India vs New Zealand 2019 – 2nd ODI, Bay Oval – Toss Report
India has won the toss in the second ODI at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui and they have decided to bat first.
Here is what the two captains had to say at the time of toss:
Virat Kohli: We are going to bat first. Looks like a good track to bat. It’s about giving ourselves a different challenge. We need to execute our plans. We played good cricket in the last few games, we are looking for a few areas to improve. We are unchanged.
Kane Williamson: We were looking to bowl. There is some grass on the wicket. We have been playing good cricket. One spinner, Sodhi comes in for Santner while Grandhomme replaces Southee.
India had drawn first blood of the five-match series against New Zealand by winning the opener convincingly by eight wickets. The visitors came up with a fine bowling effort to reduce the Kiwis for a paltry score of 157 runs. India’s fast bowler Mohammed Shami was the pick of the bowlers as he wreaked havoc in the early stage of the innings. Shami was quick to send back both Blackcaps openers Colin Munro and Martin Guptill.
Meanwhile, the Indian spinners then came to the party and bowled with aplomb. Yuzvendra Chahal struck twice to further push the hosts on the backfoot. Furthermore, Kuldeep Yadav provided the finishing touches to the innings when he whipped out the tail and took four wickets. Moreover, the mystery chinaman spinner took out the big fish Kane Williamson.
It was always going to be a cakewalk chase for the Indian team and the batsmen made sure that they didn’t break a sweat in chasing down the target. Shikhar Dhawan scored a brilliant knock of 75 runs to strike back into form as he had all the time in the match. However, Rohit Sharma played a loose shot and he would have been disappointed to miss out.
Kohli continued his sublime form going as he scored another good knock of 45 runs and added 91 runs with Shikhar Dhawan to take India close to the target. Thus, India will like to put their middle and lower order under the hammer.
Here is the Playing XI of both sides:
India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni(w), Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami.
New Zealand (Playing XI): Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham(w), Henry Nicholls, Colin de Grandhomme, Doug Bracewell, Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult.
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