took 2-2 wickets. Mohammad Siraj, Shardul Thakur and Kuldeep Yadav got one wicket each.
In response, India scored the required runs in 20 overs to win by 2 wickets. Captain Rohit Sharma (51 runs) got out after scoring his 48th ODI century. Rohit made an opening partnership of 72 runs off 86 balls with Shubman Gill. In the last 5 innings, both shared a 50+ partnership for the fourth time.
5 heroes of victory
- Mohammed Shami Fast bowler Mohammed Shami bowled accurately. He made Kiwi opener Finn Allen walk in the very first over. Shami took three wickets for 18 runs including a maiden in 6 overs. Apart from Allen, he broke the back of the middle order by dismissing Daryl Mitchell (1 run). Then Michael Bracewell (22 runs), who came to play at number-7, was dismissed. Here Bracewell was finding his feet.
- Hardik Pandya All-rounder Hardik Pandya also made an impact with the ball. He bowled 3 maiden overs in 6 overs. Pandya took 2 wickets for 16 runs.
- Washington Sundar Spinner Washington Sundar contributed significantly in wrapping up the innings of the Kiwi team. He slowly made Glenn Phillips walk. Then New Zealand got the ninth blow in the form of Loki Ferguson.
- Rohit Sharma Captain Rohit Sharma gave an aggressive start to the Indian team. He scored 51 runs in 50 balls. Rohit’s innings got Team India off to a strong start.
- Shubman Gill Young batsman Shubman Gill (40 runs) made a mark with his bat. Gill kept playing till the last and returned after winning the team. This young batsman shared a partnership of 72 runs with Rohit, 26 runs with Virat Kohli.
India’s wickets fell like this…
- First: Shipley made Rohit Sharma LBW on the second ball of the 15th over.
- Second: On the first ball of the 19th over, Latham stumped Kohli on Santner’s ball.
- New Zealand innings now.
- Kiwi team limited to 108 runs
- Batting after losing the toss in Raipur, New Zealand got all out for 108 runs. 8 batsmen of Kiwi team could not even touch the figure of 10 runs. Glenn Phillips scored the highest 36 runs. Mitchell Santner scored 27 and last match’s centurion Michael Bracewell scored 22 runs. Shami took maximum 3 wickets for India. Hardik Pandya and Washington Sundar took 2-2 wickets. Mohammad Siraj, Shardul Thakur and Kuldeep Yadav got one wicket each.
The Indian team is ahead 1-0 in the series after winning the first match. On winning this match, the series will be named after India.
This is how New Zealand’s wickets fell
- First: Mohammed Shami bowled Finn Allen on the 5th ball of the first over.
- Second: On the third ball of the sixth over, Mohammad Siraj got Henry Nicholls caught by Shubman Gill standing at slip.
- Third: Mohammed Shami caught and bowled Daryl Mitchell on the first ball of the 7th over.
- Fourth: Conway was caught and bowled by Hardik Pandya on the fourth ball of the 10th over.
- Fifth: Lotham was caught by Shubman Gill on the ball of Shardul Thakur.
- Sixth: Mohammed Shami got Bracewell caught by Ishaan Kishan on the third ball of the 19th over.
- Seventh: In the 31st over, Pandya bowled Santner.
- Eighth: On the first ball of the 32nd over, Washington Sundar got Glenn Phillips caught by Kuldeep Yadav at deep midwicket.
- Ninth: Sundar got Ferguson caught by Kuldeep on the first ball of the 34th over.
- Tenth: Kuldeep Yadav made Tekner LBW.
India: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj.
New Zealand: Finn Allen, Dwayne Conway, Henry Nicholls, Daryl Mitchell, Tom Latham (c), Glenn Phillips, Michael Bracewell, Mitchell Santner, Henry Shipley, Loki Ferguson, Blair Teckner.