(By Chinmay Pagar)
Men in Blue bounced back after a rare ODI loss and registered a comfortable victory against New Zealand in the 2nd ODI to level the series 1-1. Indian bowlers restricted the Black caps to 230, thanks to a great start provided by pacers and the target was always going to be a cake walk for mighty Indian batting line up.
New Zealand won the toss and decided to bat on a much infamous Pune pitch but Williamson soon realized he made a mistake as Bhuvi and Bumrah put islanders on the back foot with early wickets. Both bowlers made good use of swing on offer as they sent both openers and the captain back to pavilion inside first 7 overs. Last match’s hero Tom Latham tried to rescue the innings with Henry Nicholls but Axar Patel dismissed Latham to put visitors in further trouble.
Henry Nicholls’s innings of 42 and Colin de Grandhomme almost run a ball 41 helped New Zealand to put on a competitive score along with Santner’s useful contribution of 29 but the target of 231 was never really going to be challenging for Kohli’s men. For India, Bhuvi was a star bowler with 3 wickets and his partner-in-crime Bumrah with 2 wickets. Other bowlers also chipped in as Chahal took 2 wickets to make it difficult for opponents to score freely.
New Zealand managed to put pressure on India with an early wicket of Rohit Sharma but last innings century man Kohli joined Dhawan in the middle and it was all too easy for India from there. Virat couldn’t capitalize on his good start but Dhawan was back in form after being away from the team against Australia, as he played well for his innings of 68. India sent Dinesh Karthik, the experienced man, the man in form in domestic circuit, to solve their struggle at No.4 and he delivered well in his first test as he played a match winning knock of 64. India chased the target quite comfortably with 6 wickets in hand as Karthik scored the winning runs with a handsome cover drive. Quite poetic, isn’t it?
India won the game by 6 wickets which was the 100th ODI between two sides and Bhuvi was awarded man of the match for his 3 important wickets. The 3-match series is now tied at 1-1 and both teams will now travel to Kanpur for a series decider. Come Sunday, that game is going to be one hell of a contest!
|Martin Guptill c MS Dhoni b Bhuvneshwar Kumar||11||9||2||0||122.22|
|Colin Munro b Bhuvneshwar Kumar||10||17||0||1||58.82|
|Kane Williamson (C) lbw b Jasprit Bumrah||3||14||0||0||21.42|
|Ross Taylor c MS Dhoni b Hardik Pandya||21||33||2||0||63.63|
|Tom Latham (W) b Axar Patel||38||62||2||0||61.29|
|Henry Nicholls b Bhuvneshwar Kumar||42||62||3||0||67.74|
|Colin de Grandhomme c Jasprit Bumrah b Yuzvendra Chahal||41||40||5||1||102.5|
|Mitchell Santner c Virat Kohli b Jasprit Bumrah||29||38||2||1||76.31|
|Adam Milne lbw b Yuzvendra Chahal||0||1||0||0||0|
|Tim Southee not out||25||22||1||1||113.63|
|Trent Boult not out||2||2||0||0||100|
(b – 0, w – 5, no – 0, lb – 3, penalty – 0)
|Total||230 (4.6 runs per over)|
|Rohit Sharma c Colin Munro b Tim Southee||7||19||1||0||36.84|
|Shikhar Dhawan c Ross Taylor b Adam Milne||68||84||5||2||80.95|
|Virat Kohli (C) c Tom Latham b Colin de Grandhomme||29||29||3||1||100|
|Dinesh Karthik not out||64||92||4||0||69.56|
|Hardik Pandya c Adam Milne b Mitchell Santner||30||31||2||1||96.77|
|MS Dhoni (W) not out||18||21||3||0||85.71|
(b – 0, w – 9, no – 0, lb – 7, penalty – 0)
|Total||232 (5.04 runs per over)|
|Colin de Grandhomme||7||0||40||1||1||0||5.71|