After the Pune pitch and its head curator, Pandurang Salgaoncar grabbed the headlines following the sting operation claim, it was Team India bowlers, who contained New Zealand batsman while picking wickets at regular intervals, as Bhuvneshwar Kumar was the chief architect with the white-ball.
New Zealand managed to post 230 for nine in 50 allotted overs which further saw Tim Southee remained unbeaten on 25 off 22 balls alongside Trent Boult, who scored run-a-ball couple.
The death bowling specialist Bhuvneshwar finished his quota of 10 overs after conceding 45 runs — to pick the wickets of Martin Guptill, Colin Munro and Henry Nicholls.
The hosts’ bowlers were on the role, as visitors batsmen found it further difficult to bat on a wicket which sprung another surprise on a fateful day for the cricket fans after the fixing-claim threat was looming large over the ODI.
However, the top scorer for New Zealand was Nicholls, who scored 42 off 62 balls, as his innings included three boundaries.
On the other side, Jasprit Bumrah and leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal bagged two wickets each and Axar Patel alongside Hardik Pandya picked wicket apiece.
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As the previous-match centurion, Tom Latham joined experienced campaigner Ross Taylor both went on to collect 31-run for the fourth wicket before latter perished on the short-bowling ploy of seamer Hardik Pandya.
Mitchell Santner’s handy cameo helped the Black Caps to cross-post 200-run mark, as he posted 29 off 38 balls.
On the other side all-rounder, Collin de Grandhomme scored 41 off 40 balls which included a maximum.
At one stage Kiwis were reeling at 58 for four in 16 overs, when Latham knitted 60-run partnership for the fifth wicket alongside left-handed batsman Henry Nicholls.
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The right-handed batsman Taylor scored 21 off 33 deliveries, as wicket-keeper batsman Latham ( 38 off 62) was bowled around the legs by slow bowler Axar Patel, who replaced chinaman Kuldeep Yadav.
Interestingly, Latham was handed a life by gloveman Mahendra Singh Dhoni when he was batting on 29.
After Kane Williamson won the toss to bat first, the hosts’ bowlers struck early on which further saw Martin Guptill being dismissed when Kiwis score was 20 in 2.4 overs.
Guptill was caught by Dhoni on the bowling of Bhuvneshwar Kumar after scoring 11 off nine deliveries, as skipper Williamson (3 off 14) returned to the pavilion when he was trapped in front of the wickets by wily customer Jasprit Bumrah.
Opening batsman Colin Munro was the third wicket to go when he was clean bowled on a beauty by Bhuvneshwar after the left-handed batsman posted 17-ball 10.
Here’s how Twitter reacted after Men in Blue bowlers did their best with the ball:
Sucha pleasure watching the Indian bowling attack! #IndvNZ
— TheStonedBihari (@ashishgyan) October 25, 2017
Good to see Boult and Southee both fit and playing #INDvNZ
— Samuel Faulkner (@Samuel_F01) October 25, 2017
Boult & Bhuvi 😂😂#INDvNZ 2nd ODI
— R (@Thomas_SheIby) October 25, 2017
No double ton possible, another irrelevant cricket match for Rohit Sharma. #INDvNZ
— Silly Point (@FarziCricketer) October 25, 2017
1st Martin Guptill then Kane Williamson then Colin Munro,
for a change Indian pace bowlers decided to offload spinners in 2nd ODI #INDvNZ
— Freaky (@HODL_till_2140) October 25, 2017
— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) October 25, 2017
Bhuvi's 3/45 was the highlight amongst our bowlers.#INDvNZ
— SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) October 25, 2017
— Purvi (@pretty_purvi) October 25, 2017
— Abhishek Anand 🚩🚩💯%FB (@abhishek950709) October 25, 2017
— Cricket World 🌎 (@Cricketworldd) October 25, 2017
#INDvNZ bhu bhu bhu bhubaneswar kumar
— Ankit Sengar (@AnkitSe14948853) October 25, 2017
Well bowled @BhuviOfficial
— Rajib Sadhukhan (@RajibSadhukha16) October 25, 2017
— Pankit Chheda (@Pankit_Chheda) October 25, 2017
— Sudharsan Baskaran (@garymadhan92) October 25, 2017
— BCCI (@BCCI) October 25, 2017