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NZ vs IND (2nd ODI): India Suffers First Series Loss After World Cup
By CricShots - Feb 8, 2020 4:21 pm
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Under the leadership of Virat Kohli, Team India has suffered its first series loss across the formats since the ICC World Cup 2019 and it was New Zealand again against whom they succumbed in the second ODI at the Eden Park in Auckland. Chasing a decent target of 274 runs, India lost the game by 22 runs as the hosts have now taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match ODI series 

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Indian bowlers were brilliant

Initially, it was Kohli, who won his first toss on the tour and opted to bowl first in Auckland. But, what followed wasn’t great for India, as Martin Guptill and Henry Nicholls added as many as 93 runs for the opening partnership. Then came the breakthrough from Yuzvendra Chahal when Nicholls was trapped in front of the wicket. It was quickly followed by the dismissal of the latter when Shardul Thakur affected a runout to dismiss Guptill.

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It triggered the sudden downfall of New Zealand, as they quickly lost Tom Latham and James Neesham to give complete advantage to the Indian team. Much like previous games, it was Ross Taylor once again, who saved New Zealand from further embarrassment. He alongside Kyle Jamieson added 76 runs for the 9th wicket. New Zeland finished their quota of 50 overs with the tally of 273/8.

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Ross Taylor and Kyle Jamieson saved some pride for New Zeland

During the chase, Prithvi Shaw started things in a flash by scoring three boundaries in the first over. However, he failed to score consistently as New Zealand’s debutant Kyle Jamieson bowled a brilliant Inswinger to get rid of him. The other opener Mayank Agarwal failed yet again to make things tough for India.

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Just when Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer were looking steady, Tim Southee gave a perfect breakthrough by removing the Indian skipper after a solid setup. He was quickly followed by KL Rahul, who was dismissed by Colin de Grandhomme. The wicket of Kedar Jadhav further made inroads to India’s lower order before Jadeja joining Iyer in the middle.

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New Zealand bowlers ran through the Indian batsmen

They both played well by adding 33 runs before Shreyas throwing his wicket after completing his half-century in the 28th over. It was followed by the wicket of Shardul Thakur, who failed to defend Colin de Grandhomme. Just when things looked bleak, Navdeep Saini and Ravindra Jadeja added 79 runs for the 8th wicket to bring India back into the game. But soon they both got out and the men in blue got bundled out for 251 in the 49th overs.

Brief Scores:

New Zealand – 273/8 in 50 overs (M Guptill: 79, R Taylor: 73*; Y Chahal: 3/58) defeated India251 all-rout in 48.3 overs (R Jadeja: 55; T Southee: 2/41, K Jamieson: 2/42) by 22 runs

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