Both teams are outstanding in the One-Day International (ODI) format, especially when India is stronger whenever it is played at home. It doesn’t matter who the opposition is. This is why New Zealand feels tough in this tour and still does not win a single game in the previous 3 test matches and the last ODI match at Dharamsala. In the previous ODI match, India played very well and win the easy match against New Zealand. India created a lot of trouble for New Zealand very early on in the match when young seamers of the Indian bowl really well and took 7 wickets on just 65 runs. Still, New Zealand manages to score 190 runs in 43.5 overs.
But in India, it is not a good target. In reply to 191 runs target 50 over the team, India starts the innings nicely builds a good partnership. India lost the first wicket on 49 runs. Rohit Sharma was out on 14 runs. Virat Kohli, star Indian batsmen,n scored not out 85 runs, and the home side wins the match by 4 wickets in 33.1 overs. Home side India lead the 5 ODI match series by 1-0 after the easy win at Dharamsala by 6 wickets. The 2nd game is crucial for both teams, especially for New Zealand (NZ) team, who could not manage to win the single-game here on this tour.
Best economical pick – Hardik Pandya received his ODI cap from one of the greatest all-rounders in the game’s history – Kapil Dev. Incidentally, it was the same day Kapil made his debut in India 38 years ago. A man of the match on a special day made it a perfect debut for the Baroda man. In Dharamsala, India might have witnessed the emergence of Pandya, the bowler.
Top captains & vice captains – In the first ODI, Kohli hit the winning six, coming down the track and smashing Sodhi for a straight six! India takes the 1-0 lead in style, with Kohli continuing his golden form by hitting an unbeaten 85. All the kiwi batsmen struggled to get runs except Tom Latham and Southee. Latham (79*) remained unbeaten until the end, and Southee scored a quick fifty after Umesh Yadav’s life. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs. New Zealand, 2nd ODI at Feroz Shah Kotla
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Smart pick – Amit Mishra (3/49) has recorded his best bowling figures in ODIs on Indian soil, surpassing the 2 for 40 vs. West Indies at Delhi on October 11, 2014. Mishra has completed his 50 wickets in ODIs – his tally being 52 (ave.25.86) in 32 matches – the quickest by an Indian spinner in ODIs, obliterating Ravichandran Ashwin’s feat of reaching the landmark in 34 ODIs.
Cautions Pick – Ross Taylor scored his second in between 4 innings in this tour. In India, Taylor’s batting record in ODIs is just mediocre – his tally being 252 in nine innings at an average of 28.00, including two fifties. Four times, he has registered single-digit scores in India.