New Zealand won the 2nd match of the ODI series and secured the series victory. The second match between these two teams was played in Auckland. In this match, the Indian team won the toss and decided to bowl first. After which the New Zealand team got off to a good start with the bat. Martin Guptill scored 79 runs and Henry Nicholls scored 41 runs. After which no batsman was able to perform well. India came back very well with the ball. Ross Taylor struggled, in the end, and scored 73 runs. Virat Kohli ‘s huge mistake led to Team India’s series loss against the Kiwis.
New Zealand had made a respectable score
As a result of which New Zealand scored only 273 runs. Shardul Thakur took 2 wickets and Yuzvendra Chahal took 3 wickets for India. Ravindra Jadeja took 1 important wicket and was economical with the ball. New Zealand lost some of their wickets through runout. Hence the Kiwis failed to put up a big score.
Virat Kohli led Team India could not chase the target
The Indian team started did not get off to a good start while chasing. They had lost 4 wickets in the first 15 overs scoring 75 runs. Captain Virat Kohli and the in-form KL Rahul departed cheaply. Prithvi Shaw scored 24 runs. While Shreyas Iyer had made all efforts to resurrect the innings by scoring 52 runs. But, he departed after he attempted a rash shot having scored his half-century.
Iyer did not get the support of any other batsman from the other end. Ravindra Jadeja, however, scored 55 runs. Navdeep Saini at the end scored 45 runs mounting an Indian comeback. For New Zealand, Hamish Bennett took 2 and Tim Southee took 2 wickets. They restricted the Indian team to 251 runs and Team India lost the match by 22 runs. Hence, New Zealand won the ODI series 2–0 with one match in hand.
Teams will play the 3rd ODI at Bay Oval
The teams will play the third and final match of the ODI series at Bay Oval on 11 February. This match will be very important for the Indian team because this win before the Test series will give them more confidence. Also, they don’t want to get whitewashed in the ODI series. The 2 match Test Series will start on 21 February. In the absence of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, the opening pair does not look settled. It has proved to be a major setback for the team so far.
Virat Kohli ‘s heavy overconfidence on Kedar
Indian captain Virat Kohli has been giving Kedar Jadhav a place in the playing XI on a regular basis. Manish Pandey had to sacrifice his place due to the inclusion of Kedar. Pandey is a better option than Kedar Jadhav at number 6. The Indian captain already has fast bowlers like Jaspreet Bumrah, Shardul Thakur and Navdeep Saini in the playing XI who were able to complete their overs. Virat Kohli also had 2 world-class spinners in the likes of Yuzvendra Chahal and Ravindra Jadeja. So, Manish Pandey deserved a chance in the playing eleven. The exclusion of Manish Pandey proved to be a major reason for India’s defeat.