Spinners steer India to comfortable win over New Zealand

India once again came out on top against New Zealand in the second one-day game of the series played at The Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui on Sunday. The hosts clearly could get not going in their innings as spinners did most of the damage to see India win the game by 90 runs. With this result, India have taken 2-0 lead in the five-match one-day series.

Chasing 325 runs to win, Opener Martin Guptill was again perished for a low score as Bhuvneshwar Kumar provided early breakthrough for India. Captain Kane Williamson came out and produced a flurry of fours and sixes. He looked fluent at the crease but then chipped one onto the stumps to see Shami got his wicket of the innings.

Colin Munro got off to decent start and looked comfortable at the crease. Once the spinners came into the attack, the hosts struggled to rotate the strike in their innings. Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal dismissed Munro right in front to see New Zealand reduced to 84 for 3 after 14.1 overs. Ross Taylor also looked fluent at the crease but once again he was dismissed while trying to go for a big one against part-time spinner Kedhar Jadhav.

Tom Latham and Henry Nicholls added 34 runs to see New Zealand scoring at a good rate in their innings. Left-arm Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav dismissed Tom Latham and Colin de Grandhomme in quick succession to end New Zealand hopes of winning the game. Nicholls also departed shortly after scoring 28 runs. Yadav was the standout bowler for India with four wickets to his name.

Yuzvendra Chahal and Bhuvneshwar Kumar also picked two wickets apiece. Kedhar Jadhav and Mohammad Shami also picked crucial wickets for India in this game.

Rohit Sharma, Kuldeep Yadav put in big performances to see India take 2-0 lead in the one-day series

Earlier in this game, Openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan got off to a perfect start and added 154 runs in the space of 25 overs. Dhawan was the first to be dismissed as Trent Boult came to the attack to provide crucial breakthrough for New Zealand. Left-hander scored 66 runs off 67 balls with the help of nine boundaries. Sharma also played well and scored 87 runs off 96 balls with the help of nine fours and three sixes. Pace bowler Lockie Ferguson dismissed Sharma to see India lose their second wicket with 172 runs on the board.

Indian Captain Virat Kohli continue his good form and added 64 runs with Ambati Rayudu to push India’ score beyond 230 runs in their innings. Kohli fell short of another half-century as Boult picked up his second wicket of the innings. Rayudu also chipped in with fluent 47 runs off 49 balls with the help of three fours and a six.

Wicket-keeper batsman MS Dhoni also looked busy at the crease and added 36 runs with Rayudu to see India register a mammoth total on the board. Dhoni remained unbeaten till the end and scored 48 off 33 balls with the help of five fours and a six. Kedhar Jadhav also produced a brisk cameo to see India add another 50 runs in the last five overs of the innings.

For New Zealand, Leg-spinner Ish Sodhi bowled well and conceded only 43 runs from his full quota of overs. Lockie Ferguson and Trent Boult were expensive and conceded less than six runs an over.

The third game of the one-day series will be played at The Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui on Monday

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