Harmanpreet Kaur meets Rohit Sharma ahead of the 2nd ODI; wishes him luck
Both the India men's and women's teams are in New Zealand and preparing for the 2nd ODI after taking a 1-0 lead.
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It is one of those rare occasions when both the India men’s and women’s cricket teams are touring the same country at the same time. While the team led by Virat Kohli is playing a five-match ODI series against the Black Caps, the women’s team led by Mithali Raj is playing a three-match ODI series which is part of the ICC Women’s Championship. Both the men’s and women’s teams will also play a three-T20I series each with their respective Kiwi counterparts from February 6-10.
There are also other similarities in the manner in which the series have unfolded for both Indian men and women. Both teams played their first matches at MacLean Park, Napier, and blew away the home teams without much trouble. While the men’s team won by 8 wickets after skittling Kane Williamson’s side for just 157 runs, the women thrashed the Kiwi eves by 9 wickets while chasing 193 at the same venue a day later.
Opener Smriti Mandhana hit a brisk century in the women’s game although no three-figure score was registered in the men’s team with Shikhar Dhawan top scoring with 75 not out. Both teams, leading 1-0, will play the second match again at the same venue – Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui – on January 26 (men) and January 29 (women), respectively.
Will definitely see the game
On Friday, ace Indian player Harmanpreet, who leads India in the T20Is, met up with the men’s team vice-captain Rohit Sharma in the coastal hub of Mount Maunganui on the eve of the men’s second game. Kaur posted her photo with Rohit on her Instagram account and wished him best for the match and said she was going to see the game. Rohit is also set to captain India towards the end as regular skipper Virat has been rested for the last two ODIs and all the three T20Is.
While Rohit did not score much in Napier, Kaur did not get to bat since the Indian openers carried out a lion share of the work. Both the frontline batters of their respective teams will be looking for some sweet touches in the second game.