Team India was expected to make a terrific comeback in the 2nd ODI of the 3-match series against New Zealand and similarly like a champion team they didn’t disappoint their fans.
The men in blue never allowed the visitors to take control in the first innings as the bowled squeezed the flow of runs in the middle overs. Still, a credit goes to the Kiwis as they avoided being bowled out despite losing their top 3 batsmen in the first 10 overs.
Indian team was simply impressive in Pune as it looked that they had plans for all the New Zealand batsmen and they executed them pretty well in the middle. Indian bowlers made use of the conditions early on and didn’t allow the score to tick along. The suffocation was sustained throughout the innings, except the phase when Colin de Grandhomme played a classy cameo.
Virat Kohli and his men ticked all the boxes, as they even dismissed the star batsmen of the 1st ODI, Ross Taylor, and Tom Latham early in the innings. Latham was even dismissed while playing his favorite sweep shots off Axar Patel but on Wednesday the balls found the way towards the stumps.
During the toss, Kohli had predicted that the pitch will dry during the day and that has been evident. The visitors only managed to make 230/9 in their quota of 50 overs and with a meagre defending total, New Zealand will be looking to come close and bowl phenomenally well with the new ball.
Hope the Indian batsmen come with all guns blazing and keep their hopes alive in the series and level it at 1-1.