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In the second Auckland ODI, Indian batters struggled to set themselves against New Zealand. The hosts set the modest target of 274 runs which now looks tough to be chased down by the Men in Blue. The Black Caps dominated the field as Indian skipper Virat Kohli was also bowled by the senior Kiwis bowler, Tim Southee.
Within the powerplay, India had lost the top order with Mayank Agarwal giving an easy catch to the slip and Prithvi Shaw was castled by the debutant Kyle Jamieson.
However, Shaw hit six boundaries, scoring 24 runs off 19 balls. While Southee notched up the wicket of Indian skipper Kohli, who scored 15 runs.
Earlier, the aggressive captain Kohli got the inside edge of his bat. Southee set him up with before one of the deliveries went on to hit the stumps. It was a prized scalp for New Zealand as India was reduced to 57 for three within 10 overs.
Here is the video of India skipper getting bowled on Tim Southee’s peach of a delivery:
Earlier, in the first ODI match, leg spinner Ish Sodhi had deceived Virat as the ball went through the gap created between bat and pad.
Consecutively, for the second time in the ongoing series, the Indian skipper has been bowled by Kiwis bowlers.
It is a crucial game for the Men in Blue as the host already has the lead of 1-0 in the three-match ODI series.
However, the early loss of wickets has reduced the chances of India to win the game.
After Kohli lost his wicket, there were still hopes from the in-form batsman KL Rahul. But, soon, Rahul was sent back to the dressing room.
The all-rounder Collin de Grandhomme bowled Rahul who scored just four runs. While Shreyas Iyer, who scored maiden ODI century in the first game before returning to the hut on scoring 52 in the second ODI.
As of now, India are reeling at 179 for seven in 38 overs.
It becomes pertinent here that Southee has bagged a record on dismissing Kohli for record ninth time across formats. He dismissed Kohli for the sixth time in ODIs.
On the other side, Southee earlier was at par with James Anderson and Graeme Swann who also dismissed Kohli on eight occasions across formats.