New Zealand all out for 234, India wins 2nd ODI by 90 runs
Mount Maunganui: In the second ODI held at Bay Oval stadium here on Saturday, India beat New Zealand by 90 runs after they were all out for234 runs. After this enigmatic win, India leads the five-match series by 2-0. Importantly, this was also the match were India beat NZ with a highest margin.
Team India won the toss today in second ODI and opted to bat first. Indian batsmen put a grand total of 324 runs on board after losing four wickets. Following an impressive performance by the
Skipper Kohli (43), Ambati Rayudu (47), and MS Dhoni (48*) were just a few runs short of their half-centuries in second ODI. Meanwhile, for the hosts, only Doug Bracewell managed with 57. Rest of his team managed with meagre scores. Black Cap batsmen failed to give any challenge to the Indian bowling front and crumbled like a pack of cards.
Indian fast bowler Kuldeep Yadav managed to take the highest of 4 wickets with his teammates Yuzvendra Chahal and
NZ captain Kane Williamson said, “Little frustrating, not so much the loss but how we are losing is the problem. Credit to India. Both surfaces so far have been slower than usual but still fair surfaces. Good signs with the ball at some points though we never got control as such.”
Indian Captain Virat Kohli lauded his team on an all-round performance in second ODI. He praised “clinical performance” by the team. He said, ”We bowled really well and back-to-back clinical performances are really pleasing.”
Man of the match Rohit Sharma said, “Good feeling (on his performance) but more importantly, we won the match….(On his 14 century stands with Dhawan) We know each other since long and have a good understanding. Important for the team to get a good start and I have always enjoyed batting with Shikhar, I am sure it’s the same for him too. Lovely ground here and it was nice to see such a big crowd on open ground.”
There will be five ODIs and three T20s in New Zealand.
Next match, i.e. the third ODI will also be held at Bay Oval stadium at Mount Maunganui. If Team India also manages this match then they have clinched the series.