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Jai Hind: Team India Wrap The Second ODI, Win By 90 Runs Against NZ

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| January 26 , 2019 , 16:39 IST

The Indian Team added joy to India's Republic Day celebrations as they have thrashed the Kiwis in their own courtyard at Bay Oval on Saturday. India won the match by 90 runs in the second ODI. 

Rohit Sharma became Player of the Match for his outstanding 87 runs knock.

Opting to bat first, Indian openers exploded over Kiwis and piled up a challenging 324-4 riding on Rohit Sharma (87), Shikhar Dhawan (66) and captain Virat Kohli's (43).

In reply, Kiwis failed to resist wrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal's magic and bundled out for just 234 in 40.2 overs.

Kuldeep (4/45 in 10 overs) and Chahal (2/52 in 9.2 overs) shared bulk of the spoils.

Doug Bracewell scored 57 runs in 46 balls was the highest for New Zealand.

Chasing a tough target of 325, New Zealand lost their top four batsmen, including skipper Kane Williamson (20) and Ross Taylor (22), by the 18th over when they only touched 100-run mark.

Opener Martin Guptill (15) was the first to go off  Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Tom Latham (34) trapped leg before in the 25th over and Colin de Grandhomme went for 3.

Kiwis registered their highest partnership of 58 runs for the ninth wicket – coming between Doug Bracewell and Henry Nicholls – displayed how dominant the Men in Blue were.

NZ skipper, Williamson was very upset with the loss, he said, "Little frustrating, not so much the loss but how we are losing is the problem. Credit to India. Both surfaces so far have been slower than usual but still fair surfaces."

"Good signs with the ball at some points though we never got control as such. 324 was a good score that could be chased down here," he added.

India now leads the five-match series 2-0.

While receiving Man of the Match trophy, Rohit said, " Good feeling (on his performance) but more importantly, we won the match. We didn't know how the pitch will behave."

"The last time when SL and NZ played here, it was a high scoring game. When we got 324, we thought it was a par score and not a big score. Credit to our bowlers for doing a good job," he added.

During the presentation, Kohli said, "Clinical performance again. We had a par score as Rohit mentioned with the kind of pitch and boundary dimensions here. But we bowled really well and back-to-back clinical performances are really pleasing."

Earlier, Rohit missed out on a chance to hit his first ODI hundred in New Zealand but India managed to finish on 324 for 4 with all the batsmen coming good.

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Rohit and Dhawan gave India a flying start with a 154-run opening stand from 25.2 overs during which the New Zealand bowlers were hit all over the park.

There were significant contributions from the middle order as well, Ambati Rayudu (47) and Mahendra Singh Dhoni (48 not out) played a good knock.

Kedar Jadhav's quickfire 22* in 10 balls helped India to cross 300 runs mark. 

Dhoni and Jadhav added 86 runs in the final 10 overs. Dhoni hit five boundaries and one six in his 33-ball unbeaten knock.