India is hosting the Black Caps for five matches One Day Internationals. Despite showing strong start in the opening match, they fell in the last over of the second, the series is now leveled at 1-1 with the third ODI to be played in Mohali on Sunday.
The hosts clean swept New Zealand by 3-0 in the three-match Test series a few weeks ago. They managed to carry their form in the limited-overs and crushed the Kiwis by six wickets with 101 balls to spare in the first match at Dharamsala.
However, the visitors were finally able to grab their first victory of the tour in Delhi. The captain Kane Williamson hammered a ton and helped his side collaborate 242 runs from their innings. The opener Guptill managed a duck at Feroz Shah Kotla from just the second delivery. Tom Latham, on the other hand, continued his brilliant form and posted 46 runs.
However, the Black Caps saw a collapse as the last six players failed to reach double figures. The Indian batsmen found themselves struggling against New Zealand bowlers. None of the batsmen were able to grab a half-century as India suffered a six-run loss.
Trent Boult, who grabbed two wickets and leaked only 25 runs in Delhi, was delighted to see the bowlers clicking in the sub-continent conditions. Boult insisted that he continued applying pressure and played aggressively throughout the match.
The bowler was quoted in an interview after the second ODI, “Very satisfying. It’s a good sign to see the bowlers bowling well and putting the Indian batsmen under pressure. I was trying to remain aggressive but give as little as possible in the 49th over … a lot of moisture out there all together, the wicket was holding up a touch, smart bowling, it proved very effective. Looking forward to Mohali.”
Stats and Trivia:
New Zealand batsmen need to step up their game if they want to grab another victory. Guptill just needs 144 runs to reach 5000 ODI runs. SO far only four batsmen have accomplished the feat.
The Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on the other end requires only 22 runs to become the fifth player from his side to reach 9000 ODI runs. He was the only one performing amongst batsmen from his team in Delhi. He was the highest scorer for his side with 39 runs.
Players to watch
Kane Williamson: the skipper will be looking forward to replicating his Delhi’s performance and claim another match of the tour.
Virat Kohli: the star captain of the longer format will eye to carry his momentum in the limited overs. He was only able to produce nine runs in his last match. However, he has got the skills and will seek to unleash them in the next match.