New Zealand vs India 2020: Kiwis Pip India to Clinch ODI Series 2-0
After facing the defeat in the second ODI, Virat Kohli and Co. will be disappointed with their performance. Surprisingly, India's lower-order batsman created pressure on New Zealand and kept hopes alive in the game for a brief period. However, as expected, they could not lead the game to the finishing point. On the other hand, New Zealand will be delighted with their efforts as they have clinched the three-match ODI series 2-0.
The Black Caps were dominant with the bat as well as the ball. In the absence of Kane Williamson, stand-in captain Tom Latham would be happy to hand over the victory to New Zealand in the ODI series after their drastic loss in the T20I series. India lost the second ODI by 22 runs in Auckland.
New Zealand set up 274 runs target:
Earlier, India won the toss and opted to bowl first. Handed over the task to bat, New Zealand opener Martin Guptill and Henry Nicholls gave a good start to the team. They both went on to set up a 93-run partnership before Henry Nicholls lost his wicket to Yuzvendra Chahal.
Chahal's first wicket brought India back in the game. Soon After, Tom Blundell lost his wicket to Shardul Thakur. And the crucial wicket was of Martin Guptill (79) who was run out by the efforts of Thakur and Rahul.Ross Taylor (Image Credit: Twitter)
Tom Latham (7), Jimmy Neesham (3), Colin de Grandhomme (5), Mark Chapman (1), Tim Southee (3) were out between 10 overs.
However, Ross Taylor, who remained unbeaten in the first ODI, scored runs though on the other end Kiwis kept losing their wickets. While debutant Kyle Jamieson stitched the crucial 76-run partnership with Ross Taylor.
The tall and lanky pacer scored 25 runs off 24 balls while Taylor scored 73* runs to lead the team to set up a modest target of 274 runs.
Meanwhile, Jasprit Bumrah went wicketless conceding 64 runs in his 10 overs. The pacer Shardul Thakur was economical, picking two wickets at an economy rate of six. Spinner Yuzvendra Chahal has picked three wickets.
India's top-order struggled to score runs:
In the absence of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal have got the chance to open for India. However, both the inexperienced players have failed to give a good start to the Indian team.
Within the powerplay, Shaw and Agarwal lost their wickets early on.Photo Credit: Getty Images.
Shaw hit six boundaries, scoring 24 runs off 19 balls. While Mayank Agarwal scored just three runs.
Moreover, after just scoring 15 runs, Virat Kohli was sent back to the pavilion as Tim Southee cleaned up him up with a beauty.
The youngster Shreyas Iyer tried to take the innings forward but he didn't get the support from the other end. He went on to score his seventh half-century but soon he lost the wicket.Shreyas Iyer. Twitter
Kedar Jadhav played 27 balls but he managed to score just nine runs.
Subsequently, Thakur also lost his wicket after scoring 18 runs. The allrounder Ravindra Jadeja was the last hope for the team but soon after scoring a half-century, Jadeja lost his wicket.
The highlight of the innings was a 45-run knock of Navdeep Saini. Though his runs could not change the scenario of the game for India.
The veteran Tim Southee picked two-wicket at an economy rate of 4.1. Allrounder Colin de Grandhomme could not contribute with the bat but he went on to pick two crucial wickets of KL Rahul and Shardul Thakur.
New Zealand Innings:
However, India has lost the series. They will head to play the third ODI game for some pride. The last game of the series will be played on 12th February at Mount Maunganui's Bay Oval.