After the pitchers took down Kiwi by a meager 108, the Indian hitters chased the small target in just 20.1 rounds to claim the victory by a margin.
As it happened: India vs New Zealand, 2nd ODI
A goal of 109 runs was too small for India’s famous batting squad from the start and their openers have ensured that there are no premature hiccups by incorporating a solid partnership probably in 50 runs. Rohit Sharma (51 out of 50) and Shubman carries (40 * out of 53) added 72 runs for the opening match in 14.2 rounds to set the stage for an easy chase.
India lost two players, Rohit and Virat Kohli (11), but never had trouble in the chase as Gill and Ishan Kishan (8*) sent the hosts home in the 21st round.
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After picking the header, India’s relentless speed attack overcame New Zealand’s fragile batting formation. The attack led by Mohammed Shami produced a sharp attempt to beat New Zealand in 35 rounds.
It was an impressive victory but the sea of fans who had flocked to the remote Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh Stadium to watch Raipur’s first international match were reluctant to play more due to the early finish.
Shami (March 18) and Mohammed Siraj (October 1) made it difficult for the players with their high-quality tailor-made bowling, sending New Zealand down to 15th place to 5th place miserably. The odd tackle made the New Zealanders’ job harder although the Indian openers made hitting the ball easy in the evening.
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New Zealand opener Finn Allen who was the first to start after missing a full ball came back late to clamp the pads and snap the stumps. Siraj then had a good length magnetic ramp to create an outer boundary from number three Henry Nicholls with Gill doing the rest in the slide.
Two excellent rebounds of Shami and Hardik Pandya (February 16) made New Zealand more trouble. Shami had one ball to cut and Daryl Mitchell, in an attempt to knock it aside, ended up mistaking it back for the pitcher.
Hardik’s one-handed catch to eliminate Devon Conway in the 10th inning was sensational. Shardul Thakur (January 26) hit the wicket in the sequel by hitting a thick line from Tom Latham’s stick. It was a loose shot by the New Zealand captain, which ended with an easy catch by Gill in the slide.
New Zealand are in a difficult situation but all hope is not lost with the captain of the previous game Michael Bracewell (22) and Glenn Phillips (36) equally dangerous in the midfield.
Indian pitchers beat New Zealanders in 2nd ODI game
Bracewell made his intentions clear by stepping outside to hit Shami for cover. After being hit four in a row in the 19th, Shami made a sharp throw and Bracewell pulled in just to get past the keeper.
Mitchell Santner (27), who scored 50 points in Hyderabad, joined Phillips and the duo took the team past the 100 mark with a record of 47 runs for the seventh racket. However, both were eliminated by a six-ball gap to end New Zealand’s hopes of recovery.
While Santner played a well-camouflaged slow ball from Hardik to the stump, Phillips caught Suryakumar Yadav in the deep mid lane after a long jump from the Washington Sundar (2/7).
Kuldeep Yadav (January 29) caught trap number 11 Blair Tickner in front to end New Zealand’s rounds in 34.3 rounds.
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India was very successful in the chase with Rohit enthralling the crowd with his signature pulls. One of them earned a six, the first maximum of the game, when he caught Lockie Ferguson over the penalty kick.
Fresh from two hundred in Hyderabad, Gill has also come up with some subtle brushstrokes, including a shell-cracking steering shot out of Ferguson.
New Zealand pacing hitters can’t move as many seams as their Indian counterparts, making the task easier for hitters.
Rohit finished his fiftieth with a single on the 13th inning before Shipley knocked him out with a low-range ball.
Virat Kohli received the biggest cheer from the crowd as usual but was only able to last nine balls as Santner outplayed him for the second time in as many games.
The third and final ODI will be played at Indore on Tuesday.
(With input from PTI)