In the absence of Kiwis skipper Kane Williamson, interim captain Tom Latham has led the Black Caps from the front, to hand his side a victory in the three-match ODI series. With a win in the second ODI, New Zealand has taken an unassailable lead of 2-0. Well, the winning captain Latham hopes that they would want to win the third and final ODI to clean sweep Team India.
Handed over the task to set the target, New Zealand opener Martin Guptill and Henry Nicholls gave a good start to the team. Both went on to set up a partnership of 93 runs before it was broken by Yuzvendra Chahal. It is important to point out that Chahal made a comeback after six months in the 50-over fold.
The star performer of the first ODI, Ross Taylor, again, took the charge of the game when the team kept losing wickets. He remained unbeaten and scored 73 runs. Debutant Kyle Jamieson set the partnership with Ross Taylor. He scored 25 runs off 24 balls.
Tom Latham hopes praised debutant performance:
Latham was impressed with the debutant’s knock with the veteran Taylor. Besides, Jamieson also picked two crucial wickets in his debut match. At the post-match ceremony, Latham expressed he is elated to win the second ODI game.
It’s a great victory. The last game, batters won the game and today the bowlers did the job for us. It’s always a funny wicket, if you pick up early scalps, you are always in the game. That partnership for us towards the back-end was a vital one. I was never satisfied until the last wicket was taken. It was about juggling the bowlers around. They kept coming back and Kyle on debut was fantastic today. It will be great to win 3-0, fingers crossed!
Meanwhile, Black Caps will be delighted with their win in the ODI series after facing a humiliating defeat in the five-match T20I series.
New Zealand will head to play the last ODI game at Bay Oval to eye clean sweeping India in the 50-over fold.