Twitter Reactions: Clinical India deny a sniff to the Kiwis to win the second ODI by 90 runs

Twitter Reactions: Clinical India deny a sniff to the Kiwis to win the second ODI by 90 runs

This win is a Republic Day gift from the Indian team to the fans back home.

Indian team
Indian team. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

India are proving too hot to handle for New Zealand in the ongoing five-match ODI series. After a one-sided contest in Napier, the hosts were expected to come back strongly. Instead, they went down meekly yet again at the Bay Oval by a massive margin of 90 runs chasing a daunting total of 325 runs. It was the chinaman, Kuldeep Yadav, who wreaked havoc in the Kiwi camp as India extended their lead with a clinical win.

After opting to bat first, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan got India off to a scintillating start, not for the first time. But the duo fired together after a long time as they added 154 runs for the first wicket in 27.1 overs. Just when there was a feeling that they will score centuries, Dhawan got out to a harmless delivery and Rohit also gave away his wicket but not before scoring 66 and 87 runs respectively.

Virat Kohli and Ambati Rayudu took over from them but the scoring rate wasn’t accelerated in that period. Though both of them batted well before getting out in the 40s. MS Dhoni has been in some superb touch this year so far and his finishing skills came to the fore again. He took his time to get going though and smacked a few boundaries in the final three overs to propel India to 324/4 after 50 overs.

While he remained unbeaten on 48 off 33 balls, Kedar Jadhav also played a crucial role by scoring a quick-fire 22 off 10 deliveries.

Spinners take over

The flat pitch and small ground kept New Zealand hopeful of chasing down the total. But the Indian pacers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami were spot on once again and that led to Martin Guptill getting out early. Colin Munro rode his luck before being pinned in front of the stumps on 31 by Yuzvendra Chahal. Kane Williamson slammed 18 in four balls off Shami but the speedster came back stunningly to castle him in the same over.

After, the powerplay, the spinners, especially, the Kiwi nemesis Kedar Jadhav kept the run-scoring in check and also got an all-important wicket of Ross Taylor. Amidst the procession, like always, there was one man who stood tall and for New Zealand, it was Doug Bracewell. He taught the other batsmen, the way to play the spinners and picked the correct deliveries to hit them out of the park.

A ninth-wicket partnership of 58 runs threatened for some time but Bhuvneshwar Kumar snaffled Bracewell to end the contest. But he batted well for 46-ball 57 which comprised of five fours and three sixes. After the fall of his wicket, Trent Boult had some fun even as Lockie Ferguson tried his hand for a brief period before India brought the curtains down on the innings.

The Black Caps were bundled out for 234 runs in the 41st over as the Men in Blue won the game by 90 runs, the result which looked inevitable long ago. The Kiwis have a lot to ponder going forward in the series while the visitors have been bolstered by the inclusion of Hardik Pandya who looks certain to play the third ODI at the same venue on Monday.

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