After taking a 1-0 lead in the ongoing 5-match series against New Zealand, Team India is looking to extend the lead at the Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui. They defeated the hosts by 7 wickets in the first ODI in Napier. In the second game, the Indian skipper, Virat Kohli decided to bat and the openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan stitched the opening partnership of 154 runs and the innings ended with the vintage finishing touch from MS Dhoni as India reached 324/4 in their quota of 50 overs. During the chase, Kuldeep Yadav was on the verge of taking a hat-trick.
India made no changes to the squad as compared to the first ODI however, the hosts’ skipper Jane Williamson had decided to make two changes as Tim Southee and Mitchell Santner made way for Colin de Grandhomme and Ish Sodhi. Coming into the chase, the Kiwi faced early blows, as Bhuvnehswar Kumar and Mohammed Shami dismissed Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson in the first 10 overs as well.
In the 31st over of the game, Kuldeep dismissed Henry Nicholls and Ish Sodhi on back-to-back deliveries. On the fourth ball of the over, Kuldeep made the batsman to miss the ball with the flight and tuns as Nicholls failed to get to the pitch of the ball and he played across the line but ends up slicing this off a thick edge to short third man, who takes an absolute dolly.
On the 5th ball of the over, Yadav completely deceived Sodhi with his ferocious spin. Sodhi got too far across to cover the spin and failed to read the length and spin and ended up seeing his leg stump getting knocked back as he had no clue there. However, failed to get the hat-trick.
Here is the video of the dismissals:
Kuldeep's magic…!! pic.twitter.com/2CySPUVhtb
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