Twitter Reactions: Bowlers outclass New Zealand to seal ODI series in Raipur

Every Indian bowler finished with at least one wicket to his name.

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One, two, three, and four. No, thatโ€™s not the step count for any dance move, thatโ€™s the number of wickets New Zealand lost in the powerplay. The Indian bowlers got to business from the word go and picked up four crucial wickets within the first ten overs before dishing the visitors out for 108 runs. The Men in Blue put up a dominant show on display to win the game, and also take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series.

Indian skipper Rohit Sharma won the toss and elected to field first. Mohammed Shami started the proceedings with the new ball and handed India a breakthrough in the very first over by dismissing Finn Allen as the Kiwi opener walked back for another low score. The veteran added another wicket to his name by picking up Daryl Mitchell after Mohammed Siraj dismissed Henry Nicholls.

Hardik Pandya showed great reflexes as he caught and bowled Devon Conway, taking the catch in mere 0.5 seconds as New Zealand were reduced to 15/4 at the end of the powerplay. Things worsened when skipper Tom Latham walked back in the 11th over as the scorecard read 15/5. After a terrible start, the middle-order batters Michael Bracewell and Glenn Phillips steadied the innings.

The duo added 41 runs for the sixth wicket, and Phillips then shared a 47-run stand with Mitchell Santner for the seventh wicket as the visitors managed to put some runs on board. But they could not keep up with the scoring for long, as Indian bowlers kept them on the edge. 

Shami picked up three wickets, Pandya and Washington Sundar picked up two each, and Siraj, Shardul Thakur, and Kuldeep Yadav finished with a wicket each under their name as New Zealand skittled out for just 108 runs in 34.3 overs, making the second ODI a one-sided affair.

India finish off the chase with ease

Indian openers Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill started the innings for India and shared a 52-run partnership in the powerplay. Gill scored a double century in the first game but played second fiddle in the Raipur game as Rohit Sharma did most of the scoring and got to his half-century quickly. Though India lost two wickets in the form of Rohit and Kohli, the Men in Blue clinched an eight-wicket victory as the Men in Blue sealed the ODI series 2-0, with one game to spare.

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