India V New Zealand, 2nd ODI: Brilliant All-round Performance Gives India Easy Win
The Men in Blue bounced back strongly in the three-match ODI series against New Zealand to level the series 1-1 after winning the 2nd ODI at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Ground in Pune by six wickets and with deliveries to spare. It was a must-win encounter for the hosts, and they performed exceptionally in all three departments of the game to thrash the Kiwis quite comprehensively.
The two new ball bowlers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah were in terrific rhythm during their first spell as New Zealand were reduced to 27/3. It was vital contributions by Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls and Colin de Grandhomme which propelled the visitors to a score of 230 in their allotted 50 overs. It was relatively a cakewalk for India as they romped with Shikhar Dhawan and Dinesh Karthik scoring exquisite half-centuries.
Winning toss, Kane Williamson opted to bat first. It was a brilliant piece of bowling by Bhuvneshwar Kumar to remove Martin Guptill with a peach of an outswinger which shaped just enough after pitching and took the edge of Guptill’s bat. Skipper Kane Williamson was the next to go as Jasprit Bumrah cramped him for a room with a beautiful inswing delivery which jagged back sharply from short of a length.
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Bhuvi was again in the thick of things again when he removed Colin Munro with a beautiful slower delivery. The partnerships weren’t coming as Ross Taylor who played a match-winning knock in the previous match was dismissed with the score reading 58/4. There was a 60 runs partnership for the 5th wicket between Latham and Nicholls, but just when the southpaw was looking to replicate his heroics from the next match left-arm spinner, Axar Patel castled him with a quick delivery.
Colin de Grandhomme played a handy cameo of 41 of 40 deliveries which included five fours and a six as New Zealand were looking to get past the 200 mark. Leggie Yuzevndra Chahal continued his excellent run and bagged a couple of wickets as New Zealand were restricted to 230/9 in their allotted 50 overs.
Indian openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma began with a few exquisite drives, but the latter had to head back to the pavilion in the 5th over. Despite the fall of his wickets, Dhawan continued his attacking approach and smashed boundaries at will. The captain who scored a majestic century in the previous encounter was looking in terrific touch and smashed three fours and a six during his innings of 29 until Colin de Grandhomme had him caught behind of a short of length delivery outside the off stick.
Dhawan and Karthik joined in the middle to resurrect the chase, and both looked comfortable in the middle. While Dhawan was accumulating runs cautiously and smashing the occasional boundaries, Karthik also played himself in and started finding the gaps after going past the 30 mark. Dhawan departed soon after getting to his half-century of the bowling of Adam Milne. The southpaw came dancing down the track but was holed out at the covers.
— BCCI (@BCCI) October 25, 2017
Hardik Pandya was the next man in, and he played quite sensibly to begin the innings. He struck two majestic boundaries off consecutive deliveries and also smashed a huge maximum out of the ground. He was dismissed by Santer on 30 as he went for yet another big shot.
Former Captain MS Dhoni was the next man in and struck three fours during his innings of 18 of 21 deliveries as India reached the target in the final delivery of the 46th over. Karthik was the other unbeaten batsman who scored 64 of 92 deliveries which included four boundaries.
— BCCI (@BCCI) October 25, 2017
After leveling the series in Pune, India captain Virat Kohli took to Twitter to share his delight with his teammate Shikhar Dhawan who starred in the six-wicket win.
Here’s Virat’s tweet:
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) October 25, 2017
NZ 230/9 in 50 overs (Colin de Grandhomme 41, Henry Nicholls 42, Bhuvneshwar Kumar 3/45)
IND 232/4 in 46.0 overs (Shikhar Dhawan 68, Dinesh Karthik 64*, Adam Milne 1/21)
India won by six wickets (with 24 balls remaining)
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