NZ vs Ind 2nd ODI: Kiwis rattle India to go 2-0 up
New Zealand sealed a 15-run victory against India in the 2nd ODI at Hamilton on Wednesday, pushing the visitors off the World No.1 ranking.
For the second time in the series, MS Dhoni won the toss and elected to field first at the Seddon Park. Mohammad Shami (3/55) struck first up, removing Jesse Ryder who blasted 20 off just 11 balls. Martin Guptill (44) continued to score from the other end alongside Kane Williamson (77). The duo added 89 runs, before part-timer Raina got rid of Guptill with a top-edged shot. Williamson, who cruised to his 2nd consecutive fifty, looked in sublime touch with 5 fours and a six. Ross Taylor slammed a 56-ball 57, setting up New Zealand for a big 1st innings score.
New Zealand had lost just 2 wickets when the rain arrived, which would give them a huge benefit when the target would be reset. Post the drizzle, Corey Anderson went berserk in partnership with Taylor, and both batsmen stitched a 74-run 4th wicket stand inside 5 overs. Anderson's short cameo made all the difference, as he smacked a 17-ball 44 to boost his side. However, the Indian bowlers pulled the Kiwis back in the death overs, giving just 23 runs in the last 4 and picking 4 wickets in quick succession. New Zealand finished with 271/7 in 42 overs.
Chasing a revised total of 297 and an asking rate of over 8 in a rain-marred game, the Indian openers were under immense pressure right from the start. Tim Southee (4/72) was spot-on with his yorker when he cleaned up southpaw Shikhar Dhawan (12). Rohit Sharma wasn't any better either (20), outside-edging a simple catch to Ronchi off Southee, ending the opener's miserable outing. India were in trouble at 37/2. Once again, the responsibility fell on young Virat's shoulders, who was off the mark straightaway with a crisp boundary. Ajinkya Rahane (36) supported him well, and the two added 90 crucial runs for the 3rd wicket. Later, Rahane fell to McClenaghan's bouncer, but Kohli managed to keep the shots coming from one end.
With 170 needed in less than 19 overs, Dhoni promoted himself but was in for a shocking Kohli dismissal as his crafty innings ended on 78. Raina came in to support the skipper who motored along, but the Kiwi pacers kept attacking one after the other. It finally paid off as Mills dismissed Raina in his penultimate over. Three overs later, Dhoni departed after scoring a quick 56, and India were staring down yet another defeat. Rain made its presence felt for the second time, but by then, India had already lost the plot, having played 41.3 overs with 277/9 on the board.
Both teams will now lock horns in the 3rd ODI at Auckland on January 25.
New Zealand 271 for 7 (Williamson 77, Taylor 57) in 42 overs beat India 277 for 9 (Kohli 78, Dhoni 56, Southee 4-72) in 41.3 overs by 15 runs (D/L)