India in New Zealand, 5 ODI Series, 2019
Venue: Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui
Date & Time: 26 January 2019
RR: 5.80 | India beat New Zealand by 90 runs
That is it from this game. Both teams have a one day's break, with the third ODI scheduled at this same venue on Monday, January 28, 2019 at 3 pm local (0200 GMT). India look roaring good for 3-0. Can the Black Caps fight and keep the series alive? Do join us for that game. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
Virat Kohli says that it was a clinical performance. Mentions that it was a par total on this pitch and it was a balanced performance by them which is really pleasing. On the batting plans, Kohli adds that after the second drinks break, he decided to go hard but then he got out and the next batsman coming in took time to get going. These are the areas they need to improve, he mentions. Adds that they were 1-0 up in the series and had nothing much to lose. Lauds all his bowlers. States that Kuldeep and Chahal bowl with a lot of heart and they are always figuring out a way to get the batsmen out. Feels that this mindset is really helping them. Smiles and says that he is looking forward to a break from cricket after the next ODI.
Kane Williamson does not look too disappointed. He walks forward for an interview. Mentions that it's a little bit frustrating for the way they are losing. Credits India for the way they played. Adds that they showed glimpses in the chase but never really kicked on. Praises his bowlers, mainly Ish Sodhi and Doug Bracewell. Feels that it's two games in a row where they have not gained any control. States that some of their dismissals were a result of going too hard. On this sort of ground, Williamson reckons that wickets in hand would be the key and that's the lesson they are taking from this game.
ROHIT SHARMA has been named the MAN OF THE MATCH. Says that he is feeling good and winning the match was more important. First ball was really interesting (which he edged for a boundary) as he didn't know how the pitch will behave. Adds that it was a par score, not a winning score and credits the Indian bowlers. Further says that he enjoys batting with Dhawan and mentions that they understand each other's game. Feels getting 325 is always a good effort. On the venue, he replies that it's a beautiful stadium and feels that it's always nice to play in open ground.
Should the World Cup be already handed to India? Batting boxes ticked. Bowling boxes ticked. Fielding boxes ticked. Captaincy box ticked. Superb incisive bowling. Keeping the pressure on and not giving anything loose. Then, stopping runs in the field with some terrific saves. Earlier, with the bat, the middle order came to the fore, slowly erasing doubts in the minds of the supporters. Might be 6 months too early but this team is probably 10 steps ahead of the next best. Period. Please stay tuned for the presentation.
Clearly the Kiwis lacked technique. They lacked patience too. They were able to attack Shami because he was not able to control the movement but against bowlers who were tight, they struggled and threw wickets away. Doug Bracewell scored 57 but that was more because he was playing an 'I-don't-have-anything-to-lose' innings. Tom Latham looked steady in his brief stay.
324 was supposed to be 20 runs short. It has proved 90 too many in the end. When Martin Guptill's run out was missed on 0, it seemed like it is going to be New Zealand's evening. But what followed after that was just a side struggling to come to terms to some very good bowling. The Indian seamers were relentless while 'KULCHA' then finished things off.
Another highly hyped New Zealand-India ODI. Another one-sided contest. Another disappointment. Sigh. Having seen the way the India-Australia series panned out, this is a sheer let down.
Trent Boult is the last man in.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar is back on.
Lockie Ferguson is the next batsman.
Ish Sodhi is in next.
Yuzvendra Chahal is back on.
Doug Bracewell is the new batsman.
Colin de Grandhomme is the new batsman.
Time for Kuldeep Yadav's chinaman deliveries.
Henry Nicholls walks out. Another left-hander. Kedar is going to have a good time...
Is that a stumping? Dhoni looks confident. And normally when he does...
Tom Latham comes in at number 5, replacing Munro.
Kedar Jadhav time. Finishes his over in about 2-2.5 minutes...
Meanwhile, at the 'Gabba in Brisbane, Australia have just trounced Sri Lanka by an innings and 40 runs. That day-night Test match barely lasted 8 sessions. Confidence-booster for Australia but this is against a Lankan side which was walloped by New Zealand not too long ago.
Powerplay 2 time. Field can relax a bit. A maximum of 4 fielders allowed outside the circle till the 40th over. Yuzvendra Chahal, as expected, is into the attack.
Chahal is seen warming up. Signs that he will be on soon.
Vijay Shankar is introduced into the attack.
Ross Taylor arrives in the middle. 274 needed off 253 balls.
Fine leg comes up, square leg drops back.
Kane Williamson walks in at number 3, replacing Guptill.
Mohammed Shami to operate with the second new ball.
Back for the run chase. Martin Guptill and Colin Munro are the Kiwi openers. The former is on strike and will face Bhuvneshwar Kumar first up...