India beat New Zealand by 90 runs in the 2nd One-day International to take a 2-0 lead in the series. After winning the toss and deciding to bat first India posted a huge mammoth score of 324 for 4 on the board. New Zealand had a tough job to do in their hands and they were never really in the run-chase. They lost wickets at regular intervals and also lacked partnerships. They were all out on 234 in 40.2 overs. It was Kuldeep Yadav once again who was the trouble maker for New Zealand as they failed to read his bowls. In both the matches, New Zealand’s batting has failed completely against the Indian bowlers.
Rohit and Dhawan gave a perfect start
The Indian openers gave a tremendous start to the Indian innings. Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan put on a massive first wicket partnership of 154 runs after which Dhawan got out on 66 by nicking a ball to Latham bowled by Trent Boult. This was Dhawan’s 27th ODI fifty and also the 14th 100 run partnership between both of them. The hitman Rohit Sharma was looking good on 87 but he mistimed a pull shot and gave a simple catch to Colin De Grandhomme. This was his highest score against New Zealand. Kohli scored a good inning of 43 runs but convert it into a big one. Ambati Rayudu was dismissed by Lockie Ferguson on 47. Then MS Dhoni and Kedhar Jadhav helped India to cross the 300 mark. Dhoni remained unbeaten on 48 off 33 balls and Jadhav was not out on 22 off just 10 balls. Dhoni has been in good form in 2019 and is back as a finisher which is a good sign for India heading into the World Cup.
Kuldeep takes 4 wickets yet again
Kuldeep Yadav was the pick of the bowlers as he picked up 4 wickets and gave just 45 runs in his quota of 10 overs. New Zealand didn’t have a good start and they lost early wickets. Martin Guptill was dismissed early on 15 by Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Colin Munro was lbw on 31 by Yuzvendra Chahal. Kane Williamson, the skipper took the charge and smashed 16 runs in 3 balls in Shami’s over. However, in the same over Shami clean bowled Williamson on 20 and this was the turning point of the match as it was a huge wicket.
The middle order collapsed completely. Latham, Taylor, and Nicholls all got a start but they couldn’t hang out there in the middle. The all-rounder Doug Bracewell was the top scorer for New Zealand. He scored a brilliant knock of 57 off just 46 deliveries. Kedar Jadhav has been bowling well as a part-time bowler for India and in this match too, he bowled well. He picked up the solitary wicket of Ross Taylor who was stumped by Dhoni on 22. Chahal and Bhuvi picked up 2 wickets each. India gave a mesmerizing win over the Kiwis on their Republic Day to the Indian fans.